CMA: The Only MAD School in Asia!

If you need some help with chasing your dreams in the creative industry, CMA’s MAD formula – an integration of marketing, advertising and design concepts – may just be the perfect mix you are looking for!

By Becky Lo

The process of pursuing one’s ambition may not always be fast and straight-forward. Instead, it may be like what Gerry Seah has gone through – with several stops and detours, before you finally find the right direction to the desired destination.

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Success at JobsCentral-TSOPE career guidance workshops

If you are seeking ways to make better informed career choices, look no further. JobsCentral is now offering a wide range of career guidance workshops, in partnership with The School of Personal Excellence (TSOPE), to add that personal touch to our existing career tools and services.

This whole series of career guidance workshops covers a wide variety of useful topics that aim to expose you to useful tips and insightful advice from experts and experienced career consultants. Registration figures and feedback from participants have both been very encouraging. Here are what some of our participants have to say about the workshops conducted so far:

"This workshop has been very beneficial and I have learned a lot. I can now brush up on my resume and also now I know how to prepare myself better for my next interview. Key things I learned include how to enhance my resume, how to land that job and how to answer interview questions we all hate! Celes, I'll call you when I get my next job. I'll DEFINITELY recommend this workshop to others!"

- Nadine Ralph, 31, who has been to over 15 interviews

"This workshop is very engaging and has lots of interaction. It's not theoretical at all and relates very closely with real life experiences. I'll recommend this workshop to others."

- Calvin Huang, 25, Technical Executive, who has been to over 15 interviews

"Now I know how to answer difficult questions. Key things I have learned are 3 formats of resume and how to handle Q&As in interviews related to our individual situations. The instructor knows her stuff!"

- Li Choo, 43, Translator

Keen to pick up some tricks for yourself? Want to achieve more with your career? Sign up for our upcoming workshops then! Hurry now, early birds get to enjoy attractive discounts!

19 June 2010 - How To Write Winning Resumes and Achieve Employment Success

24 July 2010 - Emotional Intelligence at Work - Build Meaningful Relationships and Winning Connections

What's hot on the JobsCentral forum?

Thanks to your support and active participation, the JobsCentral Forum has been buzzing with exciting discussions and debates! Here is an interesting thread to look out for!

Ex-convict, WuMing shares his job-searching woes and receives much encouragement and solutions from fellow users of the forum. JJgal suggests freelance jobs or starting up of a business while Cisn proposes that he goes into counselling. Many others also share inspiring stories and experiences. Do you have any stories or suggestions to share? How do you think the Yellow Ribbon programme can improve to help ex-convicts better? Have your say on this thread here!

Other hot topics on the JobsCentral Forum currently include:

Which route to choose?
will i be employed in singapore?
Interviews from hell
Stay or Leave?

To register for a free account on the JobsCentral Forum, click here!

Employer Branding: How Do Singapore SMEs Become Talent Magnets

By Charissa Lim, Consultant, StrategiCom

Employer Branding - An Introduction
As Jim Collins wrote in his best-seller “Good to Great”, “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” The attraction of talent can be done through employer branding, which refers to “the attraction and retention of skilled personnel". The concept of Employer Branding is a fairly new one in Asia.

An employer brand is therefore defined as the image of the organisation as a ‘great place to work’, in the minds of existing and potential employees. Employer branding can also be perceived to be a talent magnet for companies to attract and retain the highest-calibre of employees.

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CAE: Highway to the States

A broad-based education is always an important one. Let one CAE student tell you more about the fast-track to an American university education from the comforts of your home.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

When most students in Singapore consider the option of studying overseas, fellow Commonwealth countries like the United Kingdom and Australia may first come to mind. But for Center for American Education (CAE) student Felix Yew, a US-based education attracted him immensely due to the creative freedom he would be allowed in coursework.

The students at CAE complete the two-year general education segment of an American degree in its Singapore-based centre, before they transfer to a US college or university of their choice to complete another two years of specialised studies. At the end of the four years, students will attain their respective bachelor’s degree.

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JobsCentral-TSOPE Career Guidance Workshops


At JobsCentral, we constantly think of new ways to help jobseekers make informed career choices. Be it providing career advice through JobsCentral Community, handy tools to discover what job suits your personality or how much you should be earning, we are here to offer the career guidance that you may require.

This time, we have partnered with The School of Personal Excellence (TSOPE) to come up with a whole series of career guidance workshops to help you make better decisions. Covering a wide variety of useful topics, these workshops will give an additional personal touch to our services!

Upcoming workshops include "How To Be The Corporate Superstar" in May and "Build Meaningful Relationships and Winning Connections" in June. If you bring a friend along, you can get two tickets for just $76!

To find out more about the workshops and registration details, CLICK HERE!

Optimistic hiring outlook for 2010

While the economy gradually recovers, there is renewed optimism about hiring in 2010, according to figures released by MOM last week.

By Becky Lo

Hiring picks up

Things are looking good in the first quarter of 2010. Employment has continued to grow strongly by 34,000. This is the third quarterly increase after two quarters of decline in the first half of 2009. While the last quarter of 2009 recorded a slightly higher figure of 37,500, it was mainly a result of the year-end festivities.

Services remain as the main industry that is contributing to the bulk of the employment gains, with an additional 31,200 workers recorded in the first quarter of 2010. Manufacturing also sees an increase of 3,400 workers, a considerable improvement from the 700 recruited last quarter. On the other hand, construction is seeing its first decline after 20 successive quarters of employment gains starting from the first quarter of 2005.

Meanwhile, jobseekers can also look forward to more openings in the finance sector. According to a separate survey done by Robert Half, an international recruitment firm, there is a generally optimistic hiring sentiment among finance-related companies.

Venturing into Real Estate

Find out how enrolling in the Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) degree programme at NUS led to a fulfilling career in real estate for a 26-year-old.

By Stella Seet

The real estate industry is, without a doubt, a paramount sector of the Singapore economy. Not only are real estate transactions mounting rapidly, they also involve increasingly significant sums of money.

For 26-year-old Lim Wenjie, real estate had always been his calling. “I think what most impressive about real estate is that you have the opportunity to see the end product physically around us and how it contributes to redefining the urban landscape. That makes it very special,” Wenjie explains.

He discovered his interest in business and finance when he was but a mere teenager studying at Raffles Junior College. So when he came across the Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) degree programme offered by the National University of Singapore (NUS), Wenjie knew it was the path most suited for him.

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Persistence is key

Juggling work and school was not easy but Petrine Chua talks about how choosing MDIS ensured that her efforts paid off.

By Joyce Lin

Last November, 28-year-old Petrine Chua graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Marketing from Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), awarded by UK-based University of Bradford. Yet eight years ago, Petrine was doing something entirely different from marketing.

Upon graduation from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a diploma in Real Estate and Property Management, she worked as a property executive, liaising with contractors, tenants and property owners to ensure the proper management of a building. Fast forward to a few years later and Petrine had made a career switch to sales in a video conferencing company. Her current job as an account manager requires her to ensure customer satisfaction and renewals of the contracts her company has secured.

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Home away from home

Though the challenges were many, the close-knit rapport between faculty members and students went a long way in ensuring that Ivah Sugiarti secured her string of distinctions at the private educational organisation of her choice.

By Prasana Chandran

It may seem like an odd decision to many but halfway through her polytechnic education in 2005, Ivah Sugiarti decided to transfer to TMC, a private educational organisation, to pursue a course of study that lead to a Mass Communication degree. Upon further consideration however, one will realise that the Technology Management and Communication (TMC) Educational Group is partners with a host of top universities both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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