“I sent over 70 job applications after graduation, and only secured five job interviews and, still did not manage to get a single full-time offer.
I did not expect that it would be so challenging to secure a job as a fresh graduate.
I was looking forward to carving a career in the digital media field after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media in Web Communications in October 2017.
It did not cross my mind to seek help from a Career Coach, but I found out about Careers Connect through a relative in October 2017 and decided there was no harm in giving it a try.
Benefits of career coaching
My Career Coach, Mr Glenford Koh, coached me on revising my resume to make it sharper to better attract the hiring employers’ attention.
One example is to prominently highlight my valuable internship experience to demonstrate that I had the relevant knowledge and skills needed for the digital media jobs that I was applying for.
Glenford also coached me on the key areas to share with the hiring employers during the job interviews.
This included my transferable skills such as multimedia skills and my ability to work in a team and independently. I also updated Glenford regularly on the progress of my job search.
This was helpful as he addressed some of my concerns and challenges immediately, and advised the next steps forward.
Embarked on a career in the digital media field
I learnt about a job vacancy for a Marketing Assistant at Aureus Academy at a career fair in March 2018. I applied for the job and received a call to attend a job interview the next day.
I secured the job and started work the following month. My job scope includes designing marketing collaterals and producing videos as part of the marketing and promotion efforts for the company.
I would encourage jobseekers to approach Careers Connect if they need help with their job search efforts.
Looking back at my six-month job search, my Career Coach has helped me to gain confidence to better prepare for the job interviews.
I also learnt from my job search experience to keep trying despite facing rejections. I would encourage jobseekers to approach Careers Connect if they need help with their job search efforts, especially when this service is offered free to Singaporeans!”