Colin Lim

JobsCentral & JobsFactory Presentation 2009

At JobsCentral and JobsFactory, clients and partners help form the intricate web of success that both companies have built over the years. It was with an air of familiar excitement that the JobsCentral & JobsFactory Presentation 2009 took place on Friday, 30 October.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman & Colin Lim

An exclusive event, the presentation was only open to clients and partners of JobsCentral and its sister company JobsFactory. Held annually, this year’s presentation attracted over 150 attendees from more than 90 companies, comprising mostly of HR personnel and representatives from organisations in both the private and public sector.

Featuring engaging talks by the Chief Executive Officer of JobsCentral, Lim Dershing, Managing Director of JobsFactory, Huang Shao-Ning and Content & Community Manager, Colin Lim, the event was an informative session aimed at keeping clients informed of recent developments within the companies, as well as relevant industry trends.

Sharing recent achievements
Firstly, attendees were given an insight into how this year’s JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair was extremely well-received in August. Shao-Ning announced that more than 70% of exhibitors and jobseekers expressed their satisfaction with how the annual event turned out, a clear indication of its growing popularity and effectiveness. Attendees were also given first-hand information about next year’s fair.

Raising the Competency of HR Professionals in Singapore

Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Manpower, speaking at the Singapore HR Congress 2009

In today’s rapidly-changing world economy, human resource (HR) challenges are aplenty. Issues such as retaining and attracting talent amidst a recession are pertinent to HR practitioners all over the world, while the knowledge and skills needed to address such matters have become more complex and demanding.

In Singapore, many companies have implemented cost-cutting measures to cope with the downturn, ranging from shorter work weeks and no-pay leave for employees to wage cuts and retrenchment. Such HR practices have a significant impact on corporate performance, and HR practitioners need to tackle them in a responsible manner.

“Over the longer term, cost-cutting will not be the key competitive advantage of a company. Rather, attracting the right talent, developing their capabilities and motivating them to give their best, and at the same time retaining the best and grooming the leaders – these are the real differentiating factors that will determine the success or failure of companies. These are not easy to deal with but HR professionals have a key role to play in this regard,” said Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Manpower, at the Singapore HR Congress & Business-Connect Exposition 2009.

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RCBS - A World-class Educational Experience

Why look out of the country to study, when there are cheaper and equally attractive options back home?

By Wong Casandra

“Emaar doesn’t just make buildings, they create lifetimes,” says Raja Chowdhury, a Hospitality Management lecturer who teaches at both diploma and advanced diploma levels.

He is of course referring to Emaar Properties, one of Dubai’s biggest global real estate companies. The conglomerate’s education wing acquired Raffles Campus, a local education provider, in 2006 along with the Raffles Campus Business School (RCBS), one of its components.

The school is one of Emaar Education’s many institutes in Asia, offering alternative routes for those seeking a tertiary education. Raffles Campus occupies a vast facility near Clementi which is equipped with sports amenities, various laboratories and other necessary infrastructure to complement the courses offered. READ MORE

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ESDA - Animating the Future

In Singapore’s diversifying economy, a career in digital animation is no longer thought of as a dead end. Helmed by active professionals and driven by cutting-edge technology, the Egg Story Digital Arts School is poised and well-equipped to mould the next generation of home-grown artists.

By Mohd Sufyan Saad

When Nickson Fong, founder and CEO of Egg Story Creative Productions, returned to Singapore after working in the United States, he felt that there was something lacking when it came to shaping and preparing would-be digital artists for the growing Asian Media Industry.

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Singapore Tourism Board: Uniquely Enriching

As a management trainee with the Singapore Tourism Board, Kevin Choe is at the forefront of one of Singapore's most dynamic industries today.

by Colin Lim

At the age of seven, Kevin Choe left Singapore to study at the International School of Bangkok in Thailand. About ten years later, he returned to complete his National Service, but found himself feeling out of place. "I felt like a foreigner in my own country, after being away for such a long time,” recalled Kevin.

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MOE - Learning from Teaching

Two teachers share how their jobs allow them to grow as people and make a positive impact on the lives of others at the same time.

By Colin Lim

“To be a good teacher, you must be a good learner. You cannot stop reading, you cannot stop learning, and you cannot stop questioning,” said Sukhjeet Kaur, a teacher at Swiss Cottage Secondary School. This belief has helped the 29-year-old to improve her teaching methods over the years, from being a self-confessed “dictator” who spoon-fed her students to a facilitator who now encourages them to discover answers for themselves.

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MTU Asia - People and Power

At MTU Asia, a highly qualified and committed workforce drives the company’s growth. We spoke with three employees, who joined the organisation after graduating with engineering degrees.

By Colin Lim

MTU Asia, located in Singapore, is the regional operational headquarters in Asia and extended arm of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH. MTU is one of the leading global suppliers of diesel engines and drive systems for applications such as marine, power generation and defense industries. Their product portfolio covers diesel engines of up to 9.100 kW...

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Oracle: Becoming Business Leaders of Tomorrow

Hoping to become a business professional after you graduate? Oracle’s Graduate Development Program can help you do just that.

By Colin Lim

In today’s competitive corporate environment, being a degree holder may not always guarantee a promising career. Fortunately, there are companies that offer programs designed to groom fresh graduates into future leaders, often providing them with opportunities to experience working in different lines of businesses along the way. One such company is Oracle Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle Corporation, which is the world’s largest enterprise software company...

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