This table is compiled with the results of the annual Graduate Employment Survey (GES) which is administered to graduates about 6 months after taking their final examinations in NTU, NUS, SIT & SMU. 14,868 graduates from NTU, NUS, SIT and SMU were surveyed and the overall response rate obtained was 75%. Salaries shown are on per-month basis.
Tip #1: Use the search box on the right corner of the table to narrow down to courses on your interest. (eg. “engineering” or “business” ) Tip #2: Click the blue row to sort any column in ascending or descending order.
1. The employment rates refer to the number of graduates employed as a proportion of economically active graduates (i.e. graduates who have entered the labour market) as at 1 Nov 2014 (i.e. approximately 6 months after completing their final examinations).
2. Overall employment includes all types of full-time and part-time/temporary employment.
3. Full-time permanent employment refers to employment of at least 35 hours a week and where the employment is not temporary. It includes those on contracts of one year or more.
4. Gross monthly salary pertains only to full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises the basic salary, fixed allowances, over-time pay and commissions. Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, other lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.
5. Gross monthly salary pertains only to full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises the basic salary, fixed allowances, over-time pay and commissions. Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, other lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.
6. National Institute of Education (NIE) is an autonomous institute of NTU.
7. Data on Biomedical Sciences (Traditional Chinese Medicine) graduates is obtained from a follow-up survey on 2013 graduates after they have completed their practical training.
8. **: No data is shown due to the small number of graduates and/or low response rates.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is the difference between mean and median salaries? The mean monthly salary is an average of the salaries of the full-time permanently employed graduates. The median monthly salary is the salary of the ‘central’ (i.e. 50th Percentile) graduate in a set of full-time permanently employed graduates when they are arranged in a sequential order by salary. It is useful to refer to these 2 indicators together. The median is a useful reference when the salary data is not evenly distributed (e.g. when the group contains graduates with exceptionally low or high salaries, especially when the number of respondents is relatively small).
For example, although the median gross monthly salary for the Accountancy and Business course offered by NTU shows that 50% of the graduates are earning $3,350 or less, the mean gross monthly salary is about $3,727. This indicates that there are some high earners who have raised the mean salary. In contrast, the mean gross monthly salary of Bioengineering graduates is relatively similar to the median gross monthly salary. This indicates that salaries are more evenly distributed on both sides of the median for this group of graduates.
2. What do the 25th and 75th percentile gross monthly salaries indicate?
If there are 100 students from that course who responded, then the 25th percentile (i.e. the lower quartile) gross monthly salary indicates that 75 graduates earn more than that salary, and the 75th percentile (i.e. the upper quartile) indicates that 25 graduates earn more than the gross monthly salary indicated.
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Counselling offers a safe and confidential space for us to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Most of us could benefit from a few sessions, but the costs can add up!
If you’re in need of a professional listening ear, we invite you to check out these avenues available at no (to low) cost. Remember, you are not alone!
Offers: Online counselling services for individuals above 18 that face marital, divorce and parenting difficulties
The CPH team comprises qualified counsellors from the Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres (FAM@FSC). To register for appointments, create an account and speak to the team via live chat expressing your desire to speak with a counsellor. First-time users do not need to book appointments. If you require further sessions, your counsellor will schedule them with you.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm (excluding public holidays)
Offers: 5 counselling sessions (valid for 3 months)
Do note that IASH.SG charges a $20 administrative fee
IASH offers online counselling sessions from intern counsellors that are fulfilling their practicum hours. You can fill and submit the form on their website, and a counsellor will be assigned to you. As the counsellors are not fully-fledged, you may be referred to more experienced professionals if your case is complex.
If all you need is simply a listening ear, IASH offers a Hear Buds service! This pairs you up with peers trained in Person-Centred Psychology who will listen and guide you to find solutions to your challenges or concerns.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm (excluding public holidays)
Offers: Helpline (toll-free)
AWARE’s hotline is run by women for women, and is manned by trained volunteers and staff. They are able to take calls in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. The organisation also offers affordable counselling services, chargeable at 2% of your salary if your pay is $3,000 and above — or at a flat rate of $35 if your salary is below that.
Hours: The helpline operates from Mondays to Fridays, 10 am to 6pm
Silver Ribbon Singapore
Offers: Free Zoom, face-to-face, or phone counselling services
Silver Ribbon Singapore offers complimentary counselling services in English, Mandarin or Dialect (Hokkien, Cantonese and Teochew). You can register for the services via this form. The organisation requests that all clients be on-time, as there will be no extensions. Sessions will last for up to an hour.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am-5pm (excluding Public Holidays)
Contact: email@example.com, 6386 1928
Offers: Free counselling for individuals or families (fees by donation)
SAMH has been offering counselling services since 1981, and you will be counselled by experienced mental health professionals with a Master Degree in Psychology and/or Counselling. Each session is approximately 45 minutes to an hour long.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am – 1pm , 2pm – 6pm (excluding Public Holidays). Evening counselling sessions are available for existing clients (by appointment and subject to counsellor’s availability)
Contact: 1800-283-7019 (to arrange for appointments)
Offers: Family Counselling for families with at least one Singaporean or Permanent Resident family member
Fei Yue’s services are supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and family counselling services are available at its FAM@FSC (Fei Yue – Choa Chu Kang) centre. The centre serves families living in Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9:30am to 6:00pm
Location: Blk 281, Choa Chu Kang Ave 3, #01-348, Singapore 680281
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 6235 5229
The following are counselling services open only to each university’s students.
SMU Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre
Offers: Individual and group counselling, workshops and seminars
You can make an appointment online via the SMU website.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9.30am to 5.30pm (Closed on weekends and Public Holidays)
Location: Li Ka Shing Library Concourse, #B1-44 (next to OCBC FRANK Bank)
Contact: 6828 0786, email@example.com
NUS University Counselling Services
Offers: Short-term individual counselling, talks, workshops
Location: University Health Centre, Level 1 (20 Lower Kent Ridge Road)
Contact: +65 6516 2376, firstname.lastname@example.orgNTU (University Counselling Centre)
Offers: Professional counselling services
NTU students can find out more about the services available (and hours) via the school intranet.
Location: Level 2, University Health Service Building (36 Nanyang Ave)
SUTD (Wellbeing Services)
Offers: Professional counselling services, self-help psycho-educational resources, talks, workshops and training for personal growth, life skills and mental health and wellbeing
SUTD Wellbeing Services offers current SUTD students counselling at no charge. Sessions are conducted face-to-face.
Hours: Mondays to Fridays (closed on weekends and Public Holidays)
Location: Building 1, Level 5, Room 1.517 (near Lobby C)
Offers: Counselling, life coaching, and workshops
SUSS’s C-three Centre is home to a team of professional counsellors, psychologists and life coaches, and its services are open to both full-time and part-time SUSS students. Appointments are offers online and in-person appointments can be made online, and any cancellation or rescheduling requests must be made with at least 24 hours’ notice.
9.00am – 9.00pm (Mondays to Thursdays)
9.00am – 5.30pm (Fridays)
Closed on weekends and Public Holidays
Location: Blk A, Level 3. Room 3.05B
Contact: +65 6248 1600 (Mondays to Fridays, 9.00am to 5.30pm), email@example.com
If you’re facing emotional turmoil, anxiety, or relationship issues, remember that reaching out for help is a courageous act of self-care. Don’t be afraid to try out one of these services and invest in your mental health!
