Presenting WSJA Career Articles

Here at JobsCentral Community, we constantly strive to offer content that will help jobseekers and working professionals to make better career decisions.

With this aim in mind, we are proud to announce the launch of WSJA Career Articles, a brand new section that is the result of a collaboration between JobsCentral and The Wall Street Journal Asia.

The free articles in this section have been carefully selected to offer tips about issues that JobsCentral users frequently face. No matter which stage of your career you are at, you are likely to find most, if not all of these articles helpful.

So check out WSJA Career Articles today and look out for new ones that will be periodically added to the section!

The Power of Networking In The Palms of Their Hands


There is an old adage – If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

The winning partnership between JobsCentral and The School of Personal Excellence (TSOPE) is excellent evidence of this adage. Together with TSOPE, JobsCentral has organised a number of career guidance workshops that has been well-received by the participants.

The latest workshop - The Art of Networking: How to network your way to success - was no exception. Despite being held on a Saturday, the workshop attracted a healthy group of 25 eager beavers ready to learn how to network like a professional.

One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward: Help Us Help You

In the Harry Potter series, Albus Dumbledore uses the Pensieve, a shallow stone basin with carved runes and strange symbols, within which silvery hair-like strands of memories are siphoned, on many occasions to examine his memories and thoughts. Whilst we do not have the Pensieve to use at our convenience, nor the spells to siphon our memories for closer examination, it remains necessary for us to take a step back to reflect, before we can continue moving forwards.


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Poll Results: Is the issue of job competition between Singaporeans and foreigners a serious one in Singapore now?

At the National Day Rally 2010, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the concern of the rising competition for jobs with the increasing numbers of foreigners in Singapore. He reassured Singaporeans that although some may feel the pinch, the influx of foreigners is a necessary move to improve the economic situation of Singapore.

PM Lee also mentioned that several policies are already in place to keep check of the competition between foreigners and Singaporeans for jobs, such as the foreign worker levy and workfare benefits. In addition, he also encouraged Singaporeans to help the foreigners in assimilating into the local lifestyle, and has cited few examples where this has been done successfully.

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Based on this issue, JobsCentral conducted a two-week poll, where a total of 340 respondents indicated their stand on whether they think this issue of job competition between Singaporeans and foreigners is a serious one.

Poll Results: What do you think would be most effective in encouraging employers to re-hire older workers?

The issue of unemployment for older workers is increasingly becoming a concern in Singapore. At a National Day Observance Ceremony for the National Trade Union Congress’ (NTUC) U Live Community at Pinnacle@Duxton two weeks ago, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Mr. Lim Boon Heng urged employers to re-employ workers in the older age groups.

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Based on this issue, JobsCentral conducted a poll in the last two weeks, where 106 respondents indicated what they think would be most effective way to encourage employers to re-hire older workers.

A New Learning Era

Slated to be the first university in the world to inject concepts of design and innovation into the field of research, engineering and architecture, SUTD promises the world a whole new batch of creative talents.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Don’t expect Singapore’s fourth public university to be just another archetypal institute for higher learning. The Singapore University of Technology and Design, or as it is more commonly known, SUTD, is in a league of its own, with programmes focusing on the nurturing of the neo-engineer and architect.

SUTD aims to be an educational hub in the fields of technology and design by adopting a unique system of pedagogy in order to achieve the best and most innovative results among its students. Its close collaborations with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Zhejiang University in China will also promise an exciting blend of the most innovative cultures from both the East and the West.

It currently offers four degrees – Bachelor in Architecture with a major in Sustainable Design, Bachelor in Engineering with a major in Product Development, Bachelor in Engineering with a major in Systems and Design and Bachelor in Engineering with a major in Information Systems Technology and Design.

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The Application Essay - Demystified

The UK and the US are among the most popular overseas destinations for Singaporean students, and the application processes for both countries require essays. For prospective students, writing a good application essay is an important hurdle to getting into the school of their choice.

By Janelle Lau

For most overseas universities applicants, the most daunting part of the application is the personal essays required. In fact, personal statements can make or break an application. Yet, whether you are applying to a school in the US or the UK matters as there are differences in the style of writing personal essays for both. We delve into the world of both the UK and US universities and show you how to follow the unwritten guidelines for both countries. This will help you immensely during your application process.

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A Different Life With NTUC Income

By Farhan Shah

In the cutthroat world of business where the bottom line dominates the direction a company takes, NTUC Income is a peculiar anomaly. “We are social in purpose, commercial in approach. Our philosophy is to put people before profits,” Percy Chong shares.

Percy should know what he is talking about. After all, as Training Manager of Income Academy, Percy has helped an astounding number of people fulfil their hidden potential. “We value your human potential. You are not just a statistic in NTUC Income,” the 38-year-old stresses.

This credo is diligently followed in the organisation. All fresh recruits receive at least 95 days of training to prepare them for the rigours of their new career. Recognising the challenges of starting out fresh, NTUC Income has a host of schemes designed to help newbies tide through the first six months, such as educational allowance and the transition funding initiative.

Individualised Planning
NTUC Income employees are also given the freedom to pursue their own interests in the industry. “You can individualise your plan, develop your own set of directions on how you want to operate,” Percy muses. “Essentially, your career is a blank piece of paper for you to write on.”

This flexibility and independence afforded to the financial consultants allow them “an opportunity to lead the life they want.” In a world that is slowly embracing the benefits of work-life balance, NTUC Income has grabbed the initiative, to allow you to pursue your aspirations.

“For example, if you aspire to do mission work in Cambodia and still want a respectable income, this career gives you the chance to do just that,” Percy encourages. It is this corporate philosophy that has enabled NTUC Income to retain almost 80 percent of its workforce in an industry where the average turnover rate is an astonishingly high 50 percent.

“It’s not a dog-eat-dog world in here. The colleagues are the kind of warm and genuine people you will find in your own home.”

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Key To Talent Attraction & Retention Revealed in National Research Study

What key attributes do you look for in your dream job?

Standard working hours, a good relationship with colleagues or a transparent organisation?

According to a recent study on talent attraction and retention – none of the above.

The top five attributes in the attraction of talent were ranked in order of importance by respondents as “opportunity for long term career progression”, “attractive overall compensation and benefit package”, “provide work life balance”, “opportunity to work in
different roles” and “training and development”.

When it came to the top five attributes in the retention of talent, respondents ranked
“attractive overall compensation and benefit package”, “opportunity for long-term career
progression”, “recognition and appreciation of employees' work”, “job security” and “provide work life balance” in order of importance.

The national research study, “A SNEF-StrategiCom Correlation Study In Branding of SMEs as Employers” was conducted by StrategiCom, a B2B branding specialist consulting firm. It was done in collaboration with the Singapore National Employers Federation.

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