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Professional Preparation Programme

Professional Preparation Programme for Engineering Students

Professional Preparation Programme for Engineering Students (2020-21)

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 1200 students participated.

For this second semester, we are joining hands again to offer the Professional Preparation Programme to all undergraduates.

Aims:

  • 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

Schedule:

Module

Date

Time

Delivery Mode

1. CV & Cover Letter Writing

18 Jan 2021 (Mon)

11:00am-1:00pm

Zoom

2. Interview Skill

18 Jan 2021 (Mon)

3:30pm-5:30pm

Zoom

3. CV Clinic & Mock Interview

1 Feb 2021 (Mon) /

2 Feb 2021 (Tue) /

3 Feb 2021 (Wed)

10:00am-12:00pm / 2:30pm-4:30pm

TBC

4. Presentation Skills & Impromptu Talk Practice

24 Feb 2021 (Wed)

3:30pm-7:00pm

TBC

5. Group Interview

1 Mar 2021 (Mon) /

10:00am-1:00pm /

4:30pm-7:30pm

TBC

2 Mar 2021 (Tue) /

10:00am-1:00pm

5 Mar 2021 (Fri)

4:30pm-7:30pm

6. Group Discussion & Case Presentation

4 Mar 2021 (Thu) /

10:00am-1:00pm / 2:00pm-5:00pm

TBC

5 Mar 2021 (Fri)

10:00am-1:00pm

7. Job Offers Evaluation, Workplace Etiquette and Communication (Compulsory)

24 Mar 2021 (Wed)

4:00pm-7:00pm

TBC

Registration

Registration is open to all BEng undergraduates until 11:59pm, 13 January  2021 (Wednesday). Priority will be given to Year 3 and above students.  If students would like to register any module(s) between Modules 1 to 6, it would be compulsory for them to register and attend Module 7 Job Offers Evaluation, Workplace Etiquette and Communication.

Module Descriptions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Presentation Skills & Impromptu Talk (2.5 hours)     
    Impromptu Talk Practice (1 hour)
    The module will focus on the structure of an individual presentation and provide tips to successfully compose and deliver an impromptu talk to help students present with impact. Instant verbal feedback will be given to students on their performance during the practice session.
  5. Group Interview (3 hours)
    This module is designed to enhance students’ communication, listening and teamwork skills. Students will first be introduced to group interview skills and points to note before, during and after a group interview. Then they will be given interview practice in group setting. Both verbal and written feedback will be given on their performance. They will at the same time have an opportunity to observe and learn from the performance of others.
  6. Group Discussion & Case Presentation (3 hours)
    This workshop provides an opportunity for students to have hands-on engagement in one of the common assessment centre exercises. Successful group discussion techniques will be highlighted before the exercises, with particular focus on participation, communication, leadership, interpersonal sensitivity as well as planning, organisation and overall contribution during the group discussion. It also equips students with skills in analysing a case and presenting their ideas / solutions with structure and confidence. Both written and verbal feedback will be given by the trainer on their performance.
  7. Job Offers Evaluation, Workplace Etiquette and Communication (3 hours) - Compulsory
    This module aims to help students learn how to make informed decision when considering a job offer by providing strategic guidelines ranging from choosing a job which best meets one’s needs, evaluating multiple job offers to the proper etiquette for declining a job offer. In addition, students will be given useful tips on essential working / office etiquette and communication skills to establish better working relationships and experience in the workplace to increase productivity.
Assessments

Students registered for CV Clinic and Mock Interview are required to submit a pre-workshop assignment*. Further instructions will be sent via email to successful applicants in due course.

* Students will submit their job application (CV & Cover Letter) for a real job that they wish to apply for by 11:59pm, 24 January 2021 (Sunday).

Waiting List

Each module will have a waiting list of 30. If a module is full, the first 30 students who have enrolled in the module 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 current year of study and the earliest time of registration.

Attendance Requirement and Policy

Students are required to attend the registered module(s). You should therefore check your class schedule before registering.
If you cannot show up at any module you registered for due to urgent matters, you will need to send a brief email message with relevant proof to explain why you cannot attend the workshop. The email can be sent to PPP@cedars.hku.hk at least 3 working days prior to the module.

Important Notes
  1. Students should ensure that they can attend the module(s) they have registered for.
  2. Registrants please check your email regularly for the different messages we will send to you regarding your registration.
  3. If the number of students registered exceeds the quota being offered, priority will be given according to registrants’ “year of study” and “registration time”.
  4. Students should ensure that they can attend the module(s) they have registered for.
  5. Successful applicants will receive email notification by CEDARS by 15 January 2021 (Friday).
  6. A reminder email will be sent to successful registrants before each module. Stay tuned to our emails.
  7. For each module, students will be required to
    (1) sign in the Zoom Meeting (with their FULL name)
    (2) complete the required feedback form(s) after each workshop.
    These two will together form a complete attendance record. Please remember to do both.

Interested students please register via http://wp.cedars.hku.hk/form/ENGIN2021s2.

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 and the job opportunities.
  • We learned gow to deal with difficulties and turn it into an opportunitity 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-round training of our capabilities in all aspects for job hunting and characteristics formation.