Career Guidance & Employability Services
Career Fairs with potential employers are held annually at Kaplan, either on campus or virtually.
Career Fairs are organised to provide graduating students and alumni on-the-spot interview options with hiring organisations. Kaplan career coaches are on hand to offer support and guidance to students, graduates and alumni.
Implement programmes and strategies to develop and promote students’ education, career guidance and/or employability skills.
Career Seminars are organised annually with employers and industry partners. An event designed to create opportunities for networking, industry panel discussion or to gather industry insights. Students and graduates benefit from the specific and focused industry-themed discussions and topics presented at the seminar.
Career Planning / Advisory
Career planning and advisory are provided to students, graduates and alumni through ESA’s career coaches. Coaching sessions cover diversified areas of interest, including career planning, career clarity, creating job options and discovering transferable skills. Coaching sessions are either one-to-one or group sessions. At career advisory sessions, coaches’ profile and guide them to exploring their work interests and job options.
Career Portfolio Workshops
ESA guides students to create professional Career Portfolios. Students can attend Career Portfolio workshops to generate functional resumes, gain tips for interviews, knowledge on job search strategies and networking advice.
The Kaplan CareersHub portal is a one-stop career development platform for students and alumni. Students and alumni are invited to log into the portal to register for:
- Employability-related events
- Student engagement and club activities
- Career planning and advisory sessions
- Exploring job openings, including internships
ESA engages Entrepreneurs to share their personal journeys. We hope these talks will provide students and alumni networking opportunities, gain insights to running a business, learn the challenges and demands of being an entrepreneur. This, we believe widens our students’ career aspirations.
Murdoch EDGE @ Kaplan was launched on 14 October 2019; Murdoch Entrepreneurship Development & Graduate Employment (EDGE) centre is an initiative by Murdoch University and Kaplan. It aims to inspire aspiring Murdoch students to acquire entrepreneurship skills to become entrepreneurs and participate in various employability-related activities. Murdoch EDGE organises an entrepreneurship boot camp that equips participating students with essential skills to set up their own businesses.
Industry Advisory Boards (IAB)
In 2016, a first for Private Educational Institutions, Industry Advisory Boards (IAB) from various sectors were set up to help align Kaplan’s programmes with the needs of different industries.
As experts in their own respective sectors, IAB members reflect on industry viewpoints and provide valuable input on employment demands and the qualities that employers look for in graduates. IAB members co-organise activities like Masterclasses, industry talks and Kaplan Industry Projects.
The Boards are aligned with Kaplan’s Academic structure to enhance student learning outcomes. The following are the three IABs:
- Business, Communication & Law.
- Engineering & IT and
- Health & Social Sciences
Industry Talks & Visits
Kaplan organises industry-specific talks for students, graduates and alumni to better appreciate the benefits and demands of the workforce (present and future). Corporate partners are engaged to offer perspectives on workplace training and progression. Students can benefit from industry site visits as they will acquire first-hand knowledge on applications of skills.
Kaplan Industry Projects
Kaplan recognizes the increasing demand for talent. KIP trains students to derive actionable ideas and exchange best practices relevant to resolving common business pain points in the current world.
KIP provides students with firsthand exposure through industry-specific problem statements. Students will work in teams to develop suitable solutions to address the problem statements. KIP equips students with essential employability skills and knowledge fundamental to their job performance. Working in teams also encourages bonding among students and their peers. The Kaplan Industry Project (KIP) gives you a taste of real-world challenges, and provides you with opportunities to work on them. Through this hands-on exercise, you gain industry insights, teamwork experience, and problem-solving skills that would be invaluable as you grow into your career.
Through LinkedIn workshops, students will create professional profiles and connect with industry professionals. We believe competency in professional learning, including social etiquette and managing online presence are essential for a graduate’s professional life. The students, with assistance from ESA, are equipped with the knowledge of building their online professional presence through attending LinkedIn workshops as part of their freshmen orientation. LinkedIn is a professional networking platform.
ESA invites subject matter experts and industry practitioners to conduct Masterclasses. Students become aware of trending industry insights, gain valuable advice and professional techniques to improve performance strategies for specific work areas. Some of these trainers at Masterclasses are members of Kaplan Industry Advisory Board.
At Kaplan, recruitment talks are organised with potential hiring employers. Graduating students and alumni are invited to network, enquire about the job openings offered, and submit resumes directly to hiring employers.
Kaplan provides local students with work experience (non-credit-bearing internship) to gain valuable industry exposure. For graduating students, this is an excellent opportunity to establish networks with potential employers.
4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) Courses
Kaplan’s 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) Courses encapsulate a wide range of soft and technical skills. The courses are catered to supplement students’ academic training and prepare them for the future of work The 4IR courses are carefully selected to equip students with interpersonal, digital and practical skills that are industry-relevant.