Ceramides: The Miracle You Need for Dry Skin

Skin Care 12 February 2018 | 0 Comments

Ceramides are the skin’s unsung heroes. They are oily wax of lipid molecules that help hold skin cells together. But like all things, they deplete as you age. It is the reason why your skin looks drier and wrinklier over time.
Below, we share with you the scoop on this miracle skincare ingredient—what it is, where to find them and what products have them.

What is ceramides?
Ceramides are skin lipids found on the outermost layer of the skin. As such, they are important for maintaining and reinforcing your skin’s barrier. Remember that your skin’s moisture barrier functions as a security blanket to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, contaminants and bacteria while keeping it well moisturized.
Basically, ceramides are naturally produced by the skin to help seal moisture. Once your ceramides depletes or gets compromised, that’s when you will experience dry and flaky skin. When this happens, you will need to use something that will help replenish your skin’s ceramides to keep your skin supple.

Where to find ceramides?
Now that the rainy and cold weather has begun, you may have noticed a slight change on the condition of your skin. The cold, rainy weather, as well as longer exposure to air conditioned environment, can dry out your skin. Luckily, ceramides can be found in many skincare products. Using body lotions and face creams infused with this miracle ingredient will greatly help restore your skin to its former glory.

What products have ceramides in them?
As mentioned, many skincare products today are infused with ceramides. Moisturizing body and face creams include this in their formulation. Some of the cult favorite products rich in ceramides that skincare junkies swear by are:

Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream – This product is, perhaps, the most talked about in this list. This cream may seem to have very thick consistency, but absorbs quickly when spread onto the skin. You will be surprised of the immediate difference after a couple of use.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair – This one is a head to toe moisturizer that’s rich in ceramides, shea butter, colloidal oatmeal and antioxidants—all fantastic for maintaining a glowing and youthful skin.

Mario Badescu AHA and Ceramides Moisturizer – The product brings twice the power with ceramids and alpha-hydroxy acids in a single skincare product. As the ceramides strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier, alpha-hydroxy acids plumps the skin, reducing visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. With its great effects, you can amp up the results by using it before bedtime.

These are just a few of the best ceramide-rich products you can use for better skin. Explore more options and don’t forget to read the label for more skin beneficial ingredients.

6 Table Manners Everyone Still Needs to Follow

Fine Dining 12 February 2018 | 0 Comments

If you think table etiquette do not matter as much as it used to be, think again. One slurp or wrong grip of fork can turn someone off. To make sure you will not be offending anyone when dining in a quite fancy restaurant, here’s a quick refresher for table manners that still matters.

1. Chew With Your Mouth Closed
Have you been asked before why you chew with your mouth open? That’s a sign that people are quite distracted with noisy and open-mouth chewing. This is the number one table manner everyone should always keep in mind, whether dining at a fancy restaurant or in a fast food chain. Seeing the chewed up matter inside someone else’s mouth is just nasty.

2. Start Eating When Everyone’s Food is Served
The general rule is that when having a sit-down dinner with eight people or less, you can start eating when everyone’s food is served, especially the host’s. At larger guests, you can start eating when the food for people from your either side has been served.

3. Napkins Are Not Tissues
The napkin is used to dab the outsides of your mouth clean. Do not use it to remove your lipstick or (for God’s sake) to blow your nose. If you need to do either of the two, excuse yourself to the bathroom.

4. It’s Not Okay to Ask for Takeaway Box for Leftovers
During formal dinners, like wedding dinners and business lunches, you would look cheap for asking a takeaway box for the leftovers. Remember, you’re there to dine and to socialize, not for the leftovers. Doggie boxes are okay during family dinners, but inappropriate during professional dining.

5. Know How to Position Utensils Properly
Position your fork should be on the right and the knife on the left, crossing over at the center of the plate to let the waiter know you are just resting. To let the waiter know you’re finished, position your fork and knife together at the four o’clock position.

6. The Host Should be the One Paying the Bill
This is quite tricky. If you are the one who invited the other parties, you are the host of the dinner and should be the one paying, regardless of the gender. If the male guest offers to pay, the woman host have choices. You can insist since you were the one who invited him out or excuse yourself from the table and pay the bill without the guest knowing. However, if the man guest strongly insists, you wouldn’t want to fight over it, let him pay.

Keep these tips in mind and you’re all set to dine in a fancy restaurant.

