EDspirience   Work Attachment Programme

Explore and Discover your aspirations through work experience

 

Why are work attachments important?

1/    Figure out what you like and don't like

Even if  you did not enjoy the job experience, you now know what you do not like. This will allow you to avoid choosing a career and university education that does not fit your personality and interests.

2/    Pick up soft skills important in workplace

Through the interaction with working professionals, you can observe and learn soft skills that are needed in the workplace e.g. emailing etiquette, communication, team work. 

 

3/    Networking

Majority of jobs now are found through networking. Building a good relationship with your work attachment supervisor could help you secure a future internship with the same company. You would also make friends with fellow interns and make new connections from there. Find out more here.

4/    Build your portfolio

While the main objective of a work attachment is not for portfolio building, having work experience in a relevant field enhances your in-depth knowledge of the career and gives you an edge over other applicants. Universities like SMU favours applicants who have relevant noteworthy work experience under the aptitude-based admissions scheme.

5/    Gain professional feedback

While teachers can give you feedback with regards to your academic attitude and potential, your work attachment supervisor can give you valuable feedback with regards to your professional working attitude. If you work long enough with a particular mentor, you may even be able to request for a referral from your mentor.

Reflections

Types of work attachment

 

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Work Shadowing

 

It involves students keeping in step with a worker, observing various tasks performed in his job and learning about his role. It is an opportunity to observe highly skilled professionals and managers and learn valuable soft skills.

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Work Experience

 

It is a structured experience in which students learn about the world of work through direct participation and observation. You are generally asked to perform tasks that require little or no specialised knowledge of skills. Sometimes you may take on a project or event.

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Internship

 

After the 'A' level examinations, JC graduates may take advantage of the gap period to take up internships which last for a few weeks to months to gain further insights into the industry. Allowance is typically provided and some internships may lead to the offering of scholarships by the organisations.

Applying for EDspirience work attachment programme

Explore

  • Explore the work attachment listings below

  • Ensure that you are available during the stated period

  • Consult your parents and get consent

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Apply

  • Submit the application form

  • You will need your parent's and CT's consent 

  • Prepare for the selection interview

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Work

  • Attend the pre-attachment briefing

  • Thank your supervisor after the work experience

  • Fill in the post-attachment reflection form

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Important Note

  • ​Besides the interview segment, your academic performance, CIP/CCA involvement, personal essay, together with your Civics/Subject Tutors' recommendation, are part of the selection criteria.

  • Once selected, students must commit for the entire period stated.

  • Some work attachments may require you to do a project or share your experiences with the school.

 

Finding your own attachment opportunity / temporary job

4 reasons to find your own work attachment opportunity

  1. It shows how proactive you are about your own future

  2. You get to decide the period of attachment, type of company and scope of duties

  3. You get to hone your job-seeking skills i.e. resume / CV writing, interview skills

  4. Some organisations only accept individual applications

Guide to applying for an internship / temporary job

1/   Prepare your resume or CV and cover letter

  • Your resume and cover letter should be relevant to the organisation that you are applying to.

  • Please learn more about resume writing and cover letters here.

2/   Email or call up the Human Resource Department, or better still, physically visit the organisation

  • It is easy for the organisation to ignore your email, but not easy for them to ignore you if you are physically at their office.

  • Introduce yourself and the reason why you wish to seek an internship or temporary job at this organisation.

  • Bring your resume and cover letter along and present it to the organisation.

3/   Prepare for the interview

  • Read up about the organisation and be flexible in accepting the terms and conditions offered.

  • Bear in mind that the organisation has no obligation to take in a JC student.

  • Read up more about preparing for interviews here

  • If the organisation does not call you up after 1-2 weeks, you could give them a call and politely request if they have read your resume.

JC students usually search out their own internship opportunity, after A level examinations, typically in the Healthcare and Law sectors

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External Internship opportunities

There are several organisations that prefer students who take initiative in seeking attachment opportunities that are not listed by the school, as it reveals the strong interest and initiative of the candidate. 

 

Such opportunities typically:

  • are more in-depth in terms of the nature of work allocated to you

  • are more long-term i.e. 3 months so as to allow you to gain a broader perspective on what they do and why they do what they do

  • are geared towards attracting potential employees/scholars

  • provides (but not necessarily so) a small monthly stipend 

If you wish to take up an internship after your A level examinations, research and application should start in September so that you can start your internship in December. This is so that you can have full 3 months of work experience before A level results are released in March. 

