I have interest to work in a social service
related job but have not much idea about the sector. Can you tell me something about the sector?
Social service is not only about
volunteering but it is a vibrant and meaningful sector to work in. It features careers that share a common
aspiration: to make a positive difference.
National Council of Social Service
(NCSS) is an umbrella body with more than 450 member social service
organisations and provides leadership & direction in social services,
enhances capabilities & promotes strategic partnerships to the member
Our members are non-profit organisations
that promote and provide social and community services that cater for those in
need, distress or at-risks for the vulnerable groups, including children,
youth, families, seniors, persons with disabilities and persons with mental
With the growing and evolving social
needs of the communities, we need like-minded people to come on board the
sector to shape the social service landscape.
If you have the passion and commitment to do the same, we would like to
invite you to visit our web-link: http://www.ssi.sg/Career-in-Social-Service/Career-Information to learn
more about how you can make a meaningful career in the sector or visit our social service job
portal to check out the job opportunities that are available.
I am currently working in the Air Force and
handle HR training. I applied for the
PCP this year but did not get it. I do
not want to be in the corporate environment anymore. I want to do something
meaningful and switch to social work. How do I make the switch to and take up a
social worker job?
The PCP is just one of the ways to
join the sector. If you are interested
to pursue a social service career, we would like to invite you to visit our social service job portal to look at the job vacancies and
career options in our sector. Specialist jobs like social worker,
psychologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech-language
therapist, counsellor, special education teacher, early intervention teacher etc.,
generally require candidates to have relevant qualifications for professional
practice. There are the corporate
functions that you can apply for with your transferable skillset, experience
and qualifications. If you come across
suitable job vacancies that interest you, you can apply directly to the social
service organisations. The job postings
in the portal would include information on the requisite experience and
We would recommend for candidates
who are applying for jobs with our member social service organisations to
mention any voluntary experience that they may have in their cover
letter/resume so as to support their job applications. Volunteering
usually allows employers greater insights to a candidate’s interest and also
familiarity/understanding of the sector. If you are looking for
opportunities to volunteer, you can visit SG
We would strongly encourage you to
find out more about how you could make
a meaningful career in the sector by visiting http://www.ssi.sg/Career-in
Social-Service/Career-Information or http://www.ssi.sg/About-Us/Who-We
you are still interested to apply for the PCP next year, please look out for
the announcement for the next run towards the end of the year.
What does the SSI Career Centre
do? Do you select candidates for the
VWOs? Can I make an appointment to see a Career Consultant?
SSI Career Centre provides advisory
services to job seekers who are keen to join the social service sector. We share career opportunities that are
available; provide skills
upgrading information; and offer scholarships/sponsorships/schemes to jointly develop sector talents.
We would like to invite you to refer
to the links below for information on the respective career services:-
1. About the Sector -http://www.ssi.sg/
2. Scholarships/ Sponsorships- http://www.ssi.sg/Career-in-Social-Service/Scholarships-and-Awards
3. Career Information- http://www.ssi.sg/Career-in-Social-Service/Career-Information
4. Mid-Career Entrants- http://www.ssi.sg/About-Us/Who-We-Serve/New-Mid-Career-Entrants
5. Remuneration in Social Services - http://www.ssi.sg/Career-in-Social-Service/Career-Information/Salary-Guidelines
6. Social Service Job Portal - https://e-services.ncss.gov.sg/Career/Job/Search
We no longer provide a face to face
meeting with candidates but would be glad to contact you if you dropped us an email with your resume. If you have further queries, please email us
you prefer talking to a Career Consultant, you may wish to approach e2i for career guidance and job opportunities.
The e2i centre locations can be found on https://e2i.com.sg/contacts/locate-us/.
am currently working in a Private School as a Teacher, teaching Commerce &
Business Studies. I have about 12 years of teaching experience, teaching
secondary, diploma and degree students. I am interested to teach special kids
and would like some advice on the necessary training and qualification required.
There are two tracks of special
needs education provided, namely Early Intervention Programme for Infants and
Children (EIPIC) for children between the ages of 0 to 6 years and Special
Needs Education (SPED) for children between the ages of 7 to 18 years old. Special needs includes disabilities such as
autism, dyslexia, physical, sensory, intellectual and multiple disabilities.
Early Intervention (EIPIC) Teachers work in EIPIC Centres while Special
Education (SPED) Teachers work at Special Education Schools, operated by our
social service organisations.
A trained EIPIC Teacher will
require an Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Intervention (Special Needs) offered
by Ngee Ann Polytechnic and a trained SPED Teacher must possess a
Diploma in Special Education (DISE) offered by the National Institute of
For candidates who join as untrained
teachers, the EIPIC Centres and SPED schools will send their untrained teachers
to attend the relevant course to qualify as trained teachers.
You may like to take a look at the
job postings in our social service job portal for the job and candidate
requirements. If you come across any suitable job opening that interest you,
you can apply directly to the employers. You may also like to look at the
sector career options and http://www.ssi.sg/Career-in-Social-Service/Career-Information/Salary-Guidelines for more information.
I am a Year 3 Psychology major interested to intern at
NCSS during the summer break from May to July. How do I look out for internship
opportunities at NCSS?
