How to Handle Bad Bosses, #LikeABoss

27 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

Some of you might be going for your internships or even starting your first job, thinking that you’ve landed yourself a sweet gig only to find out that you’ve volunteered to slog for the worse person in hell. But hey, not all bosses are terrible – here’s a cheat sheet on how you can deal with the different types of bosses you’d most likely encounter, #LikeABoss style.

#1 The Micro-Manager

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A micro-manager loves meddling with everything – punctuality, MC records and basically everything else. They will constantly inspect your work and nitpick at every microsopic error until it’s perfect. Also, beware of CCTVs. If you’re caught checking Instagram during office hours, all we can say is: may the odds be ever in your favour.

How to deal:
Those who exhibit such authoritative traits have trouble trusting others and relinquishing control. Productivity is key for micro-managers, so slacking off is a huge no-no. Turn up on time for work, keep them in the know with email updates and always follow up on projects. They’ll loosen up once they’re certain of your competence.

#2 The Cold-Hearted

Always cocooned in their fortress of solitude, they draw clear lines between their professional and personal life, making it difficult for you to warm up to them. But when they do speak up, their icy words cut deeper than a lash.

How to deal:
The tricky thing about this personality is that they won’t tell you what they want – you have to figure it out. It takes time to know what they’re thinking, so don’t panic when they give you the cold shoulder. Asking smart questions is the way to go – they won’t strike up a conversation with you over that, but chances are they will be impressed.

#3 The Talent Squeezer

Watch out for employers that are particularly adept at making use of your abilities – they are out for blood. Such bosses enjoy squeezing you dry until you’re physically and mentally exhausted, without leaving a single drop behind.

How to deal:
Just because they value your work doesn’t give them the right to push you to your limits. If you think the responsibilities are too much for you, learn to say “no” and prepare justifications to back you up. But if you really love your job, negotiate for something more. You deserve it after all.

#4 The Kanchiong Spider

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Perhaps the best personality to embody the phrase “time is of the essence”, the Kanchiong Spider is always in a hurry to get work done. They fly into panic mode when things are moving too slowly and will start bombarding you with emails after emails the minute you step into the office.

How to deal:
We know it’s awful working for someone who’s constantly breathing down you neck. For starters, assure your boss that everything’s in order and update them on the progress whenever necessary. Take the initiative to help out with smaller tasks so they’ll have lesser projects to worry about. Also, speak up so your boss can be aware of the consequences of being overly time-oriented.

#5 The Biased Boss

There’s always this one coworker getting all the benefits, from overseas trips that are already paid for, to getting that coveted promotion. Then there’s you – going on countless coffee runs and doing menial chores around the office. And honestly, you’re not even that bad.

How to deal:
It’s natural to feel upset about the higher-ups playing favourites, but there’s a way to work around this – and no, we don’t recommend sucking up to them too. People might think that you receive opportunities solely because of your relationship with the boss, and not your capabilities. In order to beat that, prove your talent at work and stand out from others.

#6 The Dictator

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The one who wakes up at the wrong side of the bed everything morning, the Dictator is probably the most feared of the lot. Vindictive and condescending, they tent to snap at you for the weirdest reasons and overlord over subordinates just because they can.

How to deal:
Stay far away from them and just complete your tasks quietly, all while being extremely pleasant. Chances are they won’t be able to find anything to scrutinise over if you surpass their expectations. But if they start taking things too far, it’s probably best to run. There’s no point in staying for someone that doesn’t respect you.

At the end of the day, you’re your own boss – own it.

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5 Ways To Develop Better Self-Esteem

10 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

True to the phrase, self-esteem comes from one’s self. Numerous external influences like friends, family or the media affects our self-esteem on a daily basis, but ultimately it comes from ourselves. Check out these 5 tips we have to developing better self-esteem.

Stop the FAT talk

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If your friends are hung up about their bodies and have low self-confidence, they will affect you and make it seem like you should feel bad about your body too. Stop all the negativity by suggesting healthy activities that you can all do together!

It’s okay to say NO

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Don’t bend to peer pressure by saying yes to everything. Be decisive, say what you mean, mean what you say and deliver your promises. Develop the ability to speak your mind in a kind, but firm manner and it will go a long way to building a lasting self-esteem.

Clothes that FIT

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Start wearing clothes that flatter your body shape and stop being so mindful over the sizing labels! Most clothing sizes differ for every brand so don’t expect yourself to wear the same size for all your clothes. Have short legs? No worries! Wear bottoms that are slightly high waisted to elongate your legs. Looking good in the clothes you wear will naturally influence you to feel assured about how you look in them.

WORK for it



Keep those endorphins high by exercising.
Endorphins = Happy
Exercising = Losing Weight + Being Healthy + Feeling Happy
Killing three birds with one stone!

Identify the TRIGGERS


Could it be watching the seemingly perfect K-Pop idols working the stage? Or the numerous photos of material possessions popular Instagramers post every other day? Either way, find out what sets off those negative thoughts, and keep them in check. Having someone famous or popular as your inspiration is a good thing, however know that the standards set by the media are unrealistic at times. Understand what is real and set attainable goals instead.

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Aim to improve yourself constantly and once you set your mind to it, you can do it!


Guide to Studying Smart

3 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

The dreaded end of the year examinations are here and if you feel like you’re still not prepared for the upcoming papers, we have some tips to help you study smart and save time.


