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6 Things to Consider before Studying Abroad

By Melainne Chiew

Looking for a change in environment while you take your education to the next level? Studying abroad can be your answer to a frightening new experience or a freeway to an exciting new world. Before you jump on the overseas education bandwagon, here are some things to consider:

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Top 10 Best Paying Jobs in Singapore

By Jacelyn Lim

With the recent release of the Labour Market Highlights 2011-2012 by the Ministry of Manpower, most would probably be clamouring to find out where they stand amongst their peers, and also which route of career advancement they should take to maximise their wages.

We’ve done a short write up of the top 10 best paying jobs in Singapore (with reference to the list provided by MOM) for your convenience.

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Why It Is Important to Resign Gracefully

By Farhan Shah

In a lifetime, the average person will have held 10 different jobs. Assuming the average Singaporean starts working at the age of 22 and retires at 62, he or she would have stayed approximately 4 years in each position before moving on.

According to the Ministry of Manpower, the average monthly resignation rate since 2006 has been hovering around 2%. That means in a company of 100 people, approximately 2 people tender every month.

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5 Career Lessons from K-Pop

By Jacelyn Lim

Originating from the land of bibimbap, Korean Pop, more popularly known as K-pop, has spread like wildfire across most Asian countries and is already eyeing the Western music industry with its intoxicating blend of infectious hooks and flashy dance moves.

Characterised by multi-talented artistes with boundless energy and photogenic good looks, the secret behind the success of K-pop’s artistes is their ability to endear themselves to their fans, despite the language and cultural gap.

Before you dismiss the Hallyu wave as just another passing fad, you would do well to fully understand how these artistes have managed to gain a stranglehold of the hearts and minds of millions of people. Here are 5 lessons derived from the success of K-pop that you can easily apply to your career.

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5 Email Terms You Are Misusing

By Farhan Shah

On average, 294 billion emails are sent every day. That’s 2.8 million emails whizzing electronically around the Earth every second. Discounting mysterious correspondences from rich and shady Nigerian financial advisers and electronic pharmacists touting magic pills, quite a large number of work-related emails are opened up, read and replied to.

Indeed, most office inhabitants in Singapore are familiar with Outlook and all its other variants, and will tend to be very cautious when wording their emails, simply because emails usually mean there is an electronic trail.

Consequently, email users will have the habit of adopting the language that their colleagues and contacts use, which might sometimes actually be plain wrong. Here are 5 email terms that you are probably misusing blithely:

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4 Social Ways to Tip Yourself for Promotion

By Farhan Shah

In an ideal corporate world, the one most deserving of a job promotion is the one who puts in the most hours at work or produces consistently outstanding work. Unfortunately, the corporate world that most of us work in is splattered with shades of grey.

If you’ve ever been passed over for a promotion which went to, in your opinion, someone far less deserving, you are not alone. Many a lunch topic conversation has centred on colleagues in the office getting better treatment than you or getting promoted before you even though said colleagues allegedly spend all day surfing Facebook.

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5 Career Lessons to Pick Up from Draw Something

By Juliet Soh

Are you hooked on Draw Something, a game application that many people can’t seem to get their fingers (or stylus) away from? Don’t worry, there are many more around the world suffering the same fate as you.

However, don’t fret if you think you’re wasting your precious time away drawing your latest Lady Gaga masterpiece for your friends; there are actually nuggets of wisdom that you can pick up in the game! Here are five career lessons that you can derive from Draw Something:

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Legal Ways to Avoid the Tax Man

By Farhan Shah

It’s that time of the year again.

Newly-minted working professionals fret about how much they have to give and whether they will miss out on anything while those who are more experienced complain about the amount of paper work that they might have to potentially face. That’s right; it’s tax-filing season.

Besides being one of the legal obligations that all working professionals who earn above S$22,000 annually have to fulfil, taxes are also used for a variety of state and country expenses. Unfortunately, evading taxes is a crime in Singapore and is punishable in a court of law.

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5 Safe Office Pranks for April Fools’ Day

By Jacelyn Lim

In just a couple of days, numerous people will peer around corners and look behind their backs every few minutes to make sure that no one is attempting to play a prank on them. No matter your age or gender, April Fools’ Day is always celebrated with enthusiasm as friends try to outwit and out-prank each other with the most elaborate ideas unimaginable.

The office environment is no different. Tricking unsuspecting colleagues will incite a few laughs and gives everyone involved a topic to talk about during lunch or after-work drinks. At the same time, everyone will have a smile on their faces; happy workers translate to higher productivity after all.

Although April Fools’ Day falls on a Sunday this year, you can always shift the customary day to Monday instead!

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Are You a Corporate Zombie? 5 tips to maintain work-life balance

By Farhan Shah

Singaporeans are a stressed lot.

Numerous survey results have shown that Singaporeans work up to 45.9 hours a week, when the global average is 38.2 hours. Furthermore, with smartphones becoming a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, the line between our personal and corporate lives is slowly becoming smudged, according to a survey by Randstad.

Thanks to the wonders of technology, 69% of Singaporeans regularly tune in to work outside office hours, higher than the regional average of 66%.

Our pursuit for perfection and efficiency is almost legendary but at what cost to our health and most importantly, our lives?

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