There are new options for Polytechnic graduates looking to pursue a degree in Singapore such as Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). You may wish to attend the Further Education Group Advising Sessions organised by CESC, where representatives from further education institutions will be invited to speak to our students.
You may also wish to consider distance learning degree courses, though students are advised to check that the institution and course is registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE) beforehand.
Another option you may want to consider is to work and defer your further education. Some students find work experience useful in their studies later. For one, you are likely to be more matured and disciplined. Also, with real work experience and insights, you may find it easier to grasp the related classroom teaching.
You may wish to consider the following options:
Congratulations if you have been selected to go for an interview! In preparation for the interview, make sure that you have done your research on the job and company (understand their business, vision and mission as well as the role of the department which you are applying for a job with).
Other important things you should keep in mind for the interview:
You may also wish to refer to career resources available in our TP-JobsCentral BrightMinds Career Portal.
Besides speaking with your lecturers and your course manager, you may want to use the services of the Career & Education Services Centre (CESC) in TP. Located at the Student Development Centre (next to TP bookshop), our CESC has many reference books which could help you determine your personality type as well as suggest careers that you may be suited to. We also have books on psychometric tests as well as grooming and interview skills and tips.
In collaboration with all the Schools in TP, CESC also organises the yearly Opportunity Fair, as well as coordinate other career-related fairs by industry partners such as Micron and Procter & Gamble. Do look out for the dates of these events and attend the Fairs. If you need help with your resume, we are able to help with resume and CV critique, in addition to referring suitable jobs to you through the recruitment notices received by our office.
Alternatively, you may wish to refer to our Resources page with links to personality and career assessment tests along with other useful sites which are aimed at helping you find your right career.
Most employers are interested to know that if you possess any other skills and experience outside of a formal education. These are helpful indicators to your future employer with regards to your leadership skills, ability to work in teams and time management strengths. Employers are often keen to know a potential employee’s areas of interests, sense of commitment and responsibility; qualities which most employers will appreciate.
You may wish to refer to reference materials at CESC, which you can use to determine your personality type as well as suggest careers that you may be suited to. Alternatively, try out some of the Career Assessment Tools and Tests available on our Resources page.
You may also wish to make an appointment to speak to our School career advisor. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
There are many tests available on the market; some are free, others are chargeable. To get a better picture of your interest & profile, it's advisable that you take more than one test.
Our website provides links to some useful test sites where you can try some out. Please see our page on Career Assessment Tools and Tests.
Centre for TransCultural Studies offers the Transnational Studies cross-disciplinary subject, where you can get a better understanding of other cultures and acquire skills and knowledge targeted at preparing you for life in the globalised workplace.
Keep abreast of current affairs around the world. Keeping track of those issues that interest you and how you want to be involved in can help you to decide where to work and live.
International contacts are important - for friendships and professional connections. You can start right here on campus by interacting more with international students.
Learning additional languages helps you function better across cultures. You may also wish to take up cross-disciplinary subjects offered by Centre for TransCultural Studies such as Introduction to Language & Culture (Italian, French, Japanese) or Plugging into China Connections.
Go on a Global Citizenship study trip, participate in student exchanges or Overseas Community Projects and Overseas Student Internship Program (OSIP) are some of the ways to internationalise. Centre for TransCultural Studies also offers you the opportunity to go on attachment in China through the Plugging into China Connections cross-disciplinary subject.