As my 6-month internship is coming to an end, I wanted to share my experience to give some insights to current university students interested in working in Human Resources, more precisely – Talent Acquisition.
For more backstory, I am about to enter my 3rd year of university during the upcoming semester. If you have read my previous article on ‘The Consequences of Overloading in University,’ I mentioned that during the first semester of my second year I pushed myself over the limit. Hence, I was unable to study properly, and my health took a turn for the worse, which led to me deciding to take up my credit-bearing internship early, and for 6 months, as a break from school.
I am a Philosophy Major, which I hope to talk more about in a future article. To keep it short and simple, being a Philosophy major means that I have a broad range of study, and it is related to other disciplines that I can explore in school, such as Psychology or even Sciences. However, since Philosophy is so broad and abstract, there isn’t a definitive job tied to it unless I were a lecturer or an academic researcher. Those often require a specialization on a philosophical topic and either a Master’s Degree or PhD. Therefore, it took me a while (and a lot of research) to figure out what I could do for an internship.
I had some background in Mass Communications, but decided not to pursue it after studying it during my gap year because it did not cater to my interests as much as philosophy and research did. Furthermore, after researching, I found that philosophy students could go into any area if they had the required skillset. However, I was not well-versed in coding, nor do I have much marketing background. Moreover, I was in competition with students who studied these topics in university. While I had some background in Mass Communications, and interests in Politics, it makes more logical sense to hire students that were more well-versed in those topics than me.
However, I was lucky as I was scouted on LinkedIn based on my previous portfolio at a company to be their Corporate Affairs Intern. That was when I decided to look into more internships within the corporate sector and found that I could fulfil the requirements of being a Corporate Affairs Intern, Public Relations Intern, and HR Intern. It did not matter to me that I did not have a strong background in either business or mass communications. After all, it never hurts to try, and if I do not get it, then the right person did.
There is no harm in trying and learning, especially as a university student who is still trying to figure out what they want to do in the future.
After a few applications, interviews, and rejections, I was offered the position of HR Intern (Recruitment Marketing) at my current company, Versuni, or maybe you would be more familiar with its former name – Philips Domestic Appliances. Many people may be unfamiliar with what recruitment marketing is, but it is essentially talent acquisition where we scout and help fill different positions in the company. Sort of like the middleman between the hiring managers and the candidates! Moreover, it also has some marketing aspects regarding how we can improve promoting different roles with how we post them on sites such as LinkedIn, or even designing a few banners here and there. Thus, the start of my 6-month internship.
My Job Scope:
I will not bore you with the specific details or job descriptions they put on LinkedIn, but I will try my best to simplify what I did for you, the readers. I started my role as a Talent Acquisition Intern for APAC in December and will leave in June. At first, it was a bit confusing: as with any internships, I joined early to do the handover with the previous intern and got to know the team. There was a lot of information to take in, and I am glad I had the previous intern to guide me for a couple of weeks before she left.
One of the main things I was doing was helping my supervisor schedule interviews for different roles across APAC, such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Korea. However, my main job scope was to help scout local university students for our different internship positions. I looked through the pile of applicants and essentially scrutinized their resumes to see if they were suitable for the role based on the job description, then forwarded their profiles to the hiring managers.
Afterwards, I will heed the hiring managers’ feedback and schedule interviews with the selected candidates. There were other things involved, such as calling up the candidates to get to know them a bit better – such as finding out more about their previous experiences or interests with the role before the interview, and basically being the line of communication between them and the company.
Of course, I have also helped handle some full-timer roles, and I must admit I was very slow when I first began. There is a specific format to the emails and communication with the candidates, and since I was new to talent acquisition, it took me a while to acclimate. However, I surprisingly enjoyed my work more than I thought, and was able to take up even more projects as time went on.
Why did I choose Talent Acquisition?
Apart from the reasons I shared earlier, another reason is because I love communicating with others. Whenever I attend an interview, I always get asked: “How does this job relate to Philosophy?” and you would probably think that this is a killer question since most people think Philosophy is about figuring out the meaning of life. Well, there is more to Philosophy than just theories, there is a lot of practicality in the subject that I could apply to daily life, and because it is so broad, I am able to connect the study to anything.
I remember answering something along the lines of how ethics comes into play with ethics that I studied.
A very broad understanding of ethics includes the theory of utilitarianism, which entails that a choice is to be made that benefits the majority. When it comes to recruiting, there’s this responsibility of scouting for the candidate that will benefit the company the most. While the eventual choice is not ours to make, we are the ones screening who the hiring managers see. Furthermore, it also helps me practice critical thinking and reasoning, when deciding which candidates are a good fit or if there are any subtle ‘red flags’ to look out for.
However, I also chose to do TA because I love to interact with people. While I consider myself an introvert, I find this fun. I believe that TA helped me expose myself to people of different ranks within the company and develop my communication skills based on who I talk to. Other than that, I also find it quite fruitful since I am essentially helping them find someone they need. It’s like a metaphorical version of corporate matchmaking where I see who the best fit for the role is and the team and try to match them together.
I find that company culture really impacts your experience working an internship. If you’re in a stressful environment, you may be motivated to work harder, but over time it takes a toll, and you might burn out. I am not saying that we did not have any busy moments, but it’s the company you keep around you during such moments that make it more bearable. My previous internship was kind of a high-stress environment to which I did not cope well in, and that’s okay because there are people who thrive in that environment, and some that don’t.
Fortunately, I had a very good team to accompany me throughout. There were two other interns in my department, and we all grew close with the rest of the team. When I first arrived, the previous intern guided me through the different processes of what we needed to do, how emails should be formatted and just taught me the guidelines we needed to adhere to.
I was fortunate that one of my co-workers had also recommended me to the TA Lead in Netherlands to support in possible projects alongside her which were a bonus from my original job scope. Moreover, I was also trusted by the HR Lead in Singapore for a secondary project. I had so many opportunities in developing my skills for TA, and was fortunate enough to be handed different projects, which I believed strengthened my appreciation for HR.
However, not everything was smooth sailing. There were times where I had encountered the occasional bump in the road, such as struggling to find suitable candidates for the different roles available, as well as the rare instances of miscommunication between me and some of the stakeholders. For example, there was an instance where I struggled and felt guilty because I was having trouble finding a suitable candidate for a specific role, and mishaps including those that were scheduled to be interviewed kept happening – such as, having no-shows for interviews or last-minute rescheduling.
I guess in a way, it also taught me how tough the job can be despite only being an intern. I would say that my experience was just a tiny crack allowing me to peek into the world of HR. For example, my knowledge of HR was quite basic, thinking that it was essentially like the team that handled all internal affairs, such as employee welfare, payroll, etc. While that is a part of HR, I was able to understand more of TA, and how TA is more of the external affairs related to HR.
It helped me gain more respect for the work done by both the people in my team, and others working the same discipline.
Furthermore, since I was involved in other projects, I was also able to tap into my creativity and develop my marketing skills with some of the tasks assigned to me. Of course, there was a lot of trial and error done since it was something new for me to try. Other than that, I also felt some pressure being assigned these tasks with thoughts of “I’m just an intern, why was I assigned to do this? Or to be the lead in this?” because I was overwhelmed. However, just because I had these thoughts does not mean I wasn’t grateful. I was able to develop my own proposals and plans for the different projects, and gain feedback.
Hence, I believe that this internship taught me more than what I had expected to learn. I came in thinking I would do ‘saikang’ work only related to TA, but what I was able to participate in, and achieve were so much more than that.
