SSIA has been invited to career talks hosted by different schools and institutes to share the development and prospects of the engineering and semiconductor industry. With the current COVID-19 situation, the career talks have gone online. Nonetheless, it does not lower the curiosity and enthusiasm of students about joining the industry
‘Meeting’ the Springfield Secondary Students
SSIA Executive Director Ang Wee Seng was invited to an online school talk by Springfield Secondary School on 6 May 2020. Over 30 secondary school students participated in this online session. Wee Seng shared the development of the semiconductor industry in Singapore, how SSIA has been supporting the industry as well as his personal career story. Students were interested to know about the prospects and real challenges in the field of engineering. Some of them felt they had an interest in the engineering field, but did not know how to proceed on from here. They also raised questions regarding the qualifications required, the career progression, and the satisfaction from the job. Some of them also asked how to get their parents’ support to join the industry.
Follow Your Passion
One of the students asked Wee Seng, ”If the path of engineering does not work out for our students, are there any relevant pathways or job opportunities that the industry can offer?” Wee Seng encouraged the students to ’follow their passion’. Having the mindset to discover and develop solutions will be a prerequisite to join the semiconductor and engineering field, and there will be tremendous opportunities ahead for them.
Eddie Chong, the ECG Coordinator of the Springfield Secondary School, thanked SSIA for speaking at the career talk. ”It is a good sharing to motivate our students who may be at a loss now when it comes to charting their own career path,” said Eddie.