Have a passion for fashion and the thirst to succeed? ZALORA will be awarding scholarships to 6 tertiary students from around the region, plus a paid internship opportunity – how’s that for the opportunity of a lifetime? 

The ZALORA Scholarship is back for the third year running! ZALORA will be awarding scholarships to six tertiary students from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and Philippines – each scholar will receive S$3,000 sponsored towards their tuition fees and a paid internship opportunity. Similar to previous years, students’ submissions will have to be in accordance to the theme, with 2017’s theme being “Redesign the online shopping experience for the next generation of shoppers”. 

 

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ZALORA encourages students to explore innovative and creative ways to conceptualise how online and offline shopping experiences will evolve in 10 years time. According to a press release by ZALORA, “Applicants can submit their compelling insights on post-millennial consumption styles based on their perceptions and analysis on factors such as shifts in social media usage, societal changes, technological changes in their preferred format including essay, video, or even infographics. Winning entries will be selected based on creativity, innovation and relevance to the theme as well as their analytical skills and academic results.” 

All entries should be submitted by 30th September 2017, 11pm Singapore time (GMT +8).  For more info on application details and eligibility criteria, head to www.zalora.sg/scholarship, or e-mail ZALORA at [email protected]. Good luck!

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6 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Studies Abroad

15 Aug 2017 by Teenage

Whether you’re heading abroad to study, participate in an exchange programme or even to work, here are some tips on how to make the most of your time in a new country.

Embrace The Culture

Don’t be a tourist – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live like a local, so make an effort to immerse yourself in their unique way of life. Hop on an open-top bus tour to discover the city landmarks, soak up the rich heritage at museums, and join in the festivities. While at it, get social with the locals so they can clue you in on authentic recommendations and the lesser-known places to visit beyond the tourist traps.

Breach That Language Barrier 

If you’re visiting a country that speaks in their native tongue, spruce up on the local lingo before the trip to avoid getting lost in translation. You can pick up a guidebook or rely on an app for a handful of essential phrases, but if you’re planning on staying for extended periods, it might be a good idea to sign up for a language course at your overseas institution and master it as you go along. Having a basic grasp of the native language will not only help to enrich you day-to-day experiences, you’ll also come home with a new skill. Win-win!

Get A Side Gig

For those who have time to spare in between classes, put it good news by getting an internship at a local firm or a part-time job. Popular options include tutoring, translation assignments or data entry work, but there are also plenty of on-campus opportunities you can find through your school’s international student centre. Apart from earning extra pocket money to fund your expenses, you are expanding your career prospects beyond your homeland. Who knows, it might open up doors to a slew of employment offers!

Make Time For Travel

The best part about studying abroad is of course, the travelling! Take the opportunity to venture out to neighbouring destinations – it’s a way to see the world, plus it’s more affordable compared to flying from home. Setting up camp in Asia? Go on a weekend getaway to nearby Thailand, Indonesia or Vietnam. On exchange in eastern Europe? Head on a road trip ad explore the western part of the continent such as France, Germany and Sweden. Bonus tip: travel with a buddy so you can share the costs!

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

We can’t stress enough the importance of planning ahead, especially when you’re all alone in an unfamiliar land. For a start, get major responsibilities such as finances, accommodation and academic schedule out of the way so you’ll have an easier time settling down. Also, don’t forget to familiarise yourself with the transportation routes and take note of all the public holidays to avoid turning up for school on days off.

Attendance Is Compulsory

At the end of the day, remember the you’re bounded by study commitments. Even though the attendance policy may not be as strict overseas, it’s important that you show up for classes and practice good self-discipline when managing work and play. Just think of all the fun after-school activities you can participate in with your new-found friends! 

Feature Image: Ezra Jeffrey on Unsplash

This article was adapted from the July 2017 issue of Teenage. 

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6 Easy Ways To Stand Out At Your Internship

14 Aug 2017 by Fabian Loo

As an intern, you might think that you’re just a lowly ranked worker in the giant corporate ladder – your youth and fresh perspectives does makes you an invaluable asset. Here are some tips you can adopt to help you shine bright like the diamond you’ll soon become. 

