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Students Flock To SME & TECHnovation Career Fair
By Tan Poon Kian, Career Development Manager
SIM GE hosted the inaugural SME and TECHnovation SIM GE Career Fair at the Atrium on 6 October 2017 which was attended by over 1,200 students. This is the first time we organised a Career Fair that is specific to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and technology-related sectors. This is in line with the growing career options available in these sectors and the emergence of technology which is creating and curating new jobs and career opportunities for our students. The fair kicked off with an opening drone performance ‘Dance of the Drones’ in the Atrium. Ms Peggy Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, SIM Global Education, activated the drones to commence the Career Fair.
Over 1,200 students attended the Career Fair.
All eyes on the flying drones at the SME & Tech Fair.
The Career Fair featured 80 employers offering internships, placements and career opportunities for our students. Students also gained the opportunity to network with employers and to keep abreast on the latest industry trends, career pathways and choices. Employers that participated in the Career Fair include renowned companies such as Lazada, Grab, Jardine, MediaCorp, ezbuy, Paktor, Singtel, Certis Cisco, NBCU, Scoot, SGInnovate, Action Community for Entrepreneurship, Glints, SiTF and many others.
Hand-picked shots captured by the drones.
With changing industry landscapes and many more career options around, it is SIM’s priority to prepare our students for employability and employment in the new workplace environment.
One student who found the fair particularly useful was Phone Thant Ko, a student from the SIM-UOL BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing programme. “The technology sector is a very niche market. As this career fair is specifically focused on the technology sector, it is very useful for the tech students at SIM. It’s awesome to connect with employers on a platform like this and it helps broaden our horizons and create more opportunities for us as students too. Hopefully, we can bring more events like this in the upcoming years,” he said.
This is a significant milestone as this was also our first such event specifically catered to SMEs and Technology-related companies. Generally, the Career Fair was well-received by both prospective employers and students, having achieved its objective of providing a comprehensive platform for employers in sourcing for talents. For students, it helps kickstart their careers with career opportunities in internships, placement and valuable face-to-face network opportunities with employers.
What the employers who participated in the Career Fair said:
“It was a well-organised event and (it) didn't seem like a first time. Student - employer interaction kept the energy levels very high. Grab is very delighted to participate and hire more from SIM in the years to come"
- Venkat Natarajan, Human Resource Partner, Grab SG
“SME & TECHnovation Fair is a good platform to showcase SMEs and technology to millennials. Graduates of tomorrow need to keep abreast of the technology trends and equip themselves with the skills to stay relevant and employable. SMEs are able to provide employees with a broad learning experience and we hope that graduates will support local SMEs who form the heart of Singapore's economy.”
- Wong Shee Min, Senior Executive, Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF)
“It was a great experience and we were overwhelmed by the number of student enquiries for internship and job opportunities. We found that finding internships to value-add their work experience were top of the list for many students, ACE was able to reach out to these interested students on the internship opportunities which our startups in the SME Talent Programme could offer.”
- Zack Li, Manager, Talent Support Services, Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE)
“The event was well organised in terms of arrangement of booths and timing was long enough to interact with more students.”
- Neha Mistry, Manager, Circus Social
“The students were enthusiastic and some were well- prepared for the fair. These are the students that we are keen to provide internships for”.
- Giselle Lim, Programme Manager, NBCUniveral
“The student turn up for the Fair is very good”
- Melissa Chew, Human Resource, Singtel
“It’s a good platform to connect with many candidates looking for internships and full- time positions”.
- Frederick Tan, Director, Adam Khoo Learning Centre Pte Ltd
Posted online, 21 November 2017