HIV, Pregnancy, and Motherhood

Health and Wellness 26 September 2017 | 0 Comments

Human immunodeficiency virus can be transmitted in three other methods besides sexual contact with an infected person; such as, direct contact with infected blood and blood products, breastmilk from an infected mother, and mother-to-infant transmission at birth.

A surprising number of mothers throughout the world were unaware that they have been infected either by their husband or another partner, and unwittingly infected their newborn in the process. Transmission of the virus can be prevented through HIV screening at one of the clinics or hospitals in Singapore or through an anonymous HIV test done at home through an HIV test kit.

Risk Factors for Mothers

It is possible for a mother to be HIV-infected, but still have a baby who is free from the infection. First, it must be determined if the woman is at risk of contracting the virus at www.kensingtonfamilyclinic.com/std-hiv/hiv-testing in Singapore through practices such as unprotected sex, having multiple partners, having a partner or husband who is HIV-positive, and the sharing of equipment such as needles.

If you are pregnant, your doctor will recommend that you undergo HIV testing during your first antenatal appointment, and another during the third trimester or 36 weeks of gestation. This test is different from the routine prenatal checks that all expectant mothers go through.

Some doctors in Singapore also recommend that a high-risk mother should get an HIV screening right after the delivery of the baby. The newborn will need HIV testing as well, but the methods will differ from those recommended for the mother.

The husband or partner should also get tested, because he is the most likely culprit for infecting the pregnant woman.

As a preventative measure for couples, some doctors advice individuals planning to have a baby to get tested for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV. Having an STD (especially infections that cause skin lesions such as sores) can also place either you or your partner at risk for contracting HIV.

Testing the Mother

HIV testing is generally accurate, but you will need at least two tests within a 3-month window period to determine if you really are HIV-positive. The earliest test can be performed 3 weeks after the initial infection, so that the virus can be detected in the samples. Testing a pregnant mother for HIV isn’t different from the HIV screening recommended for adolescents and adults.

All the existing HIV testing methods can be classified into two general types; testing for HIV antibodies and testing for the virus itself. The antibodies are the part of your immune system that fight infections, such as HIV. There is a specific antibody that targets certain infections, and the laboratory technicians will specifically look for the presence of HIV antibodies. The antigen on the other hand, is part of the virus that the antibodies will respond to. Some tests include both methods that look for the virus and the antibodies in the blood sample.

If the first test is positive, a different test is needed to confirm the result. If the first test is positive, but the second is negative, the result is called false positive.

HIV-positive pregnant women are recommended to undergo treatment to prevent the infection of the baby. A check-up and several laboratory tests will be required every 3 months to keep the baby healthy. You will need antiretroviral therapy (ART) and you might have to undergo a C-section if the viral load is at a high level. The baby will also be given antiretroviral treatment until he/she can be tested. Breastfeeding and pre-chewing food for the baby is also not allowed until the child is old enough.

Testing the Infant

If the HIV-positive mother is given the appropriate treatment, the chances of transmitting the virus to the infant is reduced to 2% according to studies, as opposed to a 25% chance when there is no treatment. That is why besides the medication, therapy, and tests, the mother should avoid the following risks to reduce transmission: STD infection, smoking and substance abuse, malnutrition, vitamin A deficiency, and high viral load.

There is no way to know if the infant is infected until he/she gets an HIV screening. However, testing infants for the disease can be tricky especially during the first four months of life. Infants younger than 18 months require special HIV testing such as the extraction, amplification, and detection of the HIV nucleic acids. Why is HIV difficult to detect in infants? That’s because the HIV antibody of the infant isn’t distinguishable from the HIV antibody of the mother. The HIV screening aims to distinguish the HIV RNA from the infant’s RNA.

Once the baby is older, HIV tests in Singapore clinics and hospitals that will detect the presence of HIV antigens and/or antibodies can be performed.

Postpartum Care

For babies exposed to HIV, the following treatments are required: postpartum antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, infant ARV prophylaxis, and neonatal Zidovudine prophylaxis for the next four weeks. Even if the baby’s mother has a resistance to ARV, the same treatment will still be recommended for the infant.

For premature babies, either prophylaxis and treatment or prophylaxis alone is recommended, but ARV drugs cannot be prescribed because there is a risk of overdosing.

The doctors must take special care during the delivery by avoiding episiotomies or incisions to enlarge the vaginal opening and the rupturing of the amniotic sac, because the baby will be exposed to more infected fluids and blood. The baby might be given Zidovudine within 8 to 12 hours after birth to decrease the likelihood of infection, and the treatment will continue for the next 6 weeks.

