The school holidays are here! And what better way to spend the spare time you have than to find a part-time job to earn some extra moolah? We’ve made your job hunting easier by filtering out some of the best (and fun) part-time jobs to apply for. Get your résumés ready in 3, 2…

Barista


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Not much beats a cup of cuppa, except perhaps making one! Master the craft of latte art by learning the ropes at your local neighbourhood café joint, and serve up the frothy brews while you’re at it. The smiles and satisfaction of your customers will simply be the cherry on top of making that perfect cup of coffee!

Remuneration:  Up to $1o/hour

Pet Sitter 


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If you’ve got a soft spot for animals, why not reach out to home owners searching for individuals willing to take care of their pet (and house) while they’re overseas? Finding a willing party to entrust you is possible via a quick search on apps like Pawshake, local forums or online communities, or scouring pet interest Facebook groups – there’s bound to be a fellow pet lover looking for someone to perform simple tasks like feeding or walking their pets. Responsibilities can range from daily house visits, to possibly staying at the owner’s place while they’re away, or even boarding their pet at your own place. Similarly, the money you’ll earn really depends on the arrangement you have with each client, but additional skills like being able to groom, train or even administer medication to animals will surely come in handy. 

Remuneration: From $30 a day

Grocery Shopper


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What if we told you that you could earn money while on a shopping spree? Grocery shopping that is. Make a date with the supermarket and become an ad hoc grocery shopper for customers too busy (or lazy) to do it themselves. Through groceries delivery services like Singapore’s own Honestbee, you get the flexibility of even choosing which products suit the customers best, and you won’t even need to lug the heavy bags to their door step – other delivery “bees” will get that job done so you won’t break a sweat.

Remuneration: From $13/hour

Live Streamer


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While the social media phenomenon Bigo Live swept the youth scene when it launched late last year, it quickly drew flak for the negative undertone of the app not serving a “PG” purpose. That’s where local inception BeLive looks to differentiate itself in the live streaming scene, with a heavy focus on showcasing talents – from singing to cooking to magic tricks. And it seems to be working. With support from investors like MediaCorp and promotion via influencers, the app is fast rising as an alternative (and SFW) source of income for many comfortable in front of an online audience. Gain “stars” as you grow your viewership, and eventually cash out your “stars” just for showcasing your hidden talents! BRB while we go set up an account….

Remuneration: Up to $100/stream, and a potentially budding fanbase! More info here.

BeLive is available on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Ticket Sales Agent


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When it comes to concert tickets, we’re quick to snap them up, but why not try your hand at selling them (the legal way) too? Sign up to be a ticket sales agent where you can practice your customer service skills by helping others book tickets for upcoming events, handle the sales process from start to end, and share more about the latest ongoings Singapore has to offer. 

Remuneration:  Up to $1o/hour

Private Transport Drivers


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Don’t count out driving Uber or Grab cars as chauffeuring for retirees – millennials are starting to jump onto the bandwagon as well. And for good reason! Drivers get additional incentives based on various factors such as the number of trips performed, number of hours driven, etc. and these can help chalk up attractive earnings of up to $7000-8000 per month (!) – making this the prevalent part-time option for many. And if you don’t have your license to drive just yet, this is only a greater motivation for you to do so once you hit the legal age. It’s also a convenient way to socialise and explore new sights around the city!

Remuneration:  Up to $7000/month

Tuition Teacher


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The tuition teacher you dreaded seeing at your doorstep when you were younger could very well now be you, should you opt for taking on tuition jobs during the school break. Brush up on your basic subjects and get ready to take on potentially distracted kids and worried parents, in exchange for a rewarding fee – made even better if you have multiple students at one time. 

Remuneration: Amount averages between $25 – $45/hour

Board Game Coordinator


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Sometimes the fun of the game is being an observer instead of a participant. Board game cafés are a frequent hotspot for weekend group hangs or late-night chill sessions, so why not try your hand at hosting board game sessions amongst groups of friends? Expand your knowledge of the board game world by learning the tips and tricks from the many variations and showcase your newfound expertise by sharing how each works to customers. Hey, you could even sneak a round or two with colleagues after working hours!

