Career Catalyst

Kick-start your career preparation with CFG’s foundational career module.

Career Catalyst
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As a student in the early stages of your studies, you must be excited about the vast number of career paths in front of you! You may not know it yet, but the preparations you make today will impact your career options by graduation.

Enrol in Career Catalyst (CFG1002) to equip yourself with essential career skills such as resume writing, creating your personal brand and elevator pitch, and sharpening your interviewing skills. When done well, they will set you apart and help you maximise your chances of getting the internship and job that you have always wanted!

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Get Internship-ready

Discover the importance of internships in securing full-time employment
and how to land your first internship

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Career Pathways

Identify your career interest(s) and
build a personal brand aligned to it

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Captivating Resumes

Learn how to craft a resume and cover letter
that stands out among other applicants

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Interview & Networking Excellence

Receive expert tips on interview preparation
and build a networking strategy that works for you


Programme Details & Registration

Modular Credits: 2MC, Unrestricted Elective Module (UEM).
Career Catalyst (CFG1002) does not count towards the limit on the number of Level-1000 modules in fulfilment of graduation requirements.

Assessment and Grading Basis: CS/CU

Pre-requisites: No requirements

Schedule: For AY 2022/23 Semester 2, Career Catalyst will be offered twice a semester in Term 1 (Weeks 1-6) and Term 2 (Weeks 7-12). The format will mostly be e-learning on NUS Canvas, where you can complete the weekly e-learning sessions at your own time and pace. However, there will be two face-to-face classes, scheduled during Weeks 1 and 4 (for Term 1 students) and Weeks 7 and 10 (for Term 2 students). The schedule of classes will be out by mid-Dec 2022.

Mode of Enrolment:

Registrations for AY22/23 Semester 2 will commence in mid-Dec 2022. Please check back for more updates.

For any questions on this module, please email careercatalyst@nus.edu.sg.


Module Structure

Face-to-Face Session 1:
Your Roadmap Towards Career Readiness

  • Introduction to the module
  • Planning your Career Roadmap
  • Creating your profile on NUS TalentConnect
Learning content:
  • Attend face-to-face session (Week 1 or Week 7) and view online contents on Canvas  
  • Access post-module resources

E-learning Session 2:
Effective Resumes and Cover Letters

  • Purpose of a resume and 4 main steps to develop a resume using VMock.
  • Crafting results-oriented C.A.R. statements
  • Drafting effective and targeted cover letters
Learning content:

E-learning Session 3:
Professional Branding and Global Mindsets

  • Creating and maintaining a professional online presence (example: LinkedIn)
  • Global mindsets for future career success
  • Introduction to Elevator Pitch and Networking (including introduction to Vmock Interview module)
Learning content:

E-learning Session 4:
A Recruiter’s Perspective on Hiring Trends and Interview Preparation

  • Types of interviews and selection processes
  • How to prepare for interviews
  • Introduction to the interview response frameworks & techniques
  • Sharing of hiring trends by employers
Learning content:

E-learning Session 5:
Networking and Professional Presentation

  • Developing networking skills and strategy
  • Projecting a positive image for career success
  • Activities on networking strategies and techniques
Learning content:

E-learning Session 6:
Internships and Workplace Behaviour

  • Importance of internships
  • Tips for being a super intern
  • Workplace behaviour and professionalism
Learning content:

In addition to the above e-learning sessions, there will be live Zoom sessions held by your faculty’s Career Advisors.

You will receive more information regarding these live webinars on email before the start of the module.

While the attendance to these live Zoom sessions are not graded and are optional, you are strongly encouraged to participate to deepen your knowledge in career planning.


Assessment Instructions for Students

All assessment components for this CS/CU graded module must be completed and submitted for review by the instructors by the end of Week 6 (final week) of the module. If you miss the stated deadline for any assessment component, no late submissions will be allowed and you will score 0 marks for that assessment component.

Grading Components:

Assessment Task Assessment Weightage
Canvas Quiz to test learning from module content and videos 40%
Record your elevator pitch on the VMock Interview module 20%
Resume Score on VMock 40%
Total Module Score 100%

Passing Criteria for CFG1002:

To obtain a CS grade in this module, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Watch the e-learning videos on Canvas and obtain a minimum of 24/40 for the in-video quizzes*
  2. Attempt at least one recording of your elevator pitch on VMock Interview module
  3. Obtain a minimum of 60/100 for your resume score on VMock Resume module
  4. Score a minimum of 60% in your Total Module Score (refer to the above grading components table)

*There are a total of 20 quiz questions in the 6 e-learning videos. Two marks are allocated to each correct answer. The score out of 20 for your in-video quiz will be converted to a score out of 40 to arrive at the marks for this assessment.


What our students say

“Honestly, this module was really useful to me, and I found it very helpful in my interviews and resume writing. I previously was not very sure how to write a cover letter but after this module, I was more clear of what they wanted.”


SoC student

“The module was extremely helpful to learn about the basics that we have to know about job application and careers in general. It's a good stepping stone and eye opener to help us start off. It also helps us build our portfolio early and teaches us the do's and don’ts.”


FASS student

“I like how it was an 'own time own do' sort of module; gave a lot of flexibility in when I wanted to complete the tasks. The materials were of splendid quality and instructions were clear. Definitely more in–depth tips in career planning, which I found extremely helpful.”


FoS student

“Through Career Catalyst, I learnt various essential career skills such as resume writing, elevator pitch and ways to sharpen my interview skills. These greatly helped me in getting an internship and to excel in them. Wait no more, enrol to Career Catalyst today!”


CDE student

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