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  1. I realise that there have been questions popping up about SCDF and ambulance. From contacts with my friends and even family members, there seem to be a lot of misconception of what we do in the nursing field. What we can do, what we cannot do, bed situation and the such. Following from Hardwarezone threads, I thought it might be helpful if I started a thread on nursing. A little background. Graduated from nursing over 15 years ago Worked in C class and B2 ward in a restructured hospital Worked in major OT in restructured and private hospital Worked in Accident and Emergency department in restructured and private hospital Lecturer in nursing Attachments include SCDF posting when going for a specialist course Of course the on and off volunteer missions overseas So ask me anything. If I can answer without compromising my identity or place I work, I will do so, within reason. p/s with O levels coming out soon, this thread is also for those who might consider nursing as a career but cannot seem to get the on the ground info
  2. I would like to ask the bro/sis here. Given a a choice. Would you prefer to work in a job you have more interest in it, knowledge but the boss is more micro manage and demanding OR a job with less interest, less knowledge in it but a reasonable and not so demanding boss. Assuming both job pay and benefit is the same. Which one u will choose and why?
  3. Looks like we have not done enough to help the students who are entering the working industry if there is even a barrier to the job fair by ntu. I supposed need to be careful of how the economy and changing landscape will affect the employability of the next generation. Having say that, it a dual edged. Wouldn’t it be best to or even rightfully so that the students who are not invited knows the truth that they are not wanted by this industry and should not waste their time, hope and dreams as well as disappointment?.
  4. Albeniz

    Insurance agent as career?

    I might be making a mid-career switch. I was at a job fair recently and dropped my particulars at one of the booths. One international insurance company called me up for an interview. I am not sure if I should attend as I am quite skeptical about the insurance line. All these while, I have been trained (heavily) in semiconductor-engineering and going into the insurance line is something really new to me. Any insurance agents out there? How's career as an insurance agent/financial planner, need your inputs. HELP!
  5. Dear forumers, I am planning to resign from my current company soon. I intend to offset my earned leave (30 days) to offset against my notice period of one month. This is allowed under MOM's rules; however, I don't get paid for my leave, and I can immediately start work with my new employer on the next day. I have sought advice from many friends; some say serve your notice, some say use your leave to offset. I have a very tense relationship with my manager and I don't wish to serve the notice period; indirectly, by using my leave to offset, I am working for the company for free for one month, by not cashing in my leave if I serve the notice period. What would you do? Thanks.
  6. Blacksnow

    How to move to public sector?

