5 Tips To Land A Job With No Work Experience

25 Jul 2017 by Fabian Loo

It’s a real life chicken-and-egg conundrum: how can you land your very first job with no prior job experience to beef up your resume?  You’re about to embark on a journey into the working world, to pick up some hard skills and put those knowledge you’ve learnt to good use. But it can be hard to be taken seriously when your curriculum vitae is looking rather sparse. With little to no work experience at hand, here are some handy tips that can help fill the gaps, and possibly land you that very first job.

Look the part


“Push your relevance to the specific job you want.” – David McCall, managing director of Hyper Island UK (The Guardian)

Make that first impression count, and dress for the job you’re applying for. An appropriate dress code tells the interviewer you’ve done your homework. While most desk-bound jobs would require a formal outfit, other industries need only a smart-casual get-up. But above all, look collected and confident. Remember: dripping beads of perspiration is never a good look.

Avoid cliches

noexperience-avoidcliches Things like “I am a fast learner”, or “I will work very hard” should not be said during the interview. These are a given – all employers would expect any new hire to possess such traits. Always try to show them your abilities, not tell. And that’s where the next point comes in.

Highlight school achievements


“Experience doesn’t have to just come from traditional jobs; market any skills you’ve developed in other areas of your life.” – Lolly Daskal, leadership coach (Fast Company)

Here’s where the effort you’ve placed for school assignments come into play. Flaunt appropriate projects and work you’ve done in school, to give interviewers a peek at your skills. Planned a school-wide event? Ran lead on your extracurricular activity? Won a competition? These are markers of your ability when you have no work experience. Now aren’t you glad you finished your homework?

Be ready to learn

noexperience-readytolearn Lifelong learning is not just for the elderly. Being an eager beaver and displaying enthusiasm is key in showing off your potential. Read up on the company, or the job, or even your interviewer. Having background knowledge to fall back on will make you sound like an informed candidate. It takes a little effort, but such initiative behaviour will go a long way into highlighting your work ethics and willingness to improve.

Talk about … you


“Pro tip: Keep it classy – skip the full moon parties and stick to life lessons that can translate into good work ethics.” – Ryan Kahn, career coach (The Muse)

At the end of the day, hiring mangers are already expecting a fresh candidate with little to no experience when they call you down for the interview. So dazzle them with your personality. Chances are, they want to see if you’ll be a good fit with the team. Talk about your hobbies with passion, or talk about what drives you or motivates you in life. It helps them gain a grasp of who you are – as a worker, and a colleague.

Have any personal tips of your own? Share it in the comment section! 

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9 Easy Psychology Hacks To Get Ahead In Life

21 Jul 2017 by Teenage

Whether you’re looking at learning a couple of psychology hacks to improve your social skills, become more productive or to get a competitive edge over your peers, these micro tips will definitely come in handy. 

Getting The Answer You Want

If you’re only receiving partial answers to a question, don’t rush into your own reply. Stay silent and maintain eye contact with the other party, and chances are they’ll continue talking and eventually giving you an answer. This is due to human’s natural desire to conform to social pressures. By keeping quiet, the person in question will feel subtly pressured and automatically want to decrease social awkwardness by elaborating/talking.

How To Make A Good Impression

The Serial Positioning Effect explains that humans tend to remember vividly events at the start and at the end, more so than happenings in the middle. This suggests that you’re more likely to be able to make a good impression by starting and finishing your encounter on a high note. In the long run, nobody really remembers what happens in the middle, so as long as you wrap things up well, you’re set. 

Two Left Feet 

Being able to interpret body language is a powerful tool. Start off by learning how to identify what other people are thinking by reading their feet! For example, when in a group setting, pay attention to where each person’s feet are pointing. Their lead foot will reveal the direction that they’d like to go towards, and this can be revealed even when they’re otherwise engaged. Similarly, if you see someone in conversation but they have their feet pointed towards you and their torso towards the person they’re speaking to, this likely means he/she is interested in you and would like to approach you.

