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​IN FOCUS: Graduating into a COVID-19 jobs market - short-term challenges and longer-term issues?

Published on: 17-Oct-2020


Tertiary institutions have stepped up to help their graduates. SMU, NUS and NTU curate job offers on their respective job portals and have held virtual career fairs for their students. Universities and polytechnics have also extended career guidance for graduates. For those who prefer to continue their education, they can opt for the Continuing Education and Training (CET) modules with their respective tertiary institutes. Meanwhile, NTU has given its Class of 2020 an additional S$1,600 in alumni credits - on top of the existing S$1,600 for all alumni - that can be to offset fees for a suite of CET courses. The bonus credits are valid until June 2021 and are part of the university’s two COVID-19 relief packages. Graduates can also take advantage of full-time and traineeship positions with their universities or polytechnics. In the longer run, the tertiary institutions are working to improve the employability of future graduates by updating their curriculum. With the disruption of their education, students “who establish their social network in the university system, that network has been disrupted drastically, and not being able to maintain that social network plays a potential role in affecting their identity formation,” said NTU social scientist Assoc Prof Andy Ho. As university is a “critical age” for people to form their identities, not being able to have closure on that chapter would affect them “for sure”, he added. 

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