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In the unfortunate event of a retrenchment, how should the individual cope and what steps should he taken next? If you are caught off guard, explore agencies; government or otherwise, where you can decide where you may be best placed. Recognise and play to your strengths as you explore other job opportunities. As you look out for other jobs, this may be a good time to upgrade your skills or even take on a new skill. We are all unique, and will cope differently with stress. It is important to be aware of the triggers and draw on your talents and support groups to become more resilient. Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Be willing to go out your comfort zone. You may consider a job to tide you over, or a stepping-stone to new opportunities. Is there a silver lining to the economic downturn? We live in an ever changing world and we have seen good and bad days. The economic cycle is no different. There will be jobs, but the question is our preparedness to ride the wave and what are we willing to do to stay relevant now and in the future.

or specialised jobs, and build on the competencies and skillsets that could give you the competitive edge. Government initiatives like the SkillsFuture initiative and even grassroots activities are good platforms to expand your toolkit. Bottom line is “forewarned is forearmed”.


The Public Service Star/ Bintang Bakti Masyarakat

The Public Service Medal/ Pingat Bakti Masyarakat

Mr Tan Song Teck, Jason, PBM

Mr Oh Teck Lee, Stanley

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