Xinyi Lum
Content Strategist at Seedly
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  • Asked by Anonymous

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 17 Jan 2019
    Thanks for this! A very crucial question for fresh grads and first-jobbers. Apart from the fact that a big proportion of young adults jump at any full-time job that is offered to them without careful consideration, I myself used these factors to decide how I would like my career to play out. 1. Know yourself first This is the biggest 'roadblock' in charting your career, or at least it was for me. This involves understanding your INTERESTS and SKILLS, which I was at a complete loss about after graduation. At this juncture, if you're still uncertain, go back to the drawing block and perhaps take up internships to expand your work experiences. Go in depth or cover breadth to understand yourself before diving into a full-on role. Of course, do all this while polishing a solid CV including all relevant roles that could pique interviewers' interests. Sometimes the job you go for isn't necessarily the role you'll be offered...! 2. Explore Once you have asked yourself the above, then make a list of available opportunities (and even contacts from networking etc.!) Keep an open mind, don't strike off anything too soon, but also be realistic. Next, find out about companies and employers and see if these workplaces resonate with what you believe in. Do you believe in their product, their service and their vision? Is there a way you are going to contribute more than just being a worker at a desk? 3. Evaluate Evaluting your choices before you sign that contract, and after a few months of doing the job. People often say "just stick with it la" even if the job is making you feel horrible, or on the contrary, switch jobs way too often to fully grow your competencies. On one hand, you've probably heard stories of people making a drastic career switch - they probably spent time evaluating their disdain for their job and took the leap to get out of it! Yet another way to monitor your progress in your career is to speak with your managers on your performance or how you can improve. All the best!
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 15 Jan 2019
    I really like this question! I think it goes without saying that spending habits generally increase very very significantly when one graduates from school and transitions into a full working adult. But now that you mention it, I think I tend to spend a lot more at the end of the year. It's also quite a proven trend amongst the Seedly community and my colleagues haha! I believe that this rise in spending is partly due to the festivities, and also the fact that you tell yourself you've worked hard all year and it's time to reward yourself. You reward yourself until the new year comes around then you snap back into it and realise how much money is gone and you try to go back to your frugal ways. I admit, that's me every year! Thankfully, my Seedly expense tracking app reminds me how much money I could have NOT spent instead... I usually spend a couple of minutes at the start of the month listing out what are some major payments/purchases I would have to make for the month and how I can improve from the past month, be it drinking one less cup of coffee a day or choosing a house brand when grocery shopping each week. Some things I won't scrimp and save on la....enjoy life a bit more I guess! :-)
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 04 Jan 2019
    This sounds pretty familiar because that is also the price range my parents pay for their progressive lenses. Just a word of caution, I wouldn't scrimp on my eyesight as I heard from a friend before who made hers online claiming they have the latest technology for the best price and she experienced discomfort and headaches often after receiving her glasses. Hope you find a reliable yet reasonably priced spectacle shop! :)
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 14 Dec 2018
    Got compelled to leave an answer after reading this because of the nature of your issue at hand - physical appearance. Dressing and the way you carry yourself are definitely the top things to polish right now if you want people to take you more seriously, but perhaps start with small actions first. Simple things like taking more time to pause while conversing with someone, or speaking slower and with more articulation can give off a more wise vibe. Might sound rather ridiculous but I think it works! Just don't go over the top ;-)
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 10 Dec 2018
    According to TechCrunch, "The company has secured licenses to operate in Singapore and Japan. It now expects to launch its service in Q1 2019." After a year of vague news...sounds like it's really happening!
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 10 Dec 2018
    Probably not in the best position to give advice considering how much I still can learn, but you could consider applying for a job overseas, somewhere perhaps with a language you understand so that the living adjustments won't be too tough on you, but also a place where you know would surely test your boundaries.
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 10 Dec 2018
    There are some insightful reviews here https://seedly.sg/reviews on the several multi-currency accounts that have popped up recently, along with those tied to banks. I personally use YouTrip because I can skip the fees!
  • Asked by Leong Wen Fong

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 07 Dec 2018
    Maintaining a piggy bank! Eh, it works okay!
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 07 Dec 2018
    Ah, the perennial struggle of any undergrad/fresh grad with first jobs. Good on you for performing well at such an early stage of your career! I'd say stick to uni and finish your degree. You never know what sort of doors are open - or shut - just because you have or don't have that cert at the end of the day.
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Xinyi Lum
    Xinyi Lum, Content Strategist at Seedly
    38 Answers, 104 Upvotes
    Answered on 05 Dec 2018
    So cool, congrats! I was just having this conversation amongst my friends. The general concensus was that moving to Japan was the "better" choice because of the supposed way of life. I would say only you would know best which option is better for you and your family :)
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