Remuneration: From $7.50/hour

Take our quiz in the June issue of Teenage to find out what part-time job suits you best, out on newsstands now!

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Marking his foray into the tourism and hospitality industry through his Bachelor of Science (Hons) International Tourism & Hospitality Management degree with MDIS, Joshua Koh shares his insights gained thus far.

With tourism being a key factor in Singapore’s economy, the demand for hospitality and tourism employees has always been high. But behind the glitz and glamour of lush staycations, impressive events and posh hotels, lie tons of hard work, sweat and sacrifice. Just ask Joshua Koh, MDIS Bachelor of Science (Hons) International Tourism & Hospitality Management alumna. When asked about his first real taste of the industry, Joshua recalls, “I was tasked to entertain guests, and to be a waiter to collect their dishes. The hours were really long and it was [the norm] for staff to pull overtime.” He continued, “The hotel industry is not as glamourous as it seems. There’s a certain level of stress, meeting customers’ expectations.” Nevertheless, Joshua remained undeterred.

Seeking to further his passion for the hospitality field – he was initially studying in another private institute – Joshua Koh turned to a trusted friend for advice. “My friend, who is an MDIS alumna, told me about how the school has a conducive study environment. The students are serious about their studies and MDIS has good facilities as well.” He continues, “He also told me that the lecturers would attend to your queries even after class, and stay back even till late into the night to answer any doubts.” Upon his enrolment, Joshua found these statements to be true. Realising that this industry was not one that would be easy, his experience in MDIS helped him tremendously in kickstarting his dream.

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Pictured: Joshua (far right) with his coursemates on a field trip in Taiwan 

“We had the opportunity to go on an overseas field trip, to Taiwan, [during the degree programme],” Joshua shares, “It was for an assignment, so we had to create questionnaires targeting locals and tourists to find out about their travel and food habits. We explored many areas in Taiwan, even night markets, to find out why they would choose to patronise that place, whether their intention was to eat or to shop for example.” He continues, “I found out that Singaporeans are more willing to explore and try new and exotic types of food as compared to other Asian countries.” This experience and information gained would prove to be valuable to Joshua, who aims to either work in a tour agency or events company in the future. “Whether I’m working overseas or in Singapore, I would be able to use what I learned to help my clients feel comfortable, be it with the food provided or the [attractions].”

Hands-on knowledge was not all Joshua gained. His lecturers imparted all sorts of valuable industry advice that would stick with him in years to come. “I learned the importance of always being prepared, and being able to foresee the future, to anticipate and to keep updated with market trends and changes.”

Get your head start into the tourism industry with MDIS! Click here to find out more about the courses available. 

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Having trouble answering interview questions? Navigate any curveballs thrown your way with this Q&A cheat sheet on some common questions you might face. 

“What Motivates You?”

There isn’t really a wrong answer to this question, but you might want to tailor your response to the industry you’re hoping to work for. Trying out media? Express your passion in creating content. Have a knack for business? Share the not-so lofty goals you seek to achieve in the long run. Ultimately, the aim is to assess your drive for the job and how willing you are to go above and beyond. 

“What Are Your Weaknesses?”

“Being a perfectionist”? Bad idea. While employers are not looking for textbook answers, they want to know whether you are aware of your shortcomings and how you overcame it. If you had difficulty staying organised, talk about how you brushed up on your time management skills. What that being said, don’t get overly candid about your flaws, you don’t want to kill your chances of getting hired!

“Tell Me About A Problem You Faced In School And How You Handled It.”

Save the story about the time you had a meltdown over spilled milk for another day. This question evaluates your ability to cope under high-pressure situations, and knowing how you handle challenges helps to determine your work attitude. Being able to think quick on your feet and make smart decisions are desirable qualities for ideal candidate. 

“How Can You Contribute To The Organisation?”

Chances are your interviewer already has a specific set of requirements in mind, so your best bet would be to list out strengths related to the position you’re applying for, while sharing your thoughts on how you can further contribute. Not only will they appreciate you giving your two cents, it also displays the effort that went into your research. This shows that you’re well-prepared for the interview, on top of your dedication in being part of the company. 

“How Do You Think Our Company Should Evolve In The Next Five Years?”

