All posts tagged: employment

Is A Degree A Must In This Time And Age?

Originally posted on MiddleMe:
Recently, my husband panicked over the rising cost of university education in Singapore. Partly because he has been reading unsolicited advice by insurance companies, trying to scare him into parting a portion of his salary to invest in some kind of long-term investment plan. Partly because he loves our 1-year-old daughter and want to be able to provide the best education for her. Not uncommon that parents will want the best for their child. But I disagree in scaring yourself silly for something that is unknown in future. Sure, I would want her to arm herself with the best but what if, the best for her is not through a paper qualification? There seem to be too many examples of people who are successful and happy are those not pursuing a degree. David Geffen of Geffen Records and Dreamworks is one of the many, not to mention Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Bill Gates. Closer to home, we have Creative’s Sim Wong Hoo, Royston Tan, Lawrence Leow of Crescendas Group and…

What Happens When You Have Been Unemployed for Too Long

The last time I was unemployed and looking for a job was in January of 2016. The project I was working on in 2015 had closed down and the whole team designated for the project was forced to look for work elsewhere. It took me four months to get a decent job, and even that was a three-month contract at a startup company doing SEO writing. Three months later, I was back out in the unemployment market. Of course, the good news was that a month after my short-term employment ended, another company was kind enough to offer me a job offer, that time a permanent one with growth potential and possibly a brighter future for me. But what if I didn’t get the short-term contract? I’d have been out of a job for almost six months and that would have been a questionable scenario for employers during my interviews. There wouldn’t be an interview. It would have been a full-blown crime-scene investigation and interrogation. I would come under scrutiny for not having found a job, or worse, accused of being …

Five Months of Being a Librarian

Originally posted on Am I Thirty Yet:
Yesterday I celebrated my graduation. I technically graduated way back in December of 2015, which feels like ages ago, but the ceremony was yesterday. Since I skipped my graduation for my Bachelor’s, I decided to attend this one. It was mostly a bunch of nonsense. People are still spewing those same you-can-do-it speeches that we all know are bullshit. But I am still glad that I went. It was nice to see all my old classmates and to celebrate one last time one of the best decisions I ever made. It took me awhile to decide to go back to school. I wasn’t anywhere close to paying off my student loans and the thought of adding on even more debt, made me want to puke. But I knew I wasn’t happy with my current job and needed a change. Books and libraries always fascinated me. Somehow I just knew it was a career I would love. So after doing some research, I took the plunge and went back to…

It’s A Millennial Madness Out There

Originally posted on SHEU QUEN | THE RACONTEUR:
Students internet computer addiction sitting bench. Credits: Patrick’s Love Life. I’m pretty sure everyone is familiar with the scene above. Rife in the corporate world with millennials hoping to secure a job that would actually allow them to sit outside somewhere besides the office and get work done. But I’m sure you are also aware that it is not possible. This post is based on personal opinions, so bear with me as I rant my way from start to finish. Thanks! Yet, we’ve all been there, done that. We’ve all attended a string of interviews, answered interrogative questions, and cracked our brains for past scenarios which we encountered and what we did to solve them. Some interviews were casual, others were formal. Some employers were gentle, others were strictly disciplined. But the end results were the same: Do they want to hire us? Of course, not every employer held us in the same regard, but many do, and these were the ones who were capable of making or…

Leaving Goggles

I’m leaving my job. That’s right folks; after over a year and a half of working full time in my kooky little call center, I am leaving to travel and follow my dreams of being paid to write. It’s exciting, it’s terrifying and there is a very real chance I will end up extremely poor and never be able to move out of my parents flat. It’s even more of a daunting prospect because this is the only thing I have done since graduating. I literally left university on the last day of June two years ago and started working here on the first day of July. I didn’t take a break or a summer off, this is literally all I know of the adult world. I always planned to leave; in fact I had no idea I would be here this long. The plan was to save enough money to go traveling before settling down into ‘adult’ life. Initially I naively thought that would take about six months. I kept postponing leaving partly because I didn’t have enough money to …

Survival of the Fittest.

Originally posted on SHEU QUEN | THE RACONTEUR:
Image designed by Creator & Curator via http://www.canva.com. As many Malaysians would have known by now, times have soured and the economy is changing. The current situation of our ringgit has been deteriorating for many months now, the latest currency status puts US$1 against RM4.38. And that, my friends, is not a pretty sight. The economic situation is also changing, sadly, not for the better. Property prices have increased. Car prices have increased. Our local toll prices have increased too. The only thing that isn’t increasing are our salaries. Oil prices have dropped and are still dropping. Financial institutions are reducing their costs and have dropped many of their loyal employees too. Heck, I believe that any company or business who have plans on “reducing their liabilities by slashing their assets,” will do just that. Termination. Retrenchment. Firing. Anything but hiring. Like yours truly, who is now sitting at home in front of her laptop and typing this out to you. But hey, the world isn’t ending just…

How to Manage Staff (For Beginners)

Originally posted on The Graduate21:
By Debisi Desalu Today’s graduates are ambitious and want to climb the career ladder quicker than previous generations. Graduates employed in start-up companies and small charities (such as student unions) will have management responsibility very early on in their careers. Management training is limited but you are still expected to deliver. Check out my top tips for how to manage staff. Get them on board A good induction is vital. This ensures that staff members have the knowledge and tools needed to do the job. Nothing is more dis-empowering than having to do something or being expected to do something you haven’t been trained to do or been given the tools to do. Making sure your induction and training is relevant increases the likelihood of success.    Expectations and Accountability Be clear on your expectations from the start, so each staff member understands their role. Once the expectations have been set ensure you are transparent about how performance will be measured. Hold staff accountable for their results without being dis…