Thursday, December 29, 2011

Time to quit your lousy job?

Unhappy with your job and not sure what to do?
I think it's not whether the job is lousy but whether there is a fit.

Here's an advice on when you should know it's time for career changes or to quit, from Ms Kathleen Tan, the regional commercial head at AirAsia who "single-handedly" launched AirAsia into China seven years ago, as featured in The New Paper.

Her work philosophy?

Monday, November 21, 2011

What job is in demand in Singapore?

Foreigners looking for jobs in Singapore?
Do you have the strategic skill that Singapore is looking for?
With an ageing population, the healthcare industry is on the skills-in-demand list of Singapore.

IndustryOccupationRecommended Requisites
HealthcareClinical AudiologistMasters in Audiology
DieticianDegree/Diploma in Dietetics, Food Nutrition
DoctorDegree in Medicine, Surgery*
Medical Diagnostic RadiographerDegree/Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography
Medical/Laboratory TechnologistDegree in Medical Science; Diploma in Biotechnology, Medical Technology
NurseDegree/Diploma in Nursing; NITEC in Nursing**
Occupational TherapistDegree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
PharmacistDegree in Pharmacy
PhysiotherapistDegree/Diploma in Physiotherapy
PodiatristDegree in Podiatry
Radiation TherapistDegree/Diploma in Radiation Therapy
Respiratory TherapistMasters/Degree in Respiratory Therapy
Speech TherapistMasters/Degree in Speech Pathology
Clinical PsychologistMasters in Clinical Psychology
Medical Social WorkerBachelor of Arts and Social Science (Major in Social Work)
DentistDegree in Dentistry
Dental Hygiene TherapistDiploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy
Pharmacy TechnicianDiploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences

* The list of approved Degrees is available at the Singapore Medical Council website.
** A Degree/Diploma in Nursing recognised by the Singapore Nursing Board is required.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Looking for a job in Singapore? How to apply for an employment pass?

There have been enhancements made to the Employment Pass Framework which will be effective from January 2012. Take note of the latest employment pass rules.Foreigners who are interested to work and has a job offer in Singapore may apply for an Employment Pass (EP).

From 1 January 2012, the qualifying salary for the Q1 Pass will be increased from $2,800 to at least $3,000 for young graduates, while older applicants would have to command a higher salary to qualify, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring. The qualifying salary for the P2 Pass will be raised from $4,000 to $4,500. There will be no change in the qualifying salary for P1 Pass which remains at $8,000. Concurrently, educational qualifications requirements will be tightened. 

Employment Pass (EP) is a work pass for foreign professionals working in managerial, executive or specialised jobs, which will allow the employee to bring in dependents.

The different employment pass types available are:

Friday, October 28, 2011

likeable social media - a review

likeable social media - How to DELIGHT YOUR CUSTOMERS, create an IRRESISTIBLE BRAND, and be generally AMAZING ON FACEBOOK (an other social networks) by Dave Kerpen

likeable social media - picture from its facebook page

Having a personal interest in social media (check out my other blog - Ginsengtonic - Get high on life!,
the above was the cover that called out to me when I was at a bookstore in the airport looking for a book to kill time...

For all you need to know about what the book is about and how brilliant the book is.. check out the reviews at amazon.
With 108 reviews on amazon... that's more than enough to read and find out what the book means to a lot of people...

As much as I like what I read... easy to understand... homework with action items.. and real-life examples...
What you need to know about twitter, facebook, blogs, linkedin among others... and how to use the different social media platforms for both business and your own professional development....
What impresses me most is not the book.. but AFTER reading the book...
Dave Kerpen practices what he preaches!

He uses twitter... blogs... facebook.... REGULARLY... and replies!

As basic as it seems.. a social media expert who actually uses social media...You will be surprised.. I have seen adverts for Social Media courses by "experts"... by when I check online out of curiosity... the twitter account gets an update like once a month!

The biggest impact the book has on me?... it is the reason I started a twitter account!... maybe a linkedin account next... hmmm....

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Best quotes from Steve Jobs

Read this about Steve Jobs's words of wisdom... or at least these are quotes attributed to Steve Jobs

Decided to share so more can be inspired and motivated!
Spread the positive energy!...

"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules…because the ones how are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs

"Don't waste time living someone else's life. Stay hungry. Stay foolish." - Steve Jobs

Monday, August 22, 2011

Top 20 companies to work for in Singapore

Wonder which companies fresh graduates most like to work for in Singapore?
The top 20 private employers of choice as listed below....

Top 20 companies to work for in Singapore
A total of 3,255 respondents took the 2011 JobsCentral Employers of Choice Survey (University Edition), which was conducted online from April to May this year. All respondents are from National Technological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University from the graduating classes of 2009 to 2016.

*First read on Yahoo Finance

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Buying property in Singapore?

If you are a Singaporean buying property in Singapore, you would be looking at a HDB flat like about 80% of the nation.

HDB website seems user-friendly enough. 
Seems easy to navigate and clearly categorised.
You should be able to find the information you need at

More interestingly, you may want to check out the blog Housing Matters at

The blog of National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan... to get a more detailed idea of his thoughts...

