• Katherine Pan

Review of CFG1002: Career Catalyst

CFG1002 is a 6-weeks module that discusses how to identify one’s career interests, how to make one’s resume stand out, how to source for internships, build personal branding, and how to ace interviews. Depending on who you ask, their opinions of CFG1002 can differ largely. Some people thought that the module was a waste of time, while others found it useful for career planning. For me, I have understood the importance of doing career planning early and have been actively doing so since taking the module.


CFG1002 is marked on a completed satisfactorily/completed unsatisfactorily basis instead of assigning a letter grade. The assessment criteria are as follows:

1) In-video quizzes – 40%

- 4 quizzes

- Every quiz is 10%

2) Completion of NUS TalentConnect profile – 10%

3) Resume Score on VMock – 50%


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Lectures:

Every week, a recorded video was uploaded onto Luminus and there were no live lectures. The videos were between 10 to 20 minutes long and I found most of them informative. Embedded within the videos are quizzes testing the concepts that were discussed. The questions are easy to answer if you paid attention. Furthermore, the quizzes can be re-attempted so do not worry about making mistakes. The system will track the video playback on our computers to ensure that we do not skip any part of the video.


TalentConnect Profile:

After the first lecture, we were prompted to create a TalentConnect profile which is due by the end of week 5. We simply had to enter two technical skills and two transferrable skills under our profile section on TalentConnect. I do use TalentConnect to source for internships but I do not know whether employers research on my profile first before reaching out to me. Nevertheless, I tried to build my TalentConnect profile to be similar to my LinkedIn profile.


Submission of Resume on VMock:

A PDF version of our resume was to be uploaded on VMOCK by the end of week 5 for assessment. VMOCK is an online resume tool that provides feedback based on criteria gathered from employers and global practices. One of the passing criteria for CFG1002 was to score a minimum of 60/100 for our resume on VMOCK. After uploading my resume onto VMOCK, the algorithm highlighted words and phrases that could be improved on.


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Although I could check my resume using VMOCK, I still booked an appointment with my career advisor to vet my resume. I strongly recommend doing so instead of just relying on VMOCK. My advisor provided invaluable suggestions and provided additional feedback that VMOCK failed to provide.


Conclusion:

All in all, CFG1002 has a very light workload, and it is an easy way to clear 2MCs. If you did not take this module, an alternate option is to attend career talks held by your career advisors throughout the semester. As CFG1002 covers very basic and fundamental information, I recommend scheduling an appointment with the career advisors instead for more personalized and in-depth information.


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