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First-year students from 3 polytechnics to benefit from new mentorship programme

Channel NewsAsia, Singapore, 14 December 2015 - More than 200 mentors from at least 20 companies have joined the Industry Mentors' Network programme so far.

First-year students attending Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic will soon benefit from a new Industry Mentors' Network programme.

Students will be linked to industry professionals who can provide career advice. Previously, such mentorship was usually extended to final year students during their internship stint.

The initiative is in line with the SkillsFuture movement to provide greater opportunities for Education and Career Guidance.

More than 200 mentors from at least 20 companies are part of the Industry Mentors' Network programme so far. The companies - ranging from multinational corporations to local enterprises - inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the polytechnics on Monday (Dec 14).

Ngee Ann Polytechnic has already started a pilot of the programme involving 850 students since October this year. They come from eight diploma courses such as Real Estate, Advertising and Public Relations. The polytechnic said about three to four students will be paired to a mentor who best matches their career interests.

Students will receive advice on career goals and where possible, shadow their mentors at work or networking functions. The Education Ministry hopes the early exposure will help students achieve their aspirations and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.

Said Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for Education: "If you look at the bigger picture, it will help us to develop a workforce where they are not only aware of what they are going to do when they join the workforce, but also have a deep understanding of where they can go towards in that discipline, and over time develop mastery and deepen their skills."

"We are able to talk to the polytechnic students," said Ms Charlotte Hsu, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. "We can give them a sense of direction and they can ask questions, because they might not have access to us, the accounting profession at such a tender age."

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/first-year-students-from/2346350.html

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