The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) joins a new Industry Mentors’ Network (IMN) programme which sees first-year polytechnic students linked up with industry professionals to gain access to career advice and industry networking.
The programme, initiated by Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and in line with a regional SkillsFuture movement, seeks to provide greater opportunities for education and career guidance and to get students in Singapore to think about career aspirations early in their polytechnic education.
Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) will also be adopting the IMN programme.
Students will receive early advice from their mentors on what it takes for them to achieve their career goals and how to chart their career roadmaps. In addition, they can tap the mentors’ expertise and network for professional learning opportunities. While industry mentorship is not new to polytechnic students, it is usually only extended to students as part of their final year internship. This is the first time students are given mentorship from their first year onwards.
“Mentoring is a powerful tool. Through supportive relationships with their mentors, our students will learn from these role models not just about what their dream job entails but also about professional ethics and work ethos that make them successful,” said Mr Clarence Ti, Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
Echoing this view, David Kelly, IMarEST’s Director of Asia Pacific commented: “If you’ve been successful in your career, benefited from certain opportunities or been lucky enough to have strong mentors, it’s so important to give something back. Not only does this help to shape the future of the marine industry, but you’ll also allows students to think about things from a new perspective or answer questions they may not have considered previously. Providing the guidance with the support of the IMarEST Singapore branch is an excellent initiative which we support in the region.”
Organisations that have signed up to the programme:
- Algo Access Pte Ltd
- CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd
- Engineering Computer Services (S) Pte Ltd
- Ernst & Young
- Inspire-Tech Pte Ltd
- Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology
- JTC Corporation
- Lonza Biologics
- Mechem Consultancy Services Pte Ltd
- National Trade Union Congress
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
- PSA International Pte Ltd
- PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd
- RSM Chio Lim LLP
- Setsco Services Pte Ltd
- Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation
- SMITECH (Asia) Pte Ltd
- Terasaki Electric Co. (F.E.) Pte Ltd
- TÜV SÜD PSB Pte Ltd
- V-KEY Pte Ltd
- Xcellink Pte Ltd