1. Don’t shun the small stuff

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“Lots of interns tell themselves they’ll have no trouble putting up with grunt work in order to get a foot in the door, only to realize how much of that drudgery is crucial to keeping an organization running.”
– Rich Bellis, Fast Company

You might think that plain old paperwork, sorting through emails, or data-entry can’t possibly value-add to your job experience (you’re here to learn after all, right?). But in the grand scheme of things, you’ll soon appreciate and realise that what you’re doing in an integral part of the company process. 

2. Take initiative

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You might be drawing an intern pay check, but the amount of effort you put in should rival that of the other full-timers in the company. Don’t just sit around and surf Facebook and wait for jobs to come to you. Nothing to do? Ask to be tasked with something. Not sure how to do it? Ask for guidance and mentorship. In the end, your enthusiasm will show, and it’ll make you look like a great team player. And you’ll learn so much more during your internship stint. 

3. Be ready for (constructive) feedback

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“Ask for feedback–constantly. Don’t be afraid to look at yourself in the mirror and improve.”
– Lauren Berger, founder of The Intern Queen (Levo)

It’ll probably be you first time doing something, so expect to get criticism. That’s the only way you can learn and improve. Don’t feel like you’ve failed miserably just because you haven’t been praised. And don’t be afraid to ask for feedback – they’re important markers of your skill level and help show whether you are ready for bigger, more important tasks. 

4. Don’t act like an intern

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This might come as a surprise, but you’re now working in a corporate world. It’s the real deal. Don’t act like the slob that you are and expect someone else to clear up your mess. The workplace is going to force you to become an adult, and the faster you learn that, the more successful you’ll stand out. 

5. Learn the language

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Different industries will have their own lingo and abbreviation. Seasoned workers would be using them so naturally that they’ll expect you to know it too. Pick them up quickly so you’ll be able to communicate with them effectively and efficiently. 

6. Let your passion guide you

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Above all, you should let your passion drive you in your day-to-day work. If you’re truly passionate about a job industry or a certain job function, you’ll naturally ask questions, seek feedback, and learn everything you need to help you gain an intimate understanding. So it’s important to choose an internship you’re passionate about, and let it guide you. 

Teenage is on the lookout for interns! Wanna join our team? Send your CV to [email protected]!

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9 Books Every Millennial Should Read

11 Aug 2017 by Yap Jingyi

Books aren’t just for a party of one. Here’s a list of good reads to have in your arsenal for perfect small talk fodder and conversation starters. 

the girl on the train 

by Paula Hawkins

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Overview: Rachel Watson, a divorcee, despite tormented by her broken marriage and alcholism, continues her daily routine of riding the train that passes by her old house she used to live in with her ex-husband. Everyday, the train will also pass by a couple’s house whose marriage she envies and wishes she has. She would draw from her imagination about how perfect the couple’s lives must be. However, all of her ideals fall apart when she witnessed something fearful happening at the couple’s house from the train window one day.

Eleanor & park 

by Rainbow Rowell

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Overview: Eleanor is always bullied in school and was not spared even at home. Park is considered one of the popular kids in school and has a loving family. They are different in all senses, fom their backgrounds to their personalities. However, through comic books and ’80s music, Eleanor and Park made a connection, through which they endeavoured to make the most out of the proverbial ‘first love’ in a world where it almost never lasts.

pride & prejudice 

by Jane Austen

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Overview: Set in 19th century England where women are taught to be graceful, respectful and docile – especially those who wish to fit in with the aristocrats. However, tenacious Elizabeth Bennet prefers to follow her own set of independent opinions. This historic romance will follow young Elizabeth as she manoeuvres her way through the complex world of impeccable manners, decorum, societal status and true love in Old England. 

luna 

by Julie Anne Peters

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Overview: Regan is a regular 16 year old girl who’s kinda socially awkward and has a typical crush on a boy in her chemistry class. She has an older brother, Liam, a popular senior who’s got the girls at school swooning. However when night comes, he becomes Luna, Regan’s sister. As Luna becomes more absorbed into the idea of being identified as her true-self, she confides in Regan — the only one who knows her secret— the desire to be Luna, both day and night. This novel follows the siblings’ journey through learning how to stay true to oneself when faced with conventional societal expectations and self-acceptance even through their loved ones’ uncertain reactions. 

harry potter

by J.K Rowling

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Overview: He is The Boy Who Lived. Since birth, Harry Potter’s fate is intricately intertwined with the most evil wizard to roam the world, Lord Voldemort. With the help of his two best friends, Ron and Hermione, and trained under the wings of the finest Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, Harry faces the greatest confrontation ever — the battle of the century against his innate nemesis — where only one can live. 

tuesdays with morrie 

by Mitch Albom 

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Overview: The novel follows a young man, Mitch Albom, who starts to realise that he is so caught up with his life that that he is becoming blinded to the more important things in life. When he managed to reconnect with his college professor, Morrie Schwartz, in the man’s final months, he decided to rekindle an old routine from college with the latter — visiting Morrie in his study every Tuesday. They are going to commence their final ‘class’: lessons on how to live.

