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S3E23: Freelancing Taught Me How to Finance the Hard Way ft. Amanda Keisha Ang (@akasounds)

 
 
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Yo ho, yo ho! A freelancer’s life for me!

Want to break free from the dreary world of 9-5 jobs and strike it out on your own as a freelancer? It’s not as easy a life as you may think. In this episode, our hosts rope in Amanda Keisha Ang (@akasounds on Instagram), a DJ as well as freelance graphic designer and illustrator, and talk about the realities of the freelance life: day-to-day routines, knowing how to file taxes (?!), and protecting yourself against difficult clients. If you’re thinking of pivoting this year into a new career path as a freelancer, this episode is for you!

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S3E22: How Low is Too Low For My Starting Salary?

 
 
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No Peanuts, Please!

For fresh graduates searching for a job for the first time, it might be hard to come up with a number for your first ever salary – which is why reports like the Graduate Employment Survey will always come in handy. In this episode, our hosts sit down to talk about the survey and other resources and methods young professionals can use to find that ballpark amount or range before stepping into the interview room.

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S3E21: Coffee Break: What Are Your (Financial) New Year Resolutions?

 
 
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2021 – The Year We Should’ve Had!

In this short episode, our hosts look forward to the new year together and talk about resolutions and whether they work or not – and what the best approach is to goal-setting and actually making it till the very end. As 2020 draws to a close, what are your plans and wishes? Drop us a DM or comment and let us know and maybe we’ll help keep you accountable.

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S3E20: In Pursuit of Esports: What Does It Take to Build a Career in Gaming? ft. Elicia Lee, Co-Founder of Eliphant

 
 
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A Career in Gaming and Esports? Sign Me Up!

The gaming industry is not just about pro players making it to world stages and crushing the competition – in fact, the gaming and events space has been teeming with activity and potential for years, even before esports had a name for itself! In this episode, our host speaks to Elicia Lee, co-founder of Eliphant, and explores the nitty gritty of building a career in gaming, how demanding it can be, and other alternative careers that have sprung out of the wellspring of gaming such as virtual YouTubing (AKA Vtubing) and streaming.

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S3E19: When Will Retirement Planning Stop Giving Me Anxiety?! ft. Duan from TSS

 
 
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That’s a Problem for Future Me!

When we say “retirement”, what comes to mind? Old age, an aching back, and more than a couple of grandkids running around showing you the latest new-fangled technology? Or do you get stressed and anxious because you don’t actually know what retirement will look like? Our hosts sit down in this special episode about retirement planning and try to visualise their retirement and come up with their golden number — and devise a plan as to how to reach that goal without succumbing to the stress of it all.

Key talking points include:

  1. What retirement actually is, and what it looks like to us
  2. The ultimate retirement number – how do we calculate it?
  3. Easy mode and hard mode for retirement planning

This episode was sponsored by the National Youth Council. Visit Youthopia.sg, a one-stop digital destination for youths, that provides the latest news on youth culture, lifestyle trends and issues that they care about. Youthopia will also be a gateway to useful resources on topics such as financial literacy, career guidance, and mental well-being.

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S3E18: Coffee Break: What the Heck is a Festive Holiday Surcharge?

 
 
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You’ve Heard of Midnight Cab Surcharges, Now Get Ready For…

Holiday season surcharge?! Our hosts sit down to talk about what happens every time another holiday comes around, especially for festive seasons like the Lunar New Year, Hari Raya, and Deepavali, where beauty services open up booking slots and charge at a premium in anticipation of an influx of appointments made. But why must we doll ourselves up to the nines every time a family reunion is around the corner? Is it because we really want to, or because it’s become a sort of “festive” obligation? You tell us!

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S3E17: Exert Some Self-Control During Sale Seasons – If You Can

 
 
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10.10… 11.11… 12.12… Will This Madness End?

We can’t get the Lazada song out of our heads – which begs the question: When did it become sale season all year round? In this episode, our hosts reflect on their shopping habits, whether they’ve been affected by the very frequent “doubles sales” of late, and discuss how to curb their spending and manage their money a little better amid numerous irresistible discounts.

How did YOU fare in the last couple of months? Drop a comment or slide into our DMs after you’ve listened to the episode!

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S3E16: Coffee Break: Peer Pressure! Do Friends/Colleagues Affect Your Spending?

 
 
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Peer Pressure or Positive Reinforcement?

Got a minute or two? Or ten? Time for a coffee break!

In this episode, our hosts talk about the company they surround themselves with – and how that affects their spending habits. Believe it or not, who you hang out with might have an influence in the way you manage your money – talk about peer pressure! How do you turn that around in your favour or work around it? Drop us a comment or slide into our DMs with your thoughts after you’ve heard this episode.

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S3E15: He Dropped Out of an Ivy League School – Do Degrees Matter Anymore? ft. Seah Ying Cong, CTO of Glints

 
 
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Degrees Are SO Last Season — Right?

We grew up being told that to go to university is a rite of passage – and anyone who doesn’t at least get a Bachelor’s degree runs the risk of being left behind in the dust. Degrees give a person many advantages: a higher starting salary, more job opportunities, and an edge over other non-degree job applicants. But we’ve also heard stories of people like Bill Gates, who dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft.

What’s the deal with degrees, then? Our hosts sit down and talk to Ying Cong, an Ivy League dropout who just so happens to be the Chief Technology Officer of Glints, to talk about the necessity of qualifications… and how jobseekers can improve their chances out there.

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S3E14: Coffee Break: Job Uncertainty In a Pandemic? Thanks, I’ll Pass

 
 
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Break(down and Cry) In Times of Emergency…

Got a minute or two? Or ten? Time for a coffee break!

In this episode, our hosts talk about the importance of an emergency fund especially in a time of uncertainty like 2020, where unemployment rates are high and the job search is more difficult than ever. To be prepared for instability and uncertainty, one needs a safety net – or risk getting stressed out of their mind when the unpredictable happens, especially with regards to employment.

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