Career Resources

Moving Toward a Workplace-Ready Workforce

It’s an age-old catch-22 for fresh graduates: how can you get some work experience for your resume if many employers shut the door in your face in favour of more experienced jobseekers? In addition, as a fresh graduate you might not have the best idea of what kind of profession or career you’d be best suited for.

Getting yourself ready for the working world is thus a very big challenge for fresh graduates, and one that should be addressed well before you graduate from university, according to Mark Coggins, founder and CEO of M2 Academy. (Read More Here!)

Expectations vs. Reality - Being a Game Developer in Singapore

By Desiree Yang

Say you grew up with video games – be it gunning for the enemy or building a virtual city – and your love for these games led you to toy with the idea of becoming a game developer. Now that you’re an adult, you still harbour ambitions to develop and design games – you’ll be a digital artist and enthrall gamers the world over – and you don’t see why you shouldn’t give it a shot. (Read More Here!)

Imagining Tomorrow's Workplace I: The Driverless Car

By Deanna Bonaparte

Google has experienced rapid growth since it was first conceived in 1996 and its success has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions and partnerships beyond its core search engine business. In fact, the reach of Google is such that it has even muscled its way into our daily vocabulary. If the tech behemoth has its way, the answer “Google it” will be the standard reply to almost any question for a long time to come.

Earlier this year, Google made plans to build 100 to 200 prototypes of a driverless car without a steering wheel, gas or brake pedals, and with only an on/off switch button for ignition. Instead, the car would have intelligent sensors and software to steer clear of accidents and other obstacles. While driverless cars may still seem a lot like something straight out of a science-fiction movie, technologies such as this could mean a great deal for the city of the future – and for tomorrow’s workplace. (Read More Here!)

Kiss Cover Letters and Résumés Goodbye

By Desiree Yang

Did you know that the first professional résumé was written by Leonardo da Vinci in 1482? Or that the submission of a résumé to a prospective employer was a mere formality up until the 1950s? The résumé’s all too familiar sibling, the cover letter, was also first used in the 1950s as a descriptive document that helped employers learn more about the person behind the résumé. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: My Internship is Turning Out to be Less Than Satisfactory. What can I Do?

Question: My internship is turning out to be less than satisfactory and I don’t think I am learning much at all. What can I do?

Answer: Many students take up internships to give their résumé that extra shine, with most expecting it to be a productive learning experience that will prepare them for their future jobs. However, not all internships are created equal – interns may be made to perform menial tasks or given nothing to do at all – and an internship can easily be the longest and most nightmarish months for some. (Read More Here!)

Why Workplace Jargon is Bad

By Koh Wanzi

Many of you probably remember your first job – the moment you officially joined the workforce and got sucked into the vortex of office culture and its attendant meaningless phrases and buzzwords.

With phrases such as “touch base”, “360-degree thinking” and “streamlined work flow” bandied about left and right, it’s hard not to get caught up in a world of fuzzy metaphors. These buzzwords are supposed to convey new and energetic ways of thinking and doing work, but they do little but obfuscate – covering up their lack of substance with a fancy dressing. (Read More Here!)

Keep Fit for a Fit Organisation

In recent times, companies have become more conscious about the health of their employees and have begun to actively seek ways to promote healthy lifestyles at work. In addition to enhancing the physical well-being of employees and helping them feel better about themselves, sport can influence work outcomes in positive ways. Not only does sport help to relieve stress, it also builds camaraderie, improves mental alertness, and enhances productivity. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Should I be Concerned that I Don't Spend a lot of Time Interacting with My Boss?

Question: I have friends who have quite a close working relationship with their boss. Should I be concerned that I’m spending too little time interacting with my boss?

Answer: For many, the very act of befriending or spending time with their boss lands right smack in uncharted territory that can be tricky to navigate (if they even wish to do so at all). However, a recent study conducted on 32,410 American and Canadian executives, managers and employees by Leadership IQ suggests that employees can benefit from spending more time with their direct supervisor each week. (Read More Here!)

National Day Special – Commemorating Beginnings

By Deanna Bonaparte

As Singapore celebrates her 49th birthday with the theme ‘Our People, Our Home’, companies ought to turn a retrospective eye towards their beginnings as well – and reaffirm their appreciation for the people who form the cornerstone of the workplace. By adopting Founder’s Day in the workplace, employers can showcase the value of their employees and help them feel appreciated.

In any case, ‘Our Employees, Our Workplace’ is not an entirely implausible theme to adopt – in fact the theme sounds a likeable tune – in view of Founder’s Day. It is an occasion to reinforce the shared vision among employees and thank them for their contributions. Here are some ways in which companies can acknowledge the contributions of their employees, while effectively commemorating their beginnings. (Read More Here!)

Convincing Employees to Grow with the Company

By Koh Wanzi

Many young professionals on the job market today view a job change as a move on to greener pastures, and more often than not, a new job does indeed net them higher salaries. They argue that switching jobs allows them to climb the corporate ladder faster, whereas staying with the same company could have them waiting longer for a raise or promotion. (Read More Here!)