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I Quit! Now give me a Ladle

By: Alythea Ho

Last week, I blogged about how I quit my job to go on a sabbatical.

To my surprise, it inched its way into the lifestyle section’s popular list. When a career post is up there with “’10 reasons to avoid dating a metrosexual guy”’, you know there’s something about work-life balance (or lack thereof) that resonates with Singapore workers.

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An Engaging Career Awaits

The MTI is entrusted with a mission to promote Singapore’s economic growth and create jobs, so that Singaporeans can achieve an overall higher standard of living. It’s a noble aim, fraught with challenges but filled with opportunities and a deep sense of satisfaction, as these two officers can attest to.

By Becky Lo

When Joanna Tan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2009, she was ready to take on the world.

Filled with that indefinable, fearless and unbridled enthusiasm that only the optimism of youth can provide, the then 24-year-old dived right into her first job at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and has never looked back since.

Now, the Nanyang Technological University graduate is the Assistant Director of the Emerging Markets Division (EMD), focused on finding ways to improve and eventually grow Singapore’s economic links with the Middle East and Africa.

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A Fine Balance of Work and Play

If you think working in the tax sector is a dreary proposition, these two versatile, energetic IRAS officers will certainly change your mind.

By Becky Lo

To most people, taxation is a subject they rather not deal with, let alone talk about. Yet, chatting to Goh Pei Shan and Loh Sok Fang is such an interesting and enjoyable experience; you will almost forget that you’re actually talking about taxation.

These two young ladies are clearly in their element at the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), their eyes sparkling when they share their experience working at the Singapore’s tax authority.

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A World of Opportunities

Taking up a scholarship is not just about positioning yourself for that perfect career. It is also about the journey and the opportunities that are offered to you. Two CAG scholars tell us how their scholarship programme opened up a world of opportunities for them.

By Jenny Mak


Not many people can claim to have a butterfly garden at their workplace. For that matter, not many people can say they work at a multiple-award winning airport that is both an iconic symbol and a source of national pride.

But for Seoh Zhi Wen and Stephanie Sim, these are just two such opportunities they have enjoyed since accepting the Changi Airport Group (CAG) scholarship.
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Scholars With A Heart

Four SNCF scholars share with us how helping people and changing lives is the greatest good anyone can do in the world.

By Joyce Lin

Many young people and even working adults may not know what a co-operative is. In fact, it is all around you.

From the stationery shop in your secondary school to the ubiquitous supermarket chains in every neighbourhood, the mark of a co-operative is clearly visible everywhere.

Established in 1980, the not-for-profit organisation Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) is one of the largest grassroots movement in Singapore and is affiliated to 71 co-operatives today.

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No Holds Barred

A member of SPEAR shares his experience of working behind bars and being a Captain of Lives in SPS, one of Singapore’s premier employers.

By Joyce Lin

Whenever Yeo Bo Li tells people that he works behind bars, their first reaction is to ask why.

The 23-year-old made the choice to work in the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) a year ago when he was still in the army.

A friend encouraged him to take up the challenge when he chanced upon an SPS advertisement in the newspapers.

He was initially apprehensive at first. “I remember visiting Changi Prison before I joined and looking at the outside of the prison walls, thinking I would never want to come here,” admits Bo Li.

“But now I know that I want to carve out this path in correctional services for my future career.”

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Behind the Scenes

The CAAS was restructured in July 2009 with more focused roles to develop Singapore as a global air hub and aviation centre of excellence.

By Jannelle Lau

Aviation plays a key role in Singapore’s economic development. Singapore is renowned for the world’s most awarded airport, an enviable air-safety record, a respected centre for aviation training and a strong aviation industry. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has an integral part to play in all the above. The authority’s raison d’etre is to develop the air hub and aviation industry in Singapore, expanding Singapore’s links to the rest of the world.

To ensure that it is well placed to meet the challenges of tomorrow, CAAS takes a pro-active approach in ensuring that policies are aligned with international best practices, and that safe and efficient aircraft operations is a top priority. CAAS also aims to contribute actively to the development of international aviation and promote Singapore as a centre for aviation capabilities, knowledge and talent.

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So You Want to Be a Chef?

So you aspire to be a chef? Do you have the patience to spend 15 hours in a hot, stuffy and greasy kitchen cooking up a storm for your customers? Are you able to create innovative and tasty dishes? Do you understand food ingredients well enough?

Will you remain passionate enough to go on, even after receiving criticism from demanding customers? Do you value your food?

If your answer is a resounding Yes!, you may have what it takes to be a chef.

Being a chef is not just about cooking. It’s a job that requires hard work, creativity and passion. Chef Jonathan Koh, head chef at Miss Clarity Café says, “A good chef has to love and respect food. Proper treatment of food is important to ensure that the end result is good. Food has to be packed and stored properly to maintain its freshness. Timing is also vital. The time spent on preparing and cooking the food will affect its taste.”

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SingTel: Connecting and Growing Talents within SingTel

From its home base in Singapore, SingTel has, through its strategic investments, transformed into Asia’s leading communications company. With more than 249 million regional mobile customers, it is also the largest multi-market mobile operator outside of China. Today, it is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange as the largest company by market capitalisation. On the global front, it is aiming to be the top info-communications technology (ICT) solutions provider in the industry.

For SingTel to lead and shape the markets it competes and operates in, it has to continually invest in both its infrastructure as well as capabilities. This includes building its human capital with a strong commitment to talent management and development.

A key feature of SingTel’s corporate strategy is thus to be an Employer of Choice.

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Of "Sandwich Praise" and Pink Cadillacs

Mary Kay, a brand that’s known to women worldwide, has finally debuted in the Singapore market. We speak to the President of Mary Kay Asia Pacific about the organisation behind the skincare and cosmetics line.

By Cheryl Lim

These days, companies that promote servant leadership with a drive for watching people reach their fullest potential are scarce. However, at Mary Kay, this philosophy is pervasive throughout the ranks. Besides being one of the most successful direct selling organisations in the industry, Mary Kay is also known for its unique mission – to enrich the lives of women.

“Mary Kay is a company that sells a way of life, and that way of life is development of women, allowing them to believe in themselves, to be the best that they can be,” says Mr K K Chua, President of Mary Kay Asia Pacific. “It almost sounds too idealistic, but I can tell you that it works.”

In fact, the man himself was sceptical when he was headhunted for the position of President of Mary Kay China many years ago.

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