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

01

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

02

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.

Parkway Pantai

Admin Assistant in Radiology clinics

 

Roles and Responsibilities :

 

1. Assist and service patients at the Radiology clinics

2. Answer phone enquires and booking of appointments

3. Assist the nurses to perform basic clinical tasks

4. Other administrative duties

 

Application Deadline : 20 December 2020

 

To register: Email full name and contact no. to SG.MEH.HR@parkwaypantai.com

Career Industry

Health-care

Attachment Period

Jan 2021 for at least 3 months

Raffles Medical

Frontline Service Experience Programme

  • Registation of patients
  • Answer calls
  • Assist doctors and nurses in basic clinical procedures

 

For more information, please view the poster by clicking on this link. Keep in mind the links in the poster are not active. Use the following links instead:

 

Download and complete the Application Form and the Q&A Form , then register for the online briefing (deadline 30 Nov), by clicking here.

Career Industry

Health-care

Attachment Period

4 Jan 2021 - 30 Jun 2021

ITE HQ/College Central (Ang Mo Kio) (for J2s only)

Temporary staff to assist in the full-time and part-time intakes

 

To learn more, please click here.

Career Industry

Customer service

Attachment Period

1 Dec 2020 to end Jan 2021 (4 vacancies)
and
1 Dec 2020 to end Apr 2021 (6 vacancies)

KPMG Singapore (for J2s only)

As Tax Processors, students will be involved in the preparation of the Singapore and/or US tax return and providing administrative support to the department to meet the tax filing deadlines. They will also get a chance to be involved in ad-hoc projects and gain valuable insights with the exposure to Singapore and/or US tax laws.

 

Please click here to learn more - you will need to enter the password to open the file: KPMG2020

Career Industry

Accounting

Attachment Period

4 January 2021 to 30 June 2021

IRAS

Temporary job - Frontline assignments to dandle tax enquiries or backgoroom assignments to handle email correspondences / ad-hoc tax assessment cases.

 

For more information, pleaes click here

Career Industry

Accounting

Attachment Period

Available from end Nov 2020

PwC Singapore (for J2s only)

  1. Talent Acquisition Coordinator Temp assistant (Nov 2020 - Mar/ Apr 2021) - click here
  2. Risk Assurance - RRC Project assistant (Nov 2020 - Mar/ Apr 2021) - click here
  3. General Assurance Temp assistant (Dec 2020 - Mar 2021 & Mar - Aug 2021)  - click here
  4. Asset and Wealth Management Research Temp assistant (Nov 2020 onwards for 2 months) - click here

 

More information on the available positions can be found at this link: https://www.pwc.com/sg/en/careers/temp-opportunities.html

 

Simply click "Search" for a full list of temp/ project assistant jobs that are available. Do keep a lookout for more opportunities that may be added onto the careers page

Career Industry

Accounting

Attachment Period

Nov/Dec 2020 to Mar/Apr 2021

MINDEF Experience Programme (for J1s)

This programme is aimed at providing students with a better understanding of a military profession and the roles performed by MINDEF/SAF. Students will be exposed to different aspects of the SAF, interact with in-service personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Joint C4I as well as take part in interactive activities.

 

For more detailed information about the the programme and to register, please click the following URL:

https://go.gov.sg/decmep2020

Career Industry

Military

Attachment Period

30 Nov to 4 Dec 2020

SearchAsia

Business Intern/Temp

 

  • Handle the full range of recruitment activities from pre to post deployment processes
  • Work hand in hand with mentor to gain insight about the recruitment industry and market trends
  • Engage, network and communicate with senior management executives to gain first hand experience in people management skills
  • Perform miscellaneous or administrative tasks relating to recuitment such as coordination of interviews
  • Sourcing and providing consulting advice through business engagements with mid to senior level executives
  • Partnering our clients in strategic talen acquisition activities
  • Managing the client-candidate meeting process

 

To learn more, please click here.

Career Industry

Human Resource

Attachment Period

3 to 6 months

Halogen Foundation (for J1s)

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

 

Click here to learn more.

Career Industry

Education

Attachment Period

7 Dec to 18 Dec

YMCA, Student Care Centre

ASSOCIATE MENTOR

 

  1. You will be responsible for the overall safety and well-being of a class of 20 students and carrying out activities for children aged 7 to 12 enrolled in Student Care. Daily Programme include:
  2. · routine care (attendance taking, meals, shower, and naptime)
  3. · hygiene, safety & security
  4. · homework guidance and supervision
  5. · Plan and organize character development lessons, outdoor games/sports/exercises
  6. · Plan and organize social and recreational activities
  7. · Other responsibilities include administrative duties. Training will be provided.

 

Click here to find out more.:

 

Career Industry

Education

Attachment Period

Preferably 6 months (minimum 3 months) from January 2021 to June 2021

People's Association Structured Internship Programme (for J2)

This is a great opportunity for you to appreciate PA’s mission of bridging and building communities and to experience a career to work on projects and/or organise events that will help foster engaged communities and develop your soft skills.

 

Click here to find out more.

 

Click here to apply.

Career Industry

Social Work

Attachment Period

All-year round

Administrative Officers with MOE (for J2)

Provide administrative support to President’s Awards for Teacher (PAT) and Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA)

For more details, please click here.

 

Interested applicants may contact either Mdm Gunasundari (Gunasundari_K_Sinnathamby@moe.gov.sg) or Ms Sharon Quek (Sharon_Quek@moe.gov.sg) directly for registration by Monday, 19 Oct 2020

Career Industry

Administrative

Attachment Period

  1. 28 Dec 2020 to 16 Apr 2021
  2. 4 Jan 2021 to 28 May 2021
  3. Mon to Thur - 8.00 am to 5.30 pm
  4. Friday - 8.00 am to 5.00 pm