Published on: 27-Jan-2015
NTU engages industry specialists as career consultants for graduating students
Despite the uncertain global economy, job prospects look promising for this year’s graduating students at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). In all, 4,300 jobs are on offer at the university’s annual Career Fair, a record in recent years.
To enhance its career preparation programmes, the university is also launching a new initiative to engage industry specialists to coach students on career planning and to open up networking opportunities.
This year’s NTU Career Fair will see a landmark number of 230 Singapore and multinational organisations participating, slightly more than last year. Some of the world’s leading companies, such as Citi Singapore, ABB, Halliburton and Japan’s IHI Group, are taking part.
Launching the Career Fair this morning is Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck, the Mayor of North East District and also an NTU business alumnus.
About 15,000 students are expected to visit the fair over the three days, on 27 Jan, 30 Jan and 3 Feb, including about 9,000 final year undergraduate and postgraduate students who will graduate this July.
Students geared up for global careers
More than 80 per cent of employers participating in the fair are multinational corporations (MNCs). Clinching a job at an MNC is desired by many graduates as it often comes with opportunities for overseas postings.
One such NTU graduate is Shahril Zainuddin, 28, an Assistant Chartering Manager at Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S (D/S Norden), a Danish shipping company. The maritime studies major secured a job with the Norden Singapore office even before his graduation in 2011. Since September 2013, he has been working in the company’s Copenhagen office where he anticipates demand for shipping in the forward market.
The maritime industry is also one of the sectors making a big presence at the fair. Coordinated by Singapore Maritime Foundation, the Maritime Pavilion has 19 companies coming together to market careers in the industry. The Singapore maritime industry is one of the fastest growing economic sectors, contributing to 7 per cent of Singapore's GDP and employing over 150,000 people.
Another big MNC that continues to look at NTU for new talent is global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The elite firm has hired a record of four NTU students this year. One of them is Thiruneeran Murugavel, 25, who will be graduating with a first-class business administration honours degree from Nanyang Business School.
Thiruneeran was awarded an Associate position at BCG less than two months from the time he applied for the job. NTU's Preparation Programme for Management Consulting Careers has better prepared him and helped him make it through the stringent selection process.
With more than 80 offices in 45 countries, BCG offers Thiru a unique opportunity to launch a global career.
Looking ahead to his new job, Thiru says, “Data analysis and working directly with the clients to understand problems and propose solutions are important aspects of the role. The job involves a fair bit of travel to meet BCG’s international clients. There is also a chance to be posted to one of the firm’s offshore offices after 18 months. I would certainly grab the opportunity for an overseas posting if it arises.”
Industry specialists to boost NTU students’ career preparation
Last year, NTU launched the Margaret Lien Centre for Professional Success which provides holistic career skills training to all NTU students. NTU is now focusing on enhancing the career preparation programmes for its students by engaging industry consultants. NTU is recruiting up to 13 consultants, across various industries, including banking, finance, trading, consumer business, media and digital entertainment, professional services and logistics.
With their deep industry knowledge and experience, the consultants will advise students on the best career opportunities and how to be better prepared for a successful career in their chosen industry. NTU will also tap on these consultants' professional networks to open up fresh internship and job opportunities for students who aspire to join a particular industry.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Loh Pui Wah, Director of NTU’s Career and Attachment Office said, “The consultants will give our students realistic views of jobs available and the competencies needed in these positions. They will also offer specific preparation programmes to coach students interested to acquire the competencies needed during their course of study.
“The consultants can also facilitate the students’ internship and job search and help them to be more ready for the stringent selection process and in transiting into the workplace. The aim is to help students start their careers on the right footing.”
DBS Bank awarded Major Employer
This year, DBS Bank was awarded the NTU Major Employer Award. The award recognises employers who recruit at least 100 graduates from NTU over five consecutive graduating cohorts. DBS Bank was the only company to receive the award this year for recruiting NTU’s graduating cohorts from 2009 to 2013.
Mr James Loo, Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources, DBS Bank, says, “We are very honoured to receive the NTU Major Employer award as this is testament of our efforts in being the Employer of Choice among new graduates. At DBS, we believe in developing our people from the ground up and recognise the importance of building a succession pipeline. Over the last three years, we have tripled the number of graduates that we have hired from NTU for our direct hire roles and Graduate Programmes. We will continue to hire people from a wide range of disciplines who can contribute fresh and diverse perspectives - all these drive our efforts to be at the forefront of banking innovation, to be the Asian bank of choice.”
Over the years, NTU has given out the accolade to 26 employers.
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Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687
About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.
Besides its main campus, NTU also has campuses in one-north, Singapore’s science and tech hub, in Novena, Singapore’s medical district, and at Gillman Barracks, Singapore’s contemporary arts cluster.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg.
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