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JobsCentral Learning Survey 2014: More Mature Learners Are Pursuing A Diploma

Survey saw a 2.5 fold increase in those aged 60 and above taking up Diploma studies

(Singapore, 14 January 2015): As the great Michelangelo once said: “I am still learning”. Indeed, education is a lifelong process and according to the results from the 2014 JobsCentral Learning survey by Careerbuilder Singapore, the demand for further education has been seeing an exponential growth. This can be observed in respondents keen on diploma studies, with an increase from 18% in 2013 to 26% this year. (Read More Here!)

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Choosing the Right Postgraduate Course

We’ve talked about how postgraduate degrees are a great option for both personal enrichment and professional upgrading. But while a higher degree offers innumerable learning and developmental opportunities for you to grow, you shouldn’t rush to enrol in the first course that you come across. Not all postgraduate degrees are created equal, and what works for others may not necessarily work for you. Postgraduate degrees are often highly specialised affairs that confer knowledge in very specific domains. At the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 you’ll want to take time to evaluate your needs, weigh your decision and choose carefully. (Read More Here!)

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The Ins and Outs of Salary Negotiations

By Deanna Bonaparte

After all the years of dealing with hair-pulling issues at work and labouring over unending tasks and demands, perhaps you feel it is time for you to be given credit where credit is due – a reasonable increase in your salary. Before this happens, you need to make the bold move to negotiate your salary. A salary negotiation is a process that should be walked through carefully. Here are some things to keep in mind before you propose one. (Read More Here!)

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Gaining an Edge with a Postgraduate Degree

We need to face the facts – a bachelor’s degree is now the de facto norm. You can no longer expect a degree to secure you the job of your dreams, and will often have to compete with other degree holders for the same jobs. And as the proportion of university graduates in the working population increases, you can only expect the competition to get tougher. But if a bachelor’s degree no longer confers the competitive edge it used to, what then? A visit to the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 will allow you to browse through a range of upgrading opportunities that will make you more marketable and versatile. (Read More Here!)

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Shining the Light on Reverse Mentoring

By Deanna Bonaparte

A mentorship scheme is extremely beneficial in the workplace especially for the uninitiated. New employees are better able to assimilate new information and excel in their jobs with the guidance of experienced mentors who are familiar with company goals and the industry. As a new employee, being assigned a mentor to guide you through your new responsibilities can also help to quell your anxiety and smoothen the daunting process of picking things up quickly. But the onus to learn is not only on new employees and fresh graduates. Learning, regardless of your length of employment, is a lifelong process of keeping abreast with changes and new developments. Experienced senior employees have to strive to seek continual improvement, and one of the many ways to upgrade themselves is through the exercise of reverse mentoring. (Read More Here!)

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Enriching Yourself with a Higher Degree

For all the talk about getting a postgraduate degree to make yourself more employable, many still continue to pursue postgraduate studies in highly niche and esoteric areas that are a far cry from the professional postgraduate degrees in areas such as accounting or finance. A Master of Arts in Ancient History and Late Antique and Byzantine Studies could not sound more different from a Master of Professional Accounting. While the latter aims to convey direct skills that its students will be able to apply on the job, the benefit of the former is not immediately clear from a career perspective. The Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 is a great place to explore the myriad options available to you. (Read More Here!)

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Fresh Graduates: A Working Career or Higher Degree?

As you emerge into the world with your newly-minted bachelor’s degree, it can be difficult to decide on your next step. For those among you who are raring to begin earning your own keep, you’ve probably already begun scouring the job market for promising opportunities. However, many among you will also struggle to decide if you should enter the job market or further your education with a higher degree. As university degrees become increasingly common – university graduates constituted 27 per cent of Singapore’s resident population in 2013 – the need to attain a higher qualification in order to become more competitive appears more pressing than ever, and the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 is a good place to start. (Read More Here!)

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Why Working from Home is Not for Everyone

By Deanna Bonaparte

Anyone whose primary work tools are a computer and telephone can work from home. There are numerous benefits to gain from a telework arrangement – the most obvious ones being the ability to operate on flexible work hours and more time with friends and family. There is also no need to deal with workplace malaises stemmed from pretentious water cooler conversations, emotionally-draining involvement in office politics and negative judgment incurred from wearing the same blouse for two days in a row. (Read More Here!)

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Mid-Career Professionals: Time to Upgrade?

As an experienced working professional in Singapore, one of the reasons you may not be able to grow your careers in the desired direction is because of ‘qualification inflation’, whereby a large proportion of degree graduates enter the workforce every year. To distinguish yourself from your working peers, you may need to go beyond a Bachelor’s degree. And with the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 coming up next month, there’s never been a better time to upgrade yourself with a wide variety of further education courses. (Read More Here!)

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Why Your Company Should Host a Blood-Donation Drive

By Deanna Bonaparte

Healthcare services have been challenged to combat the shortage of blood donations for many years. To raise awareness of blood donation, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has adopted methods such as driving blood donation trucks around the city, hosting pop-up donation stations at office buildings and sharing emergency notices via social media. In fact, it has even come up with a novel way to continue its blood donation campaign through a mobile app. (Read More Here!)

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