In contrast, if you approach two people in conversation, and they only turn their torsos toward you (and not their feet), this indicates that they do not want you to join the convo, despite what they are saying. This can also show whether a person you’re speaking to is really interested in you – it’s all in the toes! 

 Warm Bodies 

First impressions count, but did you know that first handshakes matter too? There are tons of articles out there detailing the qualities of a good handshake (firm, engaging, sincere, for starters), but one important detail many neglect is making sure their hands aren’t clammy or cold to begin with, as these are indicators of nervousness and weakness. The next time you reach out for a handshake, check your paws and warm ’em up subtly before engaging! 

Say My Name, Say My Name 

During conversations with folks you aren’t familiar with, one way to warm ’em up is to say their name instead of referring to them as “Mate”, “Miss”, “Buddy” etc. This method suggests that you consider them important, which increases the chances that they find you more relatable and likeable.

Smiles Away 

You might have already heard of this one. The next time you’re feeling down in the dumps, try smiling (even if you feel like you have no reason to). By doing an action that doesn’t tally with your behaviour/mood, your brain will experience cognitive dissonance and in turn, make it easier for your mind to convince itself otherwise – that you are in fact happy, which is why you are smiling. Faking it till you make it might be true after all! 

One On One 

The next time you’re trying to change people’s minds about a certain decision, try approaching them individually instead of tackling them on as a group. According to the Bystander Effect, studies reveal that people tend to ignore requests for help especially when in a group, as they could assume that there’d be others around to help you. By appealing to each person individually, they’ll tend to feel personally responsible and thus be more willing to lend a helping hand. That’s not to say that humans are unhelpful creatures; it’s just that they might be pressured by social circumstances to decline. 

Just Walk On By 

The next time you’re trying to maneuver through a crowd, try looking straight over the shoulder of the person who is blocking you, or in between people’s heads in a group. They’ll subconsciously notice the direction you’re headed towards and start moving out of your way. This really works! 

Finish The Tune

Have a song stuck in your head that won’t go away? Try finishing the tune till its end to break the music loop. This effect – known as the Zeigarnik Effect – is the tendency the human brain has to remember incomplete activities, which in turn serves as a reminder to finish that task. This explains why an unfinished song might keep playing in your head. 

These psychology hacks are just the tip of the iceberg! If you are curious or have an interest in Psychology, learn more by enrolling for Kaplan Higher Education Academy Diploma in Psychology – the newest addition to their wide range of more than 25 Diplomas across 8 Disciplines!

Want to gain work experience but explore the world at the same time? These unconventional internships will allow you to gain professional experience and discover the world while you’re at it!

Go Cruising The High Seas

Ahoy, Matey! Channel you inner captain Hook with Captain Hook Cruises, a family-owned ‘small ship’ cruise operator in Australia that sets sail to the Great Barrier Reef, the Fiji Islands and beyond. With over four decades of experience in the market, this premier Sydney Harbour cruise line is perfect for those with an interest in the tourism industry. Not only will you assist the crew in sales and marketing, you’ll also help the accounts department with day-to-day operations while living life like a true Aussie. Kangaroos, beaches and Mediterranean fare, anybody? And listen up if you need more reason to apply for an internship with them – everyone’s favourite wolverine, Hugh Jackman was also a deckhand aboard this ship!

