Do You Have a “Worth­less” De­gree?

It’s not as bad as it’s com­monly made out to be – if you use it to your ad­van­tage.

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at Work­force Sin­ga­pore. Here are four tips from ca­reer coaches on how to sell it right.

Know the mar­ket

To find out where you are em­ploy­able, you have to know the land­scape. This in­volves lots of re­search, but it will greatly help you find the right path for you.

“Take part in ca­reer fairs, net­work­ing events and job search work­shops so you have bet­ter in­sight as to what the avail­able jobs are, where your de­gree fits in and which sec­tor or or­gan­i­sa­tion re­quires your skill sets,” says Rasi­dah.

Check out the Work­force Sin­ga­pore site (wsg.gov.sg) for a com­pre­hen­sive list of job fairs tak­ing place.

Fig­ure out how to re­ally sell your­self

The trick to find­ing a job is putting your­self out there in a way that prospec­tive em­ploy­ers recog­nise your value and what you can bring to the ta­ble.

“Pay at­ten­tion to how you craft your re­sume, and craft one that ‘sells’ your value to prospec­tive em­ploy­ers. Show­ing how you can add value to the job you’re ap­ply­ing for will help dif­fer­en­ti­ate you from your peers,” rec­om­mends Rasi­dah.

Think lat­er­ally – for in­stance, if you stud­ied phi­los­o­phy, not only does this mean you know a lot about Plato, but your abil­ity to look at prob­lems from a va­ri­ety of per­spec­tives is a great man­age­ment skill set. Your skill in com­mu­ni­cat­ing ideas clearly and log­i­cally is also a valu­able as­set, no mat­ter what in­dus­try you’re in.

Track the trends

Con­stantly up­grade your port­fo­lio to stay com­pet­i­tive in the job mar­ket. The key is to con­tin­u­ously pick up new skills.

“Re­gard­less of your qual­i­fi­ca­tions, it al­ways helps to stay abreast of in­dus­try trends and be aware of skills that are in de­mand,” says Wendy Heng of Robert Wal­ters Sin­ga­pore. “If you’re a mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional, it might be use­ful to be equipped with skills in so­cial me­dia mar­ket­ing, mo­bile mar­ket­ing, project man­age­ment and con­tent de­vel­op­ment. You can also up­grade your skills by tak­ing ad­van­tage of free on­line cour­ses on web­sites like Cours­era.”

Make your­self the right team fit

These days, many peo­ple have pa­per qual­i­fi­ca­tions, so it’s vi­tal that you set your­self apart. “Em­ploy­ers look for job­seek­ers with strong in­ter­per­sonal skills.” adds Rasi­dah. While these traits aren’t di­rectly re­lated to your de­gree, you will win peo­ple over with your per­son­al­ity. “It’s im­por­tant to have a pos­i­tive mind­set, as this will show in your in­ter­ac­tions with them,” she says.

“You’ll need to con­stantly up­grade your skills to keep up with the de­mands of the ever-chang­ing job mar­ket.”

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