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Career Psychological Talk

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Dear Fellow Postgrad,

Has any of the following career related questions crossed your mind?

1.      I’m currently doing a MSc/Ph.D in “xxxxx” but I am beginning to question if this is the field of work I wish to have for a career!!?

2.      My field of study has limited industrial opportunities, what other alternatives should I be looking out for when I graduate??

3.      I have not been the most outstanding student in terms of leadership or academic abilities, how else can I attain and exude the confidence required for success in this increasingly competitive environment??

4.      Should I take the plunge and pursue my dreams?!?!

The process of answering these questions can be really stressful and taxing on us. A wrong career move and it might mean that we forever end up in an uninspiring cubicle clocking uncountable OTs in the most detestable of jobs!

But in the first place, WHY do I have these problemsWHAT can I do to resolve my predicament?

More often than not, these problems arise because of a lack of understanding of ourselves. Therefore HELP YOURSELF TODAY and grab hold of this opportunity by signing up for this specially catered program, a first ever collaboration between GSS (Graduate Students Society) and CPS (NUS Counselling and Psychological Services), specially designed for our postgraduates to better understand their personality and make better choices for their careers.

Do not procrastinate, sacrifice 3 hours of your life in return for a lifetime of career satisfaction!  [CLICK HERE TO REGISTER]

Date: 8th April, 2013
Venue: Global learning room, UTown Plaza, NUS (map attached)
https://mail.google.com/mail/images/cleardot.gifProgram Schedule is as follows:
2:00 - 2.30 - Registration and giving out the personality questionnaire. 
2:30- 2.45 - Opening address: Brief introduction by speaker on CPS, the consultants and their expertise.
2:45 - 3.30 - Talk (with individual hands-on activity/case studies).
3:35 - 3.55 - Tea break  [Tea & refreshments will be provided].
3:55 - 3.40 - Talk (with individual hands-on activity/case studies).
4:40 - 4.50 - Personality type identification activity and general analysis of results.
4:50 - 5.00 - Close of the talk, and Q&A with consultants from CPS.

Looking forward to see you there!


Preparing for the Graduate Student Afterlife a.k.a Career: How to Start Right?

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The Center for Development of Teaching & Learning in conjunction with the UTown Residence, Residential Life team warmly present to you the 2nd in a series of postgraduate talks:

Postgraduate Students Series (PGS)

Preparing for the Graduate Student Afterlife a.k.a Career: How to Start Right?

FACILITATORS: A/P Suresh Valiyaveettil, A/P Laksh Samavedham

DATE: 27 March 2013 (Wednesday)

TIME: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

VENUE: LT 52, Stephen Riady Centre, UTown

Who should attend?

All postgraduate students are welcome.

About the Session

Graduate education prepares students for a wide range of careers spanning industry, government, academia, research labs, policy think-tanks, media etc. While some students are very clear about their career goals even when they enter graduate school, the career goal evolves over the course of their study for other graduate students. Whatever be the case, it is important for graduate students to plan systematically and strategically to maximize their chances of landing up on the job of their choice and to do well in it. This session will highlight how students can prepare themselves in the months before graduation in aspects such as assessment of skills and developing a career strategy, CV preparation, preparing for and acing the interview, and the do’s/don’ts in the first year of the job.

About the Facilitators

A/P Suresh Valiyaveettil (Faculty of Science)

Suresh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry working on developing new materials and applications. He is interested in developing both academic and personal character of the students to help them excel in their career goals.

A/P Lakshminarayanan Samavedham (Faculty of Engineering)

Laksh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and also the Director for the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, NUS. While he does theoretical/simulation type of work for his disciplinary research in the area of informatics and process control, he is an active experimentalist in education matters.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that this session is open to NUS students only.

Details of the workshop

Chinese Drama--BREAK-UP EXPERT

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Dear all,

Are you interested in Chinese Drama? There is an opportunity you can’t miss. Chinese Drama--BREAK-UP EXPERT (分手专家) from SMU will be held in Black Box Drama Theatre in the National Library in Singapore from 29th March to 30th March.



PriceS$15, seats are limited

Date29th-30th, March

AddressBlack Box Drama Theatre in the National Library in Singapore

Registration Link: Click Here

Best regards.


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Dear all,

Are you interested in Chinese arts and painting? There is an opportunity you can’t miss. Mr. Yuan Fuzhang personal exhibition will be held in Singapore from 7th Jan to 11th Jan.

Yuan Fuzhang is the master of Zhenyizhai, the member of Tianjin Artists Association, Chinese painter with capability and the chief signed painter of Singapore Asia Tong

International Group.

His works has been displayed in national exhibition of fines arts formany times, won awards and published in various media.


1. Pure Chinese palace traditional Chinese realistic painting art and elements in Singapore, such as bird park mandarin duck and the parrot, botanical garden, swan, etc.

2. The painter created this surprised world Buddhism theme scrollThe painting of 500 arhats, the 100cm-high and 4300cm-long work, describing 500 arhats, 64 servants

and 36 animals like dragons, elephants, phoenixes and peacocks. The scroll presents a prevalent auspiciousness and embodies the yearning for a benevolent and peaceful world.

Date7th Jan, 2013 - 11th Jan, 2013

AddressThe Artrium, 140 Hill Street, Old Hill Street Police Station, Singapore 179369

Student Essay Competition for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2013

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Dear students,

Would you like to discuss the world’s most pressing issues with top decision-makers like Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Robert Dudley, Prof. Niall Ferguson, Christine Lagarde, Giorgos Papandreou, Sir David Tang or Ratan Tata? Are you interested in competing with the world’s brightest students?

If your answer to these questions is “yes”, seize your opportunity and qualify as “Leader of Tomorrow” for the St. Gallen Symposium through the student essay competition for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s premier platform for intergenerational dialogue. The 43rd St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 30 April–3 May 2013 under the topic Rewarding Courage.

The submission deadline for the competition is 1 February 2013. The authors of the 100 best contributions qualify for the St. Gallen Symposium, which includes the following highlights:

-      Free participation as “Leader of Tomorrow” in the 43rd St. Gallen Symposium

-      Meet 600 distinguished entrepreneurs, top managers, politicians and scientists from more than 60 nations

-      Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds

-      Expenses covered (flight, board and lodging)

-      Chance to win the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, endowed with EUR 20,000.–, including a speech in front of the assembled plenum 

You are encouraged to apply for the competition at http://symp.sg/apply. You may also forward the information about this opportunity to your fellow students and friends as they might be interested in competing for this unique experience as well.

For further information on the 43rd St. Gallen Symposium, you can watch the video trailer under http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSHo56SVLfU&;feature=share&list=PL05930951389E8545 or to visit the website www.symposium.org.  And some details are attached. 

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