Get The Buzz On Beekeeping

Credit: Yerba Buena Farm, Facebook

Credit: Yerba Buena Farm @ Facebook

There’s more to making honey than just harvesting beehives! Join the Yerba Buena Family Farm in Jamaica and get hands-on building and managing bee colonies while learning about the industry. Not only that, you’ll also get to explore natural and sustainable methods of beekeeping, and help out in buzzing workshops and events around the island. You are also required to blog about your experiences throughout the duration of your internship. We gotta be honest though, just the thought of being able to get out taste buds on fresh honey is reason enough for us to click the “Apply Now” button…

Indulge In Chocolaty Goodness

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Credit: Vosges Haut-Chocolat @ Facebook

Chicago-based luxury chocolatier Vosges Haut-Chocolat is a company that prides itself on “storytelling” using the medium of chocolate, and aims to bring awareness to various cultures by fusing different ingredients with premium chocolate. And it’s a great option for sweet lovers who are interested in international business as the internship will have you trying out research and development, store management and marketing, as you “further your education by journeying around the world”. The company has also been igniting a new wave with its innovative and avant-garde recipes, so fingers crossed that you’ll get to try some of their new creations!

Lend Your Hand To Sea Turtle Conservation

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Credit: Unsplash

Sea turtles are facing environmental threats to their survival, but you can help bring awareness to their plight by joining a host of global organisations that have pledged their efforts towards conservation and protection of the endangered species. From Costa Rica to Borneo, there are many worldwide destinations to head to, where you’ll be put to work collecting and translating on-site info into valuable research. If you’re really lucky, you might even get to release baby turtles back into the ocean! Being able to protect elegant sea creatures while exploring some of the most beautiful oceans in the world? Sign us up!

Go Beyond The Bollywood Sign


Hollywood schmollywood! For film and media students looking to go beyond the glitz and glamour of the ‘City of Angels’, why not explore one of the pioneers of the film industry – Mumbai, India? Throughout the four-week course organised by International Internships (LLC), you’ll get a glimpse into the inner workings of Indian cinema by meeting industry professionals, going on set and visiting post-production studio – all of which will culminate in the submission of a short film project. Bonus: the programme is fully customisable so you’ll get to immerse yourself in specific areas of interest!

Protect The Beautiful Planet We Call Home

Credit: Richmond Vale Academy, Facebook

Credit: Richmond Vale Academy @ Facebook

Global warming is a serious threat, but there are countries who are still ill-equipped to tackle climate change. You can do your part in making a positive impact on the environment as well as the local communities. With Richmond Vale Academy’s one- or six-month intensive program, you’ll help make the island nation of St. Vincent climate compliant through the implementation of different courses and actions like building a water reservoir and developing a new compost system. No matter what course of study you’re in, this is truly a meaningful experience where everyone can contribute, in an effort to create a sustainable future. 

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This article was adapted from an article in Teenage July 2017, out on newsstands now.

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An emerging artist now living and creating in Perth, we follow Rainer Goh’s journey as he exhibits his passion while leaving footprints across the globe.

You may be curious, how does one make a living off art? Just ask Rainer Goh, an up-and-coming artist who’s striking it out on his own in Perth, Australia. “Perth is one of the last places you’d associate with a thriving arts hub, but this is where I’ve met some of the most driven individuals who’ve inspired me to not only grow as a creative, but as a person,” he shares. The 26-year-old dabbles in highly stylised, realist paintings inspired by contemporary illustrations – and when he’s not showcasing his strokes of genius on canvas, the homegrown artist can be found running a boutique gallery. We caught up with Rainer as he discusses his honest thoughts on the local arts scene and how he’s making a name for himself abroad.


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How did you get started in art?

I’ve been exposed to art since I was a kid. My mother, who’s an artist turned teacher, is always there to feed me with knowledge and aid me in my growth as an artist. I remember she used to teach me about human proportions through mangas and would buy loads of fine art magazines for me to read up on. It was through my mother’s efforts and love that I discovered artists whom I now look up to as well.

Now that you’re striking it out in Australia, what’s a typical day at work like for you?

I work as a gallery manager at Studio 281, which is an art gallery and picture framer in Perth. I take charge of all the logistics involved to host exhibitions, liaise with emerging and established artists, assist with customer service etc. I work very closely with my director and mentor, who is a master framer and an amazing businessman. Under his guidance, I’ve learned how to get an art gallery running from the ground up. As a small business, every day at work comes as a surprise as there are always new things to learn. Today, I took a break from organising logistics to participate in a framing workshop, where I was showed how to do framing conservation.