This tests your knowledge about the industry’s strengths, challenges and opportunities. Ensure you’ve done your research beforehand – make a list of improvements you hope to see, and plan out how you can help to implement these changes. Your interviewer will have a clearer idea of what value you can bring to the table after understanding your standpoint. Just remember not to slam the company’s existing practices or strategies in your quest to impress!

“What Are Your Strengths?”

A flip side to the earlier question on weaknesses. Employers want to know what strengths you have that can help the organization. Choose strengths that are relevant to the industry you are applying for. But do not simply rattle off adjectives such as ‘hardworking’, ‘enthusiastic’ etc. as your answers. Instead, back them up with examples of real-life situations in which those aspects were presented. An example would be describing the number of organisations you liaised with to obtain sponsors for an extracurricular project as being a go-getter.  

“Tell Me About Yourself.”

Don’t provide a detailed account on your life! What employers are interested in knowing is a summary on who you are and how your experiences and skill sets make you a suitable candidate for the job. You should give a concise summary of your work history, highlighting the experiences and skill sets you feel are relevant to the job as well as reflect the company’s values. This will sound out to the interviewer that you believe in the right values and have the skills for the job.  

“Is There Anything You Would Like To Ask?”

It serves to be prepared for this one – as this would be your chance to ask questions about the company that have not been covered during the interview, you should prepare a question beforehand. Additionally,  you can expand on the points that were mentioned by the interviewer during the interview and pose follow-up questions from there. This shows that you are attentive to the conversation while leaving the interviewer with a good impression of you.    

 We hope you’ll feel more prepared with these interview questions. Click here for more ways to prep yourself for an interview and score your dream job! 

This post was adapted from an article published in Portfolio, out on newsstands now.

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Scoring an interview gets you a foot in the door, but being prepared is half the battle won – here’s everything you need to know to stay on top of your interview prep game. 

1. Do Your Homework

This might seem like the most obvious thing to do, but there are still candidates who still show up having little to no knowledge about the company they’re intending to work for. Before even submitting your application, do ample research on the organisation’s history, values and services, check out their social media accounts, and even identify their main competitors. Also, read up on industry-related news so you have a better grip of the latest trends in your field. Understanding your company’s culture will give you an edge over the competition.

2. Socialise From The Get-Go

From the moment you walk into the office compound, be friendly to everyone you meet along the way. Riding the elevator with a bunch of co-workers? Don’t just stand there awkwardly – step up and introduce yourself and initiate conversation. Leave the hard-selling for later; treat this as an opportunity to work on your soon-to-be colleagues. Even better if you memorised – all the better to greet them with after landing the gig. 

3. Practice, Practice, Practice

Avoid getting caught off-guard during the interview by conducting a mock session beforehand to work on answering questions you might be asked. Not only does it help to frame your responses, this allows you to polish your communication skills while easing your nerves before the actual interview. Get a trusted friend to act as the interviewer, but make sure they are adept in identifying the weak areas you need to improve on and provide constructive feedback on your performance. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect! 

4. Dress To Impress

 Not every workplace requires you to don a formal suit but it’s important to look presentable; and overdressed rather than underdressed. To prevent a dress code mishap, attempt a bit of geotag researching on Instagram to observe what employees wear and pick out an appropriate outfit that fits the vibe. If all else fails, you can’t go wrong erring on the side of smart casual (think button-down shirt and pants for the guys and a well-tailored dress for the ladies). Pro-tip: have a second set of clothes handy to save yourself from coffee spills or wardrobe malfunctions. Trust us, you never know when you’ll need it.

5. Never Too Early

Tardiness is a big no-no in any situation, so be sure to have everything prepared the night before to prevent a mad scramble on the day itself – get your outfit ready, your documents filed away and your transportation route all mapped out. You can never predict when there will be traffic delays, thus its important to factor in a generous buffer time while commuting to your destination. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes earlier, but use those extra 20 minutes to mentally prep yourself before the approaching the receptionist five minutes prior to the arranged time. While the proverb ‘the early bird catches the worm’ does rings true, showing up too early for your appointment can be a red flag, especially for employers who have schedules to attend to before that.    

This was adapted from an article originally published in Portfolio.