The mother will also receive continuous treatment for HIV and will be given advice how to protect her child from exposure.

Brain Foods: 6 Healthy Snacks for Your Next Study Session

Health and Wellness 29 August 2017 | 0 Comments

Let’s face it, most college students around the world survive on limited funds. Students manage on cheap but tasty meals like instant noodles and other processed meals, despite knowing it is mostly just preservatives in pretty packaging. Preparation time also takes no longer than 5 minutes which makes it a popular food choice in Singapore and a lot of other countries. However, just because you are on a thrift budget does not mean you have to sacrifice your health in return.

There are snacks accessible to you which are great if you are on-the-go or tight on spending. These healthy treats give you both the perks of health and convenience. Not only that, they are also known to stimulate brain function which makes them perfect to snack on for your next study session. Snack on these healthy alternatives now that your finals coming up to hit two birds with one stone!

1. Banana
Did you know bananas are good brain snacks? They are rich in potassium, fiber, and many other vitamins with only an average of 100 calories. Plus they are also flavorful, no doubt about that. Grab a slice before you begin reading on that world history coursework.

2. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate can be beneficial to the body if consumed in moderation. Dark chocolate, specifically, is filled with iron, fiber, and magnesium which are known nutrients that help the brain regulate blood flow. Increase in blood flow means increased function of the heart and with that, your memory can be improved. Like coffee, it is also a stimulant that keeps you awake.

3. Carrots
Ugh, veggies. Yes — but hear us out! Sliced carrot sticks are cheap and easy to make at home. It is also packed with nutrients such as fiber, protein, and potassium that is beneficial to the body. They are perfect for snacking in between classes and studying, too.

4. String Cheese
A stick of string cheese is actually a good option to snack on. It only has around 80 calories, not to mention the protein and calcium it is loaded with. This is a healthy choice if you want a snack that will stimulate your taste buds without the high costs. Yum!

5. Eggs
There are a lot of nutrients you get in a single egg. Research shows that by eating an egg on the daily, you potentially lower the chances of having a heart disease, fatigue, and even cancer. Eggs also contain minerals that help in brain development, as well as improving cognitive performance. They are easy to prepare and friendly to your wallet too!

6. Peanut Butter
Made out of peanuts, this spread is practical as it is relatively cheap and filled with protein. It offers good kinds of fat which keeps you full for longer hours compared to most snacks. If you’re craving for something sweet, don’t hesitate and indulge in a peanut butter sandwich during your next revisions.

4 Fool-Proof Ways to Recharge at Work Without Caffeine

Work Productivity 24 August 2017 | 0 Comments

It is a truth universally acknowledged that drinking coffee in the morning is one of the most popular ways to boost one’s energy levels. It only takes a few minutes to prepare, making it convenient for those who are on-the-go. Caffeine is known to give the body a ‘kick’, allowing the mind to be alert and nerves to be on full function mode. In Singapore, for instance, majority of the young workers rely on a quick coffee fix in between work hours in order to keep themselves awake.

However, researchers found out that drinking more than 5 cups of coffee a day can potentially bring harm to the body. There is a certain healthy level of caffeine that is good for the health, generally 1 to 2 cups a day is enough, but if one’s love for coffee overpowers moderation then it is like freely putting oneself to the many risks and dangers.

Boosting your energy levels in caffeine-free ways sounds almost impossible if you’ve grown accustomed to drinking coffee almost every other hour, but this article will provide ways to give you a midday energy push despite the absence of coffee.

1. Exercise
Sometimes, a quick work-out session is effective for you to awaken your tired bones up. Short exercises like a jog or a walk around the block during your lunch break, or even proper stretching can get rid of your drowsiness as your body will be back on an energized state. Working with an alert mind and body can contribute well to the pending workload you have to finish!

2. Eat well
Integrating a balanced proportion of complex carbohydrates, greens, and protein in your diet can make you feel good as well as look good. Get rid of the chips and chocolate bars. Snacking on a fresh fruit or nuts during your next health break will give you the boost of energy that you need without the cost of lethargy.

3. Take vitamins
There are a lot of vitamins known to get you fired up for work that are sold in the market. Taking them on the daily helps you perk yourself up and prepares yourself for the day. Tablets with Vitamin B complex and Iron, for instance, help in energy production and support healthy brain function. They are also known to boost your metabolism as well as help you shoulder hefty mental workload.

4. Get groovin’
Listening to your favorite music is one way of keeping yourself awake, especially if you have a report you have to submit at the end of your shift. It makes the work experience less dull and it fires up your hidden dance moves even if you sit on your desk the whole day long!