What are your thoughts on the local art scene, and how does it differ from Perth?

The contemporary art scene in Singapore is strong, and has an undeniable influence on the industry at large. The infrastructure is in place and many good seeds are being planted, but ironically, there’s somethings about our culture that constricts the growth of many young creatives. On the other hand, Perth is like a sproutling that’s beginning to shoot. For the past years, government bodies have been pouring in massive grants to promote art. We get lots of fresh ideas from passionate individuals who want us to make a change and we’re all on the same page that Perth will have a thriving art scene within the next decade.


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What’s an artwork you’re most proud of?

I’m currently working on a series that features portraits of iconic Muay Thai fighters done in a video game aesthetic and I aim to have them put up as motivational posters at local fight gyms. It’s project that ties in with the two things I love – painting and Muay Thai. I go to work excited to start on it and go home looking forward to new challenges!

What were you doing before pursuing this path?

Before travelling, I was slogging it out at an admin job and attending figure drawing classes after work. While Singapore is and always will be my home, I knew from a young age that it wasn’t the ideal place for me to grow professionally and creatively. Back then, I used to do commissions for private and commercial purposes, but now I’m at the stage where I’m taking it all back and making sure my art is mine again. As an artist, it’s something very personal to me and I couldn’t be happier.

Was it tough making a living out of your passion?

I wouldn’t say it’s easy, but it’s not impossible. There are definitely struggles I’ve had to face, but it’s been a fruitful experience thus far. In my humble opinion, I feel that money comes to you when you serve the needs of others which can be provided through a creative service and this makes a world of difference between a starving creative and a successful one.

Have you had any memorable experiences during your time abroad?

Picking mulberries at a friend’s vineyard in Australia – just imagine climbing trees, tossing mulberries down to your buddies’ baskets and playing with dogs on the vast fields of a spring morning. Sometimes, it’s these things that make the biggest impact because we rarely experience them in Singapore.


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What are the top three things on your bucket list now?

Make more art, run a killer art show for Australian artist Anthony Lister at our art gallery, and most importantly, doing the simple things in life that matter most.

What are some of the important takeaways you’ve had after embarking on this journey?

I’ve gained the confidence to take things in my own hands and see it through. This journey has taught me how to take full control of my life, and not just set it cruising on auto-pilot.

What advice would you give to those who aspire to carve a career overseas?

Just do it! This world is vast – simply going on an exchange programme abroad alone would open a ton of doors for you. Even it finances don’t allow, there are also plenty of grants and sponsorships available to help you get started.

This article was adapted from the article in Teenage July Issue 2017 out now.   

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A Millennial Globetrotter Shares His Backpacking Tips

10 Jul 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Journeying across the globe is a bucket list goal for many – but for 24-year-old Shane Tan, he’s setting out to achieve that right now. By July this year, he’d have been away from home for 10 months and counting, having visited at least 40 countries thus far. In between giving us wanderlust envy with his digital scratch map on Instagram, the globetrotter took time off exploring to chat with us about his travels and what he has learned along the way. 


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Hi Shane! What inspired you to go on this worldwide backpacking adventure?

Not one thing in particular, actually. I’ve just always loved to travel and therefore, I decided to take a gap year and go to places I haven’t been to before.

How did your family and friends react to your decision on travelling the world?

Positively! I am very thankful that my family and friends are very supportive of this trip, despite it being longer than usual.

What’s the most common question people ask you when they learn you’re travelling long-term?

A lot of people have been asking me what’s my current occupation – that I get to travel extensively and simultaneously. However, I’m not working and am currently unemployed.

How are you managing to fund your extensive travelling?

I was working as a freelance graphic designer for 3 years previously and I saved up enough for this trip!

Are there any sacrifices you’ve made to go on this trip?

