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The Sophisticated Networker

By Dee Allan Did you know that many animal groups have acquaintances and, like humans, some species can actually form true friendships. Intelligent animal species such as monkeys, horses and elephants have shown they can live within complex structures and form bonded social groups and stable ‘relationships’ across species. They seek out connections.Having each other’s back is key to survival in today’s modern world, as it is in the animal kingdom too. Wolves pack together; bees swarm; birds flock. This ‘togetherness’ maintains a stable ecosystem. We can learn a lot from the animal kingdom, which teach us that working together, setting aside differences and connecting with a commonpurpose is an incredible skill to master.Animals and NetworkingSo what has this got to do with networking where humans are concerned? Well, in short, wildlife populations teach us that the entire ecosystem thrives …


What is Your Comfort Zone?

Change is inevitable, it is constant. When we encounter any form of change, our emotions move across the spectrum without much effort. The neurotransmitters in our brains activate at a much higher rate in this disruptive, volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world. How do we incorporate change as part of our life? Does staying in our comfort zone makes us complacent? We often fear the unknown because our brain likes to visualize the bigger picture. However, there are times when we have to accept the lowlights and trust in the cycle of life.


12 Steps to Building Your Own Business

Believe it or not, it’s a great time to start a business and especially in Singapore, which has been ranked second in the world for being the most ‘pro-business country’ after New Zealand. With overnight sensations being created on YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and Udemy, there are no limits on who can launch a successful endeavor. These ‘new-age’ jobs don’t even necessarily require you to have a degree, or gazillions in the bank to bring your ideas to market.


Attention | How to find the AAS Emails in Your Gmail Account

  By AAS 1 August, 2013   Gmail has rolled out tabs that organize your mail. We want to share with you how your favorite emails (like ones from AAS) don’t get lost in the Promotions tab.     Gmail organizes your emails in different tabs There are three default tabs: Primary, Social and Promotions (shown right). With the new changes, your AAS job alert and weekly update emails are likely going into the Promotions tab. The tabs default “on” for all Gmail users unless you change this setting.   How you make changes to your settings The next time you receive either a CRCE Job Alert email or an AAS weekly update email, it will most likely end up in the Promotions tab. Simply drag and drop the email into the Primary tab. Then, a little yellow notification will …


Career | CRCE Evolving with the Times

  By Anne Morgan10 June, 2013   Throughout its history, AAS has recognized that accompanying partners have varied needs and talents and have consistently provided professional support in the form of workshops and practical advice.   Launch of the Employment Program  Joanne Blakemore, President of the AAS in 1998, recognized the need to formalize the advice offered and in June 1998 the Employment Program was launched. Its stated aim was to act as a filter for current information on employment opportunities, immigration and resources.  By September 1998, it had evolved into the Career Resource Center for Expatriates (CRCE) and a series of workshops were organized to establish an agenda and explore the needs of the members.   Early workshops focused on exploring options for personal and professional growth to provide a better framework in which to live, work and grow. …


Career | Trailing Talent, Career Transition and Higher Education

  By Jenn Wood25 September, 2011   I am a trailing spouse. I prefer the term “trailing talent,” coined by CRCE, because it lends a certain je ne sais quoi. I had a solid career back in the US and I had no plans to leave it… but fate intervened as it did for many reading this article. And I found myself in Singapore with a unique and unexpected situation… free time and flexibility.  But what to do with it?   I went to work not long after arriving on the island. I’d always had a job, so I went with what I knew. I joined CRCE and went to work finding an opportunity. I found myself transitioned out of IT marketing and into general management out of necessity rather than choice, but I rolled with it and had an …


Career | Family Harmony: The Vital Ingredient for a Career

By Anne Morgan, CRCE Business Development Manager 18 April, 2013   This article was originally published in the April/May issue of AustCham Singapore's publication The Southern Star. To view the full publication, please click here.     It’s no secret that it is eye-wateringly expensive to move employees around the globe. A recent survey conducted by Towers Watson and Workforce Mobility Association Worldwide ERC, found that the average cost of relocating a global assignee is two to three times the assignee’s annual salary. The survey also found that there is a strong trend towards less costly expatriate packages, with more assignees taking a ‘local’ or ‘local plus’ contract. So, what does this mean for the family? There are some interesting answers to this question.     The Trailing Spouse  Firstly, companies are usually keen for families to accompany assignees as there …


Career | Job Hunt and Self-Reflection

  By Alka Chandiramani, CRCE Manager11 November, 2012   Looking for a job takes perseverance and self-reflection. It can be like kissing many frogs to find your prince or princess. However, it is not a lackadaisical random attempt but requires hard work and is akin to a full-time job. Imagine this scenario: You have applied for a job. Your résumé has been meticulously prepared and you are waiting for the interview call. It comes and you are hired. Great news! You start work and a few months later realize that perhaps this is not what you really want to pursue.   What happened? Self-assessment tools are also useful to help provide insight into what types of jobs best suit you. Before setting out to look for a job, it is important to conduct a self-assessment. Self-assessment starts with thinking about …


Travel | The Essence of Life

  By Alka Chandiramani, CRCE Manager10 March, 2012   Recently, I visited the city of Pune, India and walked past the rubble of the German Bakery in Koregaon Park. The bomb blast at 7:15 pm on February 13, when the bakery was milling with people, left a 6’ x 4’ hole in the wall. The German Bakery, like Leopold Restaurant in Mumbai, is mentioned in the Lonely Planet tourist guide, and therefore patronized by many backpackers. Among the many victims in the blast were five friends who had gone to the bakery to celebrate a promotion; none of them are alive today.   Another victim, 23-year-old Aditi Jindal, fought for her life for 14 days before succumbing to her injuries. A close friend said, “It is a very sad moment and it is difficult to believe that she is not …