Career help at S'pore polys

 Career help at S'pore polys

THE five polytechnics revealed details of their Education and Career Guidance curriculum, which gives students a head start in their job search before they graduate.

Poly students who started their courses last month will get access to activities such as lessons, mentoring sessions, industry visits and internships to help them make informed decisions about their career choices.

The curriculum, part of the national SkillsFuture initiative, will consist of at least 60 hours of activities spread over the three years of their poly course.

For instance, Republic Polytechnic will help first-year students develop, among other things, interpersonal communication skills through lessons, and provide industry exposure through fairs and talks.

Students will also attend resume-writing workshops and mock job interviews in their second year, and take up internships in the final year. The poly's Office of Industry and Collaboration director Tui Jurn Mun said: "In the past, many students were unsure of what they wanted to do after graduation. Now, students can explore their options."

Some polytechnics have also incorporated career topics into lessons while others have rolled out new modules, including ones that help students understand their individual abilities and interests.

Poly lecturers will be trained in skills like giving basic career advice, using profiling tools and helping with career goal-setting. All five polys hope to have all their lecturers trained by the end of next year.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic senior director of academic matters Tang Guek Im said: "Students often prefer to seek advice on career matters from their lecturers. "Naturally, these lecturers are in a good position to provide students with better guidance."

This article was first published on May 9, 2015.
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