Career Resources

Can Workplace Surveillance be Productive?

By Koh Wanzi

We’ve looked at the possible negative repercussions of workplace surveillance before. However, there might just be an upside to monitoring worker activity – being able to objectively quantify productivity can help companies tweak their productivity-boosting measures and promote the most efficient employees.

While the issue of privacy will never go away, when carried out judiciously, workplace surveillance can help companies find out what works and what doesn’t. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Should I Quit My Job to Travel?

Question: I’ve been considering taking some time off from work. Should I quit my job to travel?

Answer: Many of us are used to weekend getaways or comparatively short trips that last for a couple of weeks. These trips often pass in the blink of an eye, and before we know it, we’re back at work almost without missing a beat. But when it comes to taking extended vacations – perhaps six months to a year – an entirely different set of preparations are in order.

Most companies probably have no way of accommodating such a lengthy vacation on your part. In order to take to the skies or jet ski across the Pacific Ocean, you will probably have to take a leap of faith and quit your job. (Read More Here!)

Lessons from a Professional Gamer

By Koh Wanzi

Many people think of gaming as a fun and light-hearted matter, but a considerable amount of strategy, teamwork, and grit is required at the high levels of competitive gaming.

Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) is currently recognised as the number one team in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) – the latest iteration of the classic first-person shooter. The Ninjas achieved an unprecedented 87-win streak during the earlier half of their career and have made the grand finals of almost every tournament they attended, making them the most consistent and highest performing team in the scene.

In an interview with onGamers, NiP player Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson shares his thoughts on what makes NiP tick. He reveals insights that we can apply to our jobs, where we would do well with lessons on how to function effectively as a team and co-operate with our co-workers. (Read More Here!)

Mental Health Issues at Work

By Deanna Bonaparte

Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. He says, “But doctor.… I am Pagliacci.”

Following the recent death of Robin Williams, the spotlight has been thrown on depression and those who suffer in silence. While many across the world listened incredulously as news of Williams’ depression broke – how could a man who built his career on bringing laughter to others be depressed? – there are others who may sit meekly or just as cheerily in their seats as they, too, skid down a slippery slope if not taken care of. Mental health issues – distant and abstract when they don’t touch our lives – are very real, and our everyday workspaces can be festering grounds for them. (Read More Here!)

Imagining Tomorrow’s Workplace II: Machine Learning in the Cloud

By Koh Wanzi

“Historically, we’ve been in a world where computing was a scarce resource. Now it is moving to being an abundant resource,” says Greg DeMichillie, the director of product management for Google’s public cloud.

Cloud computing allows companies to channel this abundance of computing power in the form of millions of computers in networks around the globe, enabling them to carry out complex tasks such as data processing and analysis with minimal manpower and costs. (Read More Here!)

Language Barriers: The Patriarchal Nature of Office Jargon

By Koh Wanzi

We talked about the drawbacks of workplace jargon last week and how it can make you appear less trustworthy and hinder clear communication and action. We’ll discuss a more specific nature of office jargon today – how it affects women in the workplace. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: What Should I Do When My Dream Job Becomes My Worst Nightmare?

Question: I used to be happy with my job but I’ve come to hate it. I don’t know what I should do. Should I quit or are there other options that I should consider?

Answer: In situations like this, quitting will almost always seem like the most attractive option. However, the most attractive option might not always be the most ideal or feasible, and when it comes to something as important as a job, it’s important that one treads with caution. (Read More Here!)

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!)