All You Need to Know About MyCareersFuture.sg

All You Need to Know About MyCareersFuture.sg

All You Need to Know About MyCareersFuture.sg

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MyCareersFuture.sg (MCF) is an online job portal that helps Singaporeans and Permanent Residents to match to a suitable career based on their skillsets for free.

It is the product of a partnership between Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Government Technology Agency (GovTech). The team behind MCF has also continuously been soliciting feedback from job seekers to make the entire portal more intuitive using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and User Experience Design (UX). Therefore, job seekers can easily connect themselves with companies and positions that best suit them.

How Different Is MyCareersFuture.sg (MCF) From Other Job Portals? 

In 2020, Singapore is expected to witness up to 65,000 job losses. Many people who are part of this demographic are in a scramble to find a new job. However, with massive competition from the unemployment pool and industry disruptions, finding a job can be difficult, let alone finding the ideal job.

Asides from job seekers, MCF also aims to help companies source out the best potential candidate effectively so that they save time and lots of unnecessary costs from the wrong hire. Specific sectors are also facing significant disruptions. Many surviving businesses have also started to realise that they can achieve a better return on investments (ROI) by hiring candidates with the relevant skills instead of paper qualifications.

Therefore, the presence of MCF has never been more relevant to the market than it is today. MyCareersFuture understands the problems that both job seekers and employers face to create a portal that can catalyse their job matching and employee selection with minimal hassle. 

Jobseekers can access MCF using their SingPass, while employers can access the portal using their CorpPass. The following are some other benefits both job seekers and employers can enjoy from using this portal.

Benefits For Jobseekers 

It Provides HOPE for Anyone Who Feels Stuck In Their Current Career Situation

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It is everyone’s dream to work in a job they enjoy while earning their desired income.

Yet, many are held back by lots of pre-existing problems. For example, a married man with kids who is stuck in an unfulfilling career, or a newly retrenched PMET who worries if his/her age will be a liability in securing a new job. These concerns are why MCF aims to help Singaporeans take a step closer to breaking out of their mental barrier and achieve their career goals once deemed impossible.

MyCareersFuture has a directory of resources to get from where you are to where you want to be, which brings me to my next point.

There’s an Abundance of Resources Available to Help Reach Your Career Goals

Under the Careers Connect page, there is an abundance of resources available to prepare you for your career success.

Firstly, before you start applying for jobs, you can attempt the personality assessments. A personality assessment can help better you understand your interests, your skills confidence, as well as your values at work. Understanding yourself is crucial as you can avoid landing in the wrong job and end up being unhappy. 

There also several easy-to-digest articles filled with colourful infographics to help you along your job search journey. The articles cover not only job search and job interview techniques but also ways to emotionally and mentally deal with job loss and embrace changes. Additionally, some resources also allow you to gain better insights into various industries. 

There is also a range of virtual workshops under the Career Energiser Series which can guide you to map out your career strategy and land that ideal job.

If you need personal guidance, there is also the Career Catalyst Programme which provides 1-on-1 coaching. You can contact +65 6883 5885 to arrange for a career coaching session.  

There are Flexible Employments Options and Government Support Programmes Available 

MCF’s search portal not only helps you to search based on your ideal salary, but you can also filter your search based on your desired employment type. Besides the typical full-time and part-time options, there are also options for contract, flexi-work, internship/traineeship, freelance and temporary opportunities.

MCF also offers programmes that cater to job seekers from different backgrounds and needs. 

There’s the Career Trial Programme, which allows you to gain work experiences at a new sector for a short period. Working in short stints will enable you to figure out if the job suits you.

The SGUnited Mid Career Pathways Programme allows mid-career switchers to gain insights into new industries, develop new skills and boost their overall employability. They can also receive a training allowance ranging from $1,400 to $3,000 a month. A similar programme, also known as SGUnited Traineeship Programme, are offered to fresh graduates of ITEs, Polytechnics and Universities. 

Mid-Level PMETs who were recently made redundant or unemployed do not have to worry much about compromising a considerable portion of their previous salary. The Career Support Programme (CSP) offers these professionals, managers, executives and technicians a starting salary of at least $4,000 ($3,600 for SMEs). 

No Experience? No Problem!

Some typical issues job seekers may encounter include the lack of experience or skillsets. Such problems can provide a mental handicap for many, causing them to stay in their career comfort zones. With the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP), Singaporeans above the age of 21 can gain employment while receiving training at the same time, or even get hired before being sent for training. 

You Can Network With Potential Hirers

MCF’s Career 360 is a 3-part programme consisting of a series of:

  • Interactive workshops, where you learn how to hone top-notch networking and elevator-pitch skills.
  • Talks from various industry experts that will help you gain insights into their respective fields and how to land a job in that specific sector.
  • Face-to-Face networking sessions with potential employers.

Regardless of whether you can secure a job from the programme, you will walk away with valuable takeaways. These include essential knowledge, such as the hiring process from the employer’s point of view, as well as presentation skills. These pieces of vital information will help you to ace future job interviews.