I would say it’s probably time. I am taking a gap year to travel while most of my friends are in university or in the working industry already.

The packing must’ve been insane. What are your top three essential items to bring overseas?

Yes, it was really tough choosing what to pack for a trip that had no concrete end-destination in mind! Apart from the obvious: passport, cash, and cards, I always make sure to pack a comfortable pair of shoes, a few sunglasses and a trusty camera to document my trip.

Which of these are you most excited for when visiting a new country – the food, the scenery or meeting locals?

They are all beautiful to take in, in their own ways – but if I had to pick one, it would definitely be the scenery!


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Out of all the places you’ve visited so far, which has been the ultimate highlight for you and why?

Japan, no doubt! I’ve been to Japan a couple of times before, but this trip was a new experience for me. I was there for a month and took the opportunity to visit seven different cities. Not only is the country rich in culture and always have the best food, Japanese people are one of the friendliest bunch I have ever met.

Do you keep mementos from your travels?

Yes! I [make sure to] buy a magnet from each city I visit and a keychain from every country.

What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about travelling?

My favourite thing about travelling is getting to see and experience new things all the time. I would say the worst part is having to repack my backpack on-the-go almost every other day.

Were there any challenges you faced while planning this entire trip together?

Definitely! Part of my initial plan was to take the train from Beijing to Moscow, but my 15-day visa in China was expiring and they couldn’t approve my Russia visa on time. Thankfully, I was quite flexible with my trip so it wasn’t really difficult for me to come up with a plan B. Eventually, I booked a one-way plane ticket to Czech Republic, before making my way through Europe.

On a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the most, how much do you miss home in Singapore?

I’d say a 9… I was really homesick during the Chinese New Year period especially. The one thing I miss the most back in Singapore is definitely my dog, Rocky.


Day 160, Split — Final stop in Croatia, Good morning Splitttt!

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You also upload your own travelogues of each country you visit on YouTube. Do you shoot spontaneously on the go, or plan your destinations to film?

Yes, I do! I’m not a professional filmmaker though, and I’m still learning. As for shooting plans, it really depends! Most of the time it was spontaneous, but there were a few cities where I went to a specific location to film as I did my research and knew I wanted to fly my drone to take an aerial shot of the place.

What’s your best travel tip?

Sign up [for an account] at Couchsurfing! I love Couchsurfing as it helps you to connect with the locals quickly. I have stayed with a few locals during my trips and met some of them for dinner. Once, I even participated in a local event in Hungary! I’ve forged a couple of good friendships from Couchsurfing since, hence I highly recommend everyone to use it.

In your opinion, how should one be more careful to avoid dangerous situations when travelling alone in a foreign country? 

I’m quite thankful that I’ve personally never encountered anything dangerous yet… but to be safe, do try to avoid going out late and carrying a lot of cash on you.

In your opinion, what are some traits to have to be a good traveler?

Having an open mind, being flexible to last-minute situations, and being bold to try new things without compromising one’s safety.

Being a seasoned explorer yourself, how would you advice others who are planning a trip around the world?  

Remember to pack as light as possible! I’ve sent a lot of unnecessary things back to Singapore, which was very troublesome and time-consuming. And try to avoid winter season – the days are so short and you’d have to lug around heavy sweaters and coats.


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Any interesting stories that happened on your trip?

The most interesting thing that happened is definitely meeting Yavuz. I met him on Couchsurfing and he hosted me in Vienna, Austria. He is a broadcaster and he invited me to his radio show one night. I was his special guest for that night and we discussed about racism, feminism and LGBT issues in Asia and Europe live [on air] and it was probably the coolest thing I’ve done so far!

What is one important lesson you’ve learnt from embarking on this journey?

Being more independent. Stepping out from my comfort zone after a long time forced me to rely on myself more and trust my own decisions.

Photo Credits: Shane Tan 

Keep up with Shane’s travel adventures on Instagram and Youtube!

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