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Fresh grads' woes examined in BT Weekend


STUDY hard. Go to university. Get a good job. Right? Wrong. Young people entering the job market armed with their degrees and diplomas are facing a tough reality that many are not prepared for.

The proportion of fresh graduates who land a full-time job quickly is lower now than ever before, while part-time, temp and contract hiring is on the rise. Is this a worrying trend? Has the whole employment paradigm shifted? Are grads increasingly being underemployed? And what does this mean for the future of education? Brunch explores graduate unemployment and underemployment, this Saturday in The Business Times Weekend.

Adrian Cheng, scion of the world's largest jewellery business and a leading Asian property conglomerate, does not fit the mould of businessman nor does he try to. In the Raffles Conversation, he tells how he is taking Hong Kong giants New World Development and Chow Tai Fook into the millennial age.

Still on millenials, This Time Is Different gives advice for those going into job interviews in the finance sector. Also in the Investing & Wealth section, CFA Singapore Insights lays out how to tell if your investment adviser is guilty of mis-selling.

Is your business having a hard time dealing with more competition? Question Time with Mentor John helps you navigate the key questions that come up when facing rivals.

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Disrupted checks out the new Grab-NUS AI Lab to see how Singapore's most valuable unicorn and largest university use artificial intelligence to impact mobility and liveability in South-east Asia.

And in Gearhead, why the phrase "cheap and good" does not apply to electronics.

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