As you emerge into the world with your newly-minted bachelor’s degree, it can be difficult to decide on your next step. For those among you who are raring to begin earning your own keep, you’ve probably already begun scouring the job market for promising opportunities. However, many among you will also struggle to decide if you should enter the job market or further your education with a higher degree. As university degrees become increasingly common – university graduates constituted 27 per cent of Singapore’s resident population in 2013 – the need to attain a higher qualification in order to become more competitive appears more pressing than ever, and the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 is a good place to start. (Read More Here!)
Question: After having gone for a job interview for a permanent position, the company has offered me the role – but only on a contract basis. Should I accept their offer?
Answer: Your first reaction: what a disappointing – even insulting – offer! It’s perfectly natural to feel this way if you’ve applied for the position on the assumption that it’d be a permanent role.
What’s more, contract offers are usually made to candidates with insufficient work experience or educational qualifications, so to be offered the role on a contract basis (assuming it was advertised as a permanent role) implies that you lack either or both attributes. (Read More Here!)
By: Png Han Yong
A recent article in The Straits Times reported that Singapore’s low youth unemployment rate can be attributed to the fact that a majority of fresh graduates possess non-academic skills sought by many employers. Some of these highlighted attributes include communication skills, drive and initiative, as well as the ability to be a team player.
By Farhan Shah
Besides interest and future career prospects, salaries are one of the, if not the most, important factors that influences most people’s degree major choices in university. The Ministry of Education Singapore recently released the results of the 2011 Graduate Employment Survey (GES), an annual survey that crunches the salary data of fresh graduates who have just entered the workforce.
Unsurprisingly, Law degree holders came out tops, with the median monthly salary hovering at a whopping S$5,000 for fresh graduates. But, how did the rest fare? Were the salaries they pocketed meeting the expectations that they had when they were studying?
You're fresh out of school and the world is your oyster. While you get all excited about stepping into the corporate world, remember that with great power comes great responsibility. It’s clichéd but true – so what you should probably gear yourself with, besides a great résumé, is knowledge about your rights and responsibilities as an employee in Singapore. Here are the common questions you may find yourself asking, and the answers to them: