13 Apr 2018

What Does It Take to be an Industry-Ready Graduate?

As reported in TODAY Online, “Fresh graduates from TMC Academy drew highest starting pay of $2,650 per month”. This result came in from an inaugural Private Education Institution (PEI) Graduate Employment Survey 2015/16, conducted by the Committee for Private Education (CPE) for graduates from full-time bachelor’s level External Degree Programmes^ (EDPs) in Singapore. The survey, released on 15 Nov 2017, aims to “increase information transparency for prospective students considering enrolling in EDPs, and help them make informed decisions on their education choices”. Read full article here.

With the government’s focus on providing education that does not solely focus on academics, but placing equal importance on preparing students for the workforce, many schools have been working on designing industry-relevant curriculum. What does TMC Academy have in place to produce industry-ready graduates that stand out from the rest?
Pioneer in the Set-up of Industry Advisory Boards

With our commitment to delivering high quality courses with industry relevant skills, four industry advisory boards were set up since December 2012. TMC was quick to realise the importance of preparing students to not only excel academically, but to develop skills that would prepare them for their careers. Successful members of the industry are invited to sit on the Board, whose invaluable experience contributes much to the TMC curriculum.

Mr. Robin Chin
International Practice Partner
Foo Kon Tan Grant Thornton LLP

Dr. Elizabeth Nair
Principal Psychologist – Work & Health Psychologists

Ms. Rhena Tan
General Manager (Operations & Corporate Procurement)
Dr. WHO Waterworks Pte Ltd

Mr. Lim Wei Wah
Regional Director, Global Support – Asia End User Services Engineering | Core Services Engineering and Operations
Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd
In summary, students have access to an industry-relevant study curriculum, internship programmes and access to industry networking events.
Access to Learning Opportunities in the Industry
At TMC Academy, we open doors to invaluable learning opportunities within the industry, from the industry practitioners. Our initiative to form the Student Chapters platform, as a partnership with industry associations like the Singapore Computer Society, Institute of Public Relations of Singapore, Singapore Psychological Society and Association of Bartenders and Sommeliers Singapore (ABSS Youth Wing), provides students access to industry events and visits, workshops, competitions and opportunities to work alongside people in the industry. Many of our students have expressed that through this exposure, they are more aware of the industry requirements, and help them better career choices. Here’s what some of our students have experienced:
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Internship Opportunities for Higher Employability

TMC Academy School of Business and School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts have internship programmes in place for Higher Diploma students. This 6 months internship potentially increases the employability of our students as employers are increasingly looking for employees with work experience. Our strong links with companies, especially in the hotel industry has seen many of our students successfully placed.
With our industry-relevant curriculum, our students are able to complete the internship program, with some exceling in their positions and earning recommendation letters from their supervisors!
Higher Diploma in Business Studies with International Business. Interned at Sofitel Singapore
“Laleetha has always ensured that she goes well and beyond the call of duty to work diligently and finish her work which included daily data extractions and preparation of monthly reports. She has also provided extended support to the other team and took this on as a positive learning enhancement. She will definitely be an asset for the organization wherever she will work.”

– Ferreira, Cluster Director of Revenue of Sofitel Singapore Sentosa & So Sofitel Singapore
Cecilia Lee
Higher Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Interned at Holiday Inn Singapore
“Cecilia is ready to work full time in an organisation. She is self-driven with lots of passion to drive results.”

– Nur, Holiday Inn Industrial Attachment Supervisor

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