Career Resources

How to Fit into a New Workplace

By Deanna Bonaparte

The first few days in a new workplace are the most daunting, and the thoughts that scurry across your mind probably won’t veer very far from “How do I fit in?” or “Will my new colleagues like me?” It is not uncommon to be faced with a crisis of confidence, even among the bold and self-assured.

In addition, new hires often worry about having to portray a first-rate impression that is at once professional and likeable. First impressions are no doubt important – good or bad, they can often disproportionately influence how people perceive you in the long term. (Read More Here!)

Kickstarter Pens: Revitalising Writing Tools in the Workplace

By Koh Wanzi

In an age of styluses, tablets, and advanced word processing, the pen – the most humble of writing tools – has been relegated to a secondary position. Unless you are a pen connoisseur, a battered old Bic pen which you hardly glance at twice is most probably your first resort when you need to pen something down at the office. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Should I learn to Code?

Question: I’m stuck in a dead-end job with few prospects ahead. I want to make myself more marketable and I hear that coding is one of the most highly sought-after skills today. Should I learn to code?

Answer: Coding is often cited as the modern economy’s equivalent of core skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic. In the US, coding is being introduced into school curriculums from as early as kindergarten, a move backed by Code.org, a group funded by tech heavyweights such as Facebook. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: My Colleague is Sucking Up To My Boss

Question: My colleague is sucking up to my boss and is passively trying to alienate me. What can I do to ensure that he doesn’t push me to the fringes of the office social network?

Answer: In the hierarchy of a corporate environment, there are bound to be certain dominant individuals who will seize every chance to elbow their way to the top of the social food chain. Dealing with a dominating colleague can be a challenge, and this challenge is compounded if said colleague is able to skilfully manipulate your boss to his advantage. Here’s how you can build up your plate armour and defend yourself from his insidious actions! (Read More Here!)

What Your Office Desk Says About You

By Koh Wanzi

Short of life-sized effigies erected in your honour, your desk is as close as it comes to a metaphorical representation of your own hallowed self. Your desk is your own personal space in the office – where you can attempt to preserve a sliver of individuality as you resist turning into an office drone like the rest of your co-workers. (Read More Here!)

Why A Good Book Is Better Than 2048

By Deanna Bonaparte

Technological advancements have literally placed access to vast amounts of information at our fingertips. In the area of mobile technology, increasingly function-packed phones and tablets are slowly eroding away at any need for laptops or desktop computers. This puts a huge market within the reach of mobile developers – blockbuster game Angry Birds has racked up almost two billion downloads since its first release on iOS in December 2009.

In recent months, you might also have noticed a handful of commuters frantically sliding through digital number tiles, in attempts to figure out a strategy around the game 2048. Like Angry Birds, the game mechanics are deceptively simple, but a frustrating combination of skill and dexterity is required to master and beat the game. (Read More Here!)

Street Food Culture: Singapore vs. US

By Desiree Yang

A movie that’s set to tantalise your taste buds and leave you chewing on your empty popcorn bucket is Chef. While many of you may know Jon Favreau for his role as Happy, chauffeur and personal assistant to Tony Stark in Iron Man, Jon takes on the role of Carl Casper in Chef, a man who leaves his job at a restaurant in Los Angeles to rediscover his passion for cooking. He then buys a broken-down food truck which he goes on to restore, name El Jefe and sell Cubanos (a Cuban sandwich) from.

Chef provides us with a glimpse into the booming food truck industry in the US which has not only redefined the street food culture there, but has people predicting that it will rake in about US$2.7 billion in revenue by 2017. While Singapore’s currently home to two food trucks, Kerbside Gourmet and The Travelling Cow, it’s safe to say that street food culture here is still relatively restricted to food centres (formerly known as hawker centres) and pasar malams (night markets). (Read More Here!)

Managing Your Caffeine Addiction

By Deanna Bonaparte

According to YourHealth in 2013, almost a third of workers in Singapore admitted that they had to sacrifice sleep for personal and work commitments, making the percentage of the sleep-deprived here even higher than the global average of 29 per cent.

And like a fog that settles on our brains, bent on obscuring our thoughts, our sleep deprivation forces us to rely on our caffeinated perk-me-ups to kick us into action. One cannot even begin to imagine what would happen if the lady at the coffee stall ceased to do business – perhaps the entire office would resemble a ragtag legion of shambling dead. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Should I Ask to be Re-assigned if I Cannot Cope with the Workload at My New Position?

Question: I have just been promoted and am struggling to cope with my new workload and responsibilities. However, I like my work environment and do not want to leave the company. Should I ask to be re-assigned instead?

Answer: A new move up the corporate ladder brings with it a higher salary and a welcome sense of progression. But career advancement also lugs extra baggage in tow – higher expectations from your superiors, greater responsibilities, and a heavier workload. (Read More Here!)

Establishing Gender Equality in the Workplace

By Desiree Yang

Jill Abramson’s abrupt dismissal from her job as Executive Editor at the New York Times caused quite a stir in the media, with many speculating that she was wrongfully dismissed from her position – which she held for just under three years – on discriminatory grounds.

The publisher of the Times, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. released a statement on 24 June 2014, over a month after Abramson’s dismissal, where he stated that her departure had nothing to do with her gender or her hiring a lawyer to question the wage gap between her and her male predecessor. He instead cited “arbitrary decision-making, a failure to consult and bring colleagues with her, inadequate communication and the public mistreatment of colleagues”, as grounds for her dismissal. (Read More Here!)