To end this, I would like to thank my team once again for being so kind and supportive towards me throughout this 6-month internship. Furthermore, I am so grateful to have stumbled into this opportunity, and I would recommend those studying HR or TA to apply for that internship because you don’t know how much opportunities to explore would fall into your life. For those considering HR, I would also recommend you try it out, possibly through an internship or asking people you know around you what it is like because it could be completely different from what you expect.
Good luck to everyone doing their summer/semester internships during the upcoming months! Have fun and take the time to enjoy and learn as much as you can during that time.
Apple fans, where you at?
We don’t have to share the pros of using an Apple device or owning the entire Apple ecosystem. The brand has a loyal fan following that knows this very well. Instead, we’re sharing some useful tips and tricks to maximise your MacBook or iMac.
(If you already know them all, kudos to you!)
1) The Clock App
I can’t live without my phone’s clock/alarm app — it takes care of everything from morning alarms to recipe timings. I also use it for office naps (sanctioned ones!), but on the lowest volume level for fear of disrupting a colleague who is “in the zone”.
One day, to my surprise, I discovered that the newer MacBooks and iMacs (those running on macOS Ventura) have a Clock app too! It has the same features as the iPhone’s Clock app, so using it will be a breeze. This is handy for when your phone needs to charge in a different room or when you need to stash it away for maximum productivity.
The best part? You can plug in your earpieces and be alerted instantly when the time is up!
2) The “Stacks” Shortcut
Save everything onto your desktop out of convenience? Finding things a little too messy?
If you’ve been manually shuffling everything, you’ve been doing it all wrong and “Stacks” is here to save the day! Through this shortcut, you can automatically organize files into neat, categorized stacks. Here’s how to use it:
There are two ways to enable Stacks. The first is to go to your desktop, then click on the “View” menu in the menu bar. From there, select “Use Stacks”. Alternatively, simply right-click on the desktop and choose “Use Stacks”.
Once enabled, your files will be automatically grouped into different categories based on file types. To view the files within a stack, simply click on it, and it will expand to display its contents!
Want to hide the stacks temporarily? That’s doable! You can collapse them by simply right-clicking on the desktop and choosing “Collapse Stacks”. Handy, isn’t it?
3) “Floating” a Note on the Desktop
Most of you may know this hack, but we’ll share it with those that don’t!
When researching for an assignment, or taking notes, you may find yourself toggling frantically between your notetaking document and the webpage. Apple has a way to solve this! Open a fresh note in your Notes app, and right-click to open it in a separate window. You can then select Window -> Keep on Top from the menu bar.
Your note will now remain above other open application windows, even if you switch between apps! This won’t apply when you have an app in full-screen mode, however!
4) Find the Emojis
Need the perfect emoji for a reply or a text document? Sure, you can find it easily in the relevant social media app with a quick search or on emoji dictionary websites, but there’s another way! The “Command + Control + Spacebar” shortcut pulls out an emoji keyboard. Clicking on the icon on the top right expands the keyboard to reveal helpfully categorized symbols such as the em dash (—)! You will no longer need to search the Internet!
5) Spotlight(ing) Convenience
Did you know how easy the Spotlight Search feature makes things? Apart from its search and app launching capabilities, it also doubles up as a dictionary, currency converter, unit converter, weather reporter (for any country), simple calculator, and temperature converter!
Don’t believe us? Give it a spin. You won’t have to open multiple tabs or interrupt your flow of thought any longer!
6) Locating a Missing Cursor
Sometimes your cursor gets lost amidst a sea of documents or items. If you need some help finding it, here’s the solution: just wiggle your mouse or finger back and forth rapidly for a few seconds. Your cursor will soon make its presence felt by increasing in size!
7) Quickly Hiding Windows
Need to share screen on Zoom or show your friend/colleague something? If there is an irrelevant window or one that pops up all of a sudden, don’t get flustered! Just use the shortcut “Command + H”. You will not quit the app but only hide the window. When you need it to make a triumphant return, just click on the app’s icon on the Dock!
There you are: seven small but mighty hacks that will make your work and study life a whole lot easier! How many did you know before reading this article, and do you have any to share with us? Let us know in the comments so that we can learn, too!
We face many challenges as we navigate our careers and work towards our goals.
Fortunately, many have walked the paths before us! There is a wealth of wisdom and insight to be gained from successful business leaders and inspiring figures who have overcome obstacles, achieved great things, and failed terribly themselves. Here’s some wisdom from nine of them.
1) Ben Horowitz
Co-founder and General Partner of American venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz
“In my experience as CEO, I found that the most important decisions tested my courage far more than my intelligence. Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous, and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly.”
Courage becomes the driving force behind the most important choices in life. It enables us to step out of our comfort zones, overcome fear and doubt, embrace change and risks, trust our instincts, and embody our personal values.
2) Oprah Winfrey
Media executive, talk show host, and philanthropist
“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”
Often, we find ourselves doing things that may not align perfectly with our ultimate goals — goals which could also change as we grow in life experiences.
Through these experiences, however, we gain invaluable skills, knowledge, and insights that contribute to our personal and professional growth. These provide a foundation for building a successful future, allowing us to gather the resources, connections, and expertise necessary to transition to what we truly want to do.
So, while it may not always be easy, or immediately gratifying, always try making the most of where you are now!
3) Warren Buffett
CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway
“The best investment you can make is in yourself.”
You’ve probably heard this from just about everyone, but hear it from one of the most successful investors of all time too! You are the only constant in your life, so why not pour more energy and effort into yourself?
You will enhance your confidence, self-worth, adaptability and resilience. This also benefits your career and overall well-being and fulfilment. It’s one of the hardest things because improvement will not be visible overnight, but keep at it, and one day you may find yourself where you hoped to be years ago!
4) Indra Nooyi
Former CEO and Chairperson of PepsiCo
“You have to be constantly reinventing yourself and investing in yourself.”
While this quote is similar to Warren Buffett’s, we are including it because of the truth it holds in today’s fast-changing world. The most sought-after jobs and skills can seemingly change overnight, and technology will always keep us on our toes.
Here’s another great quote from her!
“The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you.”
Change begins within and with you!
5) Bill Gates
Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
Bill Gates warns against becoming complacent: success can lead to overconfidence.
“…life isn’t a one-act play…You probably feel a lot of pressure right now to make the right decisions about your career. It might feel like those decisions are permanent. They’re not. What you do tomorrow – or for the next ten years – does not have to be what you do forever.”
You’re not signing your future away to your first role!
Not long ago, he also shared this valuable piece of advice to graduating students at the Northern Arizona University commencement ceremony. Life is a long road, and what you choose as your major or first career is only the first step. During this same speech, he also reminded them to spend more time with their loved ones.
6) Jeff Bezos
Founder of Amazon
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon and one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. He believes that success comes from consistent, deliberate practice and the development of good habits.
Excellence is not an act but a habit because it requires consistent effort, continuous improvement, high standards, building trust, and creating a positive feedback loop. By making excellence a habit, we embed it into our daily lives and work, allowing us to perform at our best and achieve remarkable results consistently.
7) Sheryl Sandberg
Former Chief Operating Officer of Facebook (now Meta)
“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.”
Sheryl Sandberg reminds us how careers are not a linear path, but rather a series of ups and downs, twists and turns. You’ll need flexibility and adaptability in order to succeed.
