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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further queries.
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.
Last update: 15-Jun-2017
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