Thinking of Hiring a Wedding Band?

Weddings 10 July 2017 | 0 Comments

So everything about the wedding reception has been settled—the venue, catering service, lights, decorations, table arrangement—everything. But there’s something missing. What could it be? Entertainment!
Even if you will be serving sumptuous and mouth-watering dishes and courses at your reception, but without good entertainment, your reception will be a major failure at the end of the day.

The Upside of a Wedding Band

You have a lot of choices when it comes to providing entertainment for your reception, and one of which is to hire a wedding live band Singapore.

Nothing beats the energy of a live band, and that is the first reason why you should get one for your reception. Wedding live music can get everybody into singing and dancing, and it is more electrifying than pre-recorded music.

Secondly, having a live wedding celebration singer from Singapore is great because of its visual impact. Your guests will not only be hearing the band perform live but, most importantly, they can watch them. The Singapore wedding live band can be focal point or the centre of interest of your reception. Plus you can have them dress up according to your wedding theme to have additional fun and excitement.

Types of Wedding Band

Live bands are of different types, and it is important for you to choose the one that fits the theme and style of your wedding. If you have a bigger budget, you can even have two or more bands to have a variety of wedding live music throughout your wedding.

Instrumental Ensemble

If you want a touch of elegance to your wedding, instrumental ensemble is perfect for you. This can include flute, cello, harp ensembles, and string quartets.

Jazz and Blues

For a sophisticated yet relaxed wedding reception, jazz bands are the most suitable. Whether it is easy listening for the wedding breakfast or the cocktail hour, or a faster tempo for dancing after the formal evening meal, this is the best type of band for you.

Pop

Pop wedding live band Singapore is the best choice if you have a generally young crowd. You can have the band play a fusion of 70s, 80s, and 90s hits, and even contemporary pop.

Rock

Rock bands may not be the common choice for formal affairs such as weddings, but if you think rock music will go well with your theme and personality, then so be it. In fact, if you carefully arrange the sets throughout the entire celebration, then you can be sure to finish the night with a bang.

R&B

To add a little soul to your sultry modern reception, R&B band is your best choice. This type of Singapore wedding live band is most suitable for evening weddings.

Reggae

One of the most relaxing types of wedding bands is reggae. If you’re having a beach wedding or a tropical theme where the mood is laid back and informal, this type is the most appropriate for you. Your guests will surely sway to the rhythm.

10 Books on Asian History

Entertainment and Recreation 25 June 2017 | 0 Comments

Asia is rich in history and culture. The entire region has so many stories to tell that it will take a lifetime to read all the existing books about Asia. This is a list, not of travel books, but of history books to start you on a journey through Asia from the Middle East to Southeast Asia.

1. Orientalism by Edward Said (1978)

Said studied how the West represented a romanticized East in their depictions of its peoples and the societies. The Orientals are seen as exotics who are very different from the superior Western culture.

2. The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford (2008)

No book yet has talked about the contributions of the women behind the throne of the Mongol empire until this was published. The Mongols have influenced peoples from Europe to China. It’s time that the women’s pivotal role throughout the years are recognized.

3. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Brix (2000)

The award-winning book is a biography of Emperor Hirohito who was at a crossroads of traditional Japanese culture and the modern worldview.

4. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang (1997)

The Japanese invasion of China in 1937 is told from three perspectives; the Japanese soldiers, the foreigners residing the city, and the Chinese civilians.

5. The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam (2007)

It’s a comprehensive account of the Korean war told from different perspectives beginning in the entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu river to an analysis of America’s involvement in wars over the years.

6. Games Without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan by Tamim Ansary (2012)

Ansary explains the struggle Afghanistan has been facing even before the Westerners brought their ideas of democracy to oppose Islamist fanaticism. The troubles are deeply rooted in the nation’s desire to create its own identity.

7. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung (2000)

The story is told from the perspective of a little girl when her family was forced evacuate Phnom Penh. It’s a vivid account of the war and violence that Khmer Rouge has brought to the country.

8. The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple (2006)

The last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar II, had no real power when the East India Company took over. In a last attempt to seize control, the emperor gave the signal that began the bloody Siege of Delhi.

9. Singapore: Biography by Mark Ravinder Frost and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow (2009)

The authors piece together the colorful history of Singapore by collecting correspondences and eyewitness accounts throughout the years from the Ming dynasty accounts to the present.

