Roundup From Singapore & Abroad (01 Jan – 18 Jan 2012)

Here’s the round-up of interesting part-time job news from Singapore and abroad for Jan 1 to 18, 2012.

  • Seniors say goodbye to golden years: Research has shown that working including volunteering after retirement significantly betters physical and mental health. The average lifespan of an American (as well as those around the world) has lengthened leading many seniors to look for part-time work or start their own ventures. Yes, for the entrepreneurial spirit. I wonder how many of our seniors in Singapore start a business venture because we do see a lot of them working after retirement.
  • 2 in 3 S’pore workers don’t save enough: Not so much of this article is related to part-time jobs but one thing that caught my eye was that about 2/3rds of those surveyed earned extra income. And one channel of extra income was part-time jobs.
  • 5 Reasons Taking A Second Job Could Help Turn Your Life Around: This brilliant article states 5 compelling reasons why a part-time job can enhance your life. These reasons include earning extra money (duh), building up your resume, test driving a new industry, lower risk should you lose your fulltime job and growing your social circle. A MUST read.
  • UK Unemployment Rate Rises To 17-Year High: A gloomy article but the silver lining is that employment in the private sector increased in the three-month period due to part-time jobs.
  • Virtual Internships in Rising Demand: Thanks to Skype and email, virtual internships are on the rise in the US. I guess its a win-win for both the employee and the employers. Employees save on travel costs and time. Employers save on significant overhead. Is this a trend that could work in Singapore?
  • The rise of part-time Britain: In Britain, 1.3m people are being forced to work part-time because they can’t find full-time jobs. Will most jobs eventually become part-time?

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