What Is it?
Education and Career Guidance (ECG) is about equipping students as well as adults with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to make informed education and career decisions.
Through ECG, students and adults will be encouraged to learn more about their own interests, abilities and passions. By exploring the learning or education pathways and career opportunities available across different industries, you can take positive steps towards realising your aspirations, as well as embrace learning throughout your life.
Who Is It For?
ECG is for Singaporeans from different stages of life e.g. students, adults, individuals at different phases of their careers.
How Can I Benefit From It?
Students: You will benefit from more structured education and career guidance. This will allow you to make informed decisions on what to study, or learn which career might suit you best. You will then be able to transition more smoothly into the career of your choice.
Working Adults: You can benefit from career coaching and training advisory services tailored to your needs. This will help to make informed choices related to your career.
How Does It Work?
A more structured and coordinated ECG system will provide relevant and timely support to individuals at different life stages – from the early schooling years and throughout one’s working life.
Primary, secondary, Junior College and Centralised Institute students: A structured ECG curriculum has been in place for Primary 3–6 students since 2012 and for students at the secondary level since 2014. On top of other education planning and career exploration programmes and activities, an interactive website ECG portal (for Primary 5-6 students, for Secondary students or for Pre-University students) that helps students discover their own strengths and interests will complement the ECG curriculum.
ECG Counsellors in MOE schools will provide individual counselling or group guidance for students in education and career choices. Aside from supporting and collaborating with the relevant personnel to drive and facilitate the provision of quality ECG experiences for students, counsellors will communicate and engage with parents and industry partners where required.
ITE and polytechnic students: A minimum of 40–60 hours across two years for ITE students and three years for polytechnic students will be set aside for ECG. Students can engage in ECG-related activities and lessons conducted in the classroom, and participate in out-of-classroom activities such as industry immersion programmes, learning journeys and career talks. This will help them to continue developing skills to make informed career decisions and prepare them for a smooth transition into the workplace. Students will also be able to meet with ECG Counsellors in small groups or through individual appointments.
Students from the publicly-funded universities can access career counselling services and preparation programmes that will help them identify and prepare for careers related to their strengths, interests and fields of study. These are provided by dedicated career services offices or centres on campus.
Adults may access career and training advisory services through the Workforce Singapore’s (WSG) network of career centres. New workforce entrants, mid-career switchers or individuals in career transition can benefit from the suite of services provided by the career centres. The services include career coaching, employability skills workshops, networking sessions and more.
Where Can I Find Out More?
For primary, secondary, Junior College and Centralised Institute students: You may approach your teachers and/or ECG Counsellors in your schools. Talk to them to find out more about your school’s ECG efforts. You can find out more about ECG in MOE’s schools here.
For post-secondary and university students: You may approach the career centre in your institution.
More information about specific career guidance programmes can also be found at your institutions’ respective websites.
ITE and Polytechnics
For adults, you may approach WSG career centres located island-wide or NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) located at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability.
If you are between schools or jobs and would like more personalised advice on the next step you can take in your education and career journey, you can approach your former educational institution, WSG Career Centres or NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute).
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