Benefits For Employers 

You Can Save Time Screening Candidates 

Hiring a new employee is always a gamble. The process could take up lots of time, and even money, if you hire the wrong candidate. With their highly AI and UX-optimised platform, employers can easily find the most suitable candidates based on skillsets, work experience and qualifications. 

MyCareersFuture.sg also offers the “Suggested Talents” feature, where you can review and source out quality candidates. 

There are Government Support Programmes That Help Offset Your New Hire’s Salary

New hires can take a toll on your cash flow during the ailing economic climate of 2020. However, your staff can also be your greatest asset who will bring an even greater return on investments to your business.

There are government programmes which allow these new hires to undergo training while helping you co-fund part of monthly their salary for a specified period. It is a win-win situation. Your new hires will get equipped with the latest and most relevant skills to improve your business, while you can save up some expenses on their monthly salaries.

The following are some government programmes that can help you with new hires over at MyCareersFuture.

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Programme

SGUnited Mid Career Pathways Programme

AboutIf you sign up as a host organisation, you will be hiring unemployed mid-career individuals with a considerable amount of work experience for an industry attachment programme of up to 9 months. Upon completion of the industry attachment programme, you will have the choice of whether to continue the employment relationship by offering a job contract or conclude your working relationship with the trainees. 
BenefitsDuring the industry attachment, the government will fund 80% of the monthly training allowance, as long as it does not exceed $3,000. 
Best Suited For 
  • Companies that prefer matured candidates with relevant work experiences and some possible transferable skills.
  • Companies that want to try out candidates for a short-term to access their suitability before committing with them on a full-time basis.  

Programme

SGUnited Traineeship Programme

AboutThis programme is relatively similar to the SGUnited Mid Career Pathways Programme, except that you will be hiring fresh graduates for a traineeship programme of up to 9 months. After the attachment has ended, you can offer them a full-time position if you find their work satisfactory. 
BenefitsDuring the industry attachment, the government will fund 80% of the monthly training allowance, as long as it does not exceed $2,500 for Unversity graduates, $1,800 for Polytechnic graduates and $1,500 for ITE graduates. 
Best Suited For 
  • Companies that prefer fresh graduates with little or no work experience, but can offer fresh perspectives to the industry.
  • Companies that want to try out candidates for a short-term to access their suitability before committing with them on a full-time basis.  
  • Companies that prefer a cheaper alternative to the SGUnited Mid Career Pathways Programme. 

Programme

Career Trial Programme

AboutCareer Trial Programme allows you to hire any unemployed individuals above the age of 16 for a short-term work stint to gauge their suitability with your organisation. It is a trial period where both you and the job seeker assess whether both of you are a professional match. Upon completion of the trial period, you can offer suitable candidates permanent or part-time employment for a salary of at least $1,500 and $750 respectively. 
BenefitsYour organisation will be supported with 30% of monthly salary for up to 6 months, with the pay-out capped at $5,400 per hire. This benefit is extended to unemployed Singapore Citizens (including persons-of-disabilities) who have been actively looking for jobs for 6 months or more. 
Best Suited For 
  • Companies that want to try out candidates for a short-term to access their suitability before committing with them on a full-time basis.  
  • Companies that want to groom the next batch of talents who will contribute actively to their organisations. 

Programme

Career Support Programme (CSP)

AboutCareer Support Programme (CSP) allows you to hire Singaporean citizens who are professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) and are unemployed for 6 months or more. These PMETs bring along with them a range of experiences which could be transferrable to your company. In return, they will earn a gross monthly salary of at least $4,000 ($3,600 for SMEs). 
Benefits

Your organisation will receive partial salary support according to your employee’s age and situation. 

  • PMETs aged 40 and above who are unemployed for 12 months or more – 50% for the first 6 months of employment, 30% for the next 6 months and 20% for the subsequent 6 months. 
  • PMETs aged 40 and above who are unemployed between 6 to 11 months – 40% for the first 6 months of employment and 20% for the subsequent 6 months.
  • PMETs under the age of 40 who are unemployed for 6 months or more – 20% for the first 6 months of employment and 10% for the subsequent 6 months. 
Best Suited For 
  • Companies that want to hire experienced PMETs who will bring their wealth of work experiences to the job.   

Programme

Professional Conversion Programme (PCP)

About

The Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) is a 3 to 24-month career conversion programme that comes in 3 modes of delivery:

  • Attach-and-Train. Prospective employees will receive training and work attachment in growth sectors, in advance of job placements in fields related to their traineeship stints.
  • Place-and-Train. Your company will hire prospective employees before sending them for training to take on new job roles. 
  • Redeployment. If there are PMETs who are at the risk of being redundant in your company, you can send them for reskilling to take up new roles in other departments. 
Benefits

Your organisation will receive partial financial support for your employee’s salary or training allowance, as well as course fees. However, that will depend on the mode of delivery. 

