I Quit! Now give me a Ladle

By: Alythea Ho

Last week, I blogged about how I quit my job to go on a sabbatical.

To my surprise, it inched its way into the lifestyle section’s popular list. When a career post is up there with “’10 reasons to avoid dating a metrosexual guy”’, you know there’s something about work-life balance (or lack thereof) that resonates with Singapore workers.


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By Jason Chow

Sham Kar Wai started selling clothes in 1988 because he couldn't find the British punk fashion that he liked in his native Hong Kong.

As a 21-year-old, he ran a tiny shop in the Causeway Bay district stocked with Doc Martens and European versions of Levi's jeans while also working as a data-entry clerk in a bank.

Fast forward 23 years: Mr. Sham, who grew up in a government housing estate and ended his formal education at high school, has turned the single store into I.T Ltd., a clothing conglomerate with sales last year of 3 billion Hong Kong dollars (US$386 million) in sales last year. Publicly listed in Hong Kong, the company is valued at more than HK$8 billion.

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Entrepreneurship—is it a matter of gut, resources, or the right connections?
By Cheryl Lim

“We need to be creators. We need to be innovators. We cannot just take a product and copy it and sell it, because China can do it better and cheaper and faster. We have to create value,” said Ms Chew Mok Lee, Group Director of Enterprise Promotion at SPRING Singapore, during the recent Youth Entrepreneurship Conference organised by Republic Polytechnic...

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Editor's Blog: Secrets of a Young Author

Meet Linus Tham, author of the new book "Secrets of a Top-scoring Student". We speak to Linus to find out more about the book, and his experiences as the founder of C.V Plus Group, a resume writing consultancy.

Q: Congratulations on the new book. Tell us why you decided to write this book, and how long did the entire process take?

A: ''Secrets of a Top-scoring Student'' was conceived after I discovered that most study guides in the market take an pedagogical approach. While this approach has its merits, what is interesting is that students today do not need to be told what to study, they have an excellent education system at their disposition. A greater challenge is to ''learn how to learn'', that is to pick up important learning skills and studying strategies...

Intern's Blog: Instilling Dreams

Much was said at today’s Youth Entrepreneurship Conference at Republic Polytechnic.

While it’s true that entrepreneurship is a path beset with difficulty that will sometimes lead to failure, the same can be said about practically any other job. What’s different is that being an entrepreneur requires a certain sense of uncommon dare with the foresight and gut instinct to match.

Today's session revolved around the theme of "Inspiring a New Generation of Youth Entrepreneurs." Ms Chew Mok Lee, Group Director of Enterprise Promotion at SPRING Singapore called on educators "to change the environment, the way that lessons are taught."

"There's no right time to be an entrepreneur," she added. "It's not about rote learning" but having "the right mindset and the passion."

The audience, made up largely of educators, were encouraged to promote the view to their students that entrepreneurship is a viable alternative to traditional occupations. More so with organisations such as the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and ACE providing varying means and degrees of support.

Mr Kenny Low, felt that educators need to encourage their students to pursue their visions and ambitions. They must also play an active role in "shaping the cultural norms for success," said the Principal of City Harvest Education Centre.

Perhaps Dr Sidney Yee of NUS put it most succinctly: "It all boils down to a changing of mindset."

In the picture from left to right:
- Ms Jaime Loong, Assistant Director (Administration), Centre for Innovation & Enterprise, Republic Polytechnic
- Mr Leslie Sim, Technology Development Centre Manager (Youth Entrepreneurship), Centre for Innovation & Enterprise, Republic Polytechnic
- Mr Wayne Chia, Business Development Director, Techsailor Web solutions
- Ms Juliana Tengara, Lecturer, Hwa Chong Institute
- Ms Chew Mok Lee, Group Director, Enterprise Promotion, SPRING Singapore
- Mr Kenny Low, Principal, City Harvest Education Centre
- Dr Sidney Yee, Deputy Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre

Picture courtesy of Republic Polytechnic.