    I am contemplating a move into the public sector so I had a good look at careers@gov All my friends are in the private sector so I have no one who can help me with the questions that I have. Short summary about me: - mid 30s - so about 10 years working experience - poor honors degree in engineering (NUS) 1) Is it easy to move to public sector (considering my degree is just 3rd class)? Do they usually reserve the vacancies for people who have previously worked in the public sector? 2) I am confused by the job titles. How do I know what is suitable for me? Manager, assistant manager, deputy director....I don't want to appear a fool to apply for a wrong position. There is so much variation in the title. 3) And salary. how do I know what salary does a manager or AM or DD get?
  7. Understand there are quite a few old birds in MCF, will be grateful if anyone can shed some light on this situation. Facing some employment crisis... A bit of my background, I graduated from a local university with an engineering degree a few years back. My GPA wasn't the best, but it was good enough for a first class honors and was in top 10% of the cohort. From there, I went on to work at a SME providing engineering services (basically, big companies outsource their engineering design needs to us), while doing a part time PhD at the same local university. Within 3.5 years, I ticked all the KPIs required for graduation and submitted my thesis. Reviews for my thesis were extremely positive and I was then able to graduate. This was by no means an easy feat because most full time students struggle to even produce a proper thesis in 4 years. I reckon that credit should also be given to the massive support I got from my professors at school and my ex-bosses at work. Upon graduation, I moved on to another company. Salary isn't high, but I really wasn't expecting too much considering that I was "new" in their domain- Same type of work, but in a different domain. In layman terms, it will be equal to domestic helper cleaning home vs. hotel chambermaid cleaning hotel rooms. Things were fine in the beginning, mostly because I lacked the knowledge in the new industry and also their business processes. Aong the way, I learned and learned, and eventually got the hang of things after a few months. Herein, the problem set in. Being a new guy, I was always assigned to some "senior" staffs under a couple of new area projects, playing the role of "assistant", which I am perfectly fine with. I do not mind being a follower, if the project leader is capable of teaching me something. However, in this cases, the project leaders knew nothing about the domain, nor the process. It was actually their first time running such projects too. What this effectively meant was that I was doing all the leg work, mind work and practically everything, while not a single credit was given. When things were not perfect, I had to take the blame because it was my work. When things were great, suddenly I was forgotten. At the same time, my company started looking at restructuring and I couldn't be sure when it will be my turn. Dejected, I started looking for opportunities outside. Despite numerous attempts at dropping resume and cover letters, I just couldn't find another job. After 5 months of job seeking, I got interviews with three companies. Weirdly, all gave the same conclusion, " We like you a lot, but your area of expertise...". This is despite my attempts at making clear that I was willing to learn and am a quick learner. I am wondering what exactly is my problem in preventing me from moving on or getting a chance for an interview. Is it the advance engineering degree? Or my current over-inflated job title? Or do I give off the vibe that I am expensive to hire? What will you do if you were in my shoe? *Disclaimer, I am really cheap to hire. My peers, who started PhD together with me and graduated 1 year later (Remember...I took 3.5 years...most full time were taking 4.5 to 5 years), are easily drawing 10-30% more than me even without work experience.
  8. wah don't send kids to uni and don't spend on tuition can save a lot of $$ no need to worry about retirement liao can the MIW lead by example first? Singaporean Carmen Kok regrets that she never made it to university. She’s not letting her daughter make the same mistake, even if she has to send her abroad to get a place. “You can’t rise up in Singapore without a degree,” said Kok, 47, who plans to spend three times what she makes in a year as a hairdresser to send her daughter to college in South Korea. “She may be able to get a job if she doesn’t go to university, but she can get a higher salary if she goes.” Singapore’s Tiger moms are becoming a headache for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is trying to persuade the population that they don’t need to go to university to have a good career. After a clampdown on immigration and a slowdown in the economy, he needs fewer graduates and more workers to fill the shipyards, factory floors and hotel desks that keep the country going. Lee, who graduated from Cambridge University in England with top honors, is leading a campaign that includes speeches and roadshows to persuade more youths to join the workforce under a system modeled on Germany’s apprenticeship system. The “earn and learn” program would place graduates from technical schools into jobs, while giving them the chance to continue part-time education. Intentional Trend Lee is the latest Asian