8) Steve Jobs
Former co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”
Did you know Apple, now one of the most valuable companies in the world, actually faced numerous challenges and setbacks? It struggled in the late 1980s and early 1990s, almost going bankrupt, before the introduction of innovative products like the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
Even large and successful businesses face obstacles and setbacks along their journey: what more us? Persistence, resilience and many minds brought them to where they are today.
Interested in more of such stories? Check out Walt Disney and Starbucks!
9) Irene Rosenfield
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mondelēz International
“I talk a lot about taking risks and then I follow that up very quickly by saying, ‘Take prudent risks’”
(Mondelēz International is home to big brands such as Oreo, Halls and Ritz)
Prudent risks? Irene Rosenfield reminds us how #YOLO is sometimes not the wisest idea. When taking risks, you should still make the most informed decision you can. Remember to have contingency plans or strategies, and make sure that you’re fully aware of what you’re getting yourself into!
Prudent risk-taking recognizes that not all risks will lead to success, but also how these serve as valuable lessons for future decision-making. This way, we can work toward continuous improvement and adaptation in the face of changing circumstances!
Love watching Youtube beauty bloggers and their tutorials?
If you’ve ticked every box above, you’ve probably considered becoming a makeup artist at least once in your life. While you can be self-taught, thanks to the internet and the wealth of information available online today, there are also courses you can take to acquire a stronger foundation. There are even Diplomas/certifications if you desire to go even further.
We’ve put together a starter list of professional make up courses in Singapore that you can check out right below:
*All course fees are for 2023 intakes and are subject to changes depending on the school; fees do not include misc. fees. This is only a list and not an endorsement of the courses listed, so please do adequate research of your own before choosing any!
The School of Make-up was founded in 1999 and is headed by make-up guru Peter Angel Wanneck, who has more than 20 years of experience in the make-up industry. The school, located near Tanjong Pagar, has facilities such as Hydraulic Pump Adjustable Chairs and two full-mirrored classrooms. Aside from make-up courses, you can also take up hairstyling courses here. Check their portfolio out here.
Accreditation: The School of Make-up is registered with the Committee of Private Education
Duration: 3 days
Curriculum: The course will go through make up basics, such as Foundation Application and Lip Shaping, before teaching students how to do three makeup looks (casual day make up, sophisticated evening make up, as well as bridal make up). You’ll also learn a few hairstyling techniques/dos’, like the classy semi-up!
Classes involve demonstrations followed by hands-on sessions. A starter kit will be provided.
Course Fees: SGD 1288
Prospects: If you’re still keen to learn more, you can enrol in the Certificate of High Proficiency in Make-up Artistry course. More make-up looks and hairstyles will be covered, these including bridal accessories placement (hair) and B&W make-up.
One Academy is run by Taiwanese makeup and hairstyling mentor Ivy Chen, One Academy offers both personal and professional makeup classes. The Academy has done makeup for events like Liang Wern Fook’s Charity Concert. The Advanced Professional Makeup Artistry Course has a small class size of 4-8 people. For those looking to start from the beginning, the Academy also offers a Basic Course.
Accreditation: The school is currently not accredited by CPE.
Duration: 10 lessons. 3 hrs per lesson
Curriculum: The course covers content such as doll-like make-up techniques, stage make-up, bridal make-up, and so on.
Course Fees: SGD 1500
Prospects: You will be equipped with the skills to start out as a freelance makeup artist.
Tracy Immanuel is a makeup artist with seven years of experience, and she has worked with Mediacorp celebrities, brides and more. She offers courses for personal and professional makeup.
Accreditation: Tracy Immanuel MakeUp is currently not accredited by CPE.
Duration: Please enquire with Tracy
Curriculum: Please enquire with Tracy
Course Fees: Please enquire with Tracy
Prospects: You will be equipped with the skills to start out as a freelance makeup artist.
The 4-day concise makeup course is the first and only makeup course in Singapore that does not make use of concealer! The course is mentored by the school’s founder, makeup artist and consultant, Liren Neo, who has over 20 years of professional makeup experience—some of the work she has done includes corporate makeup for Fortune 500 companies and SMEs. Course notes and cosmetics will be provided.
Accreditation: The school is not certified with CPE.
Duration: 4 days, 6 hours each
Curriculum: Makeup fundamentals, how to create the double eyelid effect, day and evening makeup, wedding day makeup, taught through demonstrations and hands-on workshops.
Course Fees: SGD 1,800
Prospects: Improves your skills and opportunities to do freelance makeup work in Singapore. The school does offer other courses such as a Bridal Make-up course that will teach you Bridal Make-up skills, and a WSQ competency-based makeup course.
The Bloom Pro Academy offers a Professional Hair and Make-up course that can be taken full-time or part-time, for those interested in bridal makeup and hairstyling. Class sizes are small, and kept to 1–2 pax. All students will receive a free professional luxe 8-piece BloomKIT brush set, a Bloom Pro Academy Certificate of Completion, and 24/7 WA support.
Accreditation: The school is not certified with CPE.
Duration: 64 hours
Curriculum: Theory, bridal makeup, bridal hairstyling, full bridal look
Course Fees: $4500 for one-to-one class, $3500 for two pax class (per person). The academy also offers three-month instalment plans.
Prospects: Improves your skills and opportunities to do freelance makeup work in Singapore. The school offers trial classes if you are unsure about committing.
AESTA is made up of Artemis Beauty, a homegrown boutique providing professional semi-permanent makeup services and Esta Hsu Makeup, one of the leading makeup artists in Singapore. They offer a range of makeup courses, from personal makeup courses to professional makeup courses, as well as Master courses for the experienced.
You will be provided with a Certificate of Completion after the course.
Accreditation: The school is not certified with CPE.
Duration: Please enquire with the school
Curriculum: Please enquire with the school
Course Fees: Please enquire with the school
D’Rose International Beauty Academy was established in 2020, but the makeup studio has been offering makeup courses since 2014. The professional course has been designed with current trends and demand in mind. Class sizes are small and according to the studio, the class can go toward International Baccalaureate diploma credit.
Accreditation: The school is not certified with CPE.
Duration: 50 hours (10 sessions, 5 hours each)
Curriculum: Use of cosmetics and tools, daily makeup/work makeup/dating makeup, Basic Hairstyles, current fashion makeup, makeup and styling of Japanese and Korean girl groups, Chinese makeup for stars, bridal makeup, Chinese style and ancient style makeup, Xiuhe suits bridal look
Course Fees: $2,680
Prospects: Improves your skills and opportunities to do freelance makeup work in Singapore.
The Asia Beauty-art-Experts Association (ABEA) started in Korea and, today, has branches and offices in Asia, South East Asia, Europe and the Americas. ABEA’s Makeup Masterclass comes with an artist make up kit, an ABEA Member Certificate and a Badge of Recognition, student consultation and support, and lifetime support from the association.
Group and one-to-one classes are available.
Accreditation: The school is not certified with CPE.
Duration: 4 days
Curriculum: Makeup application and tips, photoshoot and modelling makeup, Korean Water Dew makeup
Course Fees: Please enquire with ABEA
Prospects: Improves your skills and opportunities to do freelance makeup work
The Institute of Makeup Artistry offers a newly-launched course that, according to the school, is chock full of content and support for students. Written and taught by industry-leading makeup experts, they not only offer comprehensive learning materials and direct contact with a personal tutor, but also access to an exclusive Facebook group and a free website portfolio.
Accreditation: The school has received accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (US), and is a member of the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.
