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Dato' Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC) & Finishing Touch Programme

1. What are the career services available to students?

Our start to finish approach, Dato’ Kho Hui  Meng Career Centre, prepares students for the workplace through organisation of networking events, recruitment, industry talks and company visits to facilitate engagement with industry. Each student at SMU is assigned a career coach to work with to strategize his career goals and vision and can also leverage on close collaborations SMU has with industry to bring on board multitude internships and job opportunities to help students towards job realisation.

Tap on the myriad of career resources and profiling tools to better have insights to your personality while at the same time find out about the different career areas and the various industries of your interest. The career centre has a library of career periodicals and books as well as the suited for success wardrobe with business attire available for loan by students. A good starting point for freshmen is to try out the “Résumé Builder” function on OnTRAC II to put together your résumé. Other recommended career resources available at your fingertips includes Career Development Databases like Vault, Wetfeet (available for access via the Li Ka Shing Library).

2. When should I start seeing my Career Coach?

Doing your initial research will help make your career coaching session more fruitful with your Career Coach. You are encouraged to reach out to meet your career coach when you are ready to formulate your career plan and have done your homework and basic research. To make an appointment with your Career Coach, you may submit an appointment request via OnTRAC II. Career Coaches can help students clarify and sharpen your career plan and conduct resume review or mock interview practice to excel in the selection process for internships/full-time jobs.

 

3. Why is it important for freshmen to start thinking about career options during year one?

Early research and seeking advice early will put you in an advantageous position.  This will help you not only to ascertain your interest and strengths towards your career choice but also gain an edge towards successful career management.

4. What is the rationale behind the stipulated minimum duration of "10 weeks" as graduation requirement for internship?

SMU’s Internship Programme is rigorous, and is introduced to offer all undergraduates practical exposure to the corporate world. The 10-week duration was established following the university’s extensive discussions with practitioners across diverse industries: to provide students with the opportunity to observe, understudy, learn and contribute to the host organisations they are attached to.

 

5. When can I start applying for internships?

Understanding the key hiring timelines of targeted career areas and industries, requirements of internship opportunities and host organisations is key to adequately plan and be successful in your internship applications. Start exploring internship opportunities on OnTRAC II in accordance with the industry hiring timelines and note that the completion of the e-Internship Briefing is a pre-requisite to be eligible to view and apply towards opportunities listed on OnTRACII. Look out for announcements from Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC) regarding e-Internship Briefing.

*All students are eligible to embark on internships after completing two terms of course work and passing the e-Internship Briefing Quiz. Eligibility for students from the School of Law starts after completing four terms of course work and passing the e-Internship Briefing Quiz.

6. What is the Finishing Touch Programme and is this compulsory?

The Finishing Touch (FT) programme is one of the distinguishing factors in the making of the SMU graduate. It prepares SMU undergraduates during the 4-year course of studies in the career management skills and gears students towards career success.

Year One and Year Two compulsory workshops conducted over your first two years gives you more time to learn and assimilate the knowledge and skills. Year Three and Year Four are optional workshops at your crucial job application stage in your senior SMU years. FT will offer you choices of workshops to help you hone your skills with more advanced training and more depth.

You may refer to OASIS > Career Devt & Comm Svcs > The Finishing Touch for up-to-date information.

7. Where is Dato' Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC) located?

The Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC) is located at level 7, SMU Administration Building.

Dato Kho’ Hui Meng Career Centre
Singapore Management University
Administration Building, Level 7
81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065

http://www.smu.edu.sg/career-services

For general enquiries on internship and events, please email placement@smu.edu.sg

For OnTRAC II matters: careers@smu.edu.sg

For Finishing Touch matters: finishingtouch@smu.edu.sg