Probably one of the most significant investments most people will make...
So the more you read.. the better....

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

82% of Singaporeans got a pay rise

Wonder how many Singaporeans got a pay increase or salary rise this year (2011)?
Here is the finding from recruitment consultancy Robert Walters which conducted a global web survey of 3,200 professionals.

More than 82% of the 752 Singaporeans who took the survey in Singapore say they received a wage increase.

Here are more of the findings:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

High paying jobs in Singapore?

Wonder what are the high-paying jobs in Singapore?
Looking for high-paying jobs in Singapore?
Or simply wanting to know what is the average monthly pay or income in Singapore to know if you are underpaid or fairly paid?

Then the following may interest you...
Results of the average (mean) monthly nominal earnings per employee per industry for first quarter 2011 by Ministry of Manpower are out...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Simple way to extra money!

An entry I contributed to CDAC's blog, which I have been volunteering with (though I would like to do more than I am now)...
Here's the entry... you can check it out at also at 


Simple way to extra money!  It is painless and anyone could do it right now – even you!

Remember the coin banks you owned when you were a kid? Mummy was right, it is important to get into the habit of saving.

 Mummy is STILL right, even now!

Saving is important and coin banks are not just for kids. If you find yourself struggling to save anything, start by saving your spare coins.

Take what I do for example:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The easiest way to two million euros!

I'm a proud owner of close to 2 million euros!!!
$1,815,950 to be exact!

So how can one get to be a multi-millionaire with no effort?
Not kidding when I said "no effort".
One of the proud winners of a International Lottery..

Here's the email I received...from a lovely lady named Mrs Anno Mariano..


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Guaranteed Job Interviews With Top Companies

Get interviews with big corporations such as SingTel, Shell, Millennium & Copthorne International.Promises of high salaries and guaranteed interviews for job seekers - for a fee.

If you have seen this some where before or you have got offers for guaranteed interviews for a fee... it is a SCAM!

Reported in the papers today, there have been cases of "recruiters" or "head-hunters" offering such a service for job seekers for a fee and request for resumes. So far most cases reported have been from Pakistan and companies have been putting up notices and warnings on their websites. So "new recruits" were asked to transfer significant sums to pay for work permits and insurance.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Which are the best countries to find a job?

Wondering which are the best countries to look for new jobs or careers?
Forbes had a The Best Countries for New Jobs Next Year list done up in October 2010.

Coming to the half-way mark of the year soon, take a look and see if you agree with their predictions. Perhaps the list could help you if you are looking for a new job or career in a new country.
Here's the Top 10 list:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Do a good deed.. change a kid's life forever

Not my usual entries here.. but all for a good cause...

Celebrate Mother's day with a good deed... (or just enjoy the cake)

Give more kids a reason to smile!
45 minute surgery can change a child's life for the better forever... 

From this...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saving your New Year Resolutions

All the parties and celebrations to welcome the New Year feel like a long time ago.

Remember the New Year Resolutions you made?

Are you still going about it as enthusiastically and as determined as you first made them or have you waved the white flag?

If you have given up on your New Year resolutions, you are not alone. A research done by John Norcross, a psychology professor from the University of Scranton in the United States found that 25 percent of people who make New Year resolutions abandon their resolutions after one week. Even if you are still sticking to your New Year resolutions, you may want to read on as the same research found that when June comes around, the percentage of people who abandon their resolutions totals 85%!

Here are some pointers (the same ones we were first taught when writing compositions in schools) to save our New Year Resolutions: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How (in no particular order)


Monday, January 31, 2011

Which Master of Business Administration (MBA) program to choose?

Looking for a MBA degree?
Wondering which Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is the best and lost in searching for the MBA program to embark on?

Here is the Top 30 list of Financial Times Global MBA 2011 ranking:

1. London Business School
1. University of Pennsylvania: Wharton
3. Harvard Business School
4. Insead
4. Stanford University GSB
6. Hong Kong UST Business School
7. Columbia Business School
8. IE Business School
9. MIT Sloan School of Management
9. lese Business School
11. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA)
12. University of Chicago: Booth
13. Indian School of Business
14. IMD
15. New York University: Stern
15. Yale School of Management
17. Ceibs
18. Dartmouth College: Tuck
18. HEC Paris
20. Duke University: Fuqua
21. Esade Business School
21. Northwestern University: Kellogg
23. National University of Singapore School of Business
24. University of Michigan: Ross
25. University of California at Berkeley: Haas
26. University of Cambridge: Judge
27. University of Oxford: Said
28. SDA Bocconi
29. Manchester Business School
30. Cornell University

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Number of credit cards charges past 6 million mark

Number of credit cards charges past 6 million mark - The Straits Times (5 Jan 2011)

Read about the above article? Frightening statistics in the article.
A reminder to all of us to be careful with our plastics.

Some of the statistics (based on Monetary Authority of Singapore's statistics in November 2010):

Number of credit cards issued: 6 million
Including supplementary cards: 7.46 million
Card per eligible cardholder: 6 to 7 cards
Monthly card billings: $2.87 billion
Roll over credit balance: 7.5%

Be careful with the plastic, just like fire, it can be our master or servant.

Use it wisely!