Duration: Self-paced, 24 weeks on average
Curriculum: 12 modules and 12 (graded assignments). Modules will cover theatre stage makeup, special effects makeup and character makeup, just to name a few. It will also teach you some tips and basics on how to be a freelance make-up artist. For more information, please download the course prospectus.
Course Fees: SGD 1099. Payment in instalments is available.
Prospects: Be equipped with the skills to work as a freelance makeup artist.
Taken any of these courses? Share your feedback with us below, or drop us a comment if you have any to recommend!
Are you excited to embark on your educational journey at university? I bet you are! As a current undergraduate student, I know how daunting it can be to deal with all the application processes. Having gone through the nitty-gritty details, I will explain the university application process and the importance of taking your time to understand the respective course offerings.
Let’s dive right in: here are five tips that helped me during my university application process!
Tip 1: Start early
It would help if you started as early as possible as early as possible, especially since there are so many courses to look through and schools to compare against. Many students overlook the importance of getting started early, or some are too overwhelmed to know where to start.
Firstly, create a timeline of the important application dates of the prospective universities you are aiming for. Log them into your Google Calendars or your phone’s calendars and turn on a reminder one day before. Secondly, make rough notes of the potential courses you are interested in and those you want to learn more about. Having a clear to-do list while course searching is beneficial to not miss out on any information you need! Thirdly, ensure that you check the respective university requirements.
Speaking from personal experience, I did not prepare my CCA Transcripts and Recognition Letters until it was one day before the deadline! So do not be like me and check all the necessary documents that you would require for the respective school’s application process.
Tip 2: Research universities thoroughly
Researching all the available universities is crucial before applying. I know many of us make a beeline for the university our friends want to attend, the one offering our favourite course, or even what is deemed popular in society.
It’s okay to narrow down your scope, but your first step is to acknowledge what other courses are out there. Open up a blank Word document or write them down in a notebook that you always use. List all the factors to consider, such as location, programs, campus culture, and student body.
Tip 3: Know your strengths and interests
It’s important to know what your strengths, weaknesses, and, most importantly, your interests are. The million-dollar question everyone asks is, do we follow our passion or what earns more? While there isn’t a wrong choice, make sure the decision is solely yours and not one instigated by external factors. After identifying what you want to pursue, start researching programs that align with your strengths and interests.
Tip 4: Make a strong application
You only have one shot to impress your interviewer and definitely don’t want to mess it up. For every strong application, make sure you include the following:
This list is not definite, and I strongly urge you to check against the respective university’s application requirements.
How to create a strong application:
Now comes the part where everyone gets overwhelmed: crafting an amazing application. Some university applications require applicants to submit a 500-word personal essay on a specific topic. Start practising your writing and interviewing skills weeks or even months before the deadline. Your university application essay is a chance to show the admissions committee who you are, what you’ve experienced, and what you’ve accomplished. To start, make sure you read the essay prompt carefully and brainstorm ideas that reflect your strengths and interests. Be bold and use specific examples to illustrate your points and create a story that flows well.
Remember, practice makes perfect! So, it’s a great idea to start practising your writing and interview skills well before the application deadline. You can set aside time specifically to work on your essay and ask for feedback from teachers, mentors, or peers to help you improve. Don’t worry about revising your essay several times to ensure it’s polished and truly reflects your best self.
It’s normal to feel nervous during the application process but try not to let it overshadow your talents and accomplishments. Remember, the admissions committee is interested in getting to know the real you, so be authentic and honest in your essay.
You can do this!
The university application process can be challenging and overwhelming, but with proper organization, you can make it a manageable journey. Keeping track of deadlines is crucial to avoid missing out on admission to your desired university. Utilizing tools such as spreadsheets or calendars can help you prioritize tasks, allocate your time efficiently, and manage your workload effectively.
In addition, it is important to take the time to research universities thoroughly, identify your strengths and interests, and make a strong application that showcases your abilities and achievements.
By following these tips, you can make the university application process less daunting and increase your chances of success. Remember that this is an exciting journey towards achieving your educational goals, and by staying organized and focused, you can make the most out of this experience. Take your time, get feedback, and show off your unique qualities to increase your chances of getting into the university of your dreams.
Public speaking is the art of designing and delivering a presentation live before an audience, and it gives many of us the jitters.
This you most of the time? I can relate.
Like it or hate it, it plays a major role in many people’s lives, both in one’s career (this includes school!) and personal life. From presentations to speeches, good public speaking skills help us to:
Come across as more knowledgeable of our subject material
Look confident and stand out from our peers
Lead better by being able to communicate effectively
Better position oneself as a thought leader
Improve our critical thinking skills (from having to organise the flow of speeches, for example)
If you’d like to brush up on your public speaking, consider taking a course! Public speaking courses help you learn from professionals while giving you a chance to polish your skills in the classroom in front of a ready audience! Of course, classes like these will only achieve maximum results if you continue to practise even after they’ve ended.
Here’s a list of places in Singapore where you can take a public speaking class!
Course List For Adults
* All fees are in SGD unless otherwise stated and are up to date as of May 2023. This is only a list and not an endorsement of the courses listed, so please do adequate research of your own before choosing any course!1. Knowles Training Institute – Ultimate Public Speaking Skill Mastery Course in Singapore
Knowles Training Institute focuses on delivering corporate training, with past clients including the likes of Mediacorp and ST Engineering. Their Ultimate Public Speaking Skill Mastery Course has a class size ranging between 5–20 participants and provides a lot of materials to enhance learning. Materials comprise a Public Speaking Skill Learner’s Guide, Key Takeaway Notes, an Essentials Ebook, course handouts, a 30-Day Action Plan, a MindMaps Pack, copies of the course’s PowerPoint slides, a Long-term Memory Flash Cards Pack, an E-Learning Course, an Online Video Course, an AudioBook, and an Infographics Pack. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Duration: 2 days (9am–5pm)
What you’ll learn: Taught via blended-learning, course objectives include learning how to identify various public speaking methods, how to identify your audience before a speech, how to create an outline of your speech, how to flesh out your speech, how to deliver your speech and overcome nervousness, as well as how to handle difficult questions and answers.
2. Public Speaking Academy – World Champion Certification Programme (Level 1)
Founded by Darren Tay, the winner of the 2016 World Championship of Public Speaking sponsored by Toastmasters International, the Public Speaking Academy offers a variety of courses from kid to adult level. The World Champion Certification Programme is a regular group training class with a small class size (15 students max). Practice is intense; students will get to spend up to 70% of class time putting into practice the theories and techniques they have learnt. Participants will receive printed handouts and video recordings of their own speech deliveries so that they may perform an evaluation of their performances at the conclusion of the course.
Duration: 3 months (weekly lessons, each lesson being 2 hours long)
What you’ll learn: Body language, Language Skills, Impromptu speaking techniques, Interview skills, Powerpoint Presentation skills, Emceeing, Persuasive Speech, Informative Speech, Advanced Linguistic skills
Fees: 240/4 lessons, 720 total (nett, optional exam fee at $60)
3. British Council (Singapore) — Effective Public Speaking Workshop
Established in 1934, the British Council is the UK’s international cultural relations and educational opportunities organisation. They offer English and Corporate Training Courses, and their Effective Public Speaking Workshop is open to anyone interested in becoming a better public speaker. Participants will learn how to develop and deliver a speech on a topic of their choice and will receive feedback from fellow participants and their trainer.
