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Career Coaching

Whether you are in the initial stages of choosing a career, researching for options, struggling to make a decision or ready to hit the road with a job search plan, you are encouraged to consult with a career coach. Individual appointments can be arranged with your assigned career coach. 

Certified career coaches here at DKHMCC will conduct one-on-one sessions with students for career advising, consulting, résumé and cover letter critique, mock interviews and administration of various personality inventories. DKHMCC also provides a résumé builder programme for students creating their very first résumé to kick-start their internship and job applications.


Career Planning/Self-Assessment 
Assist you to assess your talents, interests, skills, values and identify potential careers that match your respective profiles. You will be guided carefully amidst the myriad of confusing messages you may receive regarding careers from friends, family and the media.

Exploring Careers 
Work with you to develop ideas about a career and offer advice on researching careers and approaching the job search. You will be informed on the variety of career and job search resources available in the career resource centre, homepage and on the internet.

Résumé Critique
Offer advice and reviewing cover letter and résumé.

Interviewing Skills 
Prepare you for an interview by discussing the guidelines or arranging for a mock interview. Commonly-asked questions in an interview may be reviewed and practiced to give you confidence for the interview.


Personality Inventory Test

A good career planning process begins with a self-assessment. Each inventory is unique and offers insights into different facets of your innate abilities, skill sets, interests, motivating factors, organizational fit, values and aspirations. Understanding the variety of personality types can greatly help you identify suitable career options and chart out your acadamic path in a more relevant manner. If any of the following inventories interest you, please email your career coach or you may drop us an email at placement@smu.edu.sg

a. CareerLeader             

CareerLeader is designed to help students understand the business-related elements of work that will inspire, motivate and help determine which careers are a good fit. CareerLeader identifies three major elements most important in career decisions: interests, values and abilities. It provides suggested best-career-path matches, with information on the organisational culture. CareerLeader is highly recommended for all those considering a career in financial institutions and consultancy firms.

 

b. DISC Personality System      
          
   
DISC evaluates four key factors which of the individual behaviour: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance. The instrument offers a description on the profilers’ general approach, including one’s likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, and basic assumptions one draws about others.

 

c. Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)     
       
The MBTI is frequently used in areas realted to personal development, employee and leadership training, marriage counselling, pedagogy and group dynamics. The instrument classifies personalities into four distinct types, viz:
Extraversion (E) OR Introversion (I)
Sensing (S) OR Intuitive (N)
Thinking (T) OR Feeling (F)
Judging (J) OR Perceiving (P).

 

d. Strong Interest

             
 Measures interests, but not skills or abilities. This tool comprises four scales of assessment:
1. General Occupational Themes where the six broad areas comprise Realistic (R), Investigative (I), Artistic (A), Social (S), Enterprising (E) and Conventional (C).
2. Basic Interest Scales that suggest areas most motivating and rewarding for the individual.
3. Occupational Scales which indicate the individual’s potential compatibility of interests vis-à-vis one’s likes and dislikes, measured against those who manifest job satisfaction.
4. Personal Style Scales with insights on preferences in relation to work style, learning, leadership, risk taking and team work.

Last updated on 7 Nov 2016.