INTERNSHIPS are a good gauge for employers to assess the capability of new recruits, said Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat.
“When you are able to monitor a candidate over a period of time, you will have a clearer picture of what he or she is like, as compared to one or two rounds of interviews to assess the suitability of a candidate for a position,” he said after launching University College Sedaya International's (UCSI) myProfile and eAlumni web portals.
myProfile is an online portal where students will be able to upload and update their resumes by including their personal details, academic achievements and work experience.
Once online, employers will be able to view these profiles from anywhere around the world and choose suitable candidates.
On the other hand, eAlumni allows former students to keep in touch with UCSI and their friends.
UCSI has a human resource team that will certify all information posted on the portals.
Both myProfile and eAlumni will complement UCSI's existing Co-Op Programme (Co-Op), which matches students with organisations for a two-month internship in each academic year.
So far, more than 600 organisations are involved in Co-Op and over 600 students will be doing their internship next month.
Ong commended UCSI and the private sector for providing students with opportunities for internships.
UCSI president and vice-chancellor Peter Ng said according to feedback, more than 90% of employers were satisfied with the quality of students.
“Employers have indicated that they would like our students to return for another stint the following year,” he said.
He added that many students had been offered jobs by their Co-Op employers upon graduation.
UCSI students also treated guests to musical performances during the launch. – By EE-LYN TAN
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