Career Opportunities & Guidance

About

The Career Opportunities and Guidance (COG) department supports the school’s PCCG Curriculum. COG aims to facilitate greater awareness about self and opportunities to enable students to make well-informed decisions regarding their future higher education and career goals. It delivers a comprehensive range of services which includes one-to-one education and career counselling sessions, guidance on university applications, resume reviews, and coordinating meetings with university admissions officers and scholarship agencies.

Department

Director of COG: Mrs Juliana Liu-Tengara

Email: julianatengara@acsindep.edu.sg

DID: 68700448

Higher Education Counsellor: Ms Sng Sok Hwee

Email: sngsokhwee@acsindep.edu.sg

DID: 67739515

For enquires on applications, please refer to the following

Destinations Staff
UK Application Dr Kiranjeet Kaur

Mr Tan Kok Choon

US Application Ms Sng Sok Hwee

Mr Mohamed Fazli Sugang

Yale-NUS Application Mr Mohamed Fazli Sugang
SG Application Mdm Ivy Quek Mui Khim
Other Applications (including Australia, Canada, HK, New Zealand) Ms Sng Sok Hwee
SG Scholarships Mrs Juliana Liu-Tengara

Mdm Ivy Quek Mui Khim

 Staff Email Addresses
Mdm Ivy Quek Mui Khim ivyquekmk@acsindep.edu.sg
Dr. Kiranjeet Kaur kiran@acsindep.edu.sg
Mr. Mohamed Fazli Sugang fazli@acsindep.edu.sg
Mr. Tan Kok Choon kokchoon@acsindep.edu.sg
 Mr Chan Huang Kiat  chanhuangkiat@acsindep.edu.sg

Parents' Information Session

The COG Unit organises information sessions for parents to keep them up-to-date with the higher education landscape, as we recognise parents play a vital role in guiding their children’s transition towards higher education.

These events are usually held in conjunction with the Year 5 & 6 Parent-Teacher Meeting (PTM). More details will be provided closer to the date of the event via the Principal’s Circular, SNAC and the COG website.

ACS (Independent) Higher Education & Careers Day 2016

Organised by the Career Opportunities & Guidance Unit, the annual ACS (Independent) Higher Education & Careers Fair 2016 was held on 9 March 2016. Growing from strength to strength, this year’s event saw an overwhelming participation from 59 organisations, ranging from local government agencies and both local and overseas higher education institutions.

At the stroke of 12 noon, swarms of students from Years 5 & 6 arrived at the event venue with apparent eagerness and excitement. The students received a warm welcome from student volunteers who presented a goodie bag sponsored by BrightSparks, the largest higher education portal in Singapore. Outside Auditorium One, students engaged with representatives from local universities and institutes representing Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Entering Auditorium One, the students were greeted by representatives from local government scholarship agencies and institutions from Europe, Canada and the US, readily addressing queries and offering valuable insights. We students were indeed spoilt for choice.

Informative and interactive, the Higher Education & Careers Fair successfully offered diverse opportunities for students to gather more information and make informed plans for their further education. Samuel Chian from Class 6.15 (Judea) commented it was truly “eye-opening”. Organisers also expressed their contentment, as the students were “enthusiastic” and “forth-coming”.

Ao Liyuan
Class 6.15 (Judea)

Higher Education & Careers Fair in Auditorium ONE  (Photo Credit: Matthew Yip, 2.09 Benjamin) 

Higher Education & Careers Fair outside Auditorium ONE  (Photo Credit: Matthew Yip, 2.09 Benjamin) 

 

MOE Education and Career Guidance

Education and Career Guidance (ECG) facilitates the acquisition of necessary knowledge, skills and attitude that will enable students to gain a better self-awareness; explore viable educational and career pathways; make informed decisions and to develop an action plan to achieve their career aspirations.

