New initiatives to help students secure jobs amidst economic gloom
The next SMS received may just be a graduating student’s key to a rewarding and exciting career, thanks to the new SMS job alert service launched by Nanyang Technological University.
NTU’s Career and Attachment Office (CAO) revealed a slew of initiatives to help final-year students secure jobs amidst the economic downturn, at the annual NTU Career Fair 2009 held on 4 Feb 2009.
The two-day NTU Career Fair 2009 is a platform where graduating students have the chance to interact and network with prospective employers while getting a clearer perspective of the career options available to them.
The new initiatives include the SMS job alert service that provides employers with a targeted, direct and effective approach to reach out to students. With this service, which was launched in January this year, graduating students who fit the requirements of employers will receive SMS alerts to inform them of new job opportunities. Interested students can then access the websites listed and apply for the jobs. This ensures that students receive timely information on available jobs.
In addition, NTU is evaluating a resume depository system to make it easier for employers to access the resumes of graduating students. An in-built process ensures that employers have access to current rather than outdated resumes - a problem many employers face on other existing resume banks available.
There are also plans to increase the number of on-campus venues where students who wish to explore their job options can seek professional advice from career coaches.
In his welcome address, Director CAO Mr Loh Pui Wah said: “NTU is intensifying its efforts to help students be resilient through internships and ultimately find jobs despite the tough economic situation ahead. More company talks will be organised for students to generate awareness in other, even niche industries, to broaden their career choices. We are also reaching to more SMEs in diverse industries.”
NTU alumnus and Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports & Ministry of Transport Mr Teo Ser Luck officiated at the opening of the NTU Career Fair 2009.
This year, some 107 organisations are participating in the annual career fair. There is a two-fold increase in the number of Government agencies involved in this year’s career fair as compared to previous years.
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