FASS Mentorship Programme

FAS3551 FASS Capstone Career Preparation

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About FAS3551 FASS Capstone Career Preparation

The module complements the existing FASS Mentorship Programme, where we connect undergraduates with experienced FASS alumni. The alumni will serve as mentors to our students by providing insights on specific career sectors, helping them to expand their professional network, and guiding them to chart their career path ahead. This is one of the requirements that students need to fulfill for the FASS 2.0 Industry Tracks Programme

To register for FAS3551, students have to ensure that they fulfill the pre-requisite, and have enrolled into the FASS Mentorship Programme. At present, the module is only available in Semester 2 of each new Academic Year.

 


Overview of Module

Preclusion and Advisory

  • The module is applicable to students pursuing one of the following degrees:
    1. Bachelor of Arts
    2. Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
    3. Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours)
    4. Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours)
    (Environmental Geography specialisation)
  • The module cannot be used to delay Honours, or your graduation.
  • You are unable to register for the FAS3551 module if you intend to take Leave of Absence during the mentorship period. 
  • Like any other NUS module, the FASS Capstone Career Preparation module may only be used once.

Pre-requisite

Full-time undergraduate students who have completed 80 MCs

Credits & Grading

  • 2 MCs
  • Used to fulfill UE and are graded on CS/CU basis
  • Mentorship that were performed while on LOA cannot be used to earn credit.

 2021 Mentorship Programme

Application Deadline

Application Deadline:
30 Sep 2020

Mentorship Programme Period: 
4 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

FAS3551 Application Deadline

 FAS3551 Application Deadline: 
30 Sep 2020

Module Window: 
11 Jan 2021 – 23 Apr 2021

 

 

 

Plan for FAS3551 FASS Capstone Career Preparation

Steps

Details

Selection Criteria

When reviewing the profile of the applicants, the following will be taken into consideration:

  • Priority will be given to those who have met the pre-requisite, have chosen their major, and are on track to complete the FASS 2.0 Industry Tracks Programme.
  • Demonstrated their motivation and readiness to pursue a career in a chosen track.
  • Enthusiastic and keen to achieve a better understanding of one’s career preferences, and how they could further strengthen their profile.
  • Can commit to the one-year duration (Jan to Dec) of the programme.
  • Maintain an open and positive mind-set when exploring and considering their career options.

Pre-requisite

  • Completed 80 MCs

Align with FASS 2.0 Industry Track

Self-Assessment Tool: Know Yourself

 

 

 

Apply for 2021 Mentorship Programme

Steps

Details Deadline

Register Your interest

  • The mentorship application will open in August each year. Dean's Office will send an email to the student cohort to provide more details.
  • Do note that the registration of interest does not equate to a guaranteed placement in the Mentorship Programme. The final matching depends on the availability of mentors in the chosen industry.
September 2020

Participation Outcome

  • You will be informed of the participation outcome by November.
November 2020

Confirm Mentorship Placement

  • Once the mentor and mentee have agreed to the matching, the mentee will join FASS Mentorship Programme in the following year (Jan to Dec).
November 2020

 

 

 

Enrol in FAS3551 FASS Capstone Career Preparation

Steps

Details Deadline

Indicate Your Interest to Enrol in FAS3551

  • Upon successful matching to a mentor, the mentorship administrator will enrol you into the module.
September 2020

Determine your Academic Advisor (AA)

  • The AA will review your assessment tasks and eventually decides if your performance is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
  • By default, an AA from the FASS Deanery will be assigned to each student. However, you may also nominate a faculty member as AA. Please seek agreement from the faculty member first before nominating.
  • If you wish to nominate your own AA, please contact Chau Woon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

If you decide to nominate a faculty member as an AA, please inform us by 15 December 2020.

(No action is required from you if the AA is from the Deanery)

 

 

 

Assessment Tasks

FAS3551 FASS Capstone Career Preparation   

Specific Assessment Tasks

Navigating LumiNUS

Deadline

To submit a report consisting of 3 sections:

  1. LinkedIn Profile Summary - 20% of grade
    • Create a LinkedIn profile and prepare the profile summary write-up with guidance from the mentor.  