leader with an A-starred education system to try to put the brakes on, as universities turn out more and more graduates who aren’t matched to the jobs available. A few years ago, South Korea said it may close some higher-education institutes amid what then-President Lee Myung Bak called “reckless university enrollment.” “There is a clear international trend in the developed world to make vocational education a true choice for more young people,” said Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Yet, many still see it as a “secondary choice,” especially in Asia, where parents tend to believe that “higher education would be the only key to prosperity and success.” Six out of 10 Singaporeans between 25 and 29 years old completed tertiary education, the highestproportion in the world and just ahead of South Korea, according to the latest World Bank figures from 2010. ‘Work Hard’ In a televised address last August, Singapore’s Lee celebrated two employees at Keppel Corp Ltd., the world’s biggest builder of offshore oil rigs, who had risen through the ranks without a graduate diploma. “They may not have degrees, but they are working hard and trying to improve themselves,” Lee said. “So long as you work hard, you can always hope for a brighter future here in Singapore.” The Straits Times, Singapore’s most widely-read newspaper, has run profiles of Singaporeans who achieved career success after eschewing or postponing college. An October survey by the paper showed readers equally divided over whether it is possible to succeed in the country without a degree. “The success of this campaign is crucial for Singapore going forward, as it reshapes its labor market,” said Vishnu Varathan, a Singapore-based economist at Mizuho Bank Ltd. “It’s a hard sell for Singaporeans who see college as the route to a good salary.” Lifetime earnings for a typical U.S. bachelor’s degree holder is twice that of someone with a high-school diploma, according to a study by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project released in September. In Singapore, the median starting salary for graduates with a four-year electrical engineering degree was S$3,135 ($2,370) in 2013, compared with S$1,750 for those who studied the same subject at a technical institute, according to data from the Ministry of Manpower. Problem Solving The Southeast Asian nation’s education system is regularly ranked among the best in the world. Students aged 15 from Singapore and South Korea topped those in 44 countries in problem solving, according to a report last year by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. South Korea is now encouraging companies to hire young people and is pushing for a job-sharingwage system to reduce youth unemployment. Singapore already has a system that sorts children into different subject-based bands at school after testing starting at age 10. They’re later placed into junior colleges or technical institutes based on exams at 16 or 17. Those going to junior college have a higher chance of entry into a local university. Under Singapore’s earn-and-learn program, technical school leavers would receive on-the-job training while they study for an industry qualification, according to the government’s budget for this fiscal year. Each Singaporean who is placed in the program will receive a S$5,000 bonus. A pilotplan next year will place some graduates from the technical institutes in apprenticeships in sectors including aerospace, logistics and information technology. “We can’t become a Germany, but what we can do is adapt some of the very strong points for certain sectors and certain types of skills,” S. Iswaran, second minister for trade, said in an interview on Feb. 24. German Model Germany’s Dual Vocational Training System allows school-leavers at 18 to apply to a private company for a contract that mixes on-the-job learning with a broader education at a publicly funded vocational school. Persuading Singaporeans to go down the same route will be an uphill task after decades of extolling the importance of education. Singapore households spent S$1.1 billion on tutors outside school in the year ended September 2013, according to the most-recent survey by the statistics department. Every member of the cabinet has a degree, and the civil service continues to offer students full scholarships to top colleges overseas as a form of recruitment. Two of Lee’s sons went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while his deputies Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Teo Chee Hean have sons who went to Cambridge University in England andBrown University in Rhode Island on government scholarships. Singapore subsidizes the bulk of tuition fees at local universities for its citizens, making the cost about S$7,950 a year for an arts and social sciences degree at National University of Singapore. That compares with about $45,000 a year at Harvard University without financial aid for a full-time student. Many Singaporeans who don’t get into a local college go abroad. Four in 10 graduates in the resident labor force last year got their degrees overseas. “The government shouldn’t tell people not to go to university unless they can promise the same job opportunities as graduates,” said Kenneth Chen, 26, whose parents spent more than S$170,000 on a sports science degree in Brisbane, Australia, after he graduated with a biotechnology diploma in Singapore. “But obviously that’s not going to happen.”
  9. Carben68

