Professional Preparation Programme
Professional Preparation Programme for Engineering Students

Professional Preparation Programme for Engineering Students, 2nd Semester, 2018-19

The Professional Preparation Programme (PPP) is jointly offered by the Faculty of Engineering and CEDARS – Careers and Placement. Over the years, the programme has been well received and we have had over 1100 students participated.

For this second semester, we are joining hands again to offer the Professional Preparation Programme to students studying second year and above.


  • To prepare students for entering the job market
  • To enhance the employability of Engineering students
  • To improve students’ overall competitiveness in the graduate job market
  • To develop more advanced career planning and interview skills to improve students’ chances of success

About the Programme

Targeted Year of Students:
Non-first year BEng students

Programme Schedule
2nd Semester 2018-19




1. Job Offers Evaluation & Workplace Etiquette
(mandatory for all)

20 Mar 2019 (Wed)

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

2. CV & Cover Letter Writing
(to attend ONE session only)

(1) 22 Mar 2019 (Fri)
(2) 25 Mar 2019 (Mon)

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
9:30 am – 11:30 am

3. Graduate Employment Update & Career Planning

27 Mar 2019 (Wed)

4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

4. Interview Skills

3 Apr 2019 (Wed)

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

5. CV Clinic & Mock Interview (Please refer to Important Note 3 below)
(to attend ONE session only)

(1) 10 Apr 2019 (Wed)
(2) 12 Apr 2019 (Fri)
(3) 16 Apr 2019 (Tue)

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Registration is open to all BEng undergraduates in their second year of studies and above. Please enrol the PPP modules via the following links:

1. Job Offers Evaluation & Workplace Etiquette:

2. CV & Cover Letter Writing (choose one from 2 time slots):

3. Graduate Employment Update & Career Planning:

4. Interview Skills:

5. CV Clinic & Mock Interview (choose one from 3 time slots):

While Module 1 is mandatory for all enrolling students, for Module 2 to 5, students could select the module(s) that best fit their interest / need; though CEDARS recommends students who enrol for CV & Cover Letter Writing would also register for CV Clinic & Mock Interview, and vice versa.

Registration Deadline
10:00 am, 18 March 2019 (Monday)

On first-come first-served basis

Waiting List
Each module will have a waiting list of places. If a module is full, students who enroll in the module after it has been filled will be put on the waiting list. Students on the waiting list will be contacted by CEDARS to attend the modules they have enrolled in if spaces are available in due course. Priority will be given based on the earliest time of registration.

Attendance Requirement
Students are required to attend the enrolled module(s). They should therefore check their class schedule before the enrollment. Participants of the programme will be issued a letter of certification of attendance.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Faculty of Engineering at / 3917 2803; or Mr. Alan Ho of CEDARS at / 3917 2317.

Module Descriptions

  1. Job Offers Evaluation & Workplace Etiquette (2 hours)
    This module aims to help students learn how to make educated decision when considering a job offer by providing strategic guidelines ranging from choosing a job which best meets one’s needs, evaluating between multiple job offers to the proper etiquette for declining a job offer (or declining a job offer one has already accepted). In addition, students will be given useful tips on essential working / office etiquette to establish better working relationships and experience in the workplace.

  2. CV & Cover Letter Writing (2 hours)
    The module aims to equip students with the techniques of writing impressive CV and cover letter in order to increase their competitiveness in their job application process.

  3. Graduate Employment Update & Career Planning (2.25 hours)
    This module provides students with useful information for their career planning and building, including recent employment situation of graduates, an overview of career opportunities, and the essentials of career planning, building and job search preparation.

  4. Interview Skills (2 hours)
    Students will learn what to do before, during and after interviews, how to answer common interview questions, and ways to prepare for interviews.

  5. CV Clinic & Mock Interview (2 hours)
    This module provides written feedback on CV and cover letter writing based on students’ submitted work. It also prepares students for an actual interview by helping them learn what is expected in a real interview situation so as to increase their chance of success. Students will receive both written and verbal feedback on their performance.

Total learning hours: 10.25 hours in 5 modules

Important Notes

  1. Students should ensure that they can attend the module(s) they have registered for.
  2. Successful registrants will receive email notification from CEDARS by 19 March, 2019 (Tuesday).
  3. Students who have registered for the CV Clinic & Mock Interview module are required to submit an assignment on or before 3 April 2019 (Wednesday). This assignment includes a job advertisement of your choice, and a CV and cover letter written for the job chosen. Written assessments on students’ assignment as well as performance during the mock interview will be given to you individually.
  4. A reminder email including the exact venue of the workshop will be sent to registered students before each workshop.
  5. Students are required to complete an e-feedback form after each module.

Selected qualitative feedback of Professional Preparation Programme from Engineering students

  • The workshops provide comprehensive materials with detailed explanation.
  • The feedback by the instructors is very constructive and helpful.
  • The PPP enables us to understand the market trend and the job opportunities.
  • We learned how to deal with difficulties and turn it into an opportunity to show our ability and strengths.
  • The PPP may teach us how to prepare for assessment centers of big companies.
  • Overall, the PPP workshop is satisfactory. The facilitators are really qualified and do well in leading us in the workshop. And the workshops have given us an all-around training of our capabilities in all aspects for job hunting and characteristics formation.