ECG Counselling provides dedicated support for graduating students who may have yet to identify their career interests, select post-secondary educational institutions/subject combinations and/or require assistance with JAE application:

ECG Services:

  1. Individual Consultations for Students and/or Parents

• Identifying Career Interests, Personality Strengths, Skill Strengths, Values
• Selecting Upper Secondary Subject Combinations
• Exploring Post-Secondary Educational Pathways & Institutions (IB, A-Levels, JC options etc.)
• Choosing JC Subject Combinations
• University Admissions
• Preparing for School Admission Exercises (ie., DSA-JC/JAE)
• PTM ECG Enquiries
• CCA Selection
• Applying for Scholarships
• Resume & Interview Skills
• Personality Profile Interpretations

  1. ECG Workshops/Talks
  2. Online & Print Resources at ACS (I) Library

Dr Piriya Sasajala, Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Counsellor, is available every Tuesday at the Shakespeare Room, ACS(I) Shaw Library (9am-5pm).

Email: piriya_sasajala@moe.gov.sg

Resources

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has put together resources that students and parents may find useful in making decisions regarding higher education and careers. You may access them via the links below:

GENERAL INFORMATION
ECG Website www.moe.gov.sg/ECG
Singapore’s Education System www.moe.gov.sg/SG-edu-system
Schoolbag Website www.schoolbag.sg
ECG Parent Guide www.moe.gov.sg/ECG-parent-guide
 INFORMATION ON SEC & POST-SEC EDUCATION
Post-Sec Education Options www.moe.gov.sg/education/post-secondary
What’s Next (After O Level) www.moe.gov.sg/whats-next
Pre-University Education www.moe.gov.sg/PreU
Integrated Programmes www.moe.gov.sg/education/secondary/other/integrated-programme
INFORMATION ON INSTITUTES OF HIGHER LEARNING
Financial Assistance Information for IHLs www.moe.gov.sg/FAS-IHL

 

University Application and Admissions

UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS:

If choice of university or the application process is a daunting task, then look no further. Our friendly counsellors will help you make an informed choice on the right university and the procedure that will have lifelong implications on your chosen profession. Alternatively, you may access the links below for more information:

Local NUS Admissions

Yale-NUS Admissions

NTU Admissions

SIT Admissions

UniSIM Admissions

SMU Admissions

SUTD Admissions

UK Student’s Self-Assessment Form for UCAS references

UCAS

The UK Universities Pre-Departure Guide 2012

UCAS Application procedure and timeline (2017/2018 Admission)

FAQs

US US Applications 2016-17 – Student Guide to Naviance

Naviance

Common Application

University of California Application

Australia Study in Australia (insert hyperlink: https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/)

 

IDP Singapore (insert hyperlink: https://www.idp.com/singapore/studyabroad)

 

Canada EduCanada (insert hyperlink: http://www.educanada.ca/)

 

Hong Kong Study in Hong Kong (insert hyperlink: http://www.studyinhongkong.edu.hk/en/)

 

Japan Study in Japan (insert hyperlink: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/)

 

FIAA (Foundation for International Assistance to People of Asia) (insert hyperlink: https://www.facebook.com/FIAA.JP.SG/)

 

New Zealand Study in New Zealand (insert hyperlink: https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/)

 

IDP Singapore (insert hyperlink: https://www.idp.com/singapore/studyabroad)

 

Undergraduate Scholarships - BrightSparks

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS:

An online portal here provides the latest information on scholarships. Alternatively, you may also search for the latest scholarship information on BrightSparks using the form below:

 

Undergraduate Scholarships - Scholarships@Gov

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has launched a new website known as Scholarships@Gov (https://www.scholarships.gov.sg/). This website brings together all the information on public sector scholarships and public service careers on a single platform. It is hoped that this will serve anyone interested in the public sector scholarships, better in accessing information about public sector scholarships and careers.

School Profile

Please click on the link below for the latest copy of the School Profile:

ACS (Independent) School Profile 2016 – 2017

The 11th annual University Admissions Officers Report, conducted by ACS International Schools asks admissions officers to rate three exam systems: A Levels, the IBDP, and BTEC, ranking them against factors such as ‘encouraging independent inquiry,’ ‘encouraging citizenship’ and ‘developing self-management skills.’ The DP ranks top in 14 out of 16 different factors. The IBDP scored favourably against 14 out of 16 different factors.

For the full report, please click here

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