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What is MySkillsFuture?
MySkillsFuture is a one-stop portal, which enables you to make informed education and career choices and empowers you for lifelong learning.
Who is MySkillsFuture for?
The portal is designed for individuals from Primary 5 through adulthood.
- Primary 5 to Pre-University students will use the portal through structured classroom learning, as a tool for education and career exploration and planning.
- Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Polytechnic and University students, national servicemen and adults will use the portal independently, supported by school and Education and Career Guidance (ECG) counsellors for career planning, building resilience and lifelong learning.
- Employers will use the portal to reach job seekers, and access education and labour-market information to shape the training and development of their workforce.
- Training Providers will use the portal to reach course seekers. This portal will enhance such providers’ knowledge on market trends to deliver customised and quality training.
How do I use MySkillsFuture Student Portal?
If you are a student from Primary 5 to Pre-University, the portal is designed to help you discover your interests and strengths, and guide your education and career development at every stage of your education journey.
What is the difference between ecareers.sg and MySkillsFuture Student Portal?
Currently, ecareers.sg is the portal used to support ECG lessons in Primary 5 through Pre-University.
MySkillsFuture Student Portal will replace ecareers.sg, and ensure a smooth transition from school life to adulthood. It contains new features such as an enhanced occupations database, interactive avatar for primary school students to learn about industries and jobs and reflection questions that will enable students to consolidate their learning while exploring the portal.
What is the purpose of MySkillsFuture Student Portal (Primary)?
MySkillsFuture Student Portal (Primary) is designed to facilitate ECG for Primary 5 and 6 students.
ECG’s focus at the Primary level is to help you develop your self-awareness and introduce you to a wide range of occupations, including new jobs created in this ever-changing world of work. Designed to support ECG lessons, the portal will enable you to:
How will MySkillsFuture Student Portal (Primary) benefit me?
The portal is designed to support you in your education and career planning process. You are able to learn about different jobs, skills and work values through interactive games and tools. You will be able to access a database of occupations and information on secondary schools to facilitate your education and career planning.
Am I too young to start on Education and Career Guidance (ECG)?
Research has shown that late primary school is a good time to provide career education and that it is appropriate to start with an emphasis on career awareness. According to psychologist Erik Erikson, children at the primary level are at the psychosocial stage of discovering their interests and strengths, and developing a sense of competence. When you participate in school programmes, they will provide you with rich opportunities to find out more about your interests and strengths.
Used in ECG lessons within Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP), MySkillsFuture Student Portal (Primary) is a useful resource that can support you in your journey of self-discovery. It can also help to develop your awareness of the world of work. Through games and activities in the portal, you can learn more about your interests and different industries and occupations. The portal also provides an engaging platform for you to explore options for secondary school and the various education pathways after primary school.
Why do I get an account only when I reach Primary 5?
The Primary portal has been developed for you based on your developmental readiness and reading level.
What are the features I can access without logging in? What are the benefits of logging in?
When you are not logged into MySkillsFuture Student Portal account, you can only browse and search for industry, job and school information.
When you log in to the portal, you are able to access more features such as viewing information you have browsed and saved as favourites on My ePortfolio, playing Career Quest and recording your achievements on My Profile.
What can I do with My Profile and My ePortfolio?
My Profile and My ePortfolio enable you to update, track and consolidate your personal information such as abilities, skills, knowledge, qualities, talents, and achievements in school and beyond school. The information stored in My Profile and My ePortfolio will remain within the portal as you move on to secondary school. You can also download or print out your information.
How does the portal help with increasing my self-awareness and career awareness?
You can play Career Quest to learn more about different industries, job roles and work values through exploring a virtual world. You can also test your strengths and skills with the mini games in Career Quest.
World of Work allows you to explore over 1000 job roles and 31 associated industries, via Learn About Job Roles and Singapore Industry Landscape.
For more details on Career Quest, click here.
For more details on World of Work, click here.
What is the pedagogy that goes with the use of MySkillsFuture Student Portal?
The pedagogy of MySkillsFuture Student Portal is to provide features and functions that will effectively facilitate students’ exploration of education and career pathways and guide them in making informed decisions and education and career plans.
When students are aware that their interests, skills and work values can be applied in a number of viable career options, they are more likely to be adaptive in making successful transitions to further education and work.
MySkillsFuture Student Portal empowers students to achieve this by providing them with:
- Increased self/career awareness
- Knowledge on the range of possible education and career pathways available to them
- Greater confidence in making informed choices and managing their education and career plans
What is the theoretical background of MySkillsFuture Student Portal (Primary)?
One of the theories that influenced the development of the Student Portal for Primary Students is Super’s Life-span, Life-Space Theory. It is one of the best-known developmental theories (Super, 1953, 1990; Super, Savickas & Super, 1996). This theory emphasises on career awareness as a career development goal for students in primary schools. When youths are developing, staying aware of different occupational roles help them to expand their self-concept. To stay consistent with this theory, the Student Portal uses a sample of careers from 31 different industries in Singapore to help Primary school students to learn about various occupational roles.
Another theory used as a foundation in developing the Student Portal for Primary Students is the career search self-efficacy (Solberg, Good & Nord, 1994). This theory came from the application of Bandura’s (1986) Social Cognitive Theory. Career search self-efficacy refers to the confidence level that students perceive they have in their ability to conduct tasks related to career awareness, career exploration and career planning. Therefore, the modules will allow for a thoughtful search of related information on occupations and industries.
Gottfredson (2005) advocates that when it comes to career aspirations, all children move through the same four stages of circumscription – (1) orientation to size and power (ages 3 to 5), (2) orientation to gender roles (ages 6 to 8), (3) orientation to social valuation (ages 9 to 13), and (4) orientation to internal, unique self (ages 14 and older). Tracey (2001, 2002; Tracey & Ward, 1998) has demonstrated empirically that when it comes to organising their understanding of the world of work, children of primary school-age tend to focus more on activities than occupational titles. And as they develop deeper skills in abstract thinking when they reach middle school, the RIASEC-related measurement tools become more suitable for them. Tracey (2002) has found that interests and competence expectations shift and change a lot for those in primary grades. Tracey and Ward (1998) also discovered sex-typing of interests in students from fourth and fifth grades.