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Q&A: Should I Quit My Job to Travel?

Question: I’ve been considering taking some time off from work. Should I quit my job to travel?

Answer: Many of us are used to weekend getaways or comparatively short trips that last for a couple of weeks. These trips often pass in the blink of an eye, and before we know it, we’re back at work almost without missing a beat. But when it comes to taking extended vacations – perhaps six months to a year – an entirely different set of preparations are in order.

Most companies probably have no way of accommodating such a lengthy vacation on your part. In order to take to the skies or jet ski across the Pacific Ocean, you will probably have to take a leap of faith and quit your job. (Read More Here!)

Lessons from a Professional Gamer

By Koh Wanzi

Many people think of gaming as a fun and light-hearted matter, but a considerable amount of strategy, teamwork, and grit is required at the high levels of competitive gaming.

Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) is currently recognised as the number one team in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) – the latest iteration of the classic first-person shooter. The Ninjas achieved an unprecedented 87-win streak during the earlier half of their career and have made the grand finals of almost every tournament they attended, making them the most consistent and highest performing team in the scene.

In an interview with onGamers, NiP player Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson shares his thoughts on what makes NiP tick. He reveals insights that we can apply to our jobs, where we would do well with lessons on how to function effectively as a team and co-operate with our co-workers. (Read More Here!)

Mental Health Issues at Work

By Deanna Bonaparte

Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. He says, “But doctor.… I am Pagliacci.”

Following the recent death of Robin Williams, the spotlight has been thrown on depression and those who suffer in silence. While many across the world listened incredulously as news of Williams’ depression broke – how could a man who built his career on bringing laughter to others be depressed? – there are others who may sit meekly or just as cheerily in their seats as they, too, skid down a slippery slope if not taken care of. Mental health issues – distant and abstract when they don’t touch our lives – are very real, and our everyday workspaces can be festering grounds for them. (Read More Here!)

Imagining Tomorrow’s Workplace II: Machine Learning in the Cloud

By Koh Wanzi

“Historically, we’ve been in a world where computing was a scarce resource. Now it is moving to being an abundant resource,” says Greg DeMichillie, the director of product management for Google’s public cloud.

Cloud computing allows companies to channel this abundance of computing power in the form of millions of computers in networks around the globe, enabling them to carry out complex tasks such as data processing and analysis with minimal manpower and costs. (Read More Here!)