Introducing the Four Cs to Catapult Your Career
The Career Services Unit and its 'Career Catapult' framework provide you with the discovery process through internship programme and a suite of other career resources to help you make the most out of your academic degree to enhance your employability.
Orientation & Semester 1:
Plan what you need to succeed and start gathering the building blocks for your career success. Build a solid foundation of career skills through the Career Catapult Bootcamp: understand your strengths, craft an elevator pitch, plan what needs to go into your Curriculum Vitae (CV), practice networking that works.
Semester 1 & 2:
Learn about potential career paths for MIA graduates. Discover the possibilities, decide what's right for you and plan what you need to do in the next two years to get there. Attend career talks, industry nights, meet employers, research jobs and fields. Explore and apply for summer internships with organisations such as APEC Secretariat, the World Bank, United Nations, consultancies and non-profit organisations. Attend internship recruitment interviews and compete for funding support via the LKY School Internship Programme.
Semester 2, 3 & 4:
This is the most important element of the catapult. You must reach out to employers and alumni early on, and start getting to know people in the sector you wish to build a career in. Start with the LKY School's network of alumni and employer partners who come from a variety of international and multilateral organisations, non-profit organisations, consultancies, public and private sector organisations, but don't stop there. Impress your internship employer and colleagues. Keep in touch. Keep networking.
Summer, Semester 3 & 4:
Hone your craft, tell your story. Build your portfolio and your network of contacts. In your final year, it is important that you think about and discover your value proposition, then learn to articulate it. Through a series of Craft Clinics, you will plan your job hunting strategy, perfect your CV and cover letter, hone your elevator pitch and participate in mock interviews. Next, launch your catapult. Reflect, learn, adjust. Then launch it again.