Classes are held at British Council’s Toa Payoh Centre.
Duration: 2 days
What you’ll learn: How to plan, build, and deliver a speech (examples of topics include using frameworks and rhetorical devices), giving impromptu talks, and managing emotions.
Fees: 1,049.00 (excluding GST)
SkillsFuture Claimable: Please enquire with British Council (Singapore)
4. Be The VOICE Academy – Presentation Skills Program
Be The VOICE Academy is a presentation skills training centre that believes speaking well is an art which can be learnt. Founded by Brian Lee, who got a taste of teaching voice training when coaching the emcees of the Singapore Armed Forces for the National Day Parade, the Academy offers a range of corporate, individual and educational programmes. Their clients include organisations such as SMU and Shell. Their Presentation Skills Program is a program catered to individuals that covers the finer details of what makes a successful presentation, such as body language and ways to control the fear of inadequacy.
Duration: Please enquire directly with Be the VOICE Academy.
What you’ll learn: How to overcome stage fright, presentation secrets and skills
Fees: Please enquire directly with Be the VOICE Academy.
SkillsFuture Claimable: Please enquire directly with Be the VOICE Academy.
5. SIM Professional Development – How to Speak with Greater Confidence, Purpose and Impact
The executive education arm of the Singapore Institute of Management, SIM Professional Development, currently offers over 500 executive and business programmes. This programme is one of their spoken communication offerings catering to Administrative and Support staff, Supervisors and Managers (both emerging and new), as well as executives. It will be led by Tan Teck Huat, a professional speaker, speech and voice trainer, and all participants will receive a dictionary to take home and aid their learning with.
Duration: 2 days
What you’ll learn: As per the course outline, participants will learn how to prepare and write their speech’s text, manage stage fright, vocal expression, voice production and clear speech, as well as articulation and pronunciation techniques. Participants will also go through an individual speech and voice analysis.
Fees: $690 for non-members, $600 for SIM members (pre-GST). An early bird fee of 540 is available, and non-members are welcome to sign up for membership to enjoy the discounted rate.
SkillsFuture Claimable: Please enquire with SIM Professional Education.
6. Speak Sell Succeed – Presentation Skills & Public Speaking Course/Workshop
Speak Sell Succeed offers their public speaking courses in two formats: a 2-day workshop and 8-session course. Participants will be provided course materials, refreshments, and post-course support in the form of unlimited review classes and consultations. For the 8-session course, each week revolves around a presentation or public speaking topic. There will be opportunities to practice speeches and presentations during each session, with feedback and suggestions provided
Duration: Choose from a 2-day workshop or an 8-session weekly course
What you’ll learn: non-verbal communication tools, verbal communication tools, your speaking habits and behaviours as well as how to improve or rectify them, and more
SkillsFuture Claimable: Yes
The Public Speaking Academy also offers classes for youths and teens! Everyone will be divided into three age groups (Lower Pri, Upper Pri and Sec & Teens) so that they can focus on developing the relevant communication skills. Monthly themes help students hone their skills in the different types of public speaking, which range from persuasive speech to interview skills.
Duration: 1-year syllabus, with a minimum commitment of 3 months
Fees: $260–290 for four lessons, depending on the age range
What you’ll learn: Foundational skills (such as body language), communication skills (such as interview skills)
2. MindChamps Académie of Stars – Champion Communication programme
The Champion Communication Programme aims to teach students the 7Cs of communication, these being confidence, clarity and conciseness, collaboration, content, critical thinking, creativity and lastly, a champion mindset. According to the school, exercises will be tailored to address each kid’s learning goals.
Classes are available for students aged 4–16, with younger students taking the preparatory course. Students will be exposed to communication modes such as storytelling, vlogging, hosting, and news reporting. They will be able to obtain certifications from Trinity College for Communication Skills and Speech & Drama.
Duration: 90 minutes per class
Fees: Please enquire with the school.
What you’ll learn: Speech techniques and more
3. InspiGenius Education Centre – Public Speaking Training Course
This course is for those aged 6–18 and is conducted online in small class sizes (1 to 5 students). There will be group discussions, simulations, and an edutech platform to help your child/you learn better.
Duration: Please enquire with the school.
Fees: Please enquire with the school.
What you’ll learn: Questioning techniques, empathy, emotional intelligence, how to interact with people, body language, how to tailor speeches to audiences and more.
4. Helen O’Grady Drama Academy – Public Speaking Course for Children
The public speaking course offered by the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy offers a uniquely structured curriculum where no lesson is the same. Classes are conducted in small groups of no more than 12 students and centred around topics and themes relevant to these age groups. If you aren’t ready to commit to a longer course, they also run holiday bootcamps!
Classes are conducted for two age groups: Primary School and Secondary School.
Duration: Classes take place weekly, and each session is an hour long. There are 10 lessons per term, for a total of four terms, but students are welcome to join any time.
Fees: Please enquire with the school
What you’ll learn: speech writing, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, how to engage audience, ad-libbing and more
We hope you’ll grow to be unafraid of public speaking with the help of these courses (or some practice facing a mirror, whichever is best)! May you stand bravely and own the stage. Best of luck!
If you’re a university student, chances are, you’re trying to get that 5.0 CAP or 4.0 GPA, stay involved in your CCA and leadership roles, maintain your family and social life, and even work part-time for extra pocket money.
If you’ve ever felt like you’re trying to squeeze 60 hours into 24 hours, these different productivity tools are for you! While they cannot help you time travel like Hermione Granger’s Time-Turner, they help you organise your life efficiently and maximise your productivity.
Here is an overview of the 10 productivity tools and their features:
Note-taking, project and task organisation, scheduling
Syncs across app and desktop
Syncs across app and desktop
Note-taking, task organisation, reminders
Syncs across app and desktop
Syncs across app and destop
Design posters, presentation slides, diagrams, and more
Syncs across app and desktop
Digital whiteboard mind maps, flowcharts, diagrams, and more
Syncs across app and desktop
Digital whiteboard for mind maps, flowcharts and diagrams
Syncs across app and desktop
Collate availabilities of a group of people
Syncs across app and desktop
Reference management, in-text citations, bibliography generation, and note-taking
Syncs across app (only iOS) and desktop
All-in-one organisational tool
Notion is a versatile tool that can help you keep all your university-related information in one place. You can create pages for different classes, projects and assignments, and even share them with your classmates. Notion is especially great for collaborative projects, as it allows you to assign tasks and track progress.
Customise according to your needs — from simple to-do lists to more complex project management systems
Use available student templates such as Student Dashboard, Grade Calculator, Cornell Notes System, and more!
Create Teamspaces where you can organise content and collaborate for group projects
Trello is a project management tool that uses boards, lists, and cards to help you organise your tasks. You can create different boards for different classes, and add cards for assignments, readings, and study sessions. Trello also has a mobile app, so you can stay on top of your tasks on the go.
Clear visual interface, which makes it easy to see what you need to do at a glance
Collaborate with teammates and organise tasks, delegate tasks, as well as monitor the progress of tasks
Satisfying drag-and-drop functionality for moving tasks up and down in the same list or between lists
3. Google Keep
Google Keep is a simple note-taking app that lets you jot down ideas, make to-do lists, and set reminders. You can also add images and voice memos to your notes, and they’ll sync across your devices. If you’re looking for a simple platform for short notes, to-do-lists, and reminders, this is a great option!