  • Place-and-Train/Redeployment for Singaporean trainees who are less than 40 years of age.
    • Employers are provided with monthly salary support of up to 70% (capped at $4,000 per month) or up to 90% (capped at $6,000 per month) for those unemployed for more than 6 months. Up to 70% of course fee subsidies (up to 90% for Singaporean or PR trainees sponsored by SMEs; funding caps may apply) are also available. In-house training fee support of up to $15 per hour is also available.  
  • Place-and-Train/Redeployment for Singaporean trainees who are above 40 years of age.
    • Employers are provided with monthly salary support of up to 90% (capped at $6,000 per month) and up to 90% of course fee subsidies (funding caps may apply). In-house training fee support of up to $15 per hour is also available.   
  • Attach-and-Train. Workforce Singapore (WSG) will fund between 50-70% (capped at $4,000) of the prevailing salary. Hosting companies will co-fund at least 10% of the prevailing salary. 
Best Suited For 
  • Companies that want to retain their redundant employees by retraining and redeploying them to new departments. 
  • Companies that want to tap on mid-career switchers who may bring along their wealth of experiences into the organisation. 

Programme

P-Max 

About

P-Max is a place-and-train programme for SMEs. There are 3 different options available:

  • P-Max. For PMETs. 
  • P-Max for Older Workers. For Singaporean Citizens above the age of 50, also known as 
  • P-Max Lite. For SMEs that are not currently hiring but wishes to develop their supervisors to better communicate with newly hired PMETs. Only available for Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents. 
Benefits
  • P-Max and P-Max. Participating SMEs can enjoy up to 90% course fee subsidy for PMET, SME training workshops and Age Management workshop (applicable for P-Max for Older Worker only). Eligible SMEs will receive a one-time Assistance Grant upon completion of the programme and six-month retention of the newly hired PMETs. The grant is capped at $5,000 for P-Max, and $10,000 for P-Max for Older Workers, regardless of the number of PMETs hired or retained. 
  • P-Max Lite. Non-hiring SMEs can enjoy up to 90% of fee subsidies on courses that help them build up progressive HR practices and better manage new and existing staff. 
Best Suited For 
  • SMEs looking to hire PMETs.
  • SMEs that see the value in matured workers and the experiences they can bring to the table. 
  • SMEs that want to improve their HR practices within the organisation. 

There are Resources to Help You Hire Quality Candidates 

MyCareersFuture understands that even employers need help with hiring and managing new staff from time to time. They have curated a list of useful articles that will help you to search for the right talent, improve your hiring process and manage your team more effectively

Top 5 In-Demand Jobs Featured on MyCareersFuture 

Software Developer 

If you love to analyse user’s needs to design, test and develop the next life-changing app, you are in luck! 

There are slightly more than 1,700 software developer jobs available on MyCareersFuture. The average salary stated on the MCF listing ranges from $1,500 to $8,000. 

Most of the posts require you to have an education in computer science, as well as knowledge of several popular programming languages such as Python and Unix. A number of the listed jobs also come with government support programmes such as the Career Support Programme (CSP) and the SGUnited Traineeship Programme.  

Business Analyst 

If you have an eye for data, numbers and identifying solutions and opportunities for business to improve, you can apply for one of more than 700 jobs available on MyCareersFuture.

The average salary of a business analyst as listed on MCF ranges from $2,000 to $9,500. This career has undergone lots of changes over the years, thanks to technology. Hence, having a degree in business and finance is not enough. You will have to acquire skills in data analytics and software such as the Adobe Suite be a consummate business analyst. However, there are traineeships opportunities available in MCF’s business analyst listing for fresh graduates and mid-career switchers. 

Nursing 

The healthcare industry received lots of attention in 2020. It is expected to grow with the ageing population and the post-pandemic effects. 

There are over 400 opportunities available under this category which could include care aide and clinical assistant jobs. Nursing is a specialised field and therefore formal training in nursing is a must. However, there are also opportunities for mid-switchers to enter this field through the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP). 

Pre-Primary Education Teacher 

If you are patient and love kids, being a preschool education teacher could be something up your lane. There are over 270 jobs in this field available on MCF. The average salary of a preschool education teacher ranges from $1,300 to $3,500. Entry-level candidates can work their way up to be a principal of a childcare centre. 

It is a job that requires one to have excellent communication skills and knowledge of child psychology. There are many government support schemes available for both mid-career switchers and fresh graduates. 

Restaurant Manager 

Restaurants are picking up as the pandemic subsides. This is one sector that is actively hiring, despite going through a disruption, making it an exciting time to be part of something new and potentially revolutionary. 

Despite having low barriers to entry, the F&B industry requires a special kind of personality. Restaurant managers need to lead a large team while dealing with the fast-paced action that plies between the kitchen and the guests’ tables. At times, he/she may also need to be in charge of catering and reservation sales. 

The salary of a restaurant manager varies according to establishments. You can earn anywhere from $1,500 to $8,000. For entry-level candidates, there are government support programmes for both mid-career switchers and fresh graduates. 

Author Bio

Tom Koh is widely recognised as a leading SEO consultant in Asia who has worked to transform the online visibility of the leading organisations such as SingTel, Capitaland, Maybank, P&G, WWF, etc. Recently he was instrumental in consulting for a New York-based US$30B fund in an US$4Bn acquisition. Tom is a Computational Science graduate of the National University of Singapore. In his free time he performs pro-bono community work and traveling.
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August 26, 2020

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