98.7% of SUSS pioneer batch of full-time Accountancy graduates gained employment within six months of completing their final examinations
Singapore, 26 Feb 2019 – 98.7% of Singapore University of Social Sciences’ (SUSS) pioneer batch of full-time Accountancy graduates in the labour force managed to get a job within six months of completing their final examinations, with more than a third offered jobs through work attachments, a graduation requirement for SUSS undergraduates.
The results were revealed in the annual Graduate Employment Survey (GES) jointly conducted by SUSS and the other Autonomous Universities. It was the first time that SUSS participated in the survey.
91.7% or 154 of the 168 SUSS alumni who graduated in 2018 took part in the survey. They were from the pioneer batch of full-time students who graduated in Accountancy, Finance and Marketing.
The survey indicated that 95.5% of SUSS graduates in the labour force gained employment within six months after completing their final examinations.
The mean and median gross monthly salaries of SUSS graduates in full-time permanent jobs were $3,002 and $3,000 respectively in 2018, with the Bachelor of Science in Finance students earning the highest mean and median salaries of $3,393 and $3,400 respectively.
SUSS President, Professor Cheong Hee Kiat said, “We are proud of our pioneer batch of graduates from our full-time programmes. The results show that SUSS’s graduates are in demand and that our applied approach has prepared them well for the marketplace. Through our 3H’s education philosophy – ‘Head’ for professional competency with applied knowledge, ‘Heart’ for social awareness of the needs of the society, and ‘Habit’ for passion towards lifelong learning – we hope our students will realise their fullest potential and be valuable assets to the nation. We also encourage our alumni to return to SUSS to continually upgrade themselves.”
Work Attachment is a graduation requirement for full-time degree undergraduates. Comprising at least 24 weeks throughout the course, it exposes students to authentic work environments and facilitates their learning and assimilation of work ethics, and soft skills for work. In addition to the 24-week work attachment, students are also encouraged to take on other internships to gain more exposure to real work environments.
As our students undertake their work attachments, they are guided and supervised by seasoned industry professionals, who also coach them on career directions and professional development. SUSS also conducts career-relevant workshops for students such as job search skills, interviewing skills and personal branding, and creates industry engagement opportunities through company visits and talks by industry veterans.
SUSS’s commitment to holistic education is evident not only in its Work Attachment but also in Overseas Experience and Service-Learning initiatives, which are graduation requirements for SUSS’ full-time programmes. Students are also required to prepare an e-portfolio, and take SUSS Core  courses for a well-rounded academic curriculum. Together with the academic curriculum, these initiatives collectively and coherently articulate the University’s educational philosophy of Head, Heart and Habit.
“SUSS professors are well-versed in the materials that they teach and have the foresight to know which modules will be most beneficial in the future." - Tan Sheng Yao, SUSS Accountancy Graduate
Mr Tan Sheng Yao, an Accountancy graduate, who was attached to PwC, is currently working as a Management Associate at Keppel Group. He expressed his gratitude to the professors who had taught him in SUSS. “(They) are well-versed in the content and have the foresight to know which modules would be most beneficial for my career development. Despite being at Keppel for only 7 months, I have already applied my academic knowledge to my work, particularly from one of the modules which taught me how to interpret and draw flowcharts. As I move on to my next rotation in Keppel, I am confident that I will continue to apply my academic knowledge to perform my work effectively and efficiently.”
"The university ensured we are up-to-date with the relevant skills and knowledge, which is useful in my current employment that requires me to be aware of the latest technological and media developments."- Nurul Amira Binte Azhar, SUSS Marketing Graduate
Ms Nurul Amira Binte Azhar, a Marketing graduate, who was attached to Sphere Exhibits, has been working at Meltwater as a Media Analyst since July 2018. She had benefited most from SUSS’s applied education model. “SUSS not only provided me with theoretical knowledge, but also the opportunities and skills necessary for my working life. The university ensured we are up-to-date with relevant skills and knowledge, which is useful in my current employment that requires me to be aware of the latest technological and media developments. The workshops held in preparation for employment were very useful in brushing up my interview skills and building up my confidence when facing potential employers.” Nurul Amira added that the internship gave her a “sneak peek” into the working world and taught her useful negotiation and people management skills.
 The SUSS Core courses provide a common experience in the humanities and applied social sciences to all SUSS undergraduate students to achieve the broader goals of cross-disciplinary knowledge and competencies, and emphasises the importance and role of human skills in a technologised world. It offers a dedicated cluster of courses focused on emerging and complex local and global issues, teaching students to think critically, reflexively, empathetically, and creatively to provide well-reasoned personal responses as well as responses as trained professionals in their respective areas.
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SUSS is a national university of Singapore that is continually providing inclusive lifelong learning and applied education opportunities with a strong social emphasis that transcends disciplinary focus. Our mission is to champion lifelong education to develop future thinkers and leaders to their fullest potential through our 3H’s education philosophy – ‘Head’ for professional competency with applied knowledge, ‘Heart’ for social awareness of the needs of the society, and ‘Habit’ for passion towards lifelong learning.
We offer more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programmes, available in full- and part-time study modes which are flexible, modular and multi-faceted in learning experience to cater to both fresh school leavers and adult learners. We also launched a broad range of continuing education and training modular courses for the professional skills and knowledge upgrading of our workforce.
Our programmes and courses are made available through our five schools:
- S R Nathan School of Human Development,
- School of Business,
- School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences,
- School of Law, and
- School of Science and Technology.
To date, over 30,000 graduates have chosen SUSS as their university of choice. Each year, over 15,000 students are pursuing their part- and full-time studies with us. For more information on SUSS, please visit www.suss.edu.sg