Organised by the Employability and Student Affairs (ESA) team, our suite of comprehensive employability and student engagement activities adds value to academic learning at Kaplan. From participation in real-case projects with organisations and industry leaders to student club activities and alumni networking sessions, our students will gain from professional insights and be equipped with practical and digital skills, as well as soft skills including communication, leadership, and management. All of these enhance our students’ employability and career-readiness. Hear from our students as they share their experiences with the various ESA activities and how they have benefitted to become more well-rounded individuals.
Bachelor of Business in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Human Resource Management
The Kaplan Industry Project (KIP) is an interesting activity which looks at the real-life challenges businesses face. The project was completed virtually, and provided me a glimpse into the real working life and how to communicate with different stakeholders effectively to achieve objectives. It gave me a better idea of my strengths and weaknesses, and I gained confidence in presenting myself. Over the course of the project, I also had the chance to work with individuals across different universities, which further expanded my network.
Collectively, Kaplan’s Employability & Student Affairs (ESA) team has a line-up of different employability-related activities which are very interesting. I have been able to gain knowledge and insights from entrepreneurs and industry experts through workshops and sharing sessions. Overall, the skills-based learning ESA offers bridges the gap between my academic curriculum and the demands of the current workforce, helping me to be industry-ready.
I would encourage my peers to give Kaplan’s employability activities a shot, as they add value to one’s academic journey.
Natasha Mok Nowak
Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies and Public Relations
I participated in Kaplan iCare and took on the role of a student volunteer, helping to mentor underprivileged women to enhance their information technology (IT) and digital skills. Not only was I able to pass down some of my digital proficiency, I also gained a lot from this enjoyable but challenging experience.
The activity was carried out virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it showed me how the digital landscape provides endless opportunities; for example, how volunteering could take place online. It was also my pleasure to be able to work alongside experienced employees from a leading tech firm.
Through the activities organised by Kaplan’s Employability & Student Affairs (ESA) team, I have met interesting people from all walks of life, and whom I have learnt a lot from. Since networking is essential in one’s career, building a professional network will open many doors and possibilities for me. In addition, ESA has helped me to better understand my skills and abilities, and how to develop them for my future career.
I would urge students to grab the opportunity to further improve yourself. You can develop your skillsets and gain the relevant experiences with Kaplan’s employability activities to better prepare yourself for today’s workforce.
Bryan Tai Jiang Nan
Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Web Communication
I find Recruitment Talks the most enjoyable because I get to speak to employers who share their expectations with me. I have a better understanding of what to expect from SMEs, MNCs, and many different industries on their company culture, commitments required, and daily responsibilities.
This allows me to discover my interest in different industries and company sizes for when I graduate and step into the workforce, and is beyond what I can learn from my university lessons. I would not have had this exposure unless I continuously applied for many job interviews. I can now better prepare myself for what is currently in demand in the market.
I would strongly recommend other students to see what Kaplan’s Employability & Student Affairs (ESA) team has to offer. The activities they organise have been extremely helpful in many ways, such as providing us with in-demand practical skillsets, job matching service, and more! In addition, the team is extremely helpful and friendly – little things like this just make the overall experience so much more enjoyable!
Noryn Kwa Nixin
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
I participated in the Kaplan Industry Project (KIP) on “Measures to aid home-based learning in special education”, which was related to a sector I am really interested in. It has fuelled my desire to contribute more to help children with special needs, and in the hope of removing stigmatisation.
I am grateful for the enriching experience of the KIP, which provided me insights into the working world and problems faced by the special needs sector. As a team, we researched the needs of autistic children, and how we could help them adapt to home-based learning amidst the pandemic. Researching and working as the appointed leader of the team was particularly insightful and valuable.
The greatest takeaway is having wonderful mentors to guide us and provide feedback on our project, in the hope of pitching it to field professionals. We were able to understand how things could be done better based on our mentor’s experiences in this field.
I would encourage my peers to explore the employability activities organised by the Employability & Student Affairs (ESA) team to gain insights and guidance regarding the field you are interested in, and for self-enhancement.