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A Career in the Fine Arts is Feasible

By Edmund Wang

The image of the ‘starving artist’ is a commonly invoked stereotype in Singapore, as those with specialised qualifications, such as in Engineering and Accounting, have traditionally been highly-valued and accordingly rewarded with generous remuneration.

However that could very well be yesteryear’s story. With Singapore on the verge of joining a select group or nations as ‘Developed Countries’, the wheels have been set in motion for our little red dot to place greater emphasis on the arts. (Read More Here!)

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Rolling Contracts – The Way Forward for Future Jobs?

By Durga Elamaran

In Singapore, having a permanent job is necessary for most, if not all of us. But recently, more companies have begun offering fixed-term contracts as a long-term alternative to permanent positions. These so-called rolling contract positions are only renewed at the organisation’s discretion, although most usually are (making them functionally equivalent to a permanent position, but without the job security). (Read More Here!)

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3 Glamorous Jobs That Aren’t

By Durga Elamaran

We all have that one dream job - be it a runway model or a famous sportsman, most of us just love to fanatasise about a dream occupation where going to work doesn’t feel like a chore. But the ‘wow’ factor often hides undesirable aspects that simply aren’t visible from an outsider’s perspective. Here are 3 glamorous jobs that aren’t, at least not without hardship and sacrifice. (Read More Here!)

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Valuable Career Lessons from Thomas Edison

By Durga Elamaran

As a young boy, Thomas Alva Edison was home-schooled by his mother and by the age of 12, he was selling newspapers and candies to train passengers. Edison took on different jobs as he grew up in order to support his parents and himself.

Although he faced several ups and downs in life, nothing stopped him from devising and carrying out experiments and presenting new inventions to the world, with the most famous being the electric light bulb.

Even as we commemorate Edison's death anniversary this week (18 Oct), Edison will always be remembered as a scientist constantly in tireless pursuit of new inventions, and his life story presents many lessons we can profitably apply to the workplace. (Read More Here!)

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From Employee to Employer: How to Make a Smooth Transition?

By Durga Elamaran

You’ve taken your baby steps into the working world, gradually moved up the corporate ladder and now you’re finally the boss of your own company! Handling troublesome clients and hectic workloads as an employee can seem insignificant when you find yourself having to manage an entire company. This 180 degree turn can certainly be stressful, but fret not - here are some tips on how to make a smooth transition. (Read More Here!)

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Workplace Alliances Deconstructed

By: Gerald Goh

No man is an island, especially not in the workplace. Even if the scope of your work is fairly individualistic and autonomous, the truth is that having a solid network of allies in and out of the workplace can be the key to your future promotion and overall career success.

The JobsCentral 2012 Work Happiness Indicator Survey previously indicated that having good relations with your colleagues and management is essential to maintaining your workplace satisfaction. Building a good network of office allies may seem like a daunting prospect, but it’ll certainly be worth your time and effort! (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Join the Office Exodus?

Question: Recently, a number of colleagues have tendered their resignation at the company I recently joined. As I am a new hire, this sudden exodus has left me wondering if there is something ‘wrong’ about the organisation and whether I should leave before it’s too late. What should I do?

Answer: It’s easy to be influenced by the sudden departure of many of your co-workers, especially if they’re senior employees. As a new hire, you’ll be the most impressionable during your first few months at your new workplace.

And in the absence of any concrete information, the rumour mill at your company will also naturally go into overdrive, putting you in a position where you’ll be receiving lots of (un)substantiated gossip. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I negotiate a higher starting salary?

Question: After going for a job interview, I’ve been offered the position but the organisation’s proposed starting salary is a little underwhelming, to say the least. Should I negotiate a higher starting salary?

Answer: It’s best to exercise a little discretion when deciding whether to either accept the organisation’s employment offer or negotiate a better starting salary.

Ideally, the starting salary you quote to the job interviewer is a figure that will be perfectly acceptable to you, so that if you’re offered that figure all you have to do is say yes. But your decision to quote a lower starting salary (to appear as a more attractive candidate for the position) may also count against you. (Read More Here!)

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Should I Take Time Off from My Career to Have A Baby?

Question: As a woman holding down a stable job, I feel that it’s about time I shift my focus to starting a family. However, I fear that my career might come to a temporary standstill, especially after returning from a long maternity leave. Seeing how stressful it is for the mothers at my workplace, I am also uncertain if I can handle being a working mum. Is there a way that I can have my cake and eat it too?

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Office Poll: What Has Working Life Taught You?

By: Png Han Yong

Working life teaches us many lessons. Some are more straightforward, while others come only after much experience.

Although we spend the majority of our adult lives working, we may not realise that our everyday actions at work can also provide valuable insights about other areas of our lives, if we only take the time to step back and reflect.

The JobsCentral Content Team share some of the gems of knowledge they have picked up:

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