Here I am, with degree in hand! I have cleared the last hurdle and reached the finish line! After a decade of school to prepare for entry into the workforce, I am eager to be a contributor to family and society. I want to find my niche in the world. I want to join the workforce… but where are the doors I can open?”

Entering the workforce in the year 2020, amidst a global economic slowdown in the wake of a pandemic, is anything but business as usual. Whilst cash-strapped companies may pause hiring, new employment opportunities could arise from this crisis. Even as there is no certainty how we will emerge, we still have to prepare for tomorrow today.

NUS Resilience & Growth Initiative

With this in mind, the National University of Singapore (NUS) has launched the NUS Resilience & Growth (R&G) Initiative to support their newly-minted graduates in the transition from student to adult learners and contributors to the nation and economy. These development opportunities will provide graduates an edge in a competitive job market, as well as allow them to develop professionally.

Graduates from Year 2020

Three initiatives are specifically designed for full-time undergraduate students who are conferred their first degrees in year 2020. 

Firstly, 200 full-time positions that span roles in NUS’ central administration, faculties and schools, research institutes and centres, and the National University Health System are open for application by fresh graduates. Secondly, they may apply for 800 paid traineeship positions in four distinct tracks – executive and professional, education, research, and entrepreneurship. Thirdly, they will be awarded four virtual vouchers that they can apply to a catalogue of 150 specially curated courses and around 30 certificate courses. The four vouchers will provide the equivalent of 26 training days altogether.

The list of courses offered share a common feature – they impart knowledge and skills necessary for today’s workplace. Regardless of vocation, competency in data literacy, data analytics, business and management, professional communication and writing skills is essential and a differentiator in the workplace. To support students, market-relevant certificates in small business management for entrepreneurs, finance and accounting for executives, public policy and administration, as well as AI, Computing Foundations and machine learning will be offered.

Of these certificates, the Graduate and Executive Certificates are also open for public registration, and the Professional Certificates will be made available to the public at a later stage.

NUS Resilience & Growth (R&G) Innovation Challenge

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, NUS is funding up to 115 innovative projects initiated by recent graduates to mark its 115th anniversary, as part of the NUS R&G Innovation Challenge.

Open to the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020, participants are challenged to sketch out what a post-pandemic world could look like, to show the way forward and help shape a better future for humankind under three themes: Make Our People Better; Make Our Society Better; and Make the World Better.

NUS is setting aside $6 million to support ideas and proposals arising from the Challenge.

Rising Above

History has shown us time and again that tough times don’t last. This too shall pass. But now is the time to prepare for what is to come, for knowledge and learning remain the way to a brighter future.

For more information on the NUS Resilience and Growth Initiative, click here

Always be curious.


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