MOE Launches Web-Based Education and Career Guidance Portal for Students
Students looking to explore their educational and career interests can now tap on a new online resource—ecareers.sg—the Ministry of Education’s first interactive web-based Education and Career Guidance (ECG) portal for students. This portal will be a welcomed aid for teachers and counsellors who currently guide their students.
Using various profiling instruments available on the portal, students will be able to clarify their interests and aptitudes, and be provided with a range of suitable career possibilities. One such instrument is the Personal Globe Inventory, which allows students to gauge their interest and confidence levels in a range of activities. Then based on their interest patterns, the portal will surface a list of occupation choices and information on the nature of these occupations. It will also direct students to a list of relevant courses offered by local and overseas tertiary institutions, hence helping students take steps towards realising their career aspirations. All profiling results and education and career information are eventually captured in individual e-portfolios, which students can retrieve and review over time.
In addition to guiding students on career choices and courses in tertiary institutions, ecareers.sg will also give students a head start in essential job-seeking skills. This will be done through online training modules aimed at sharpening students’ resume-writing, interview and decision-making skills, among others.
As a web-based portal, ecareers.sg is easily accessible in school, at home or even in public places. Teachers, career guidance coordinators and school counselors can use it to help students clarify their goals, identify their strengths and career opportunities, and guide them towards their career aspirations. Parents can also play a more active role in their children’s education and career development process.
Officially launched on 23 February 2009 by Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Permanent Secretary (Education) at the ECG Conference, ecareers.sg is a project, jointly developed by the Ministry of Education and the Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pilot-tested earlier this year in 18 secondary schools, 4 junior colleges and Millennia Institute, the portal has received positive feedback on its overall user friendliness and up-to-date and comprehensive features. ecareers.sg is now in the final stage of development and will be available to secondary and post-secondary schools by August 2009 and to primary schools by early 2010.