SINGAPOREANS ARE LOOKING TO UPSKILL FOR THE NEW ERA OF WORK IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2021
During the early months of the pandemic, it seemed that everybody wanted to take advantage of the extra time on their hands and learn a new skill.
But as the confusion and uncertainty of those early months gives way to an understanding that we are entering a new era of work, this eagerness to learn has not gone away. In fact, as professionals increasingly understand that to thrive in this new world, specific technical and soft skills need to be honed and emphasised, the desire to improve their existing skillsets and upskill in new areas has only grown.
In May 2021, Hays Singapore launched a competition where one lucky winner would win a signed Raheem Sterling shirt who plays for Manchester City, the Official Recruitment Partner of Hays.
To enter the competition, Singaporeans had to tell us what their goal is for the rest of the 2021. The vast majority (27 per cent) from 142 respondents told us their goal is to ‘upskill’ indicating that Singaporeans are keen to future-proof their employability ensuring their skills and experience expand, either through formal or on-the-job learning or by moving to another organisation where the can gain exposure to new technologies or industries that are growing.
20 per cent of Singaporeans told us their goal is to be promoted by the end of this year. In taking their career to the next level, finding opportunities to grow their skills beyond the day-to-day tasks is an ideal way to give their career a boost and boost the prospects of promotion at any point of time.
For those who no longer feel stimulated by their current job, 18 per cent of competition entrants told us they are looking to change their career by the end of year. Changing careers can prove to be fulfilling and rewarding move, however there are pitfalls to avoid in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. People might feel certain they want to leave their current employment, but a career change is a dramatic, life-changing decision is one they cannot afford to take lightly.
Our competition is the latest campaign we have run with Manchester City, our proud Official Recruitment Partner. The partnership is based on a mutual ambition to attract skilled, expert professionals to build high performance teams, whether it is on the football pitch or in the world of work. Both Hays and Manchester City thrive on the challenge of identifying skilled individuals who offer the right chemistry and capabilities to help a team to succeed.
The winner of the competition Timothy Chan had this to say about his prize. “I’m delighted to win the signed Raheem Sterling shirt. As an avid football fan, winning this shirt has greater significance as it is of course the shirt that Manchester City wore throughout season 2020/2021 in which they were crowned champions of the English Premier League. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Manchester City and of course, Hays Singapore for giving me the opportunity to win this item.
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