    Career & Job Search

    Hi all, I've been a member of MCF for donkey years, since 2002. I've enjoyed the sharings, the joustings & of course the BBQs! Today, I am career job search & attraction specialist. But this thread is not to advertise my organization. The job market is not looking very friendly. I am here to help provide some inputs in any career related questions you might have. I'll try to answer (Along with others I'm sure) as best as I can if I know. Some Background 25 years corporate experience of which 15 years as a recruiting leader. I've led regional/ international in-house recruiting teams for household brands along with several years working in agencies. I've recruited thousands, interviewed tens of thousands and seen probably close to a hundred thousands CVs in that time. From receptionists to CxOs. So, let me know how I can help. Happy to... Cheers
  10. Blacksnow

    Booming industry in Singapore

    What are they now? I am in the O&G industry and things are really really very bad. My friend in finance industry says things are not good either. My cousin is a property agent and he is not doing well. Semicon has been bad since a decade ago. what else is there that is doing well in this climate?
  11. Little_prince

    Career Advice?

    A couple of questions on Career . Would appreciate your thoughts on it. Scenario 1. JOB A. Job title manager. higher annual gross salary than job B. high bonus (4-6mths historically) JOB B. Job Title Director. Overall lower annual salary due to less bonus ( abt 10-15% less overall) but much higher basic. both are considered reputable MNCs and quite stable. Which one would you choose and why? thanks
  12. Chuapcd

    Career Advice Needed

    Hi all: Need some advise here. I am in the 40s and looking for a backup plan in case of retrenchment or potentially a part-time income if my job is smooth sailing I am really looking at Workplace Safety Officer or Property Officer and trying to decide which course I should be going for to prepare this. (1) Advanced Certificate in WSH - S'pore Poly (2) DIPLOMA (CONVERSION) IN FACILITY MANAGEMENT - Ngee Ann Poly For WSH, I believe I need to work for 2 years before I could go for Specialist Diploma in order to get MOM licence and not sure if it is easy to accumulate the 2 years experience to fulfill the requirement for the next level. Any experience WSH Officer or Property Officer could provide advise would be really appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  13. Vulcann

    Engineering career anyone?

    Read the following article from the ST Forum today. Basically IES will be fighting a uphill battle trying to encourage locals taking up engineering as a career. Stepping stone yes but to practice hardcore engineering until retirement maybe not for most. Sad fact is engineering is not that glamorous nor sexy a career as compared to say accounts or banking. Remuneration package is unattractive unless you are in a very specialised field say the oil & gas sector. Even PEs also pai tan with many consultancies in the industry all fighting over the few available jobs. From ST Forum: Efforts to revive interest in engineeringPublished on Feb 10, 2014 WE THANK Mr David Goh for raising an issue that is critical to the future of Singapore ("Revive interest in engineering"; Jan 30). It is true that we need to continue to pull in the brightest students into engineering, to keep our infrastructure robust, our economy competitive and retain a high quality of life. Compared with 30 to 40 years ago, it is a challenge now to get students to choose to study engineering, and to encourage engineering graduates to pursue engineering as a career. This is because the younger generation perceives engineering as a harsh and average-paying job that is limited to construction work. In reality, engineering is an exciting, promising and greatly rewarding profession. As global problems such as climate change and energy shortage become more serious, engineers are increasingly being sought after. Many new engineering disciplines, such as aerospace engineering, environmental engineering and biomedical engineering, have also emerged, offering a myriad of choices and opportunities to make a difference to the world. An engineering career can lead to great things. Many engineers in Singapore have gone on to become captains of industry. Mr Satya Nadella, the new head of Microsoft, is an engineer by training. To alleviate the shortage of engineers, the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), As the national society of engineers, has been working closely with government agencies to appeal to local young talents to join the profession, through National Engineers Day and other activities. We have also encouraged engineers based overseas to return and work in Singapore. In September last year, IES launched the Chartered Engineer Programme to raise the standards of engineering and the profile of engineers. Through this accreditation, we aim to give qualified engineers the salaries they deserve. In Britain, engineers who are chartered are paid as much as 40 per cent more than their non-chartered peers. With the support of industry players, we are moving in that direction as well. For parents with ambitious and talented children looking for successful careers and the ability to make an impact on the world, it is time to place engineering as a career of choice again. Joe Eades Council Member The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) (source: http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/efforts-revive-interest-engineering-20140210 )
  14. S4vtec

    A career at ComfortDelgro

    Hi bros, Came across their job oppening for " Senior Manager " Title sounds big, but from job description looks to be more involved with daily operations. any one at or foremerly from ComfortDelgro care to share the work experience with the employer ?In terms of salary, advancement oppurtunities, autonomy of work, performance measurements and work life balance in general? I have tertiary education and 14 years worth of relevant experience in their required field. but looking for a carrer to settle down in. Current focus in life is a good balance between work and persoanl life as my 3 year old starts to embark on her childhood and i would want to be as involved as i possibly can. definetly not looking for a job that requires working till 9 pm everyday....
  15. Moneysucker

    Need career advice

    Hi guys, Need some advice. I am 33 this year and have been working in my current company (4th coy since graduation) for 6 years already. Now, i am losing motivation and interest in my work. I have no problems with my bosses or colleagues, pay and benefits are alright. The problem is i were to change job, my salary is going to be roughly the same. Maybe only slightly more. This is because i am already getting the industry market rate. The pro is that i will get to learn new things. The con is i may get bad bossess and colleagues What would you do?
  16. Kyrios

    Company or Career?

