Fancy picking up a new skill during the Poly holidays? From coffee-making to pop-locking, make the most of your break with these quirky workshops.

Lose Your Marbles

Naiise

Feeling artsy? Head down to The Bare Collective’s Marbling Workshop ($65) hosted at Naiise, which lets you get crafty with designs and patterns. Under the mentorship of art mavens Zoey Wong and Joan Quek, you’ll be exposed to different marbling mixtures and learn how to apply it in colours, forms and textures. Not only will you get to pick up marbling skills, you’ll also go home with your very own customised masterpiece at the end of the two-hour session!

Naiise
www.naiise.com
The Cathay #B1-08, Singapore 229233

Let’s Dance

O School

If you’re interested in dancing but not sure where to get started, we’ve got you covered. Gather your squad and sign up for O School’s Open Classes (from $14) at *SCAPE! This dance studio cum performing arts centre offers lessons on different genres of dance such as hip-hop, lyrical jazz and even K-pop. Each class will be split into four bite-sized sections: warm- up, technique drills, dance routine and performance. Just come ready to dance, and let the O School instructors do the rest!

O School
www.oschool.com.sg
*SCAPE #04-04, Singapore 237978

Drop The Beat

Zouk

Calling all aspiring DJs: Zouk Singapore is offering one-on-one introductory courses for those keen on working behind the decks. An individual lesson ($130) will pair you with one of Zouk Academy’s very own resident DJs, who will then teach you the ropes of music production. Trust us – you’ll be spinning tunes and making sick beats like a seasoned pro in no time.

Zouk Academy
www.zoukclub.com/zoukacademy

3C River Valley Road, Singapore 179022

Coffee Fix

CMCR

Fancy whipping up a cup of coffee as skilfully as a barista? Sign up for Common Man Coffee Roasters Academy’s Fundamental Barista Skills class ($190), which covers everything from basic coffee knowledge to espresso preparation techniques – all within a three-hour session. Whether you’re simply a caffeine enthusiast or an experienced connoisseur, the CMCR maestros will equip you with all you need to know to brew that perfect cuppa.

Common Man Coffee Roasters Academy
www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com
22 Martin Road, Singapore 239058

Green Fingers

The Plant Story

For those who have a green thumb, why not get your hands dirty at The Plant Story’s Miniature Garden Workshop ($88)? Perfect for the time-starved gardening enthusiast, you’ll learn how to build a personalised terrarium within an hour. You’re allowed to choose your desired terrarium design, be it an exotic oasis of succulents or an air garden filled with avant-garde plants. After the workshop, don’t forget to grab a bite at their garden sanctuary – food and drinks are available at $15 for all participants.

The Plant Story
www.theplantstory.com
PAssion WaVe @ Marina Bay, Singapore 427440

Fight Club

The Saber Authority

Embrace your inner Star Wars geek at The Saber Authority’s Combat Saber Experience ($25). Held at The Deck on Wednesdays and Sports Hub on Sundays, master the art of sparring at this adrenaline-fuelled class. Armed with your very own saber, you’ll go through drills for footwork, striking and defending like a true Jedi. You can even challenge someone to a duel if you’re up for it!

The Saber Authority
www.thesaberauthority.com
The Deck, Singapore 187937

100Plus Promenade @ Sports Hub, Singapore 397629

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 3, out on newsstands now!

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Not all heroes wear capes. Meet the unsung heroes of our millennial generation who remain in the shadows, but are making a difference in their own unique ways – whether it’s defying gender roles in traditional trades, starting an eco-friendly movement, or contributing to a cause they deeply care about. These are their stories.

Lyn Ng, 26

Lyn Ng

“Woodworking is a tough skill to learn and many people may think that it’s a trade mostly for males. But throughout my time in the industry, I’ve come across many female customers who enjoy the hands-on experience of woodworking just as much. It’s like breathing new life into pieces of wood that people don’t want anymore, and that to me is the beauty of upcycling.

There are bound to be disadvantages being in a male-dominated field where machines and furniture may be deemed too heavy for us to handle. As a female carpenter, we just have to approach woodworking from a different angle and explore ways to ease the process of doing things. Taking on woodworking is definitely something I will never regret doing.”

Gary Lau, 27

Gary Lau

“Growing up in a single-parent and low-income family was tough. My mum had to work two jobs, thus she lacked the time to supervise me. All my predicaments led me astray and I ended up being part of a gang. Seeing people with tattoos feared me, so I felt that having them would make me stronger. It wasn’t until I was sent to Boys’ Town that I gradually turned over a new leaf.

