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Do you think I should apply for this internship?
Yang Teng
Yang Teng
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Top Contributor (Aug)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 5h ago
I wouldn't. First, there isn't a company name to refer to on the google form or on the job posting. Second, the pay seems sketchy for flexible workdays and rather simple job scope (uni intern is about ~$700). Third, this seems to be those work for wealth planning/financial advisor roles which do not have a good reputation for interns.

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Any advice on how to establish a network and remain competitive in the job market for returning Singaporeans (2 years after graduating uni)?
Daniel Kok
Daniel Kok
Level 5. Genius
Answered 10h ago
Hope I'm not wrong by guessing you're in a finance related field since your internship was with audit. Nonetheless, what you can do is to reach out to headhunters that are specialized in the field to assist you on your job search. overseas experience within the relevant field is always appreciated as you might bring a different perspective comparing to your other competitors interviewing for the same job opportunity. update your CV and LinkedIn profile and start actively looking for jobs at portals that you might be keen in for a start! :)

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AMA The Woke Salaryman

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I work in the media industry and my pay is only $3.1K. I've worked for more than 2 years now and earn on average $1k lesser than my peers. I'm 25. Any advice on how to increase my pay faster?
He Ruiming
He Ruiming, Co-Founder at The Woke Salaryman
Level 6. Master
Answered 3d ago
So I'm like you, I started out with a $2,700 salary in 2014. I got it up to $3,200 in 2015 by aggressively asking for it and meeting my KPIs and becomiing a vaulable member of the team. By 2017, it was around $4,500. In 2018, I got headhunted whch brought my salary up to almost $8,000. I can't share what has changed since then due to respect to my (former) employers, but the key is really to be good at your job, deliver the results, and consistently and methodically ask for a salary increment. I believe the top 20% of professionals in any given industry are paid more than the remaining 80% combined. I've known creatives in advertising who're paid five figures in their late 20s/early 30s.

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What are the exams that need to be taken in order to become a financial advisor?
Frankie Rappaport
Frankie Rappaport
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Top Contributor (Aug)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 1d ago
Https://dollarsandsense.sg/complete-guide-to-qualifications-needed-financial-adviser-singapore/

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Any advice for someone working in a startup? Long hours, fast paced, feel like at some points compromising on work life balance, not sure if I can hold out long term...?
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Cam
Level 4. Prodigy
Updated 2d ago
Working in a startup, it means brand new business, the unknownpath has to figure out, more work effort and discoveries are needed as compared to an established company that has system , which gives smaller room to disagree and make improvements on. Yes the effort and time put in startup companies can be quite alot. No pain no gain. With the effort and time that you put into your work ,may bring to you great discovery and breakthrough in your career, giving you the experience and sharpening of your skills, which makes gives you an edge to climb up the corporate leader in the startup entity itself or even career jump to bigger and establish corporations. End day , you will need to consider what's your career goals you want to achieve, and what makes you passionate in your work. With the passion, it can helps us to pull through the toughest part to endure in our endeavours. If you do not find passion in your work you might want to consider your career options

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What do you do when you run out of ideas? You know those days when nothing works? How do you deal with those brain blocks and think of new ideas?
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Cam
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 2d ago
Read up on a subject that you are keen on churning new ideas from. Reading goes us good source of inspirations on new ideas

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What considerations should one take before deciding to work overseas?
He Ruiming
He Ruiming, Co-Founder at The Woke Salaryman
Level 6. Master
Answered 3d ago
Here are some that come to mind: Skills – Not all Singaporeans are attractive hires. Many parts of the world still view Westerners as superior. Cost-wise we also lose to out to many developing countries. Your skills here will set you apart. No skills, no overseas job for you. Network - If you intend to return to Singapore in the future, your network will probably be impacted. That's okay as you get to build a network elsewhere. Cost – You might be paid more in London, but will you be able to save more? It's possible to return home in poorer financial shape than before. Fit – Some Singaporeans thrive overseas as they're global citizens. Others shrivel up and die like the quiet mouse in the room. When you work overseas you'll have to behave like other expats. Assertive, confident and aggressive. If you can't do that, then you need to start learning. Benefits – Some companies will offer you attractive expat packages. Once again, dependent on skills.

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Is It okay to reveal your anxiety or depression to your boss?
Frankie Rappaport
Frankie Rappaport
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Top Contributor (Aug)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Updated 2d ago
This is an important topic. Step one should be to have a good supporting network (f ex Your loved ones) and to consider well if you could need professional help. The latter is difficult in phases of depression, because judgement then is not at its best. Modern life has a high burn out rate. Burn out and frank depression are not necessarily a stigma nowadays. You should also find out the reason(s) for your depression and anxiety. When we start a profession we are sometimes overwhelmed particularly when we aim to give 150%. So: it all depends on the character and attitude of your boss. Think also from his perspective, he needs 'work horses'. Often it is better to discuss problems openly since otherwise you carry unresolved questions with you every day. Maybe there are also colleagues you can trust? And sometimes we perceive situations as grim when in fact they are not. 🍀🍀🍀

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With a guy 5 years younger but he's very smart and is earning as much as me, I don't have a high salary. I feel insecure sometimes. Do you think this difference in earning power will be a problem?
He Ruiming
He Ruiming, Co-Founder at The Woke Salaryman
Level 6. Master
Answered 3d ago
This won't be a problem if both parties don't judge each other's value as partner by the amount they bring in. Money is important yes, but it should not be the ONLY thing the matters in a romantic relationship. I think you should have a conversation with your boyfriend about this.

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I get that we're financially stable and economically competitive. Why do you say that working in Singapore is better than working overseas?
He Ruiming
He Ruiming, Co-Founder at The Woke Salaryman
Level 6. Master
Answered 3d ago
I don't recall saying that working in Singapore is better than working overseas! But there ARE advantages of working in Singapore compared to overseas. For the Singaporean, it's this: 1) Save on rent 2) Strong support network 3) Citzenship benefits 4) Low tax 5) Pay is higher than what you might get overseas I know point 4 is contentious, but really, really, really – I have expat friend who tell me there's a reason why expats are flocking to Singapore and it's not because they love the culture here. The high paying jobs are here – some of us are just not getting them.

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