Studying in polytechnic is more than just acing your assignments and examinations. Don’t miss out on the many co-curricular opportunities to pick up skills to enrich you as a person and future employee.
1. Join clubs and societies
If you’re passionate about something, don’t wait too long to master it. The best time and place to start is when you’re still in school. Employers value candidates who have a life outside work and don't hesitate to pick up new skills and hobbies – or even venture to new territory fearlessly.
It'll also cost more resources if you try to pick up a sport, art form, dance or musical instrument after you graduate from polytechnic. On the other hand, when you’re in school, you just have to allocate your time efficiently for these co-curricular activities. A side benefit is that they can also spruce up your otherwise monotonous school life! Have fun boosting your co-curricular record in polytechnic alongside academic pursuits.
2. Participate in competitions
Winning shouldn't be your only motivation for taking part in competitions. Instead, if you focus on your preparation and giving it your best shot, you can dispel any self-doubts. On your resume, participation in competitions also show that you're unafraid to work diligently towards your goals.
Sports enthusiasts can compete in the annual Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic (IVP) Games and Polytechnic-ITE (POL-ITE) Games. There are also other competitions that cater to a wide range of interests. You can even pick and choose which events to compete in according to your strengths and weaknesses.
Employers want to see dedication and commitment to a cause or goal in potential employees, and having a track record of taking part in competitions will strengthen your application.
3. Attend talks and forums
Find out about talks and forums held on polytechnic campuses, and attend those featuring speakers from the industry or society you are interested in. Don’t miss out on the chance to listen to unique stories on personal career journeys, or insights on the latest industry trends.
TEDx events, organised to discover ideas and spark conversations in communities, are also popular on campuses. Such talks provide motivation and inspire you to have passion for what you do. At forums, don’t hesitate to speak up if you have anything important to share on any topic or issue close to your heart.
Most importantly, listen and soak up the insights which will provide useful fodder for you to form your opinions and worldviews in time to come as a young jobseeker.
With so much to learn and acquire, co-curricular activities serve as a critical platform that you can leverage to strengthen your skills and position in the job market after graduating from polytechnic.