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Mentorship important for Singapore ICT millennials

Anuradha Shukla | Aug. 5, 2016
Thirty-one percent want to receive guidance to enhance personal growth, says survey.

Singapore millennials find mentorship as an essential platform to further develop their skills and deepen industry-related knowledge, according to a new survey conducted by the Singapore Computer Society. 

Thirty-one percent of the millennials find receiving guidance from peers to enhance personal growth as the top consideration to work in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

Nearly half (47 percent) of millennials in the ICT sector are willing to attend specialised certification programmes organised by their peers to improve themselves. 

Thirty percentare actively seeking opportunities to upgrade their industry-related skillsets.

"Millennials represent a significant part of today's labour market and are becoming the most influential segment in most organisations," said Howie Lau, President of Singapore Computer Society. "These tech natives are earnest, highly-driven and are always on the look-out for opportunities to advance their skills and to grow both personally and professionally. Therefore, it becomes crucial for us to delve into factors to understand and engage them."

Lack of opportunities

Forty percent of millennials feel that there is a lack of opportunities to polish their skill sets and 18 percent feel there is insufficient support from the ICT industry.

Eighty-five percent of millennials sought meaningful and time-efficient relationships with senior members in their industry.

These respondents want to network with senior ICT industry leaders, at least once a month, to develop their personal skill set.

"Connecting with industry seniors allows me to gain invaluable insights and tips of the trade," said Derek Loh, a 29-year-old ICT professional. "Such two-way relationships are hard to come by, and can help young professionals like myself gain more confidence in a nurturing environment."

Findings of the survey also indicated that 54 percent of respondents are confident that they will be able to keep their current job and will not be made redundant in the next year.

 

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