Explore

  • Explore the external internships listings below

  • Ensure that you are available during the stated period

  • Consult your parents and get consent

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Apply

  • In September, email the organisation or follow the procedure and deadline stated in the internship website 

  • Inform the school if your application is successful

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Work

  • Attend the school's pre-attachment briefing

  • Thank your supervisor after the internship

  • Fill in the post-attachment reflection form

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The list below is non-exhaustive. A simple google search can yield many possibilities. Please alert the webmaster if any of the links become obsolete. Thank you.

How to get the most out of your internship

1/   Do your research
  • Learn all you can about industry trends and the company’s mission, vision and culture beforehand.

  • Read up on your company's hierarchical structure and the background of your internship supervisor if it is available online. 

  • This will help you to assimilate faster into the new environment, boosting your performance and self-confidence.

2/   Set personal goals
  • Have a clear idea of what you want to learn and achieve from the internship e.g. what skills you wish to achieve, what you wish to find out about the industry and your fit for a career in this industry

  • Define your own goals and consider how you can attain them through the internship.

  • Be proactive and discuss with your supervisor on work expectations. 

3/   Treat it as an actual job
  • Take initiative, be resourceful and excel at your assigned tasks. Think of solutions before consulting others. 

  • Be a team player and focus on building goodwill with your colleagues. Do not be afraid to clarify any grey areas that you might encounter in your work.

  • Be punctual i.e. arriving at least 15 min earlier. This means that you will have to plan your journey ahead and factor in any unforeseen delays. You will also have to find out where you will be reporting ahead of time.

  • Find out what is the dress code and be dressed professionally every day.

  • Looking at your hand phone or surfing the internet is a big NO-NO, even if you have completed your tasks. If you have completed your tasks, approach your supervisor for more tasks.

  • Treat your internship supervisor with respect. Inform your supervisor when you leave for lunch. If you are on MC, inform him/her as soon as you can. If you need to leave the workplace earlier, approach him/her for permission and inform him/her when you are leaving.

4/   Be willing to learn
  • JC students are generally considered as unskilled workers. Do not be surprised if you are given "menial" tasks like data entry or photocopying. You can make the best of the situation by performing your routine tasks as efficiently as possible (without mistakes) and approaching your supervisor for more tasks.

  • Display an interest in your work, be flexible and innovative and be prepared to go the extra mile.

  • While at work, try your best to observe your supervisor at work (This is called work shadowing) and take the opportunity to interview your supervisor and his/her colleagues about their job during your break times. Read more about informational interviews here.

5/   Be adaptable
  • Observe the practices and people around you to understand the work culture.

  • Pay attention to attire, work schedules, email etiquette, communication styles and protocols.

  • If you are unsure, it is better to err on the conservative side and ask first.

  • The company assesses your work output as well as how you fit in, whether you co-operate with others, adapt to company norms and have a positive working attitude. Impress them with behaviour that is aligned with the organisation’s standards.

6/   Network
  • Use your internship to expand your professional network. Interact with co-workers from your team and other departments to gain insight into the company. Offer your help to gain more working experience.

  • Even if you are unpaid, or there for a few months, your performance could lead to the offer of a scholarship or subsequent internships during your university days.

  • Your supervisor is also potentially someone who can endorse your future job applications as a referee.

7/   Exit well
  • Ending an internship professionally is just as important as making a good start.

  • Speak to your supervisor and ask for feedback on how you have performed. This shows that you are willing to make changes to your behaviour.

  • If this was a relatively long attachment e.g. 3 months, you could ask your supervisor if he would be willing to write a testimonial highlighting your key skills and achievements.

  • Before you leave, convey your gratitude to your co-workers with a farewell email or a thoughtful gift to thank those you have worked with.

 
 

NYJC Attachment Opportunities

NYJC work attachment period typically fall during June and December holidays. The list below is updated periodically. Do check our portal regularly for updates.

PSA International

· Human Resource Division, Leadership & Talent Development Department (LTDD)

· Much of the focus w· Human Resource Division, Leadership & Talent Development Department (LTDD)

· Much of the focus will be on the young talent acquisition & development portfolio.

· A mix of on-site and off-site activities

 

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Career Industry

Logistics, human resource

Attachment Period

14 June to 18 June

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Halogen Foundation

Founded in 2003, Halogen Foundation Singapore is a values–based, not-for-profit Institution of Public Character (IPC) dedicated to transforming the lives of young people through leadership and entrepreneurship development.

 

1st week: Facilitator's Training

2nd week: Training projects with youths about leadership

 

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Career Industry

Education

Attachment Period

31 May to 11 June

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Little Arts Academy

Witness how a social enterprise works and look at sustainable revenue streams to support art programmes for the less privileged. Students' involvement will be mainly admnistrative duties.

 

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Career Industry

Education

Attachment Period

Period A: 31 May - 4 June

Period B: 7 June - 11 June

 

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