Do more to get students thinking early about career

I am delighted to hear about the establishment of career guidance centres at polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education ("8 career guidance centres in polys, ITE by January"; Oct 31).

I suggest the following to further enhance the effectiveness of the system.

First, more education and career guidance counsellors should be deployed at secondary schools. This can help lower secondary school students better select their subjects for upper secondary studies.

Next, there are some upper secondary students who take on vacation jobs. Perhaps a portal on such job and internship opportunities could be set up.

Education and career guidance can help in job or internship matching, instead of merely providing advice on choosing a career path.

There is scope to help students pave the way towards a future career even as early as secondary school, in terms of both career advice and giving them an early taste of working life.

Leong Kok Seng