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Identify the key statements and always make a summary of every chapter that you study. There’s no point in highlighting the whole book and then flip through all the pages when you need to revise. By creating summaries of your own, you establish an effective studying method by skipping large amounts of irrelevant data.

Teach A Friend

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Find a friend who doesn’t understand the topic well and explain it to them. This exercise forces you to revisit all the concepts, terms, formulas etc of the subject you are studying. Spending five minutes explaining a concept can save you an hour of studying for the same effect. It saves time, you get to revise and your friend learns at the same time. It’s a win-win-win situation!

Test Your Understanding

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A good way to know if you have been studying the wrong way is when you can’t move between concepts. If you don’t understand what you are studying, you can’t link between the sections and you won’t be able to think through connections while doing your paper. Test yourself if you truly understand the subject by practising more. If your answer is wrong, find out what you did incorrectly and comprehend your mistake.

No Last Minute Cramming

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Do not try to cram and squeeze information into your brain during the last few days as it is incredibly inefficient. It slows you down and it breaks connections that you have made previously. Instead, try to slowly interlink ideas as they come to you while going through your summaries so studying becomes a quick recap rather than a first attempt at learning.

Any studying tips to share? Let us know by commenting below!

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10 Ways To Break That Bad Habit

27 Sep 2016 by Teenage

Old habits die hard. If you’ve ever struggled with habits like snacking before you sleep, failing to put things back where they belong, looking at your phone all the time or simply preventing procrastination, here’s a guide for you to axe those bad habits once and for all.

Out of sight, out of mind

Refrain from things that may trigger your habits. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, resist the urge to study at wherever coffee is readily available. Stop buying snacks to munch on, and drink more water instead. This will prevent yourself from subconsciously reaching out for them.

Celebrate milestones

Great achievements are rewards in itself, but it surely feels better when you receive a physical reward for your achievement. Allow yourself a cheat day when you have gone a week or a month without giving in to your bad habit. That being said, it’s not a chance for you to gall back into the vicious cycle, so reel yourself in when celebrating your achievements.

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Supportive people

You are the company you keep. That’s not to say that you should stop being friends with people who enable your bad habits, but surrounding yourself with people who support a positive chance in you will definitely help when you’re trying to kick a bad habit.

Don’t give in to peer pressure

Its okay to be different, especially when it means getting rid of the bad habit that may seem cool to others. When you are tempted to give in, think about how far you’ve come and why you embarked on this journey in the first place. After all, it’s all in your head. 

It’s okay to fail

Breaking a bad habit is no walk in the park. There are bound to be failures and setbacks. When that happens, figure out what went wrong and learn from your mistakes. You are already a winner as long as you don’t give up on your efforts. What matters most if picking yourself up and trying again.

Study your behaviour

If you are trying to get rid of your coffee addiction, note the time, situation and state of mind when reaching out for a cup of joe – the same goes for other habitual vices like checking your social media feed or biting your nails.

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Figure out what it is

The first step to solving your problem is to recognise it. It’s hard to change a bad habit when you don’t even know what it is. Ask your friends or close ones to list something negative about you that they would like to change, but remember to take it in your stride even if it’s something you don’t want to hear. The truth is usually hard to swallow, but if you want to change for the better, it’s good to have some tough love from those you trust.

The habit jar

Similar to the swear jar, whenever you find yourself committing the bad habit you’ve been trying to break, fine yourself by dropping a dollar or two into the habit jar. You’ll definitely feel the pinch in you wallet, but that’s the point: it helps to deter you from repeating you guilty act. Plus you can also make use of the funds you accumulated to reward yourself with a treat whenever you reach a milestone.

Think of your game plan

You should never tackle a problem without a plan. From your observations, think of ways to counteract the reasons to why you practice a bad habit. Is it stress-related? Try meditating instead. Do you behave a certain way because of the company you keep? Maybe all of you con motivate each other to curb the habit. Whatever it is, think of a solution to help you from succumbing to your shortcomings. 

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Just do it

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you have decided to rid yourself of a nice, overcoming the inertia of change is the hardest. Take baby steps but be consistent. Experts say most habits can be developed and changed if you practice it for 21 consecutive days, It might seem like a long time, but keep at it and you will surely see results.

Now that you have/are working on getting rid of that bad habit, try to pick up some good ones here.


Get a University of London Degree Closer to Home

23 Sep 2016 by Teenage

Reached a crossroad where you have to decide if you should further pursue your education? If you’re worried about the costs of a degree or if you’ll find the right course with the right level of student support, University of London could be your perfect choice.

Study affordably in Singapore


Furthering our education often comes with a hefty price tag especially if you’re planning to do so at a prestigious university overseas – but with University of London (UOL), you won’t have to worry about that. You can study for an internationally respected degree right here in Singapore. Think about all the money you can save!

Highly sought-after programmes

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No matter if you’re a foundation, undergrad or post-grad student, UOL has programmes specifically suited for everyone. Among their most popular and sought-after undergraduate programmes are the Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Banking, Finance, Management, and other mathematical/social science programmes – all of which are developed by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Local teaching support


Many of UOL’s programmes are supported by local teaching centres, including Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE), PSB Academy, Stansfield College etc. These centres provide lectures and seminars, while many offer all the benefits of a campus environment so nobody misses out on campus life.

Transfer possibilities

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And if you’re keen on studying abroad, some programmes enable first-year students that have performed exceptionally well to transfer and complete the remainder of their degree in the UK campus. So study real hard and you might just be able to fulfil the dream of travelling for your education!

Find out more about University of London and their programmes available in Singapore at their website.

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