However, I don’t wish to hide my tattoos. They have taught me many valuable lessons and gave me a meaning to live. They have shown me the ugly and positive sides of the world; how people would see what’s on the outside than what’s on the inside. People tend to discriminate those with tattoos, but I feel that every youth has the right to make their own choices and we should respect that.

I, too, want to be a role model who can connect with people who come from similar backgrounds. Rather than being rooted by the expectations of others, I hope that they can grow as mature individuals and lead more fulfilling lives. In the future, I aim to run my own organisation to better engage youths at risk and create a more gracious, discrimination-free society.”

Melissa Lam, 26

Melissa Lam

“The Bamboo Straw Girl… is what people call me nowadays. My real name is Mel and I sell reusable bamboo straws under the alias @bamboostrawgirl. I was inspired to start cutting waste after meeting people working on organic farms, where they have to be conscious about their usage of everyday essentials like shampoo and detergent as these would directly affect the land they farm on. It made me think: what about us in the city? Don’t our actions somehow affect our land too?

My intention of producing bamboo straws is to get people talking. It’s an amazing conversation starter that gets them thinking about so much more than just straws. When I first started out, there was barely any interest. But gradually, people are getting more aware of environmental issues and I hope they will keep the conversation going.”

Seow Shi Jie, 19

Seow Shi Jie

“Being a volunteer at SPCA has been extremely rewarding for me in so many ways, as I have grown to understand animals so much more. I am also very grateful for the bond and companionship I have with them. When I first started volunteering, it was quite a challenge for me as I had little knowledge of animals and was actually afraid of big dogs. But over time, they showed me how loving and trusting they can be. I have found volunteering my time at the animal shelter very fulfilling and I hope more people will step forward to be part of a team that gives these shelter animals a second chance in life.”

Tan Ming Jie, 25

Tan Ming Jie

“I have always aspired to be involved with music professionally. Prior to this, I spent my teenage years writing and performing with my former bandmates. However, I soon came to the realisation that I am more comfortable writing and producing music for artistes behind the scenes than playing a show in front of a crowd. The downside to braving a road less travelled is that it can be a very lonely one; I often think about my peers socialising with their fellow colleagues while I sit in the studio alone.

Despite that, it never felt like I was sacrificing anything. I was fortunate enough to have found my calling at a young age which allowed me to begin paving my own journey towards a career in music. My family expressed their concerns initially, but with time, I was able to convince them that I’ve created a profitable avenue whilst doing something I love.”

Joshuah Lim, 22

Joshuah Lim

“I loved the whole idea of storytelling ever since I was a kid, which got me into filmmaking. I’ve also had my personal battles with cancer, and as a young man knowing that I might die soon, it really humbled me. Not allowing myself to fall into despair, I’ve come to accept my condition and learned to fight alongside it.

I started working on my first short film Chiak shortly after having my bone marrow transplant, so the concept of not letting a disease define your identity really struck a chord with me. It’s about dementia and how we should accept our loved ones for who they are even in difficult times. The inspiration behind it was a mixture of my own experiences surviving cancer and my grandmother’s battle with dementia.

If I could create another production, I would love to do one that portrays the struggles of a primary school kid. In our society, I find that there are huge pressures placed on the next generation so it would be great to delve into the thoughts of a young mind.”

Amanda Tan, 33

Amanda Tan

“It has always been a natural thing for me to create. It started with doodles as a child, then photography and writings… and I never looked back. As an artist, exploring the idea of self, emotions and mentalism is something that comes naturally to me. “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” – these are fundamental questions we as human beings ask.

I have my own battles with anxiety and OCD. But here’s what I can tell you: it’s a double-edged sword. My conditions make me feel crappy and trapped, but it also makes me detail-oriented, hypersensitive to nuances of human communication at work, and helps me power through all kinds of ways of problem-solving. It’s my superpower. Through my exhibition The Deepest Blue as part of Breaking Waves, I hope to spark a conversation about the states in which life puts you in. We love to live in our own safety bubble; life is hard, but sometimes we just need to converse. Let’s discuss.”

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 3, out on newsstands now!

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No idea what to do after graduation? Don’t worry, we’ve been there. These inspirational page-turners will help to guide you towards the right direction in life.

OPEN: A TOOLKIT FOR HOW MAGIC AND MESSED UP LIFE CAN BE
By Gemma Cairney

OPEN A Toolkit for How Magic And Messed Up Life Can Be 

A colourful guide that paints a relatable picture of growing up, you’ll find plenty of personal stories and practical advice in this comprehensive ‘toolkit’. Filled with expert advice spanning a wide range of topics from mental health to matters of the heart, this “wise best friend in a book” has you covered for every aspect of your life. It may seem like a heavy read, but we like that it’s peppered with vibrant illustrations and speech bubbles to spice things up. Trust us, you wouldn’t be able to put it down!

