Be like me……!
SINGAPORE: Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah has said the key to getting employed is how you make yourself valuable, even after getting your qualifications.
Ms Indranee was speaking to 400 youths from the Institutes of Higher Learning at a dialogue on education and employability on Tuesday evening (Apr 7).
She said: “What is it that’s valuable? Some of it will be the academic content but a lot of it is what you do with that content. You must know yourself and you must know what you are interested in but you must also know what’s out there, what’s available. So that (is) where this idea of education and career guidance (comes) in.”
Ms Indranee added: “Once you have figured out what you want to do, the real trick is to be very good at it and how you are going to be really good at it. Getting the academic content is one part that’s the studying part, but the learning part, the doing on the job part, that was something that we felt was not as well emphasised as it ought to be.”
The forum focused on whether a degree still matters when it comes to employment, and saw some students sharing their views on pursuing a job that is not relevant to their degree.
Ms Indranee said having skills to adapt to the changing job market will be important and it is one of the objectives of the Government’s SkillsFuture initiative.
She added that the Government is hoping to change mindsets by getting people to find out what they really want to do and to get the relevant qualifications.
Speaking to the media after the dialogue, Ms Indranee said the SkillsFuture initiative is still a work-in-progress.
She noted: “There’s a lot to be done when it comes to SkillsFuture. We are really at the beginning stages. Awareness is one part of it. Getting employers on board, HR practitioners on board, is another.
“Making sure that it becomes part of our education scene where you have good internships, where you don’t even have to think about it. It will just be something that you do automatically. We are not at that stage yet, being able to dovetail the supply and demand. It’s very much work in progress.”