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But What Are The “Right Skills” For Job Seekers?

That job seekers “need to identify and learn the right skills to capitalise on job openings as hiring picks up” (ST, Nov. 30) is incontrovertible, yet what is less clear is what these “right skills” are and the extent to which job seekers are cognisant of them in the first place, as well as whether Workforce Singapore (WSG) has effectively helped to address the challenge of a skills mismatch through its programmes and services. And furthermore given that these skills are likely to be tied to the characteristics of the industries and the background of the job seekers, it may be more productive for the government – perhaps through the WSG – to specify the industries or sectors, before detailing the corresponding skills and training needed. Continue reading

NTU Invite-Only Career Fair: Shortsighted To Limit Event Publicity Based On GPA

Given the recent policy moves by the Ministry of Education to reduce emphasis on school-based tests at the primary and secondary school levels, and to correspondingly focus on lifelong learning instead , the apparent decision by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to limit publicity of one of its career fair based on grade performance per se – targeting those “from scholar programmes or with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 out of five” (ST, Oct. 7) – appears ill-timed and poorly justified. And if it is true, as per the interview with a final-year undergraduate reported in the paper, that organisers also screened resumes or checked for GPAs at the door, the university is likely to be doing those who were excluded a disservice. Continue reading

Be Pragmatic About Further And Post-Graduate Education

That there appears to be more young Singaporeans having a “higher propensity to pursue further education and postpone entry into the labour force” (TODAY, Dec 9) is a healthy trend, for it reflects the diverse educational opportunities available and the willingness to seize these opportunities, either to develop specialised skills or to suss out personal interests. But when deciding whether one should pursue further studies pragmatism, in terms of cost, career prospects, and alternative opportunities, must feature. Continue reading

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