These pieces of career advice might have been useful, say, 20 years ago, but in today’s ever-changing Singapore economy, they might only earn you (pun intended) stagnant wages and poor career prospects instead.
In your younger days, the ideal child was the one who never disrupted the class, scored straight As at school, and caused no worry to his parents as he laboured over his homework at work.
At the workplace, it’s about more than what you do – which is why it’s the ones who know how to get the credit they deserve who get ahead.
Worst of all, due to the high turnover rate at many companies, bosses and employees come and go at alarming speeds. If you’re not eye-catching enough, you run a real risk of becoming invisible.
NEXT: Never disagree with your boss →
First, a caveat—if you disagree with your boss insensitively (and he is Singaporean), there is a high chance you will be hated.
At the same time, don’t let your boss’s mistakes go unnoticed and uncorrected, because guess who’ll be the one to take the blame? Diplomatically point out mistakes or points of disagreement – any good boss should respect a well thought out argument, especially if it’s in the interest of improving the business. So make sure you’ve done your homework and don’t be afraid to speak up.
NEXT: The more work you do, the better →
Many employees think that taking on the work of ten people shows that you should be promoted ten times. But that’s not the case. If you can do your job better than other people, you get promoted. If you simply do more work than others, be prepared to get saddled with a heavier workload.
The more work you have, the less thoroughly you’ll be able to complete all your tasks. The trick is to have just enough work to enable you to display your talents, learn and grow, but not enough to drown yourself in a hellish sea of multitasking.
NEXT: Don’t job hop →
The predecessors in your role may have worked in the same company for 30 years, but that mightn’t be all that smart in this day, age and economy. (Isn’t that probably why you moved to Singapore as an expat?)
Changing jobs strategically is one way you can win yourself a nice pay rise, get promoted faster and expand your skill set.
In fact, those who stay in the same job for too long are putting themselves at risk of suffering from stagnant wages. So, be cognisant of the fact that every job has an expiry date and plan accordingly.
NEXT: Just shut up and work →
By Joanne Poh, MoneySmart, April 2017
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