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Q&A: Should I Study Abroad?

Question: I’m thinking of furthering my studies abroad. What are some things I should consider before taking this bold step?

Answer: Studying abroad can be your answer to a frightening new experience or a freeway to an exciting new world. Before you jump on the overseas education bandwagon however, here are some things to consider:

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5 Ways to Stay Happy at Work

By: Durga Elamaran

If Mondays are bad, Sunday evenings are even worse. The thought of returning to work the next day can easily dampen your mood, making it difficult for you to enjoy the last bits of the weekend. With such a mind-set though, you can’t expect to have a satisfying week ahead.

Work shouldn’t end up being something we dread, especially since we spend plenty of our waking hours at work. Here are 5 simple tips that could help you stay motivated and happy at work.

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Why Weekends Should Be Off-Limits

By: Durga Elamaran

Bob the Builder says, “Yes we can!”, while most of us working adults would say, “Yes weekend!” There’s always a buzz in the air when Wednesday hits, what with the countdown to the weekend after five days of hard work and sweat.

Of course, there are also the unfortunate ones who are required to work on weekends. But no matter how tight deadlines may be, none deserves to work seven days a week. All work and no play is an awful reality, and unless your life is all about your career, you should be taking a break during weekends.

Here are three reasons why the weekends should be untouched by work.
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Q&A: What Can I Do about My Touchy-Feely Colleague?

Question: My colleague is being unnecessarily touchy-feely. Besides patting our lower backs and touching our arms, he tends to stand really close – it’s like he doesn’t seem to respect the personal space or boundaries of his female colleagues! It is getting very uncomfortable. How do I tell him off without causing tension at work?

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The Call of Diplomacy


Larry Tay


Lim Zhong Hui

An effective Foreign Service starts from home. Two MFA officers share just what it means to serve from the heart and safeguard Singapore’s interests in foreign lands.

By Winifred Tan

“Being in the Foreign Service gave me a newfound appreciation for what Singapore has achieved within such a short span of time,” reflects Larry Tay, a Foreign Service Administration Specialist (FSAS) with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

“I came to gradually realise that we are only as strong as we are united, bound together by our common ideal of wanting to defend and advance Singapore’s and Singaporeans’ interests.”
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Signalling a Brighter Transport Future


Darryl Chen Shijie


Mok Ji Wei

Singapore’s burgeoning population can count on an ever-growing rail network to help deliver a smooth and speedy transit experience. Two Land Transport Authority (LTA) engineers tell us how they help contribute to this noble, people-centric initiative.

By Gerald Goh

As Singapore continues its journey into the 21st century, its citizens can rest assured that their transport needs are being efficiently addressed by the LTA, which is constantly staying ahead in the game to building a vast, intricate passenger rail network in Singapore.

After all, Singapore’s people-centric transport system was not built in a day, and LTA requires a pool of dedicated, hardworking and talented engineers to develop and uphold the high transport standards that Singaporeans enjoy – among them 29-year-old Senior Project Engineer (Tunnels) Darryl Chen and 25-year-old Executive Engineer (Signals) Mok Ji Wei.
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Q&A: I’ve Just Received a Better Job Offer. Should I Take it Up?

Question: I am currently quite comfortable with my current job. However, I just received a golden opportunity to take up another job which promises me better remuneration and benefits. I am tempted to seize this opportunity, but at the same time I am hesitant about leaving my current position. What should I do?

Answer: Lucrative job offers can be extremely enticing! A bigger salary, complete with fat bonuses and a very attractive benefits package might be too good to pass up on, especially if money has always been a touchy subject for you.

Nevertheless, a pay cheque should not be the sole reason for saying yes to such a job offer. It is better to weigh the pros and cons of the new position’s job scope, working environment and other non-pay aspects before seizing the opportunity. Here are three considerations you should keep in mind.
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How close are these TV-show jobs to real-world jobs?

A lot of shows on TV are far from real — fairytale characters living in an average American town, a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies, humans and vampires caught up in love triangles. But the fantasy of these shows is what makes them so enjoyable.

And then there are those shows that are more rooted in reality — ones that take place at law firms, hospitals, fire departments and other real-world offices. Although these jobs exist, the shows don’t always accurately depict an average workday.

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Creating a fun workplace

By: Durga Elamaran

How often do you get excited to leave home for the office? Truth be told, many people drag their feet to work every other day. But it doesn’t always have to be that way! By injecting some fun into the workplace, anyone could look forward to a day at work. Here are some practical suggestions to help liven up the working environment.
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