Clear visual interface and simple to use
Colour-code your notes to categorise them and keep them organised
Google Keep is integrated with other Google apps, such as Google Drive and Google Calendar, making it easy to access your notes and reminders anywhere
Todoist is a powerful to-do list app that can help you stay on top of your assignments and deadlines. You can create different projects for different classes, and set due dates and priorities for each task. As with the previous organisational tools, Todoist allows you to collaborate with other users on shared projects.
The “Today” view shows you what you need to do each day
Todoist’s gamification features, such as streaks and karma points, can make productivity feel like a game (albeit a very serious one)
Use labels to tag each task, such as the importance level of tasks, the nature of tasks, estimated time taken for tasks, and more!
Canva is every graphic-design-challenged student’s best friend — whether it’s posters, presentations, or infographics, Canva’s got you covered with a wide variety of templates. With the help of the graphic design tool, you can create professional-looking visuals in no time. You can also create mind maps, timelines, flowcharts and more!
Very beginner-friendly for those with no designing experience!
Versatile and can be used for different subjects — from chart elements for data visualisation, to mood boards and visualising frameworks
Wide variety of free templates for you to choose from
Miro is an online whiteboard for visual collaboration — be it brainstorming and ideation, mapping and diagramming, or strategy and planning. Business students might find some of the available templates handy, such as elaborate customer journey maps, campaign planning timelines, and matrix frameworks. This suits visual learners who want to make their projects stand out.
Miro also lets you work with your classmates in real-time. You can create digital whiteboards, flowcharts, and mind maps, and invite others to contribute.
Infinite canvas — you can create digital boards as large as you need and include a lot of details — zoom in and out to see the big picture or go into important details
Versatile and can be used for different subjects
Wide variety of free templates for you to choose from
7. Google Jamboard
Google Jamboard is a digital whiteboard that lets you sketch out ideas and collaborate with others in real-time. You can add images, sticky notes, and even post-it notes to your board, and share it with your group mates. Google Jamboard is perfect for brainstorming sessions and group presentations.
Simple and easy-to-use interface for simple brainstorming
Laser function comes in handy for presentations
Google Jamboard is integrated with other Google apps, which means that you can easily share your board with others and access it anywhere
When2meet is a simple scheduling tool that lets you find the best time for a group meeting. You can create a custom calendar with available time slots and share it with your group mates. When everyone has filled in their availability, When2meet will generate a schedule that works for everyone.
Simple and straightforward website to visually identify common time slots
9. Google Calendar
Google Calendar is a no-brainer — it’s a simple yet powerful scheduling tool that helps you keep track of all your classes, extracurricular activities, deadlines, and more. You can create different calendars for different aspects of your life, and colour-code them for easy reference. To coordinate schedules with classmates or even your friends and family, simply share your calendar with others to view each other’s schedules and common free slots.
Schedule recurring events such as classes or meetings for a specified timeframe
Colour-code your calendar for easy visual reference
Google Calendar is also integrated with other Google apps, such as Gmail and Google Meet
Writing & Citations
Zotero is a reference management tool that can help you keep track of all of your sources for papers and projects. You can create bibliographies and citations in various formats, and Zotero will even automatically capture information from websites and PDFs.
The Zotero extension allows you to save sources from your browser in one click.
The Zotero word processor plugin assists you with in-text citations and bibliography generation.
Share folders with group mates to collaborate on reference lists.
So there you have it: 10 free productivity tools that can help you manage your busy university life and collaborate with classmates. Don’t underestimate these humble tools – they can potentially save you lots of time tracking sources and writing bibliographies, help you to overcome the inertia to organise and manage your tasks, or even bring your projects up a notch with impressive and engaging visuals!
Looking for a meaningful way to spend your time or just something to do? Why not consider volunteering, then?
Committing our time and energy might seem intimidating to most of us, but it really shouldn’t be the case—especially if you find something closely aligned with your interests and capabilities. There are plenty of volunteering opportunities in SG, and you can help in a huge range of capacities! We’ll get the ball rolling by starting you off with a brief list.
Is the library your second home? Lend your assistance to NLB’s various initiatives! Volunteers can help with programme facilitation and curation, library and patron support, or event management.
Some cool opportunities include the chance to create book displays, help with the indoor garden, and film digital storytelling videos. Ad-hoc volunteering opportunities are also available.
Want to spend your time meaningfully while meeting like-minded peers? Youth Corps Singapore offers volunteering opportunities that are Service-based, Event-based or Skills-based, all with various commitment durations.
There’s just about something for everyone. If you are an avid crafter, you can help out in painting activities for the elderly. If you enjoy the company of elders, you can take part in bonding sessions with seniors at GoodLife! Makan. Passionate about helping fellow youths? Join the Dolphin Befrienders Programme, where you’ll help facilitate weekly mentorship sessions for youths at risk!
Each opportunity may have different requirements; do check their listings for more information.
If you’re a Computer Science student or just a whiz at the Python/Scratch programming language(s), Code in the Community is one way to give back! A Google-sponsored initiative that aims to teach 3000 young Singaporeans from less well-to-do backgrounds basic coding skills over three years, the programme welcomes volunteers to contribute as instructors or assistant instructors. You must be willing to commit for at least six weeks.
Before volunteering commences, you must commit to a mandatory check-in session and 6–8 hours of independent e-learning (materials will be provided).
An Institute of Public Character (IPC), New Life Stories is a non-profit organisation which works toward providing children of incarcerated mothers educational assistance at the preschool level. The organisation seeks volunteers to be Learning Friends (reading volunteers) to children aged 3 to 12.
As a volunteer, you will befriend your young friends through conversations, English storytelling, creative activities and play. The minimum commitment level is an hour weekly, for a period of six months.
If you’re above 18 and are looking for a slightly different kind of volunteering, the Singapore Police Force has the Volunteer Special Constabulary (Community) vocation you can sign up for. Training is spread over six months (you’ll pick up Police procedures, Police defence tactics, as well as first-aid), and you’d be required to perform at least 16 hours of patrol duty monthly. Shifts are typically after office hours, with an hourly duty allowance of $4.60.
VSC Community officers are deployed in Neighbourhood Police Centres and will not carry arms.
An independent registered charity, Playeum works closely with children from at-risk backgrounds, and children with disabilities, to provide them the space and time to play creatively in a safe social environment. They also organise public festivals to showcase the power of creative play. So, if you’re great with children or full of creative spark, this could be right up your alley! You can either sign up to be a Creative Practitioner, Creative Facilitator or Programme Volunteer.
The Food Bank Singapore needs a variety of volunteers to help them with their operations. You could choose to assist with their operations, marketing, R&D or advocacy efforts. Roles range from delivery assistants to event planners and food bank ambassadors. Most voluntary roles allow for flexible timings.
The organisation also requires warehouse volunteers to help sort, take inventory, and pack food donations. Slots open one month in advance, and each session is three hours long.
IRR is an organisation that aims to improve migrant workers’ lives in Singapore by fostering understanding between Singaporeans and workers, providing supplies and encouraging conversation on important issues, and hosting them for a meal, amongst others.
You can sign up to volunteer for their in-house programmes, which include workers’ English virtually, or sign up as a youth volunteer!
Kindlespark is a registered social enterprise connecting tutors to students who require academic assistance, regardless of their socio-economic background. You can sign up to be a paid or pro bono tutor, with the former being paid SGD10–20 hourly depending on student level, and assist with ad-hoc homework questions on the group’s Telegram channel.
