Finance career centre

SINGAPORE: Finance professionals looking for job matching, career development and training advice can now turn to a newly established one-stop centre for help.

Housed within the expanded premises of the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF), the IBF Careers Connect was launched on Wednesday (Aug 1) with Education Minister Ong Ye Kung as the guest of honour.

It touts a range of services aimed at helping finance workers cope with the industry’s transformation.

These include one-on-one sessions with career advisors who will help individuals, be it fresh graduates or mid-career professionals, to identify their work interests and skills before mapping out further training needs.

For a start, the centre, located at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) building, will have three full-time career coaches.

Job matching and placement services will also be available to link up jobseekers with appropriate roles within the financial sector, or in other industries as IBF partners agencies such as Workforce Singapore (WSG).

Professionals from other sectors who have matching skills can also be placed in the financial sector.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Ong, who is also a MAS board member, said while career centres are not a new concept, the IBF Careers Connect stands out for its focus on the financial industry and convenient location within the Central Business District (CBD).

“It will bring its expertise in skills development and strong industry connections to help individuals affected by change.”

Mr Ong added that innovation is a double-edged sword and that if it is well-embraced, it can raise the industry’s competitiveness and workforce capabilities, while creating more jobs and improve lives.

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