Republic Polytechnic's 2nd Career Fair
The RP Career Fair 2007 took place on the 1st and 2nd February 2007 (Thursday and Friday) at Republic Polytechnic’s Woodland Campus. The event was graced by Guest-Of-Honour, Mr Ang Keng Loo, Senior Director of Student Affairs.
The career fair featured 35 employers that promises over 4,000 job opportunities from a wide range of industries including ‘hot’ industries such as civil service, electronics, manufacturing and information technology to the RP’s graduating cohort.
Some examples of highly recognisable employers that are participating in the Career Fair include AFPD, Chartered Semiconductor, Civil Aviation Authority Of Singapore, Plant Engineering, Singapore Aero Engine Services, Singapore Airlines, Republic of Singapore Air Force, STATS ChipPAC, SSMC, Tech Semiconductor, Toll (Asia) and Singapore Police Force.
Typically, most career fairs put a strong emphasis on education providers but one would not find that to be the situation here. All participating companies in RP Career Fair 2007 were offering real job opportunities to our graduates. This clearly differentiated RP Career Fair 2007 from most of the other Career Fairs and it met the event’s objective of providing real employment opportunities to the graduates.
Available jobs offered by eager employers include Analyst Programmer, Biotechnologist, Engineering Specialist, Equipment Associate Engineers, Network Security Support Officer, Paramedic Specialist, Pharmaceutical Technicians, Process Associate Engineers, Product Technologist (Equipment, Failure, Probe Planning), Software Developer, Software Engineer, Web Designer and many more.
Jobseekers can expect to network, obtain career information and gain experience talking to employers while widening their perspective on the current job market. To further assist the graduates in their job search, RP had organised a “Club Republic” booth and a “Student Career Centre’ booth that will provide both graduate services and career services respectively to the students. Prior to the actual Career Fair day, “Companies Fact sheet” information detailing the profile of individual participating companies and the job opportunities offered by them were all made easily available and accessible to the students so that they could come to the career fair well prepared for the engagement with their potential employers.
RP was pleasantly surprised by the good response to RP Career Fair 2007. Clearly the number of companies showing their strong support for the Career Fair over a 2 day period for the graduating cohort (over 1000 students from 6 diploma programmes) was a strong indication of a robust economy and a keen interest to employ RP students who pride themselves in adopting a refreshingly different way of learning known as Problem Based Learning (PBL). RP is the first educational institute to adopt PBL approach for all its diploma programmes.
“Our institution’s unique culture and experience will ultimately lead towards the development of independent and resourceful individuals that will be able to contribute effectively in today’s globalised economy. This high level of participation from industry in our Career Fair 2007 is a strong endorsement of our Problem Based Learning approach” said Senior Director of Students Affairs, Republic Polytechnic, Mr Ang Keng Loo.
During the career fair, our graduates were really spoilt for choices with over 4000 full-time job opportunities on offer by 35 participating companies at the Career Fair. At last count, over 2500 applications were received by participating companies. There were over 50 in-campus interviews conducted at designated interview corners. Student emcees were present to liven up the atmosphere and to engage student jobseekers and participating companies. Specially tailored radio DJ programme for Career Fair, featuring ‘live’ graduate interviews, was broadcasted over the airwaves to reach out to the entire campus. Without a doubt, the primary goal of creating good contacts between student jobseekers and potential employers for employment possibilities was achieved. This was really one big networking event to remember.
Click here to view snapshots of what happened on that day.