Should i accept a traineeship first and cont to search for FT jobs? Was thinking to accept whatever traineeship that is offered even tho it might not be related to my degree to help family with income? - Seedly
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Should i accept a traineeship first and cont to search for FT jobs? Was thinking to accept whatever traineeship that is offered even tho it might not be related to my degree to help family with income?

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If the income is very important to you and your family during this period, then you should get a job regardless of part-time/traineeship/full-time for the money. Once financially stable, you can then focus on finding work that you prefer.​​​

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2w ago

Thanks for your input Yang Teng. But will this affect my career progression in the future? By the time i finish a traineeship, many would have been ahead alr
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Yang Teng

2w ago

It depends on how you leverage on your current job (for income) to the next. If you are able to learn and translate those skills to new role, then it'll be very beneficial. While it can be not so relevant (depending on your job), it is also unavoidable based on circumstance. A career will span across decades, 30-40yrs, and a short delay maybe 5yrs or less can be made/caught up.
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Hi Anon,

I guess this also depends on how confident you are to be able to successful secure a full-time job in this economic climate.

Here's what I found from the SGUnited Traineeship Programe FAQS for Host Organisations.

"Likewise, trainees are also allowed to leave the traineeship at any time if there are good reasons to do so (e.g. managed to secure a full-time job) and while providing sufficient notice."

If you do think that you can learn something from the traineeship, while in the meantime contributing to your family income, I would say go for it!

But perhaps before signing the traineeship contract, you can also check the duration of your notice period, in the event you secure a full-time job while on your traineeship.

Graduating in this climate isn't easy, but we do what we can. All the best to you! :) Hope this helps!​​​

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Some things to consider:

  1. Is your family desperate for your income now?

  2. Are you able to create more value out of your time by other means if you reject the traineeship?

  3. Will you be happy taking up a random traineeship?

  4. Have you asked what's the career progression for traineeships? Any switch to full-time?

  5. What does the traineeship contract say? Are you allowed to quit your traineeship halfway?

I'm not sure what the traineeship policies are but if you find yourself legally bound for 12 months (e.g. quitting would mean paying back $$) then the policies seem inappropriate... read the contract.

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