DESIGNING YOUR LIFE
By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Designing Your Life

Let design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show you how to design your life, one page at a time. Embracing the notion that most of us have yet to figure out our career paths, Designing Your Life seeks to help others find fulfilment in their lives the way a designer would – from experimentation to way-finding to prototyping. Chockfull of fact-finding exercises and sensible advice, it’s an improvisational guide that unlocks one’s imagination and allows you to make better decisions in the future. For those hoping to kickstart your career, this is the book to turn to.

IGNITE YOUR SPARK
By Patricia Wooster

Ignite Your Spark

Unlike the typical self-help books that tend to sound overly formulaic, Ignite Your Spark is anything but. Packed with thought-provoking quizzes, interactive activities and even role-play scenarios to keep you thoroughly entertained, each chapter discusses relevant topics such as relationships, self-image and goals in a fun yet insightful manner. It also includes interviews with millennials and professionals where they share their success stories and personal experiences, inspiring you to truly ignite your spark within.

THE PRODUCTIVITY PROJECT
By Chris Bailey

The Productivity Project

If you’re prone to procrastination and often find yourself unable to cope because of poor time management, The Productivity Project is here to help. This book is the result of a year-long series of experiments Chris Bailey conducted on himself – whether it’s cutting out caffeine, going on a digital detox, or even living in isolation for days, he’s done it all – in order to find the most effective ways to increase one’s productivity. Besides sharing his top tips, he also gathered advice from experts in the field so you can’t go wrong with these tactics.

MIND YOUR HEAD
By Juno Dawson

Mind Your Head

When it comes to the topic of mental health, people tend to shun it instead of openly talking about it. Mind Your Head, however, does a clever job of sparking conversation about all things mental health. Not only does it help to school teenagers on various conditions like anxiety and personality disorders, Juno Dawson also delves into ways to confront your own issues and offers suggestions to cope with these complex emotions. Although this book deals with mainly serious topics, it still manages to be lighthearted enough to ease you through.

THE TEENAGE GUIDE TO STRESS
By Nicola Morgan

The Teenage Guide To Stress

There are plenty of tips out there to help you handle stress, but what made us pick up The Teenage Guide to Stress was its ability to truly resonate with the readers on a personal level. Nicola Morgan tackles everything from the pressures of exams to body image to cyberbullying, sharing her personal experiences while providing practical strategies to manage them effectively. It comes complete with a list of useful resources to assist anyone who may be struggling with mental health issues.

THE SECRET TO TEEN POWER
By Paul Harrington

The Secret To Teen Power

Don’t be too quick in dismissing The Secret to Teen Power as another cheesy novel. Despite the somewhat questionable title, it’s an absolute pleasure to read. At the core of it, this book teaches you the concept of using the law of attraction to draw positive things into your life. It isn’t entirely about philosophy either – Paul Harrington also incorporates a good mix of real-life stories, inspirational quotes and even pop culture elements to make it more engaging. Bonus points for the Star Wars references!

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2.

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In today’s cutthroat job market, scoring an interview is tough enough – let alone landing that coveted position. In addition to having a solid resume, having the right skillset can help to improve your performance and impress your potential employer. Here are some resume-boosting skills to pick up that will get you hired, stat!

Adaptability

It’s important to demonstrate that you’re able to transfer skills you’ve learnt from other jobs and courses to your work. Hirers look out for skills that are most applicable to their field, so list those first. Even if they weren’t initially looking for someone with those talents, they may be intrigued enough to want you working for the company. Who knows, they might create a special role just for you! 

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Business Development

You may not be the boss of the company or even be in any decision-making management role. However, if you have a good head for business strategy and can see potential opportunities and downfalls where others can’t, be sure to pipe up and your enterprising suggestions will soon take you up the ranks quickly.

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Business Ethics

Companies are always working towards building a good reputation in society by becoming more transparent, charitable and building a safe workplace with high standards. If you’ve had experience with volunteering, creating policies or quality control, be sure to bring them up in your application. Many businesses spend big bucks in these two areas to get their products and services seen in the market. It would be a great help if you have experience in these aspects and can offer some assistance with ideas before the company goes to an external creative firm.

