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How do you gain experience when companies are not hiring you to actually get that experience? Will online courses boost my employability?
Simplest I find is to volunteer and get yourself involved with community activities. From there you can get a tonne of valuable experience, connections and references. You also get to meet and get used to interacting with people that'll consequently boost your interviewing skills - especially when you have a lot of sutff to brag about!

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Do you think extroverts naturally thrive in a workplace environment?
Perhaps the definition of introvert and extrovert is often misunderstood by the masses. Introvert is not socially awkward, in fact statistically 40% of world leaders are introverts (simple google will gives you this fact) I like the metaphor used by Simon Sinek (he is an introvert if you don't know) - Introvert wakes up in the morning with 5 coins, every social interaction he spends a coin and at the end he's depleted; an extrovert wakes up with no coin, every social interaction he gains a coin and at the end he feels rich. I am an introvert person (ISTJ), started as a project engineer and never thought that I will be a sales person, but here I am, have been in various technical sales position since the 4th year of my career. Be aware of who you are, and leverage that to your advantage. - yes we don't like to be the spotlight in a party, we stand at our corner and talk to familiar faces most of the time. However, we are not afraid of doing public speech in front of big audience, it just drains our energy rapidly and we feel exhausted afterwards :)

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What is a good generic Christmas gift for colleagues?
Diffuser...humidifier... a variety of travel size skincare/body care products..

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Paycut 20-40% is it Normal? What can we do? If retrenchment?
Depending on the industry you are in and your pay grade. I know of someone who works in a yacht club with an assistant manager pay grade having 10% reduction in pay in 2Q2020 but it has since been adjusted back. 40% is not normal, unless you work in the airlines or travel industry. I’d say if you have transferable skills, look for a new role in another industry. Otherwise, maximise your time to learn a new skill (eg trading) or look for a new source of income.

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Have you heard of Rockefeller Consultancy? What are your experiences with them?
They are education consultants, so far so good!

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What would you do if you're asked for reference contacts during job application, but don't have a good one to give?
Ask ur colleagues. FYP lecturer. Just leave blank. Is just HR check. If the interviwer want you, u dont give, HR will oso let it pass most of the time.

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PSLE scores shouldn't be the first benchmark on our potential to achieve success in life. What's your story?
Nowadays, I perceive these scores as things to help you get to the next step in life, nothing more. Success comes from persistent hard work and not discrete, occasional test scores.

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#Lifebeyondgrades: Share your PSLE score and where you are in life here now?
Kenneth Lou

Kenneth Lou

Level 9. God of Wisdom

Updated on 07 Jun 2019

My PSLE score was 206! :) I still remember very distinctly when I was going up to take the PSLE result slip from my teacher in Rosyth school... my teacher had a strange smile. I got it, sighed and walked back to my seat. My parents were peeping through the window but at the end of the day, they gave me a pat on my back and in my head, I thought I was going to be ruined for life . However, I knew I wanted to be a Comic Book artist cos I loved to draw. Lo and behold, I went to secondary school and started realising that studying was not actually so difficult, it was a system to reverse engineer (which makes me question our system sadly...) The results showed that: - PSLE: 206 - O Level: 7 A1s and 1 A2 - A Level: 5As At the end of the day, I did not become a Comic Book artist and instead went to university instead. I was an angry student and wondered why what better I could be spending my time on. After that, I went ahead to venture into the world of startups and never looked back. Best decision ever :) Now, I am happy to have co-founded Seedly and working with really amazing people on a meaningful mission of helping others make smarter financial decisions as a whole! Managed to raise over $500k of venture capital, launching products, failing along the way and growing a team. Let's see where this goes. Very happy to be here with everyone sharing our experiences as a whole. Oh yes, and really grateful about this campaign by the #lifebeyondgrades team. It really is so true, especially in today's fast changing world!

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Is Business School Worth It?

Life has to be lived forwards but can best be understood backward. Some guiding thoughts on how to best decide.

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Cynthia
Cynthia

4d ago

Woah such thought-provoking article!
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Does breaking job contract affect one's reputation and subsequently, more difficult to find job elsewhere?
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Answered 2w ago

What do you mean by breaking a job contract? Do you mean leaving the company before the contract ends? Usually you just have to serve a notice period, regardless how long more your contract duration is. The below assuming I am wrong and your definition of breaking a job contract is worse. In general, if the HR of the new company you are interviewing do their due diligence, they would check with companies which you were previously employed. Also depending on the size of your industry, if small, your future boss might be from your existing company or they might know people from this existing company. Say you work at company X and are now interviewing for company Y, I do know of some hiring managers at company Y who would text people they know at company X and ask what is their opinion about you. This is especially so if there are only a few players in the industry.

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