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Business Communications Consultant | Higher Ed Educator| 7+ years of experience in coaching & training | M.A.

Coffee Cassio

Business Communications Consultant | Higher Ed Lecturer at Self-Employed

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Business Communications Consultant | Higher Ed Educator| 7+ years of experience in coaching & training | M.A.

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Business Communications Consultant | Higher Ed Lecturer at Self-Employed

Coffee Cassio

Business Communications Consultant | Higher Ed Lecturer at Self-Employed

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Lifestyle

Would love to get some advice! I will be applying for part time degree in SUSS and PT courses will not have honours. Will having a degree with honours be better for a career in SG?
Hi there, I answered a similar question to yours recently:) It depends on what careers you are looking at? Public Service or Private sector? I think some roles would prefer candidates with honours. Honours would be more relevant when you are considering further studies such as your Masters/PHD as that would require you to showcase your thesis and might require recommendations from your thesis supervisors. Feel free to Reach out to me via my profile if you need further advice:)
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Education

Fresh Graduates

What is the difference between a part-time and full-time degree from the local university in terms of recognition?
Which courses are you considering? I don’t think there’s a major difference as you will receive the certificate anyway ( they wont indicate whether it’s part time or full time on the scroll itself). It’s a difference of time taken ( how many years) to complete that degree, l would surmise.
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Fresh Graduates

Career

As a 2019 grad who has accepted a role in tech (acceptance was due to financial constraints rather than interest), but wishes to switch to other industry (BnF), what suggestions can you give?
Do you have emergency funds for at least 6 months? Do you have any obligations or loans to pay off? Do you have dependents to provide for? These are just some of the practical questions to ask yourself before you submit your resignation letter. Draft actionable steps that you will be taking to job-hunt or develop your career BEFORE you quit. Your plan can look something like this: a) Find out what opportunities there are in the market by doing a quick google search/ check on job portals by (date) b) Match the opportunities to your self-analysis above by (date) c) Filter out the ones that are not suitable and narrow down your choices to top 3 roles (not jobs) by (date) d) Read the requirements of the roles of different companies and compile a list of skills/expertise they are looking for by (date) e) Consider signing up for mid-career training courses and approach a professional to rewrite your resume for a career switch by (date) A 3 month plan PRIOR to quitting your job If you need further advice on the above, do reach out to me via my profile/check out my blog :)
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Fresh Graduates

COVID-19

Freelancers

Would it be wise to be a freelancer in the media industry since it is so difficult to find a job? The job market is getting insanely competitive, would freelancing make a better option (temporarily)?
Definitely! Something is better than nothing. A question that your future bosses may ask would be " What have you been doing during the COVID-19 period?" If you reply with erms and ahhs,how would that reflect well on your potential as a job candidate? At least, with your freelancing gigs (assuming you have landed on some), you can reply that you have been actively scouting for clients and managed to land a few projects to work on. If you can get testimonials from your clients about your work quality, that would be something to showcase proudly to your future employers and set yourself apart from others. Furthermore, it doesnt mean that you stop looking for jobs once you start freelancing. Brush up your CV and update your interviewing skills. If you need help with these, do let me know via my profile or check out my blog :)
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Fresh Graduates

COVID-19

Do you have a sensing of when the job market will improve? Will it be in the coming months or years?
I think it's hard to predict how and when the economy will improve in the next few years. IMHO,I do not see a V shape recovery for the job market in the next few months. It is highly possible that we will see more insolvencies and layoffs, especially from nice-to-have sectors and businesses. Those enterprises which fail to adapt to digital markets would also bear the brunt of the poor demand overall as consumers have less discretionary income to spend $ on. Moreover, there will be more competition in the job market for the next 2 years at least when businesses go bust and layoffs are inevitable. Althought there are offerings of new jobs, these positions may be temporary and be on contract-basis. However, there's things you can do actively to boost your CV and interviewing skills. If you need more career advice on how to compete in the pandemic job market, do reach out to me via my profile or check out my blog :)
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Career