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Content Creation

Being able to create good content – from churning out timely and relevant articles, to brainstorming creative story ideas for clients, to managing social media – is always a treasured skill. It pulls people to the brand and gives it credibility, so all companies need it whether they know it or not. 

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Contract Negotiation

Clinching big deals is a big deal. Not everyone has the skills to win over tough clients or negotiate the best bargain for your company. It takes good communication and trust-building skills, as well as being quick, decisive and assertive when needed. If the employer feels like you can be the person to crack the code, the job is basically in your pocket. 

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Data Analysis

Are you able to look at data gathered from the web or surveys and tell what’s working or not for your company, who your customers really are and what they’re looking for? As the market gets saturated with more copycat businesses, being able to stand out and really connect with your audience is what will take your brand to the next level.

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Design And Illustration

Almost every business requires something to be designed, whether it’s posters, a newsletter or packaging, so this skill is always a good one to have. To further hone your sense of aesthetics, balance and colour, take up creative internships and design courses to help keep your style fresh and appealing to the masses.

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Marketing And Advertising

Many businesses spend big bucks in these two areas to get their products and services seen in the market. It would be a great help if you have experience in these aspects and can offer some assistance with ideas before the company goes to an external creative firm.

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Presentation

Even the best products won’t do well without nice packaging, which is why you’d be sought after if you can create impressive powerpoints and talk about your company in an engaging and compelling way to clients. To get your foot in the door and prove this point, start by designing a flawless resume!

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Search Engine Optimisation

All companies want to be top on the list when people do a search for products and services they offer. You can always read up online or in books on how to do search engine optimisation, but if you’ve had formal training or prior experience in setting up content so that your brand appears first in search results, it’s definitely a selling point.

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Team Building

Unless you’re working by yourself, this skill will certainly come in handy. Most businesses underestimate how important co-worker relations is to the performance and camaraderie of a company. A smart boss hires people who work well with others, and can help staff learn and cooperate together to build a successful business with contributions from everyone.

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Web And User Experience Design

Think about the number of times you’ve been asked if you know someone who can create a website. Every business worth its salt these days has one, and they’re always looking to improve their site so that customers find it easy to navigate, make purchases and look up information. You’ll be one precious employee if you can contribute to this.

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This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2.

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So you started your first job, thinking you’ve landed a sweet gig and everything will be smooth-sailing from then on. Instead, you’re greeted with manipulative colleagues, pantry gossip and toxic drama. Office politics are unavoidable, especially if you’re the newbie and pegged as the resident millennial in the department, but fret not – here’s how you can deal with malicious attacks in the workplace like a pro.

DO: Stay professional

If someone is trying to get you in trouble, first assess if there’s any truth to what they say, and if there is, act quickly to fix things. Show up on time, do good work and be professional in your interactions. Not only will you become a more valuable employee, it’ll be hard for anyone to pick on you when you’re practically faultless.

Do: Always keep records

Emails, text messages and meeting minutes record timelines, what was said (and not said), the tone used and more. If you feel attacked, keep these – save them externally to a personal email account, for example – in case you have to prove yourself or if you’re wrongfully fired. Also, if your reputation is being dragged, subtly bring up the goals you’ve achieved at meetings and let colleagues know what you’re currently working on.

Do: Stand up for yourself

It takes some courage to confront backstabbers, but silence and meekness will only encourage them. Don’t accuse them openly as they might deny any wrongdoing, and don’t criticise their character in retaliation which may fuel tension. Ask to meet them privately, share how their actions make you feel, and tell them you would appreciate them being more supportive or to give you feedback directly, instead of pointing out your supposed flaws to higher-ups without giving you a chance to explain or do better.

Don’t: Keep quiet

If you feel like you’re being sabotaged, try to handle the situation yourself first. When you’re left with no other options, go to your boss and present your evidence. They’ll probably try to help you as they’d want to retain a hardworking worker over a negative employee sowing discord amongst staff. If the higher-ups don’t seem to care, it may be better to switch jobs for the sake of your own mental health and happiness.

Don’t: Be fooled

Some people are genuinely nice, but use good judgment if someone’s always trying to get in your good books – buying you treats, giving you li s and complimenting your outfits randomly. They may want you to get chummy with them so you spill your secrets, or that of others, which may then be shared without your permission and twisted out of context.

Don’t: Join in

When everyone’s having a bash bad-mouthing someone, don’t chip in. A er a while, people will get the message that you’re not interested in o ice politics and will avoid involving you in these toxic conversations. It’s good for your emotional health, and you never have to worry about what you said being used against you or being overheard. It’ll also prevent you from being biased against people, which is always a good thing.

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This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2.

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