Bubbling With Job Opportunities
Republic Polytechnic's (RP) Career Fair 2008 was held on 24 Jan 2008 (Thursday) at its Woodlands Campus. The event was graced by Mr. Eden Liew, RP’s Deputy Principal (Corporate Affairs).
The response from the industry to our career fair was overwhelming. This career fair attracted 45 employers in all, and saw some established companies such as Advanced Micro Devices, Fuji Xerox Singapore, FxMedia Singapore, IM Flash Singapore, Jardine Onesolution (2001); as well as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Healthcare Group, Raffles Hotel (1886), Raffles Medical Group, Singapore Technologies Kinetics, Venture Group of Companies and many others. The good response is a strong testimony from the industry in recognition of RP’s unique adaption of the problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy.
“It is heartening to see such a strong endorsement from the industry for our career fair. This shows strong industry demand for RP graduates who are exposed to our distinctive approach to education, which is focused on Problem Based Learning” said Mr Eden Liew.
Participating companies alike complimented Career Fair 2008:
This year’s career fair offered over 5000 job opportunities targeted at the graduating cohort and its alumni graduates. Available jobs offered include Engineering Assistant (Automation), Engineering Assistant (IT), Equipment Technologist, Medical/Laboratory Technologists, Multimedia Developer, Process Integration Technologist, Quality Assurance Technician, Software Engineer, Web Application Developer, Supply Chain Executive, Yield Analysis/ Enhancement Technologist and many more.
- “This career fair is very well organized. The booth allocated to us was in a very good location.”
commented Ms Zoey Lee (Recruitment Officer, Singapore Prison Service)
- “RP graduates are indeed fortunate to have such a wide variety of jobs to choose from during their very own career fair.”
noted Mr Lee Poh Leng (Human Resource Manager, Fuji Xerox Singapore)
- “Jason Electronics appreciate RP’s targeted approach to connect the many companies during this career fair with the relevant graduates”
remarked Mr Ooi Chee Kong (Human Resource Executive, Jason Electronics)
To better prepare them for the career fair, students were given useful tips on how to write a good cover letter/resume to impress potential recruiters. Workshops were conducted on career planning/interviewing skills; and a whole series of career talks were scheduled in the month of January 2008 to give students an opportunity to interact with potential employers, and obtain useful information about career opportunities within individual organizations well before the career fair.
On top of this, to ensure that students are aware of every job opportunity offered on career fair day by participating companies, a “Companies Fact Sheet” comprising information detailing the profiles of individual companies and various job opportunities offered was made easily available to students a week before the actual career fair day. Armed with the fact sheet, students were better prepared for the engagement with their potential employers. During the fair, there were also “Graduate Services “ and “Career Services” booths to help facilitate student queries. Student emcees were present to jazz things up.
With 5000 full time job opportunities offered by 45 participating companies and organisations, the graduating cohort (about 2400 students from 10 diplomas) were given ample choices of job opportunities to choose from. To date, over 2500 job applications have been received by participating companies from our graduates. This networking event has certainly achieved its objective in enabling employment possibilities among our RP graduates.
Click here to view snapshots of what happened on that day.