Manufacturing Career Fair 2019
SSIA co-organized Manufacturing Career Fair with the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) on 18 th January 2019. The intent was to provide a networking platform for job seekers with the industry.
A total of 8 employers that took part in the career fair, 5 were from the semiconductor industry and 3 from pharmaceutical. Leading semiconductor companies such as Lumileds, Siltronic, SSMC, Realtek and Ardentec were part of the career fair.
More than 250 job seekers registered for the career fair. Participants were given staggered time-slots so that companies have time to attend to individual queries and discuss on the possible vacancies. “This is a good systematic approach to conducting a career fair” said Mr
Perry Tan, Human Resource Administrator from Siltronic. He further added that it’s a good platform to manage job seeker expectation, especially for mid-career switchers. e2i also provided career coaching support to job seekers on-site.
There was a huge array of positions open from these companies, from Application Engineer, Digital IC Design Engineer down to Equipment Engineer and also non-technical positions such as Marketing and Business Development.
SSIA hosted a booth at the career fair, opening up for PCP (Professional Conversion Programme) registration. This initiative is aimed at mid-career switchers who are keen to undergo skills conversion and move into new occupations or sectors that have good job opportunities.
Zuraidah, one of the career fair participant, was keen on changing her profession and wanted to learn more about training in the engineering sector. She shared her experience stating that it gives her a positive vibe coming down to such fairs, “it allows me to step out and see what are the opportunities out there. I am open to learning new skills.”
Overall the turn-up was encouraging and the participants included mid-career switchers, fresh graduates as well as participants who were just looking out for opportunities to learn new skills.
Such career fairs and more talent outreach events are in the pipeline for SSIA and partners for 2019. Empowering job seekers and giving them the platform to connect with the industry is critical in fulfilling the demands of talent needs in the engineering and semiconductor industry.