10. A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani (1991)

The book covers thirteen centuries of the Arab peoples’s history. It show how this region has contributed to the cultural, political and spiritual traditions of the world.

Easy Ways to Stay Positive during a Long Job Hunt

Career Talk 22 June 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s quite easy to feel disheartened and frustrated during a job search, especially if you’ve been searching for a job for an extended period of time. But as difficult as it may seem, having a positive attitude throughout the job hunt can make a huge difference in the process. Seems a bit impossible? Then here are some easy ways on how you’ll find the bright side to what seems like a never-ending job search.

1. Set a Job Search Routine

One way of staying positive throughout your job search is treating it like a normal 9-5 job. Creating a regular job hunt routine will certainly help in keeping you motivated and focused in your job search. Also, scheduling a starting and ending time to your search will force you stop thinking about it in the evenings, and help you focus on more important aspects of your life like being with your family and friends.

2. Focus on Improving Yourself

It’s only natural to feel depressed when you’re bombarded with endless job rejections. Before long, you’ve become convinced that you’re unqualified, unskilled and worthless. Don’t beat yourself up though. Instead, focus on certain areas of the job search that you can refine. Is your LinkedIn profile outdated? Do you have an online portfolio that you’ve long neglected? If so, use your spare time to refine and ensure that these things are in great shape. Doing so won’t only remind you of your true value, it’ll also help in improving your chances of actually landing a job.

3. Explore Other Job Options

Can’t seem to get a job on a particular position you’ve been applying for months? Then it might be time to explore other career options than the one you’re continuing to apply for. Start by calling in a few people in your network to schedule informational interviews. You can also take classes at a community centre in Singapore to learn more about a certain skill you’ve been meaning to refine. Rather than seeing this period as a hindrance to your career progression, use this time to test out and learn new skills that will sooner or later help you land the job that you truly want.

4. Celebrate Your Small Victories

Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of a job search, such as a job you failed to get, consider celebrating even your smallest victories. Be proud of yourself whenever you get a phone interview, even if you won’t be called in for an in-person interview. Be happy when you make a new LinkedIn connection or when someone comments on your blog post. Appreciating and celebrating even your smallest wins will certainly help you focus on the positive side of a job hunt.

We know that staying positive during a long job hunt is easier said than done. But by putting these tips to work, you’ll surely be able to feel a little better with your job search. Just always remember that regardless of what it might feel like, your job search won’t last forever.

How to Pick the Right Wedding Dress, Accessories and Shoes

Weddings 8 June 2017 | 0 Comments

There is no need to emphasize that you have to look your best on your wedding day. But besides looking great in your photos, one thing that most brides overlook is to make sure they feel comfortable in their outfit throughout most of the event.

Consulting the bridal studio about the various options will help, but the decision is still up to you. Here’s how you pick the right wedding dress, accessories and shoes with comfort in mind.

The Wedding Gown

White Gown

A lot of brides still go for the classic white or off-white gown. When choosing the gown, consider your body type, skin tone and height as well as the venue. Some layered gowns can be heavy and hot, not ideal for outdoor venues. Try as many styles and cuts as you want before you decide. Be sure to make the appropriate adjustments when trying on the gown at the bridal boutique. Your designer will also give you advice when picking the right white gown for your skin tone. If you are pale, avoid stark white gowns and instead opt for ivory or natural white. Champagne, which has hints of gold and pink, will make darker complexions pretty.

Colored Gown

Some brides in Singapore want a non-traditional theme for their outfit. Colored gowns bring out your style and personality, making your wedding even more special. Pay attention to how the color of your gown matches with your shoes and accessories. Don’t be afraid to look at designer dresses or gowns with patterns and daring cuts.

When Shopping

It’s important to invite a friend or family member when you’re choosing your dress. They can help you decide the color and design. It can be overwhelming for some brides, so it helps if trusted people are there to narrow down the choices. Try not to go with the current trends in wedding dresses when you choose your Singapore bridal studio for wedding. The first thing you should consider is the silhouette. The wedding dress should look natural on you. It should hide flaws but enhance your assets without appearing too vulgar. A lot of brides also forget the top of the dress and focus too much on the hems. Make sure the top fits you perfectly but will still let you breathe comfortably. Don’t hesitate to ask questions that come to mind while you’re trying on the dresses. Lastly, never ever forget your budget.

