MySkillsFuture is a new platform recently launched by SkillsFuture Singapore to help all Singaporeans with planning and developing their careers. This is certainly welcome news for all, as the portal helps to provide guidance to students as young as 11, all the way to working adults!
This platform provides many different tools and services to offer various kinds of benefits to users. This ranges from job information, training courses as well as job listings.
This may all sound confusing, but fret not! I have done the dirty work, sieving through different parts of the platform to better recommend areas you can focus on when using the platform.
Today, DGG Resume is proud to come up with a guide to teach you how to best make use of the MySkillsFuture platform for your benefit.
Do note that this guide is aimed at the working adults demographic, so it will not cover the entirety of the platform.
Understanding Yourself with MySkillsFuture
As entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk puts it, Self-Awareness and Empathy are the keys to being successful.
Self-awareness is one of the most important attributes you can have.
You want to find a career most suitable for yourself. But you can do so only by having a comprehensive and honest understanding of yourself, your interests, skills and values.
To help you better understand yourself, there are 3 useful tools provided in MySkillsFuture to do just that:
Self-Assessment Tool: Career Interests
If you are feeling completely lost and directionless in your career path, this is a good place to start! This assessment tool helps you to find out the careers that match your interests.
You simply need to answer a set of questions to better understand your top personality types. Next, you will receive suggestions on the different types of jobs that might be of your interest!
You will be given 11 sets of questions, each with a scale from ‘strongly dislike’ to ‘strongly like’.
There are a variety of questions regarding different types of job responsibilities, to suggest your most preferred career choice reflected from your answers.
After the assessment, you will be given a result of your top 3 personality types (out of 6 personality types).
The 6 personality types include:
After which, you can click on the tab ‘Related job information’ to explore the suggested jobs that fit your assessment results, as well as the industry that the jobs belong to.
You can then click on the job itself to have a better understanding of the details of each job.
Self-Assessment Tool: Skills Confidence
After understanding suitable jobs for your interests, here is another interesting tool you can try! This tool allows you to find out the areas that you believe that you are good at doing (your confidence in your skills).
Similar to the previous assessment, this tool also consists of 11 sets of questions.
These questions measure how confident you are in completing certain tasks and responsibilities.
After you have completed the questions, you will similarly receive your top 3 personality types. The personality types are also based on RIASEC, identical to the ones used in the self-assessment tool.
Subsequently, you can similarly explore related jobs that fit the attributes that you are most confident in.
Self-Assessment Tool: Work Values
Finally, this last self-assessment tool helps you to find out the work values that are most important to you, and the possible career paths aligned to your work values.
After you finish the 12 sets of questions, you will receive assessment results showing the work value that you place most importance in.
There are 12 possible work values that the tool offers. The results will display the work values to you in order of importance (most important to least important), based on your answers.
Based on your top work values, you will also be suggested a list of jobs that are aligned to your work value results.
The main purpose of doing these self-assessments is to find out more about yourself; be it your career interests, confidence in your own skills, and values that you place emphasis on.
By having a better understanding, you can now make a more informed decision in choosing your future career paths.
But that’s not all.
After understanding yourself better, what else do you need to do?
Understanding The Market with MySkillsFuture
After understanding yourself better with the above tools, you will also need to understand the market well. This can include the overall industry information such as its background and outlook, as well as different occupations within the industry itself.
It is important to understand the market, as you would want to enter a market that is (i) Promising in the future, and (ii) Has jobs that interest you.
Understanding the market may sound hard, but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to scour the web and do tons of research. Simply make use of the MySkillsFuture platform here!
First, you can choose your desired industry between many different choices.
If you are just exploring, feel free to just choose between different industries to learn more!
In this post we will be using Hotel and Accommodation Services as our example industry.
You can observe that the platform provides information about the industry background, facts, outlook, environment and lead agency.
A few key areas that I would recommend taking a more in-depth look include:
The outlook sub-section gives good information regarding the new areas of upcoming opportunities in the industry, so that you can have a good idea of where you should invest your time and resources in.
The environment sub-section offers information about the attributes that are best suited for the industry. Here, you can match the attributes against the traits you have, to determine if you are a good fit for the industry.
When you continue scrolling down the page, you will find the section on Occupational Insights. Here, the platform shares information regarding different occupations in the particular industry you have selected.
2 main areas to note here are:
1) The qualifications needed (‘How I Qualify’) for the job, as well as
2) The typical job responsibilities (‘What I Do’) for each occupation.
Additionally, the typical career pathway for each occupation, and the courses related to the industry are also provided!
Scroll further to the end of the page to find out about the current job openings in this industry, and easily apply for them right away!
Improving Yourself: Taking up Training Courses with MySkillsFuture
Constant acquisition of new skills and knowledge is vital in this rapidly changing world. The best way to do so is to take up different training courses related to areas you are interested in exploring.
For example, if you want to be a Concierge in the hospitality industry, you can choose to explore the related courses shown at the right hand side of the page.
It will show you the top recommended courses related to the job, and taking them up will definitely improve your qualifications and chances for your desired job!
Alternatively, you could simply go to the Training Exchange section at the top menu bar of the page.
At the page, if you have a particular course that you have in mind, simply search for the keyword of a course that you are interested in. If not, feel free to explore the Featured Courses provided.
As you search, you can also toggle between different filters, such as training duration, fee required, and minimum qualifications. These filters can help you find a more suitable course based on your needs.
Searching for Jobs through the Jobs Bank with MySkillsFuture
Once you are ready to send in your job applications, you can search for suitable jobs and do so through the ‘Jobs Bank’ page.
You can similarly personalize your search with a specific keyword, category and position level filters, as well as a minimum gross salary.
If you are uncertain of what jobs to apply for, you can check out the ‘New Jobs’ and ‘Featured Jobs’ tabs provided in the platform.
MySkillsFuture: A Wrap Up
If you have made it this far, congratulations! You now have the necessary tools and knowledge to make the best of the MySkillsFuture portal.
Job search is not an easy process, but I hope MySkillsFuture as well as the different DGG Resume guides we provide here can lend you a helping hand!
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