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Q&A: Many of My Co-Workers Often Work Overtime. Should I Follow Suit?

By Priya Sunil

Working overtime may seem like a norm in many companies, and you might feel guilty or inadequate if you find that you're the only one leaving on time. So should you stay behind and work more just because your co-workers are doing so? (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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Q&A: Should I refuse my promotion if I am not keen on the new job scope?

Question: I’ve just been offered a promotion that brings with it new and weightier responsibilities. However, I really enjoy my current job and would no longer be required to cover most of my present responsibilities. Should I turn down the promotion?

Answer: Everyone dreams of climbing the corporate ladder. There are tons of resources dedicated to showing people how to advance their careers and net higher paying jobs. The offer of a promotion can also be immensely enticing, bringing with it the promise of a higher salary, more important responsibilities and a more impressive job title that tickles your ego. So when you are offered a step up the career ladder, it would seem madness to even think of turning down the offer. However, not all promotions are created equal. When the step up takes you in an unwanted direction and means that you will no longer be doing what you love, perhaps it’s wise to think twice about accepting the promotion. (Read More Here!)

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Portfolio 101 for Fresh Grads

Most students prefer to concentrate on the all-important academic aspect and tend to overlook the fact that their portfolio is becoming increasingly important. When adequately prepared, the portfolio can be the key to setting you apart from the other university or job applicants, especially when attending a job fair like the JobsCentral Career and Education Fair 2014.

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How to Ace Your Job Interview with the Right Body Language

By Jeremy Cheong

Job interviews are an inherently stressful affair. Some candidates tend to fidget during the job interview, which can range from touching one’s hair to slouching too much. The former reveals your nervousness while the latter implies a lack of confidence.

You might be surprised at how your body language is giving you away – in fact, experts have determined that 93 per cent of all daily communication between individuals is nonverbal. (Read More Here!)

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Low-Wage Jobs – Necessary for Singapore’s Economy

By Durga Elamaran

A recent cleaners’ strike in far-away England, triggered by low wages and even poorer working conditions, has brought the plight of this invisible army to the fore as rubbish bins overflowed and the smell of sewage accumulated.

Even as we continue to enjoy the peace and stability here in Singapore, we should all be reminded of the vital role that low-wage workers play, even in first world economies. (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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Job Gratification vs. Job Reward – Will You Perform Meaningless Work for High Pay?

By: Gerald Goh

Picture this scenario: you’ve being offered a handsome salary (say for instance, over $7,000 per month) to perform one (and only one) task each day, five days a week, and your working hours are from 9am to 5pm.

What’s your task, you may ask? You simply have to move a desk from location A to a nearby location B in the morning. At the end of the day, before you can knock off, you have to move the desk from location B back to its original spot in location A. You have no other roles or responsibilities and, in addition to your lunch hour, you can do as you please throughout the day provided you remain in the office.

Would you take up this job? (Read More Here!)

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