What Is it?
Education and Career Guidance (ECG) is a holistic and experiential effort aimed at equipping students as well as adults with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to make informed education and career decisions.
Through ECG, you are encouraged to learn more about your 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.
Adults: You can benefit from career coaching and training advisory services tailored to your needs. This will help you make informed choices related to your career.
How Does It Work?
The 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: Students from Primary 3 onwards go through a ECG curriculum that meets their developmental needs at the different stages. On top of education planning and career exploration programmes and activities, the interactive MySkillsFuture website (for Primary 5-6 students, for Secondary students or for Pre-University students) helps students discover their strengths and interests and provides information on industries, occupations, courses and education institutions in Singapore. Teachers, who are the first touch points with students, have also been equipped with basic ECG knowledge to provide support to students.
For students requiring more dedicated support, ECG Counsellors in MOE schools provide individual counselling or group guidance 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 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 have been set aside for ECG, and all Polytechnics and ITE have also been resourced with ECG Counsellors. Similar to schools, lecturers as the first touch points with students at the Polytechnics and ITE have also been equipped with basic ECG knowledge. As part of an immersive ECG experience, students 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 helps them to continue developing skills to make informed career decisions and prepare them for a smooth transition into the workplace. Students are also 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 advisory services through Workforce Singapore’s (WSG) Careers Connect. New workforce entrants, mid-career switchers or individuals in career transition can benefit from the suite of career matching services that are tailored to jobseekers' needs. The services include career advisory, job search workshops and interactive career resources available at Careers Connect. Those who require more in-depth help may also get one-to-one career coaching, from professionally-certified Career Coaches.
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 Careers Connect 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, Careers Connect or NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute).
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