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Project Skills Newsletter Issue #10 - Why Fresh Graduates Should Join The Front Office
December 16, 2014


Welcome to Issue #10 of my Project Skills Newsletter. I hope you enjoy this issue!

If you're a fresh graduate out of university, or soon to join the workforce, here's a good piece of advice for you - join the front office. Be out there in the front lines of an organization - meet clients, be responsible for top-line revenue and avoid a "back-office" role.

In the long run, you will have gained front office skills like client management, business acumen and proposal development - all critical skills in running a business. I've lived and worked in Singapore for most of my professional life. Throughout my career, I've seen many young fresh graduates who struggle with what they want to do after they leave school.

Many of the graduates in Singapore I see these days (e.g. Generation Y and born after 1980) coming out of school fall into two groups.

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2. More Articles

Average salary of a banking project manager
A guide to the salary of a banking project manager.

A sample project manager resume
A sample project manager resume to help you secure a PM interview. Learn tips on how to write a good resume.

A list of 5 essential duties of a project manager
A list of 5 essential duties of a project manager, useful for those new to project management as a discpline.

Project charters - what is a critical success factor?
Understand more about project charters and what constitutes a critical success factor.

My system for delegating and keep track of tasks
Learn my system for delegating and keep track of tasks.

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3. Tip of the Week

My tip this week is to invest in your education.

If you work in banking and financial services, either within a bank or as a consultant, you'll know how rapidly the industry moves.

In order to keep up, one thing you could do is to read adhoc articles or learn from your company's intranet.

However, in my view, that's not a good approach.

I think that if you want to learn, then learn the stuff properly. Go get a part-time degree or a certification - something that gives you a tangible output. You want something to show for the effort you put in.

So I always encourage my juniors to take that MBA, CFA or part-time Masters degree they've been wanting to do.

There's no better investment of your time or money!

Final Thoughts

I hope you all have a great week ahead! If you have any questions, send feel free to send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.


Very Respectfully,
Gary Tan
Author, Project Manager & Business Analyst

P.S. Check out my tips and resources for the PM and BA.


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