1q84 

by Haruki Murakami

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Overview: Set in Tokyo 1984, this dystopian novel comprises of several characters that becomes connected in the most inexplicable way, starting with a young woman named Aomame who heeded the enigmatic advice of a taxi driver before finding herself in an alternate reality which she calls 1Q84. At the same time, Tengo, an aspiring writer suddenly finds himself also existing in the same parallel world. As these two characters’ narratives converge, a fantasy unfolds, binding each individual together as they embark on a journey of self-discovery.

the alchemist 

by Paulo Coelho

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Overview: Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, an Andalusian shepherd boy consulted a gypsy woman who asked him to travel to Egypt in search of the treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he met many people, all of whom point Santiago to the direction of his quest and what started out as an innocent treasure hunt turns out to be a trail to discovering the pricelessness within dreams.

Extremely loud & incredibly close 

by Jonathan Safran Foer 

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Overview: After his father is tragically killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Oskar Schell discovers an unknown key in his father’s closet. Intrigued by the idea that whatever the key opens could be something purposeful his father left behind, the nine year old embarks on a peculiar treasure hunt, meeting unique strangers and picking up valuable lessons along the way. 

What are some of your favourite reads? Share ’em with us in the comment section! 

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Does visiting exotic countries, meeting interesting people and making money while travelling sound like the perfect job for you? Well, the dream has come true for Singapore Polytechnic Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS) student, Amelia Sue Pickering. 

Harbouring ambitions of an adventurous career that would allow her to travel and see the world, she was eager to pursue her diploma studies at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) because she figured there would be more job opportunities readily available upon graduation. Looking to her father, a veteran in the Maritime industry, for inspiration and advice on her nautical pursuits, as well as scoring several medals at various canoeing championships as part of SP Canoe Sprint – it’s safe to say that the life of a seafarer comes easily to Amelia. 

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With her parents’ support and tuition fees sponsored by PSA Marine, it was full speed ahead for Amelia’s career in the high seas. Between February 2015 to April 2016, she set sail on a year-long internship with shipping firm, APL, which saw her working as a crew mate and learning the ins and outs of running a ship. But the best part was getting to travel the world – from Los Angeles and Seattle in America to Barcelona and Valencia in Spain; Genova in Italy to Fos-sur-Mer in France; and parts of the Middle East and China – Amelia’s definitely turning out to be quite the globetrotter. 

But this aspiring mariner also earned her keep. Her daily duties aboard the ship included navigational watch four hours in the day and four hours at night, checking the temperatures of reefer containers, measuring water levels in tanks and bilges, and recording every little detail into logbooks. In between her duties, she also helped out with various other jobs such as deck work, cargo watches, and mooring operations.

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And while life on board a cargo ship may seem tough to most girls, Amelia’s biggest challenge was actually learning to get comfortable with her crew mates. “On my first ship, APL Barcelona, it felt kind of strange to just be suddenly living with a group of strangers. But I did manage to adapt pretty quickly. My second ship, APL Miami, was much easier on me,” she shares.

Describing it as the major highlight of her time in SP, Amelia is grateful for the opportunities that helped her to flourish from a shy secondary school girl to the confident young woman she is today. During her fulfilling three years in SP, she has made many close friends and received support from encouraging lecturers, including SMA lecturer Mr Peter Lee, who put in the effort to make sure his students understand his lessons. In parting words of advice to all aspiring lady mariners out there, Amelia mentions: “Don’t worry too much about what the crew thinks of you. Just do what you’re supposed to do, work hard, and it’ll all be fine.”

Photo credits: Singapore Polytechnic

Feeling inspired by Amelia? Check out SP’s Diploma in Nautical Studies to get your head start! 

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