Education and Career Guidance Counsellor

Guiding Youths To Discover Their Interests And Aspirations

Mr Chan Chee Hoe

Mr Chan Chee Hoe
Education and Career Guidance Counsellor, Guidance Branch

Posted to Republic Polytechnic

Over a span of 30 years, Mr Chan Chee Hoe has had his fair share of career changes, having been a civil servant, a management trainee in the marine industry, a human resource practitioner in the financial industry, as well as a part-time lecturer. It is with this wealth of experience that he decided to become an Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Counsellor with MOE.

“Personally, I have gone through various career stages myself and therefore I’m able to help these students, to better equip and prepare them when they step into the job market.”

He likens an ECG Counsellor to the ‘force’ behind a student, spurring him or her on as he or she grows into adulthood. “We want to be the ‘wind beneath the wings’ of our students so that they can soar to where they want to be. As ECG Counsellors, we have to help the students take flight, and empower them to embrace opportunities and create their own paths to success.

 

Mdm Wang Pheck Hoon

Ms Wang Pheck Hoon
Education and Career Guidance Counsellor, Guidance Branch

Supporting MOE schools

Ms Wang Pheck Hoon hopes for students to make considered decisions based on their interests and strengths so they can contribute meaningfully to society through their future professions. In addition to providing individual and group counselling to students, she has been working with schools to organize activities to create a holistic ECG experience for them. These activities enhance students’ exposure to the diverse education pathways and working world so they can make informed choices.

For Ms Wang, an ECG Counsellor should have a thirst and enjoyment for learning in the ever-changing education and working landscape. They should also be adaptable, have good communication skills, and most importantly to have a passion to work with young people.

When asked about her job, she responds, “Guiding students to transform their aspirations into reality is a fulfilling experience, and a challenge I am willing to tackle head-on daily.”

Job Description

As an Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Counsellor, you will help students in MOE schools, polytechnics or Institute of Technical Education (ITE). Through ECG counselling, workshops and other activities, you will help students to explore their strengths and interests, in relation to their aspirations. You will guide them and their parents in planning and making informed decisions for their education and career pathways. You will also work with teachers to provide ECG resources, and with government, community and industry partners, to monitor industry developments and design strategic ECG programmes for students and teachers.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

We are looking for applicants with:

  • Passion for working with young people, especially in guiding them on their education and career pathways
  • An open mind, flexibility and cultural sensitivity
  • A positive and encouraging nature
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills
  • Strong collaborative and time management skills
  • Ability to develop system and structures
  • Tertiary qualification in any discipline, with at least 5 years of working experience. Good industry knowledge and/or experience in education and career counselling would be an advantage.

Remuneration Package

ECG Counsellors will be appointed on the Management Executive Scheme of Service. The appointment grade and starting salary will commensurate with the qualifications and work experience of successful candidates. Those who have completed full-time National Service will be granted additional salary increments.

Service Benefits

  • 18 days’ vacation leave
  • Medical leave - 14 days’ sick leave (if no hospitalisation) and up to 60 days’ sick leave (with hospitalisation)
  • Subsidised medical and dental benefits
  • Use of Government Holiday Bungalows
  • Group Insurance Scheme at low premiums

Career Development

Successful applicants will be given training to equip them with the skills required for the job. During the course of their career, officers may be rotated across schools, polytechnics or ITE for broader exposure and career development. The Ministry has an established framework to recognise and reward deserving individuals who show good performance and demonstrate the potential to take on higher levels of responsibility.

Application Details

To apply, please visit Careers@Gov to view our current job openings.

Footnote:
  1. Mr Chan Chee Hoe’s article is reproduced with the permission of Choice Employer 2015 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited.
  2. Ms Wang Pheck Hoon’s article is reproduced with the permission of Choice Employer 2016 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited.