Startup 101: Where and what you should study

admin February 12, 2018 0

One common assumption is that we need to take a tech-related major to found a tech-based startup. In reality, the majority of Indonesian startup founders do not have a tech background. (Shutterstock/File)

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking 2017/2018 shows that two Indonesian universities have upped their position. The University of Indonesia (UI) went up from place 325 to place 277 and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) rose from 401 to 331.

Deciding where to go for higher education is a challenge for Indonesian youth, just as it is for their counterparts across the world. Several questions come into mind: Which university should I go to? Should I study in Indonesia or abroad? What major should I take …

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Survey lists automotive companies with hardest job interviews

admin February 6, 2018 0

A survey lists six automotive companies with the hardest job interviews. (Shutterstock/File)

A survey by, an online community platform that shares information about companies and the world of work, has been released that lists automotive companies with the most difficult job interviews.

The list, which comprises six companies, is based on a survey conducted from August 2015 to May this year and involved 3,000 participants who were interviewed for jobs by automotive companies. Scores from one to five are given, representing…

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5 overlooked secrets of a great email

admin January 29, 2018 0

Whether you are a sales person, account manager, content marketer, public relations specialist, or any profession that uses email for day-to-day communication, sending the right email to the right contact will increase the success rate. (Shutterstock/File)

Email is the most used tool for communication at the workplace, yet also the most misunderstood.

As a content marketer at a Kuala Lumpur-based startup that operates in seven Southeast Asian countries, I used email for 90 percent of my external communication. Poorly written, unclear, misleading or ineffective emails cause not only a loss of time and productivity, but they also harm one’s reputation as it leaves a poor impression on the receiver.

I spent a lot of time reading articles about email outreach and conducted a/b testing to see which type of email is effective for…

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7 weird jobs you never knew existed

admin January 22, 2018 0

These weird jobs sound both funny and unexpected. (Shutterstock/-)

Before reading, answer me, what do you do for a living? Are you a teacher? Editor or lawyer? That would be too normal compared to the jobs here.

Here are some weird jobs that sound both funny and unexpected. Let’s take a look.

Beggars in Dubai

Is begging a job? You may wonder. According to a recent survey, the average monthly”salary” of each of the 59 detained beggars in Dubai is about $73,000.

Pet food tester

Have you ever tasted the food your beloved pet lives on? If you can’t wash it down with anything, a pet food tester can help to…

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Best and worst countries to be a working woman revealed

admin January 17, 2018 0


In honor of this year’s International Women’s Day, The Economist has published its fifth annual “glass-ceiling index”.

The index tracks gender equality’s progress all around the world and is measured by combining data on “higher education, workforce participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity and paternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs”.

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Thinking about going into business? If you’re a woman, please do

admin January 5, 2018 0


The curiosity of a 3-year-old prompted me to start my company – amidst the turmoil of a financial crisis. Not a promising start, right?

I was 25 years old in New York, babysitting an adorable toddler who wanted to hear all about where I came from: Singapore.

Wanting to share some of my favorite dishes with her, I googled “Can you feed a 3-year-old paneer?” Not finding the answer, I knew there was definite space for online information on…

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How to ask for a raise (without getting on your boss’s nerves)

admin January 2, 2018 0

Patience of a certain amount often brings about a beautiful outcome when you're planning to propose a salary raise. (Shutterstock/File)

Talking about your salary with the boss can be a very sensitive subject, if you don’t approach it properly. As with any professional discussion, wait for the right timing and plan ahead.

So, what’s the best way to ask for a raise?

1. Check your company policy

Every company is different. Some give regularly scheduled raises, such as once every semester – every 6 months – while others provide raises at yearly intervals. Check if your company has a salary policy for giving raises on a regular basis, or only during a good turnover.

If your company gives scheduled raises, rest assured that you will receive a raise periodically. The problem arises when the raise doesn’t meet your expectations. Employees always demand a higher raise, while employers tend to be …

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People start hating their jobs at age 35

admin December 18, 2017 0

Older workers tend to be more unhappy in their jobs than their younger colleagues, according to a survey of more than 2,000 U.K. employees by human resource firm Robert Half U.K. (Shutterstock/File)

Jean Prince was 50 when she started working for a U.K. tech company near Cambridge as a technical author, writing software documentation. “I felt extremely lucky,” she said.

But she wasn’t happy.

“The workplace has become more impersonal and tougher,” she said. “Everyone is performance-managed to death.” She felt underappreciated and unloved.

Older workers tend to be more unhappy in their jobs than their younger colleagues, according to a survey of more than 2,000 U.K. employees …

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Here are websites to find freelance work

admin November 6, 2017 0

Those who want professional freedom can join websites that connect job posters with freelancers. (Shutterstock/-)

In this digital era where you can get an internet connection nearly everywhere, it is easier than ever to find work as a freelancer.

Those who want more professional freedom can join websites that provide spaces for job posters and freelancers to meet on one platform. There are millions of jobs posted on those websites, allowing freelancers to bid, pick and work on the projects that suit their experiences and expertise.

For those who are not yet aware of how these website works, we have listed and reviewed five …

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The ups and downs of successful freelancers

admin October 9, 2017 0

Marischka Prudence - Photo courtesy of Marischka Prudence

In the past, society often overlooked freelancers because the general perspective was that freelancing had less prestige than having a settled and secured job with a well established company.

But now, the monetary and time flexibility benefits offered by freelancing have lured more and more professionals to make the daring decision of to quit their jobs and become full-time…

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