What I learnt in school and how I apply it to work

By Juliet Soh
I read Political Science in university. While most of my friends went on to soar in their careers as civil servants, where they meet with foreign delegates and make policies, I chose to be in the media industry - where I've always imagined myself to be in.

I toiled as a writer for lifestyle magazines for most of my work life, and realise that I don't need to understand international relations and diplomacy (my specialisation) in my article about the latest mascara that lengthens your lashes by 13 times.

Inspiring The Next Generation

Singapore’s education system is lauded around the world for producing top-notch students with excellent results. Meet the man who is responsible for influencing the education landscape in Singapore through his work in MOE.

By Farhan Shah

From the classrooms of Anderson Junior College to the upper echelons of the Ministry of Education (MOE), 32-year-old Planning Officer Loh Chih Hui has experienced how it’s like to educate the future leaders of our country and to formulate policies that will shape the future of an entire generation.

He sits down with us and shares his thoughts on the education sector, a career in MOE, and how he still has the same fire for teaching despite having worked for seven long years.

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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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NTU ranks #73 in world’s top 200 Universities

In an updated ranking of the world’s top 200 universities, Singapore’s very own Nanyang Technological University (NTU) managed to climb four rungs up to number 73 in the chart.

While Singapore’s other top university, National University of Singapore (NUS) had been stagnant at the 30th position, NTU managed to scale up the chart since dropping from number 69 to 77 in year 2007.

The survey was conducted through a collaboration between Times Higher Education magazine and Quacquarelli Symonds. The Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking bases the university institutions in six key areas (academic peer review, employer review, international faculty ration, international student ratio, student-faculty ration and number of citations the teaching staff have garnered in academic journals).

NTU scored a value of 72, while NUS bagged a score of 84.3. Taking the top spot of the chart is Harvard University, US, with an overall score of the maximum 100, followed closely by UK’s University of Cambridge at 99.6. The top 20 spots are filled largely by universities in the US and UK, such as notable institutions like Yale University, University of Oxford, University College London, and Stanford University.

What do you think about the latest rankings? Tell us on the JobsCentral Forum and see the full rankings here.

JCLF 2009: In a League of its Own

With new features, a bigger marketing budget, and a refreshing approach to publicity, the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2009 is truly in a league of its own.

In its fourth year running, the annual fair, brainchild of online career portal JobsCentral, has gained increasing recognition from both employers and jobseekers since its inaugural launch three years ago. One might expect such events to be fairly quiet of late, considering that the economy is still recuperating from the aftermath of last year’s financial crisis. However, the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair tells a different story.

This year, despite a placid job market, the event has successfully garnered the participation of more than 70 leading employers and education providers, and expects to receive at least 50,000 visitors across the two-day event.

New features
This year, the JobsCentral Fair is excited to introduce three new elements to the event – a by-invitation-only networking session, seminars conducted by industry professionals, and a new engine on the event website.

Held on the morning of the first day, the networking session is a closed-door event, exclusively for a selected pool of JobsCentral portal users. The invitation criteria are set based on the exhibitors’ general recruitment criteria. In addition to the opportunity to network with recruiters before the event is officially opened to the general public, networking session attendees’ resumes (for those who RSVP online before July 31st) are compiled and given to the exhibitors to facilitate further career discussion between the parties.


Photos from the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair!



There were long queues to enter the hall before the doors were open at this year's JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair. Over two days, more than 50,000 visitors attended the event, which had a record of 110 exhibitors, including employers and education providers.

Click here to see photos from both days of this year's JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair!

Apply for jobs offered by exhibitors at this year's JobsCentral Fair!

The overwhelming response we got at the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair over the weekend is a hopeful sign that most of you managed to find what you’re looking for!

However, if you weren’t so lucky, don’t worry just yet! For those who didn’t manage to land a job at the fair, you can now go online to apply for the jobs offered by the exhibitors at this year’s JCLF.

Just head to this page, and click on “Search Jobs” after logging in with your jobseeker accounts. Closing date for job applications is the end of October, so hurry! Good luck!

The 2009 JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair is now over!

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came down to this year's JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair! Without your support, this event would not have been such a huge success!

Thank you to all our exhibitors, partners and sponsors for helping to make this year's fair possible too!

Stay tuned for more post-event updates and photos!

And if you have any feedback for us regarding this year's fair, feel free to let us know on this thread of the JobsCentral Forum!

The JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair is almost here!

The JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair online registration has officially closed! If you haven’t already pre-registered, not to worry: you can do so at the event itself taking place this weekend.

We are also very pleased to announce that we have a record of 110 exhibitors taking part in the fair this year! The latest exhibitors include Linden Lab (creators of Second Life) and Asian Food Channel, and many more.

For more details on the fair, see below:

22 August 2009:
10am - 1pm (Closed door event)
1pm – 7pm (Open to all Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners with valid work permits/ EPEC)

23 August 2009:
10am – 7pm (Open to general public)
Hall 404, Suntec City Exhibition Centre

We hope you’ll find what you’re looking for at the fair – see you there this weekend!

3 days to the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair!

The weekend is nearing and so is the JobsCentral Career and Learning Fair! A grand opportunity for you to learn more about our reputable exhibitors in the workforce and education, this fair is more than helpful if you're hoping to land your dream job or pursue only the best educational programmes.

For some tips on how to utilize this fair, take a look at some of our Community articles. Make sure that you have these earmarked for prospective interviews and details on job-hunting!

Making the best use of a career fair

10 Tips for an Impressive Résumé

The art of selling yourself at job interviews

A Survival Guide for Born-again Students

If you haven’t registered for the fair yet, don’t miss out. Do so right here!