If you don't know whether you can contribute to a company because the job role is something outside of your comfort zone, what should you do?
I would say you might need to do an internal and external analysis. Internally, This could be in the form of taking a career profiling/ personality test to see what are my strengths and preferences; or talking it out with a professional like a career advisor. It is important to build self-awareness about what you LIKE doing (preferences) and what you are GOOD at (strengths). Then, consider what options you have based on your self-analysis.It is also good to consider your weaknesses and dislikes as it steers you away from making wrong career changes. Externally, you can perhaps look around within your organisation. Are there new problems that the company is facing right now? Are there projects that you can undertake to develop new skills in your current role? How can you contribute to help resolve some of the urgent challenges that your organisation is facing at this moment? Ask. Speak to your bosses. Perhaps you can help solve some of the issues they are facing and take on fresh challenges. Sometimes, you may be just tired of going through routine work everyday, and a new project might change your perspective. Check out my profile if you wish to discuss more about career advice and suggestions:)
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Career

COVID-19

Faced with economic uncertainties and a second wave of COVID-19 infections, what are the selection criteria companies adopt in recruiting their employees since they have a greater pool of candidates?
I don’t think the selection criteria has changed drastically but the competition has indeed become stiffer. To stand out from the rest,you need to consider your edge. Sometimes, job descriptions are written in a “copy and paste” template with the generic prerequisites of 1-3 years for an entry level position. Do not let that deter you from applying though. From my discussion with hiring managers on new hires, we usually look for a best fit instead of a perfect fit. What this means is, we would still assess each candidate on a case-by-case basis after we deem their resumes as suitable for the next stage. Whether or not we hire a candidate with little relevant work experience really boils down to the way the candidate presents himself/herself during the application process (verbal /written communication) and the vibes he/she gives during the interview (non-verbal communication). Ultimately, we want to have someone who can fit well within the company culture. You can still impress your interviewers by being authentic (this doesn’t mean you can be rude or entitled or sloppy) and enthusiastic about joining the company. Focus on your value, the contributions you can bring forth to the organisation if you were to come onboard. To do this, you need to showcase that you have done your research thoroughly and ask ingenious questions (not questions that you can easily google) to your hiring panel. It would be great to have an interesting personality (share fun things about your hobbies, past times, volunteer, clubs and societies) so as to distinguish yourself from other candidates. Your past experience and skills in school or out of school could also be relevant to them as well. You just need to find a refreshing angle to package and “sell” yourself. In short, You shouldn’t be forgettable. Check out my profile if you wish to learn more about how to become a top candidate for your next job interview:)
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Fresh Graduates

In your opinion, should I invest in upskilling during this period or still fight hard in trying to find a job? I am a fresh University business graduate who has only had only 1 internship before. Any advice?
Good that you had some working experience as an intern. If you are considering courses, it’s also important to see what courses would be helpful and relevant to you landing a job you want to do in the future. Will it value-add to your CV? Personally, I would think it depends highly on your (i) career goals and (ii) financial health. If you managed to land a stint at a company you like or a position that seem aligned with your long-term career goals, I would say “GO FOR IT!!!” even if the starting pay is less than ideal for a fresh graduate in normal times. The experience you gain and the people you meet might be able to help you next time, even if you choose not to stay in the same company after the contract is up. Furthermore, taking a job now doesn’t mean you stop looking out for other opportunities in your free time. You need to keep brushing up your CV and interviewing skills as you update your LinkedIn profile with new work experience earned during this period. Check out my profile if you need further advice on this. Would be happy to help:)
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Healthcare

Whats the pain point of healthcare careers?
Healthcare is quite broad. Which role are you considering? Friends who are currently working in healthcare mostly share about their struggles with: 1) hectic schedules and workload (if you are working frontline e.g nurses) 2) health concerns 3) not all positions in healthcare are as highly paid even though they work long-standing hours 4) dealing with PR issues on the ground— patients and patients families
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