You are advised to commit until the end of an academic year to minimise disruption to your tutee’s studies. You must be at least 17 years of age.
Did you know that the Esplanade has volunteering opportunities?
Available roles include Welcome Ambassadors, Festival Assistants (with opportunities to be part of trial audiences!), CARE Buddies (assisting with community engagement programmes and helping guests with diverse needs) and skill-based ones (emcees, technical, artists, speakers). Do fill in their form if you have a fondness for the Arts!
Passionate about the Arts? If so, be an NAC Art Volunteer and spend even more time being exposed to what you love! NAC has a range of volunteer roles that will appeal to all groups of people. Common roles listed by NAC include Arts Befrienders, Photographers, Skills-based Volunteers, Artist Liaison Officers, and Venue Managers.
Different roles and different events require varying levels of commitment. Volunteers will be briefed, and having an arts background is not compulsory.
Enjoy visiting museums, or do you sit on the other end of the spectrum thinking that what lies within is too inaccessible? Whichever end you’re on, a volunteering stint at the museum could be what you’re looking for! The National Museum of Singapore recruits volunteers annually to help out with Front-desk support duties/support to visitors with additional needs/other support and volunteer services. You must be above 18 years old, be people-oriented, and be able to commit for at least two years.
You must also be a Friends of the Museums (FOMs) member.
Love animals? You can apply to become a Docent or Conservation Ambassador with Mandai Wildlife Reserve! Docents must be above 21, and Conservation Ambassadors must be between 15–21 years old. Both roles require you to undergo training and commit to a monthly duty of 2 hours per session, for at least a year.
Docents will need to pay a donation fee of SGD150, and Conservation Ambassadors a training fee of SGD30.
Have you seen the charming feline friends over at Keep C.A.T.S? If you haven’t, the time is now! The animal welfare organization helps to rescue, rehome, and sterilize stray cats (pst, they also offer paid pet photography!). Ways to volunteer abound, including becoming fosterers, transporters, designers or photographers, and so on! You could also choose to become a sponsor, too.
If you are a cat lover, confirm plus chop, we think this volunteering opportunity couldn’t get any better. Love Kuching Project allows ad-hoc volunteers (requests must be made at least five days in advance due to size constraints) for their Play/Clean sessions. They’re exactly what they sound like: help the foster kitties maintain a clean dwelling while getting the chance to play with them! The best part is that the sessions are usually held daily in the evenings so you can pop by after work/a tiring day at school.
A no-kill animal shelter that’s home to around 700 dogs and cats, Animal Lovers League welcomes both ad-hoc and long-term volunteers while gently reminding interested parties for the latter to be prepared to commit to less than glamorous tasks. Volunteer work includes showering, walking the dogs, and cleaning the shelter’s facilities. There is no pressure if you’re not ready to be in it for the long haul. You can help ALL in their ad-hoc events (booth manning and dog handling, for example) or help them with writing/photography/design-based tasks!
SoSD has a variety of volunteering activities you can participate in, but if you like interacting with humans and/or having a dog, why not consider the Healing Paws programme? You can sign up as a dog-handling volunteer or an AAA (Assisted Animal Activities) assistant and participate in regular weekly sessions conducted in several institutions. Do note that dogs will have to undergo an assessment to ensure they’re a fit for the programme.
Found something yet? We hope so!
However, if nothing on this list is hitting the spot, you could try downloading the SG Volunteers/SG Cares app!
If you’ve wanted to volunteer but are unsure how to start, the SG eCares app is an easy way to find opportunities! If you’ve been intimidated by the idea of volunteering, let the app’s stories and inspirations tabs help you out with that, too. (:
This is an article for our Support Local series; check out the others here!
Don’t nice mugs and homeware make your day?
They certainly make mine! There’s just something different about holding a ceramic bowl in your hands and eating your favourite meals out of it. A ceramic piece’s solid weight and texture engage our senses, elevating the dining experience. They also serve as lovely decor for the home.
If you, like me, see the value of a hand-thrown bowl, dainty spoon or colourful vase, I’ve got you! Let me introduce you to a few local ceramic artists whose works you may just find tough to resist.
Appreciate a good pun or quirky-looking animals? Troopsonprint is the brand for you! Gabrielle offers a wide variety of lifestyle goods, ranging from stickers and postcards to shirts and, of course, ceramics! Her pottery is hand-built, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces that will brighten your home.
I really like her “Are You Serious” animals, Little Pin series (her own character), florals and hidden animal cups! You can check out her Instagram account for past works. I own a few cups and plates, and I can say they’re some of the cutest dishwares I own!
Polkaros’s playful and whimsical style will worm its way into your heart!
The brand’s works are influenced by Japanese traditional crafts and modern zakka (“miscellaneous goods” or functional items with a decorative element). Ros, the artist, often incorporates vibrant colours, intricate patterns, and playful motifs into her art and pieces.
Apart from Japanese elements, Ros’ works also draw inspiration from the French Pierrot, and her works often sport a cute red nose and angelic features. Spot her signature characters, Yuki and Pierrot, in her other products!
Ros has run ceramic workshops where you can learn to make your own cute pots or dishware if that’s what you’re keen on! Check out her website for workshop dates and availability.
Tiny Supply is the effort of two sisters, Celine and Carolyn. The brand sells handmade brooches, earrings, and of course, tableware! Their dapper-looking little animals are sure to charm: the more popular ones being the cat, fox and sloth. Their mugs and bowls sell out fast during launches!
In recent years, the duo have also gone on to explore more designs, resulting in pieces such as their story/scenery mugs and “tiny house atop a lake” dishes.
If you are in need of a gift or some accessories for yourself, check out the really adorable animal studs and brooches too!
Like Tiny Supply, Eastfield Ceramics is also a two-woman duo. Singapore-based Sam and Megan create lovely homeware in lovely shapes and colourways, with the former taking care of the throwing and the latter handling the glazing. Fun fact: their brand name is derived from their surnames!
Many of Eastfield Ceramic’s pieces are inspired by and centred around food, which might explain why many of their wares are named after mouth-watering food and beverages! They place importance on both the visual and tactile aspects of each piece, and how it feels to use them — making every piece a delight to use.
Lithops Studio has a huge fan following, and it’s not hard to see why! She crafts delicate little woodland animals and other critters out of ceramic, sprinkling them with gold accents and whimsical poses. Her ceramic wares range from charming vases to incense holders, so there’s something for everyone.
She also sells necklaces that will brighten up anyone’s day.
If you like her work, here’s a warning: they sell out quickly! In recent shop updates, her pieces have been sold out within 5 minutes. Get ready with the fastest internet connection and PC you have. You snooze, you lose.
6. Eat and Sip
Eat and Sip is a Singapore-based store selling curated handmade tableware from all around the world. It showcases both local and international ceramic artists, and scrolling through their inventory is dangerous: you’ll find many pieces you’ll really want to add to cart and collect for your home.
We wanted to give a shoutout to No.3, the store’s flagship home brand!! It features works made by the co-founder, Liyuan, and her latest series features quirky pieces with asymmetrical forms and a whole lot of charm. The Whimsy Straight Mug, for example, may quickly become your go-to drinking vessel: its uniquely-shaped handle not only adds some fun, but also provides your fingers a solid grip.
We hope your eyes have had a visual treat viewing all the lovely pieces, and that you’ve had a good peek into what local potters or artists have to offer! Why not check more out when time allows? Who knows, you may just find that perfect piece to keep and treasure for years to come!