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Mistakes to Avoid when Making a Career Change

By CareerBuilder

Very few people enter the workforce and immediately land their dream job right out of the gate. Getting there usually takes years of building skills and experience, often through multiple jobs, and sometimes even across multiple industries. At some point, you may find yourself considering a career change – a dramatic shift in the type of work you do or the type of organisation you do it for. Whether you want to course-correct your career path back toward your dream job or you’re simply not sure your current job is right for you, here are some tips to help you avoid common career change missteps. (Read More Here!)

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When Interns Become Full-Time Employees

By Deanna Bonaparte

Participating in an internship programme is the best way to ascertain if a job is truly your cup of tea, or if the hosting organisation nurtures a work environment in which you can see yourself in the long run. After all, you never really know what a job comprises and how well an organisation looks after its staff unless you have had first-hand experience on the ground. Internships allow you to observe an organisation’s vast operations as well as determine if a company’s values align with your own. They are as close to a job experience as it gets! (Read More Here!)

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A Guide to the Oil & Gas Sector

By Deanna Bonaparte

Despite having a lack of domestic oil and natural gas reserves, Singapore is one of the leading petrochemical hubs in the world. Investors place full confidence in and are attracted to Singapore’s bustling oil and gas hub because of the country’s political and economic stability. Furthermore, government agencies like the Economic Development Board (EDB) and JTC Corporation (JTC) work to ensure that infrastructure, technology and support services are in place to support new and existing petrochemical companies. (Read More Here!)

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SkillsFuture - How can Employees Benefit?

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By Deanna Bonaparte

The recently-announced Budget 2015 elicited both good and bad responses from the public – it is, after all, simply impossible to please the entire population. But given that our work landscape is becoming increasingly complicated and competitive, the SkillsFuture initiative introduced by the Government is something both active and passive jobseekers can fully rejoice over and leverage on in order to stay relevant in today’s complex economy. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Start a Business on the Side?

Question: I am currently employed full-time but am considering a secondary source of income by starting my own business on the side. Is this a viable idea?

Answer: Starting and managing a side business requires a considerable amount of effort and resources – perhaps more than you think! A great deal of time, effort and resources need to be invested in order if your side business is not to end up in the red – permanently. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Do I Prepare for an Exit Interview?

Question: I have been asked to speak to a HR representative regarding my resignation and am supposed to participate honestly in an exit interview. How do I go about preparing myself for it?

Answer: They say that first impressions matter, but not many are aware that final impressions, too, are lasting impressions. An exit interview is a chance for you to leave an impression and a positive one will bode well for your future career. (Read More Here!)

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How Can I Go Back to My Old Job?

By Deanna Bonaparte

If you are finally certain that you want to go back to your old job, it is likely that you have ascended from the dark place in your thoughts where you felt crestfallen and where your mind was firing ‘What if’ scenarios in all directions. There must have been a reason behind your resignation at your previous company. Perhaps you misjudged the company or a certain situation, or perhaps you leapt at the prospect of a better salary and greater career advancement opportunities elsewhere. Whatever the case, the question “How do I go back to my old job?” is a relatively friendly occupant in your mind considering that you have already conquered an arguably more unsettling thought: “Should I go back?” (Read More Here!)

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Part-Time Postgraduate Students: Balancing Work, Life and Studies

Many working professionals are wary of taking a year or two off from their careers in order to pursue postgraduate studies full-time, even if they stand to enjoy better career prospects after graduating. Others may dread the additional financial burden that a postgraduate course would place on them – especially if they stop drawing a regular salary as full-time students. As a part-time postgraduate student, you will enjoy the best of both worlds – you can look forward to better career opportunities after graduating and will not have to worry about picking up from where you left off. However, if not managed carefully, your studies can also upset the careful balance that you have established between work and life. Before you visit the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015, we offer you some tips on how to be a successful and well-adjusted postgraduate student. (Read More Here!)

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