Miss Lim Yan Er, 23, wants to learn practical skills that will be useful to her when she embarks on her career after graduating in May. The National University of Singapore (NUS) real estate undergraduate plans to be involved in real estate consultancy or marketing.
She says: “I took on several different internships. They helped expose me to the real working world and allowed me to broaden my expertise beyond what I learnt in the classroom.
“They also gave me a sense of what it feels like to work full-time.”
Since then, Miss Lim has updated her resumé and applied to several companies. She says: “The most difficult part about job hunting is reviewing the resumé and crafting a suitable cover letter for each job opening. I have to look at the job descriptions and craft a customised cover letter for each different application.”
Career fairs like the NUS Career Fair are good platforms for students. She elaborates: “At these fairs, it is very helpful to ask questions about things such as workplace culture and specific aspects about job openings. These are difficult to find out from company websites.
“It is also more personal to talk to people from different companies. I can gauge how suitable I am for the company and pick which companies I want to apply to.”
But Miss Lim felt that more improvements can be made. She says: “Career fairs specific to different faculties could be held in future. For instance, engineering companies may look more into technical skills, whereas a business consultancy firm may look at presentation or negotiation skills.
“There should also be direction guides so job-seekers can find out where different companies are located, especially in a large exhibition space.”
She recommends that her peers and other job-seekers attend such fairs, as they helped her become more effective and comfortable when conversing with different industry professionals and potential employers.
She says: “Career fairs are also a good platform to get used to speaking to executives and other professionals about their working experiences and insights about the industry or specifics about the company.
“The most important thing I have learnt about the job-seeking process is that one must be open to explore and willing to learn.”