Our NCSS internship projects are
posted in the NUS, NTU and SMU career portals. If you are studying at one
of these universities, you may visit the university’s career portal to check
for internship opportunities at NCSS and apply directly via the career portal.
If you are studying at a different
university, we invite you to send your resume to us at email@example.com for our HR to shortlist and select. Please note that only
shortlisted candidates will be notified.
If you are interested in a sector
internship with one of our member social service organisations, we would like
to invite you to look at our sector internship webpage for more information. You may
also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for an internship
opportunity in the sector.
I have a Bachelor
Degree in Building (major in Quantity Surveying) however I left the workforce
12 years ago to look after my children.
As they are now grown, I am interested to return to the workforce. Social
Service has been my area of interest and I would actually like to find out more
about the work scope of a Social Worker and how do I become one without any
prior experience in Social Service nor any related qualification.
The job scope of a social worker can be very diverse and varies with
different organisations. You can visit
Association of Social Workers to find out more about the role of a social worker or visit our
website http://www.ssi.sg/About-Us/Who-We-Serve/Social-Service-Professionals to read about social workers and other career options that are
available in the social service sector.
As you have a degree qualification, you may consider the Professional Conversion
Programme for Social Workers (PCPSW).
The Programme is open to mid-career or new entrants to be trained to become
qualified Social Workers. It is a Work-Study model initiated by Workforce
Singapore (WSG) and partnered with National Council of Social Service (NCSS)
and the Singapore University of Social Science (SUSS). You can learn more about the PCPSW at the WSG
If you are keen to pursue a career in social service,
besides becoming a social worker, there are other social service related jobs
in the sector that you can consider.
There are both corporate and professional functions. You may visit the social service job portal to look at the jobs that are available. Professional functions will require the
minimum qualifications and experience. For the corporate functions, you may
apply for with your transferable skill sets, experience and
qualifications. The job postings in the
portal would include information on the requisite experience and educational
If you do not have any social service experience and would like to
have some exposure, you can consider signing up as a volunteer with some social
service organisations. Volunteering
usually allows employers greater insights to a candidate's interest and also
for the candidate to be familiar or understand the sector better. If you are keen to participate in any
volunteer opportunity, you can check with SG Gives -https://www.giving.sg/.
SSI, our training arm, offers some short to mid length courses to
members of public who are interested to learn about the sector or pick up some
social service related skills on their own accord. If you are keen, you may like to visit the
SSI website for course information.
We strongly encourage you to find out more about joining the sector as
a mid-career or new entrant through this link.
We hope the above information has helped. Please feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have further queries.
I am interested to make a career change and would like
to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work to be better equipped for the role.
Please advise on the steps required.
We would like to invite you to visit
our social service job portal to look at the job vacancies and
career options in our sector. Specialist jobs like social worker,
psychologist, counsellor, etc., generally require candidates to have relevant
qualifications for professional practice. To join the
sector, you can also consider other social service related job opportunities
that you can apply for with your transferable skillset, experience and
qualifications. The job postings in the portal would include information
on the requisite experience and educational qualifications. Please feel free to
apply directly to the organisation, should you come across any suitable job
that interests you.
you are keen to become a social worker, you can consider taking up a part-time
course in social work on your own accord.
You can take the degree in social work at the Singapore
University of Social Science (SUSS) degree in Social Work or the WSQ
Diploma in Social Service offered by SSI.
The WSQ Diploma articulates to the degree in social work by SUSS upon
successful completion of the Diploma.
For mid-career or new entrants to
the sector, there is also a Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) that you can consider. We would encourage you to learn more about
how you can make a meaningful career in the sector by visiting http://www.ssi.sg/Career-in-Social-Service/Career-Information or http://www.ssi.sg/About-Us/Who-We-Serve/New-Mid-Career-Entrants. Please note that the PCP is
offered once a year and the applications timeline details for next year
will be made known towards the end of the year.
I am interested to become a Counsellor and
would like to find out how I can pursue this profession
For more information about the career pathway of a Counsellor, please
visit our website at http://www.ssi.sg/Career-in-Social-Service/Career-Information/Career-Options/Counsellor.aspx
You may also visit the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) at http://www.sac-counsel.org.sg/ for a list of requirements to become a registered Counsellor.
We would encourage you to visit our social
service job portal to look at the job requirements for the
Counsellor positions posted to have a better understanding of the expectations
and requirements of the role.
I am a foreign national
with a dependant pass and have currently relocated to Singapore. I have a
Master Degree in Psychology from India and two years of teaching experience at
secondary level. I am keen to specialise in Special Education and would like to
know if there are any opportunities for untrained teachers who are expats to join
can learn more about special needs teaching on our website http://www.ssi.sg/Career-in-Social-Service/Career-Information/Career-Options/Special-Education-Teacher.aspx
Please feel free to search for teaching
positions posted on the social service job
portal. The job postings in the portal would include information on
the requisite experience and educational qualifications. To apply for a job
vacancy via our social service job portal, you are required to have a SingPass
you are unable to create a SingPass account, you may wish to refer to the MOE
for the list of school contact details and email or send your job application directly
to the schools.
Last update: 15-Jun-2017
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