    Anyone here faced with the dilemma that your specific job function is made redundant and you are given 2 options..ship out or take up another totally different job scope in the same company? Do you venture out to look for similar jobs which you are trained for in order to stick to your career progression or do you stay in the company to do a totally different role? Not that it happens to me but could be.. Company or career? Which will you choose? I think most bros will say career but what if the company happens to be the best you worked for so far and didnt abuse you like other previous companies did?
  17. Solar

    Career option

    i have an opportunity of going into the area of sales...as pre-sales consultant, also in IT the salary is quite okay.. some but not huge increment. i am in the middle management doing operations and client support with quite a bunch of people doing the dirty work for me this one is an individual contributor. pulling factors are the potential of raking more $$, as in the area of sales the product is a new/upcoming and consider the 'in thing' now push factor is the fact that being new,a lot has to be done/ironed out/fixed & fought. definitely more siong than current also, i may fail in this role...then tio pok.. finding a job with matching pay at 40yr old can be daunting.. the question is.. would this switch be a downgrade and detrimental to my career? is it worth the risk?
  18. What is your current career and what will your new career be? I am currently in Biz development. Seriously considering a career switch.
  19. Rubberpad

    Rubberpad needs career advice

    I am in my mid 30s. How many of you still change job when you are in your mid 30s? I like my job. Boss likes me. Hours are ok and pay is very decent. However i am presented with a job opportunity. Same type of work. But pay is around 20% more. How many of you would risk giving up a stable and good job for another 20% with another company?
  20. FastFastCar

    Fren ask me for Career Advice

    I got a fren, age 34, earning 7.9K a month in a high risk and high stress job, he feels tired and stress out and is thinking of taking up a lower risk and lower stress job at 6.7K a month, he is in a dilemma as he does not know to choose higher pay or lower stress and perhaps more happiness in his life. I don't know how to advise him as for me I feel that money is very important. What would you choose, lower pay for better quality of life or higher pay for sucky life? Please advise sensibly as he is my good fren.
  21. currently have abt 10yrs accounting and internal controls experience; possess Accounting degree and spent 4 yrs in Big4. Thinking of making a career switch to a Compliance Managerial position in the financial industry but have no experience in the financial industry. Hence I reckon it will not be easy for me since i do not have qualifying experience and educational background. Do you know of any external courses (maybe duration 1-yr which allows me to attend courses in weekends; as weekdays need to work OT late) that i can take to obtain the relevant educational requirements? And would anyone know what's the typical salary of a Compliance Manager in the financial industry? thanks for the advice in advance
  22. Let's say you are in a comfortable job with decent pay. You like your work surroundings and your colleagues; not to mention you are already 9 months into this job. So along the way a headhunter calls you up and presents to you a better opportunity. This will be a chance for you to widen your current job scope, as well as receive better compensation & benefits (i.e. 20% increase of your current salary). With things going well in your current job; would you consider leaving it for this opportunity? Just to be clear, i'm in my mid-twenties, currently in the banking industry in the risk an compliance area. I'm aware of the external factors happening in Europe and the state of the banking industry; but i'm wondering if i should stay put or bite the bullet and try this role out. Advice?
  23. SimonTan

    Career destroyed by FT?

    That translator woman who admitted and spoke about and admitted the brief affaire. Never mess with xiao long nu.......many many cases of downfall many men already. I feel jealous.....he is not so handsome......but then he just got the lady luck.
  24. Marvelicious

    Career change?

    hey all, in my early 30s and thinking of a career switch. would be swell if guys in the know can give some bit of advice. maybe it's midlife crisis i dunno haha. i am currently working in advertising. but wana do something different, something that gives me more control. i.e. the harder i work the more i get paid. always been told that i have a knack for sales as i can converse well and am very much a people person; i can connect with people from all walks of life, be it your neighbourhood car wash guy or the senior exec. therefore i am keen to get into sales, i am also a very driven person. and well i drive, so the car would come in handy i reckon. other than telemarketing that i did during my school days (did fairly well), i have no real occupational background in sales. my background is in marketing and i have done it before in one of my very first jobs. guys with sales experience: any career advice for someone with zero sales experience? Oil or marine industry? No MLM, insurance or property please. Too many relatives and friends into those occupations. thanks in advance man.
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