    • To include the Linkedln URL in the report.

  2. "Research the Industry" Report - 40% of grade
    • 1,000 words

    • Your report should encapsulate your research and findings on the development, opportunities and challenges in the chosen industry, in consultation with the mentor.

    • The mentor will provide comments, which will form a major basis for the assessment.

  3. Reflection Narrative” Report – 40% of grade
    • 1,000 words

    • A “reflection narrative”, where you will reflect upon your learning journey in NUS FASS and relate it to the chosen industry. This include: 

      • Reflection upon the mentorship journey.  
      • Learning outcomes achieved, on both professional and personal front.
      • Advice to juniors who might want to participate in the Mentorship Programme in the future.
      • Give acknowledgment to your mentor for the training and guidance provided.

    • The mentor will provide comments, which will form the major basis for the assessment.

  • Look for TOOLS > Files at the left-hand menu. 
  • Click on "FAS3551 Assessment Tasks" folder
  • Click “Upload Files”
  • Please name your file in the following format before uploading: <FAS3551 Report_Matriculated Name_Matriculated Number_Name of Mentor> 

1 April 2021

(Earlier submission is required for getting feedback from the mentors, as part of assessment.)

Contact Us

For any enquiries, kindly contact Chau Woon at 6601 3926 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Information for Mentors

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Why should I participate as a mentor?

As a FASS alumni mentor, there are opportunities to:

  • Make a difference in a young person’s life, and give back to the wider FASS community.
  • Expand personal networks, raising the profile of your organisations, and possibly identifying potential interns and new hires.
  • Gain fresh insight and perspective into work and other issues from mentees.

What is the role of a mentor?

The mentor’s role is to teach, guide and help shape the professional growth and learning of the mentee by serving as a positive role model. By joining FASSMP, mentors are prepared to: 

  • Commit to the one-year duration of the programme.
  • Share their experiences, insights, lessons learned and advice with the mentees.
  • Educate mentees on workplace expectations, advice on educational/career goals and highlight professional development matters pertinent to the industry.
  • Join us for planned events aim to promote greater interaction and bonding among mentors, mentees and with the larger FASS community.

Selection Criteria  

The programme is open to FASS alumni and the selection criteria are as follow:

  • FASS alumni who have been in the workforce for at least 3 years.
  • Keenness to guide current FASS students in their holistic development, exploring possible career opportunities, and be willing to share about their own life experiences in the working world.
  • Able to commit to regular contact.
  • Be receptive to mentoring students from diverse FASS majors and backgrounds.

Tips and Advice

We have consolidated the following tips and advice shared by the existing FASSMP mentors when engaging with their mentees. We hope this sharing will be beneficial to all mentors hoping to find new and better ways to engage their mentees. If you have other suggestions and feedback, we would love to hear from you.

 

Accept and guide

"When engaging with mentees:

(i) Know what the mentees want. Listen actively with interest, holding the focus on the mentee’s agenda

(ii) Manage the framework of the mentoring sessions, while encouraging the mentee to take responsibility for the content

(iii) Help the mentee to see the bigger and longer term picture”

Be approachable and be open in the discussion

"I just treat the mentees like friends, talk about school, take interests in their hobbies and CCA to find out what is driving him/her in life to offer advice on what sort of career track will suit him/her, etc. This helps to break the barrier."

Encourage mentees to ask questions

 

“The overall strategy should be to ‘provoke’ and encourage mentees to ask questions and seek advice from mentors. Only students who frequently ask questions and advice, and communicate regularly, will get the most out of the mentorship."

Mentors as career coaches and motivators

 

“Mentors can regularly share career articles, reports, success stories, and their career experiences with mentees. This will provoke some thoughts and questions. More than mentors, they could also be career coaches and motivators - help with CVs, interview techniques, communications skills, networking skills, internship.”

Maintain active engagement with mentees

 

"Here are some potential ways to engage mentees:

(i) Invite mentee for an office visit

(ii) Encourage the mentee to seek for an internship related to their area of interest

(iii) Introduce the mentees to their professional network, if appropriate

(iv) Invite mentees to talks or company events, where applicable"

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