How to Scale The Career Ladder With SkillsFuture Courses

31 Dec 2018 Posted in ⟨For Learners⟩

Whether you want to get a promotion, pay rise or new job offer, SkillFuture can help you upgrade your skills and scale the career ladder. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above are entitled to $500 worth of SkillFuture credit, which can be used on top of existing government course subsidies to pay for a wide range of approved courses. Offering an ocean of practical knowledge at an affordable price, SkillsFuture is a great way to expand your skillset and move you one step closer to realising your career aspirations. Here’s how you can leverage the unique opportunity that SkillsFuture offers, to scale the career ladder.

1. Work out where you currently are

When you use a map, the first thing that you do is work out where you currently are. Following from that, you work out where you want to go, and then finally, how you will get there. Although we naturally do this when using maps, we tend to start with the last step (the how) when it comes to our career. The irony of this is that personal development and career planning should be no different. To figure out how to get to where you want to be in your career, you must first work out where you stand at the workplace. You can begin by asking yourself questions like:
  • What are my strengths that I wish to cultivate?
  • What weaknesses are hindering me in my current line of work?

2. Identify where you want to go

The next step is to work out where you want to go. What does scaling the ladder mean to you at this present moment? Does it mean getting a pay rise? Does it mean getting a promotion in terms of role and responsibility? If your goal is to get a pay rise, then what knowledge and skills will you need to showcase to warrant that? If your goal is to get a promotion, then an organisational chart can help you to chart a roadmap for career progression. For example, in the advertising industry, an organisational chart will show that an account executive will generally be promoted to an account manager, then to a senior account manager and finally to an account director. Identify the next step up in the hierarchy that you are moving towards and its job description (if you don’t have access to one inside your organisation, head to job boards like Jobstreet or JobsDB and look at the postings). Once you have this, identify the required skills and knowledge that you do not currently possess.

3. Find SkillsFuture courses that will help you get there

Now that you have done the background work, it is time to find the resources that will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to help you achieve your career goals. There are a whole host of SkillFuture courses ranging from leadership to creativity to project management to computer skills to logistics and shipping. As you browse through the list of courses that are available, refer back to your previous answers and ask yourself:
  • Which courses will help me to cultivate my strengths?
  • Which courses will help me to iron out my weaknesses?
  • Which courses will prepare me for a pay rise or the next step up in the career ladder?
In addition to individual SkillsFuture courses, you can also sign up to a basic or specialist SkillsFuture package which contains several different courses. Basic packages have been specifically designed to suit the needs of the different stages of one’s career, while specialist packages are designed for those working in specific industries.

Basic Packages

New Joiners

For individuals who are new to the workforce and want to establish a solid foundation through personal development

Career transitions

For individuals who want to explore new frontiers and make a change in their careers

Lifelong Learners

For mature learners who want to continue to acquire new knowledge


For individuals who want to further progress in their career through personal development

Specialist Packages

  1. Software Developer: For individuals who are interested in a career as a Software Developer, Software Engineer, Application Programmer or Web Developer
  2. Network Administrator: For individuals who are interested in a career as a Network Technician, Network Engineer or Network Administrator
  3. Construction Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) Coordinator: For foremen and supervisors who manage operations that require employees to work at heights or confined spaces, monitor sound and vibrations, and use cranes at worksites
  4. Shipyard Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) Coordinator: For shipyard workers who need to understand safety hazards, workplace safety and manage worksite risks
  5. Manufacturing Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) Coordinator: For supervisory personnel in manufacturing industries who need to know safety practices and procedures
  6. Process Industry Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) Coordinator: For supervisors, engineers and managers who need to supervise workplace safety and health in a process plant

Ultimately, SkillsFuture can provide the bridge that you need to get from where you currently are to where you want to be, so don’t miss out on using the unique opportunity that SkillsFuture credit can afford you!

To learn more about SkillsFuture and browse the vast range of SkillsFuture courses and packages that are available, click here.

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