Top employers seeking NTU students six months before graduation in first ever job fair for humanities and arts
Good job prospects for humanities and arts graduates have led close to 40 public and private sector employers to converge at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today for a first of its kind career fair, more than six months ahead of graduation.
This marks the first time that a Singapore university is holding a career fair specially targeted at students from the humanities, arts and social sciences.
Among the participating employers are major industry players, such as top investment firm Deutsche Bank, global marketing giant Wunderman Y&R, and online fashion retailer Zalora. Government agencies such as the Ministry of Communications and Information and Singapore Tourism Board, and non-profits like the World Vision International, one of the world's leading humanitarian organisations will also be taking part.
Held at NTU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences building, the full-day event not only features job openings, but also internship and scholarship opportunities at these leading organisations.
Employers aiming to hire the best students have always sought ways to distinguish themselves from the crowd. Scouting for talent by coming to NTU’s campus more than six months ahead of students’ graduation and offering internships are some ways that employers use to get ahead of their rivals.
About 500 graduate and undergraduate students are slated to attend the fair, including those who are graduating in July next year. More than 200 resumes have already been matched to participating organisations, and several employers and students have also met to discuss potential opportunities.
NTU’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences also hosted a breakfast session this morning for employers to get to know more about the diverse degree programmes and the rigorous training that students receive. The College brings together three schools – the School of Art, Design and Media, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. Today, the three schools are home to some 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. About 1,200 undergraduate and higher degree students graduate each year.
Professor Alan Chan, NTU's Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, said, “I am delighted that so many major employers have partnered with the College in our inaugural career, internship and scholarship fair. I have spoken with several representatives and they are excited about our students. This confirms our belief that the career prospects are good for arts, humanities and social sciences majors.”
“Strong communication skills, coupled with the ability to grasp complex knowledge and think critically, are exactly what top global companies are looking for. We will continue to help our humanities, arts and social sciences students prepare for the job market through making available more internship opportunities and creating networking sessions for them to interact with potential employers. We look forward to working closely with industry players who are constantly scouting for young talented individuals to join their teams,” said Prof Chan.
Mr Loh Pui Wah, Director of NTU's Career & Attachment Office said, “Industry-specific career fairs for NTU’s engineering, accountancy and business students have been held successfully for some years now, and this is the first time a career fair has been targeted at students in the arts and humanities. This is really a unique one-stop-shop offering our students exciting opportunities at leading companies across multiple industries. Besides networking and meeting with prospective employers, students will also get a chance to learn more about the distinctive work environment and corporate culture of some of these organisations during the career talks.”
Employers seeking to hire top talents months before graduation
One of the participating organisations at the fair is Business Analytics Translational Centre (BATC) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The centre, which promotes the adoption of analytics technologies in industry, has been working very closely with NTU not only for this career fair but also in creating internship opportunities for the university’s students. This past summer, a group of six NTU students successfully completed a three-month internship with BATC.
Mr Francis Tan, Director of Commercialisation at BATC said, “Analytics projects are usually business-centric. Such projects are best managed by teams who comprise members with multi-disciplinary knowledge, which could be from disciplines such as economics, sociology, communication, information systems, etc. In order for analytics projects to succeed and make business sense, we need people who can think critically, possess the ability to learn complex domain knowledge quickly, and understand the fundamental aspects of analytics.
“From our earlier experience with students from NTU’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, we believe this college, given its wide-ranging programmes and its focus on encouraging intellectual curiosity, is a fertile ground for us to source for students who can excel in analytics projects.”
Sharing her enthusiasm, final-year Economics student Chen Enjiao said, “I’m really looking forward to taking part in this fair because starting my job hunt earlier would help me to gather more information and increase the likelihood that I'll find a job that I like. Also, I don't want to have to worry about my employment prospects while on my graduation trip next year! Hence, I decided to attend as many relevant job-related events as I can.”
Ms Chen, who completed a Minor in Entrepreneurship and a semester-long internship at the Beijing branch of a Singapore consultancy recently, said, "The internship made me realise that I enjoy working in a team environment, on challenging issues which makes the ability to learn fast mandatory. Also, it's doubly exciting to work in the fast-growth environment of the Chinese economy, and I am now positive that I would like to have the Asian region as my career focus from now on.”
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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 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and 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 four 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 the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg