65,000 jobs up for grabs at the Career & Education 2015 fair

SINGAPORE - With more than 65,000 jobs on offer, the Career & Education 2015 job fair opened its doors on Thursday.

This three-day fair, held at Suntec City Convention Centre until Saturday, features 90 exhibiting companies, including universities, private educational institutes, employment institutions and recruitment agencies.

Some larger exhibitors, like insurance giant AIA, indicated that they have no limitations in their job vacancies and are open to hiring as many new people as possible.

The fair also features firms which help jobseekers analyse which careers are best suited to them based on their personalities.

One such firm is Research Communications International (RCI). It uses a computer programme to help map out a person's personality in detail.

Another agency offering such services is the Employment and Employability Institute, e2i, which is participating in the 27-year-old fair for the first time. The team from e2i will assist job-seekers in finding careers suited to their personality using a "simple profiling test".

The agency is also liaising with the National Jobs Bank to refer and match clients to available positions.

The National Jobs Bank, launched last July, had 16,000 employers and 76,000 individuals registered on the portal as of Feb.

Guest-of-honour at the job fair launch Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, said: "The important thing is, whatever the job market and the situation is, we continue to hone our skills after leaving school."

Sixteen-year-old Muhamad Khairulamirin Abd Khalim, who hopes to become a chef, said: "This exhibition makes me realise the options I have and the jobs out there."

rtan@sph.com.sg