Need more advice? Discover other ways you can prepare for an interview and more in Portfolio, our handy guide to helping young adults navigate the workforce and beyond!  

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How To Survive Being Googled By Potential Bosses

23 May 2017 by Teenage

Be it having your social media profiles viewed by employers or curious new colleagues, the last thing you would want is embarrassing social media content that could jeopardise your rep or career. Maintain a clean and effective online presence (and come through a Google search unscathed) with these easy tips.

1. Use Correct Language 

 

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 Nothing could be a greater red flag for potential employers than your online posts containing mistakes such as misspellings or bad grammar. Ensure that your social media profiles and posts are free from such mistakes by proofreading before publishing them for the world to see – get a second opinion if you need to. Refrain from using vulgarities even in casual posts – they certainly won’t add any intellect to your viewpoints and could reflect badly on you if noticed by corporate peers.

2. Subscribe To Your Career Interests

Notice your colleagues liking the same Instagram posts you do? Subscribing to online feeds and official brand accounts that are related to your work scope will not only keep you updated, but let others know you have similar interests – which both increases your relatability factor and makes for good conversational topics the next time you see them IRL. In addition, staying up to date with industry news guarantees you won’t be left out in professional conversations, all the better for you to mingle with!

3. Filter Personal Matters From Your Account

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Having a work-life balance goes further than just knocking off punctually to spend time with loved ones. Keeping your personal and professional lives separate online is an essential, unspoken part of the job too. Your bosses and colleagues don’t need to see your lengthy Facebook status updates about how badly you day went or what you choose to write about next. Shed a positive light on your social posts and good vibes will return your way. Always remember, nobody likes a perpetual downer!

4. Keep It To A Minimum

Social media updates tend to have higher views if they’re posted less frequently – even Facebook’s algorithm marks persistent posts as spam! Do yourself a favour and avoid being classified as a ‘spammer’ and maintain your posts to the essentials. Posting too often (and during working hours) may give the impression that you’re on your phone 24/7, inadvertently giving rise to the assumption that you’re shirking away from work. The next time you’re poised to upload to multiple images to Instagram, ask yourself: “Do my followers really need to see it from three different angles?”  

5. Don’t: Post Inappropriate Content

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The party you attended the weekend before was #Lit, and the photos uploaded online certainly prove it – too well. Pictures that feature you partying might seem like harmless fun, but it might leave a bad taste in your colleagues’ mouth. Prevent yourself from becoming the unnecessary victim of trivial gossip in the office by not posting the photos online. If that’s not an option in this digital age, utilise the ‘Privacy’ function on your social media platforms and set them to be hidden from anyone of concern.

6. Don’t: Comment About Your Work Online

Sending out work-related updates on your social media platforms can be a double-edged sword. While sharing your enthusiasm for work will be positively received as a whole, being overly expressive of your work achievements might be off-putting for your colleagues. While on the opposite end of the spectrum, publicly expressing negative thoughts and complaining about your workload (or boss) won’t do you any favours either. Be safe rather than sorry, by keeping both celebrations and frustrations about work solely for your trusted confidants. 

7. Don’t: Be Offensive

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While everyone has the right to their opinions, being overly vocal on your views of social matters might just land you in hot soup. We’ve all witnessed cases of controversial statements and behaviour going viral online, which led to companies firing said employees. Instead of ignorantly following in their footsteps, prevent yourself from committing a similar blunder by steering clear of airing any offensive opinions online. Should you feel affected by a situation and feel the need to share your thoughts on a public outlet, write them down in an objective, professional and inoffensive manner. Getting a high number of likes and comments on your page can be a good thing – but only when they’re for the right reasons.

8. Don’t: Be Careless

If you’re in charge of managing your company’s online profile, this might see you juggling multiple social media accounts between your work and personal profile. Before uploading anything, be sure you’re about to blast the correct content to the right account and channel. You’d not appreciate the panic attack that comes with accidentally sending out a shameless #Selfie on your work account, risking unwanted questions from your boss before you manage to take it down. Never take social media for granted and remember to meticulously examine every single aspect of your postings before uploading them!

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This was adapted from an article published in Portfolio, out on newsstands now. 

Have other tips on maintaining your online presence? Let us know in the comment section!

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