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Work Yourself to Death? No Thanks!

By: Gerald Goh

Having a good work-life balance is a perennial bugbear for many working Singaporeans, so much so that the prospect of having to work more than eight hours on any given workday is enough fuel to set off a firestorm of griping.

Eat your hearts out, Singaporeans. The UK’s Daily Mail recently reported that a 21-year-old intern reportedly worked himself to death. And to add insult to injury, the poor intern was only looked for after he missed roll call and was subsequently found dead in the shower by his flatmate. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I take up an Associate Trainee Programme?

Question:
As a fresh graduate looking for my first job, I recently received an offer from a company for a position under their Associate Trainee Programme (ATP) for six months, after which they’ll review my performance and consider whether to upgrade me to a full-time position. Should I accept?

Answer:
One problem with being an Associate Trainee is that it places you in the grey area between being an intern and being recognised as a full-time staff.

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