JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2009 - Interactive Event Floor Plan

The highly-anticipated JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair takes place at Hall 404 of Suntec Singapore on 22nd and 23rd August!

If you're attending the event this weekend, do check out our new interactive event floor plan to see where your favourite employers or education providers will be located!

And if you have yet to pre-register online for the fair, hurry! Online registration will close at 12 noon this Friday (21st August), so you only have a few days left to do so!

9 days to the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair!

The JobsCentral Career and Learning Fair 2009 is right around the corner! If you're a jobseeker or keen on furthering your education, head down the the Suntec Convention Centre on 22 and 23 August.

If you need more reasons to attend this largely anticipated event, read what our exhibitors and visitors had to say about the past years’ fairs:

“It was very well organized. The registration was very fast. When a large group of crowd came in, you have the stamping system which was very effective. Inside the job fair there was enough amount of space for so many people to move around freely without much of a hindrance." - Jobseeker

"There are many different kinds of sources and jobs for me to look through to see which job I'm suitable to go into. There are also many upgrading course and also sources for further studies that i am greatly interested in." - Jobseeker

"The event was very well organized and executed." - Ms Shannon Bravenec, eBay and Paypal

If that isn’t incentive enough, see the full list of what those involved had to say right here.

Haven't registered for the fair yet? Why wait? Do so here - you wouldn’t want to give this great event a miss!

JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2009 - Unofficial Promo Video!

Here's a video we filmed in the office for the upcoming JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2009!

If you liked our previous videos featuring the adorable JobsCentral bear, you'll like this one too!

Feel free to share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter! And if you still don't know what the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair is about, find out here!

JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2009 - Exhibitor Listing

Not sure if you should attend the upcoming JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2009 on 22nd and 23rd August? Well, check out the list of exhibitors who will be at the fair!

Employers and education providers taking part this year include:

Club 21
James Cook University
Management Development Institute of Singapore
Ministry of Manpower
NTUC Income
Public Service Division
Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific
Singapore Marriott Hotel
TMC Educational Group
and many more!

To see the full list of exhibtors, click here!

Win prizes in our JCLF referral contest!


As you would have heard, the JobsCentral Career and Learning Fair is happening this 22 and 23 August. Aside from the evident benefits the fair will bring, we’ve also decided to reward you with tangible prizes you can enjoy.

Simply tell your friends all about this highly-anticipated event HERE and you stand to win these exciting prizes:

1st Prize – Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS
2nd Prize – iPod Shuffle VoiceOver
3rd Prize - $100 Takashimaya voucher

Increase your chances of winning by referring more friends about the fair!

All you have to do is:

1) Tell your friends about the Fair by using the form on this page
2) Tell them why they should register to attend the Fair
3) Revert to step 1.

So don’t wait any longer – fill up the referral form and stand a chance to win one of those coveted prizes!

1 month more to the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2009!

We're about a month away from this year's JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair!

If you haven't been to the event before, do watch this video filmed at last year's fair, which includes footage of yours truly speaking to participating exhibitors and jobseekers.

And if you would like to attend this year's event, click here to register online!

Signs of a recovering economy

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

If you have been keeping your finger on the pulse of the economy, you should have heard the good news by now: Singapore has announced that it is officially out of recession.

But before you bring out the champagne, note that we’re not entirely out of the woods just yet. Well, it's true that signs of a recovery have finally materialised. Due largely to the biomedical and electronic industries, the economy has soared by 20%, after slipping into a recession in the second half of last year. This is the first sign of growth in five quarters, and Singapore is officially the first country in Asia to report such positive figures.

However, the Ministry of Trade and Industry expects the recovery to be a weak one that will be "susceptible to downside risks". Moreover, the ministry expects the outlook for the rest of the year to remain "largely unchanged".

Nevertheless, good news has also been reported on the employment front, with the Ministry of Education announcing that more than 3,000 teachers have been recruited this year, a figure higher than the initial target.

Naturally, despite the influx of good news, it will be an uphill battle to fight off the last remnants of the economic downturn. But as they say, it is always darkest before dawn – and dawn seems to have made its widely anticipated emergence.

Kaplan and SUT partner to offer new business courses

Five new Bachelor of Business courses were launched today at a ceremony held at St. Regis Singapore. These courses will provide graduates from local polytechnics and International students more options to pursue a degree locally. The Swinburne University of Technology (SUT), an Australian university based in Melbourne has partnered Kaplan Singapore to provide courses such as Business Administration, Professional Accounting, Tourism Management, Marketing and Management.

“We have found a partner that shares the same goals we have in education – to have quality in what you deliver, as well as to be able to produce graduates who can get jobs. We are very confident that this partnership will be very successful,” says Professor Ian Young, Vice-Chancellor and President of SUT.

The academic programmes will focus on ‘discovery-based learning’ to equip students to think on their feet and be proactive. At Kaplan, the aim is to help people progress at the workplace and build their career.

“Singapore will be a significant tourism and financial hub in future, and so the programmes we offer will be directly relevant to these strategic industries. Therefore our students going through these programmes will be very well-equipped to participate in these developments.” says Mr. Mark Coggins, President, Kaplan, Asia Pacific.

Swinburne’s reputation for excellent teaching quality and specialist research-centric academic studies has also been successfully carried over into the International arena, in countries such as Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia.

The new courses are offered on a part-time basis and will be suitable for working adults. Students enrolled with the university will have direct access to SUT’s resources and obtain a degree in 18 months. More importantly however, the course aims to equip students to be thinking, efficient individuals.

“It’s not about getting a bachelor’s degree but about real skills you built up – thinking skills, reasoning skills, the ability to analyse, judge, because that is what employers value most,” stressed Mr. Coggins.

Editor's Blog: Kaplan to open new campus here next year


Good news for those of you considering further studies. Kaplan Singapore will open a second city campus in 2009, which will offer more programmes in finance, information and technology, business and risk management.

The location of the new campus has yet to be decided, but Kaplan plans to target international students and polytechnic graduates. More courses targeting the latter who are unable to get a place in local universities will be offered.

18 classrooms will be built, on top of the current 31 classrooms at the private school's campus at Cuppage Road.