Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) is a distinctive feature of SIT's degree programmes. IWSP will provide students with the opportunity to undertake real work, allowing them to integrate theory and practice and develop deep specialist skills in their chosen field. The IWSP is structured in a unique and distinct way for each degree programme to cater to the specific needs of the industry, developing industry-ready graduates.
Students will undertake 8 to 12 months of relevant work within the course of their studies. IWSP is compulsory for all students in the new SIT programmes, with no exemptions.
Students will undertake paid employment within companies relevant to their programmes. Students will be able to develop specific professional competencies in their chosen field, which may lead towards professional advancement. IWSP will also give students the opportunity to develop professional networks and interpersonal skills.
Real work undertaken through IWSP will enable the students to understand the challenges faced in the current fast changing economy, and develop skills of adaptability, creativity and innovation, while adding value to the workplace. IWSP also has the potential to lead to full-time employment after graduation.
Before embarking on the work trimesters, each student will undertake career skills workshops as part of the Career and Professional Development module. This is to help them identify career goals, build their resume, develop interview skills, and employ the different methods of job search strategies.
There will be career events and information sessions prior to the work trimesters, so that students can find out more about the hiring companies before applying to work for them.
Each student will be assigned an SIT mentor, and be supported by Centre for Career Readiness through the employment process. Students are expected to go through a competitive employment process where the employer will assess each applicant on his or her merits, just like in a real job search. There will be no direct placement. Every effort will be made to ensure that the positions posted on the career portal will be relevant and have structured learning outcomes.
During IWSP, SIT mentors will interact regularly with students. This guidance will ensure the successful integration of students into the workplace, as mentors guide students to apply the necessary soft and technical skills to excel in their positions.
Work trimesters are credit-bearing and will incorporate performance evaluation by the work supervisors, as well as assessment of work reports by SIT mentors.