Career Resources

Valuable Career Lessons from Thomas Edison

By Durga Elamaran

As a young boy, Thomas Alva Edison was home-schooled by his mother and by the age of 12, he was selling newspapers and candies to train passengers. Edison took on different jobs as he grew up in order to support his parents and himself.

Although he faced several ups and downs in life, nothing stopped him from devising and carrying out experiments and presenting new inventions to the world, with the most famous being the electric light bulb.

Even as we commemorate Edison's death anniversary this week (18 Oct), Edison will always be remembered as a scientist constantly in tireless pursuit of new inventions, and his life story presents many lessons we can profitably apply to the workplace. (Read More Here!)

Tips on Dressing for Your Company's Costume D&D

By Png Han Yong

It’s that time of the year again when the entire company hangs out together for an evening to celebrate another successful work year. Only this time, it’s not just a casual get-together over a relaxing meal, but a fully-fledged costume Dinner and Dance (D&D)!

This themed D&D is akin to the adult version of ‘pretend play’, where through the medium of outlandish costumes, you and your co-workers will be transported into a new and exciting environment – at least for the evening. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: My Company is Encouraging Me to Retire Early. Should I?

By: Alythea Ho

Question: I've been offered the chance to retire early by my company. And I'm not the only one. I'm not upset at all, but I'd like to know if it's a good idea to accept the offer? Thanks.

Answer: Good question. The main thing to consider is whether you can afford to retire early. A recent JobsCentral poll shows that the majority of our respondents (37%) would accept an early retirement offer if the retirement package is attractive enough. (Read More Here!)

Survey: Singapore Workers Score Low Happiness Levels Since 2009

Half a decade onward and low work happiness scores continue to dog many Singapore workers, with $10,000 monthly salary being the 'magic' defining mark for improving happiness.

By: Alythea Ho

Many studies have been done on happiness, emotions, and satisfaction. Some claim Singaporeans are unfeeling beings who are curiously capable of developing emotions one year later. Others suggest Singaporeans are fairly satisfied living in one of the most desirable nations in the world.

Clearly happiness is a subjective matter. Question is, why do researchers still persist in studying it?

Because happiness is so crucial to our well-being, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Consider this: we spend over half of our waking hours at the workplace. Yet work happiness still eludes many in Singapore – even after half a decade. (Read More Here!)

From Employee to Employer: How to Make a Smooth Transition?

By Durga Elamaran

You’ve taken your baby steps into the working world, gradually moved up the corporate ladder and now you’re finally the boss of your own company! Handling troublesome clients and hectic workloads as an employee can seem insignificant when you find yourself having to manage an entire company. This 180 degree turn can certainly be stressful, but fret not - here are some tips on how to make a smooth transition. (Read More Here!)

Why Singapore Working Parents Should Have Easy Access to a Children’s Crèche

By Durga Elamaran

Given the rising cost of living and hectic lifestyle in Singapore, married couples are often dual-income earners just to support their family and save up for the future. And when it comes to having children, working parents often hire a maid, turn to relatives or utilise childcare services.

These options are effective, but they each have their own shortcomings. So why not consider a children’s crèche instead? Similar to a childcare centre, a children’s crèche is an on-site facility at a sufficiently large workplace which provides your child with a play area and other necessities while you’re at work, with the added benefit of having your child close. Here are some advantages of a children’s crèche: (Read More Here!)

Q&A: What Specialised Positions Can I Consider in the Healthcare Sector?

Question: I'm looking to enter the healthcare industry, but what are some professions I can consider besides being a nurse or a doctor?

Answer: There are numerous specialisations you can consider when getting your foot in the door of the rapidly-growing healthcare industry in Singapore as an Allied Health Professional (AHP) – specialists who work with healthcare practitioners to deliver high quality patient care. This also applies to individuals considering a mid-career switch – you can apply for the Professional Conversion Programme to gain relevant knowledge and training to become an AHP. (Read More Here!)

3 Intriguing Behavioural Jobs

By Durga Elamaran

It has been truthfully said that few individuals really know why they do what they do. And this is most important when it comes to jobs that deal with human behaviour, a truly complex and tough fields to analyse. Nevertheless, if you are truly passionate about the study of human behaviour, here are three choice behavioural jobs for you to consider! (Read More Here!)

Steve Jobs left a legacy, what’s yours?

Leaving a legacy behind is not just for the dead and famous. Before you quit your job, here's how to leave a good legacy at your workplace so you can walk away with your head held high.

By: Alythea Ho

It’s been two years since Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th, 2011. Much has been said about the man’s remarkable ability to foresee what consumers wanted, even as the legacy he left behind in Apple has undergone some changes since his departure.

Case in point: the latest iPhone 5S. Die-hard Apple fanboys around the world seethed in anger. A gold iPhone? How dare they change Apple’s minimalist appeal? Jobs would’ve been furious. No one messes with Steve Almighty’s legacy.

Thing is, all too often we assume legacies are only meant for ‘superfolk’ like Jobs. Then we start talking about a legacy after said 'superfolk' leave while neglecting to think about our own. (Read More Here!)

Workplace Alliances Deconstructed

By: Gerald Goh

No man is an island, especially not in the workplace. Even if the scope of your work is fairly individualistic and autonomous, the truth is that having a solid network of allies in and out of the workplace can be the key to your future promotion and overall career success.

The JobsCentral 2012 Work Happiness Indicator Survey previously indicated that having good relations with your colleagues and management is essential to maintaining your workplace satisfaction. Building a good network of office allies may seem like a daunting prospect, but it’ll certainly be worth your time and effort! (Read More Here!)