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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

Challenging The Need For A (Private) Degree

A question which unfortunately remained unanswered in TODAY’s commentary (Apr. 7) on the comparatively low employment rate and starting salary of private school graduates – based on the findings from the latest graduate employment survey (GES) published by the Private Education Institute (PEI) – is the extent to which, in the first place, a (private) university degree is needed in Singapore. 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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