Accessories

Matching
The color of your accessories should match or complement your dress, not outshine it. Don’t pick your accessories if you haven’t decided on your dress yet. The accessories you choose should reflect your style and personality. Tiaras shouldn’t be a priority. You can go for a fascinator or the classic veil instead. If you have two sets of outfits for day and night venues, you should also change your accessories. Be careful when choosing a necklace. Make sure that the piece doesn’t graze on the neckline or snag on the other fabrics such as your veil. Statement necklaces could go well with strapless and spaghetti straps, but not with halter and sleeves.

Going Minimal

Don’t go for big gemstones if they aren’t your thing. Pick the vintage designs if you can’t decide. If accessories are not necessary, you don’t have to wear anything besides a pair of earrings. White gold and pearls will go with the classic white and beige colors. Your hair accessories and earrings should be based on your hairdo. Don’t pick flashy earrings if they will just snag on your hair. If you’re not into veils, you could go for headbands, hair flowers, pins or vines. The bridal studio will help you pick the right accessories to go with your dress.

Wedding Shoes for the Bride

The wedding dress is the highlight of the bride’s outfit, but the shoes are just as important. Choosing the right one could result in either walking with confidence on your most important day or enduring the pain for hours just to look good.
Your choice of shoes will depend on your dress. Your designer at the bridal boutique in Singapore might tell you to pick the shoes after you’ve decided on the wedding gown. Some brides, however, want to pick the shoes before deciding on a gown. Others want to splurge for a customized shoes. It’s all up to you because it’s your big day. The staff at the bridal studio will be more than happy to assist you during the preparation.

Low or High Heels

Never wear shoes you can’t walk in. You should be comfortable throughout the entire event. If you’re more comfortable with heels less than 3 inches, you shouldn’t experiment on your wedding day. Practice walking on high heels months ahead, however, if you decide to go out of your comfort zone. Keep in mind the length of the dress so you don’t step on the fabric when you walk. If the ceremony is going to last for half a day, go for kitten heels to avoid hurting your feet.

Color

Decide on the color that will complement your dress. Be consistent with the theme you have in mind. Statement non-traditional wedding dresses can be paired with simple shoes that don’t have a lot of details. You don’t have to automatically pick white. In fact, most brides nowadays ask the bridal boutique for colored shoes. You can even use the shoes for your other outfits after the wedding.

Style

Consider if you want peep-toed shoes or open sling back shoes. Your choice will depend on how long you’re going to use the pair during the event as well as the venue. If the venue is in a open, naturally-ventilated area, you might want to pick open-toed shoes for comfort. Don’t forget to try on the shoes before the wedding day to see if they need adjustments. You might also want to buy a backup pair in case your feet hurt or you need to go dancing.

How to Jumpstart Your Dream Job

Career Talk 14 May 2017 | 0 Comments

The initial investments you need to do to get started on your new job doesn’t cost very high. There are a number of doable ways to step foot in the doors of your passion.

Research

This is pretty simple and very basic but this can back up your overall plan. Give yourself a complete understanding of the nature of the job, its required skills, pros and cons, current opportunities etc., When you get all the biggest and even the tiniest details, this is where you start to tailor your next move.

Get Some Technical Job Requirements

Most, if not all companies communicate their preferred set of skills in a job advert, but it is not always a strict “No” if one or two qualifications don’t match yours. In case the position requires a strict educational or practical experience, you can choose which one you are willing to focus on. If you plan to boost your education, short and practical courses may be of help. Tons of online courses are now offered too which cost lesser than the actual tuition fee rates in a traditional school setting.

While you are working on it, you may also indicate it in your resume to show your potential employers that you are serious about learning and assuming the job. On the other side, if you wish to gain skills, look up some intern opportunity programs like InternSG and S360interns that connect you to corporate entities through internship placements. There are also companies that accept starters for a similar type of job in which you shouldn’t have a hard time getting. What matters along with it, is you’re ready to take on to start from scratch.

Create a Network

These days, creating your network isn’t as hard as it may seem. There are social media platforms you can utilize to jumpstart your connections. Join LinkedIn or other sites and join organizations of like-minded professionals of your desired field. Attending their group events, forums or even just virtual meetings can make a difference. Make friends and ask them information that can help you along the way. When you are able to establish a good connection with them, who knows, they can refer you to awesome opportunities!

Have the Right Mindset

It’s always hard in the beginning—that’s the golden rule. All these practical tips aren’t going to work if you don’t have the proper attitude and thinking. There are no promises that the journey of doing something you like will be a breeze, you will surely struggle and fail, but your passion should be greater than the little voice inside you telling you to quit. Talking to friends and loved ones as source of motivation won’t hurt. Find your drive when you feel backing out and put yourself out there again.

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