Graduate Leadership Programs Are Broken. Here’s Why

Structured training programs for newly graduated undergraduates and post-graduates are quickly replacing the standard on-boarding orientation for new hires. Here in Asia, virtually every large multi-national comes to campus pitching their fancy program, whether they're called a Management Associate (MA), Management Trainee (MT), or Graduate Leadership Development Program (LDP). But are these programs actually working? Having surveyed over 200 people who’ve participated in LDPs, along with the fact that operational costs of these programs continue to rise, and the retention rates of organizations going in the opposite direction, it's our hypothesis that these LDPs are failing, especially here in Asia.

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5 Years Later

Today, Kwantum Leap celebrates its 5th anniversary! Looking back, we can't believe how quickly time has passed, and are extremely grateful for all the success we've achieved.

When we decided to start this business, we had a belief that despite all the coaches out there, we could do even better. We thought we knew our clients better, we understood their career hopes & fears, and would be able to give some tangible, candid & down-to-earth advice, to get them closer to their dream jobs.

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Review: What Colour Is Your Parachute? (2013 Edition)

The 2013 version of Richard Bolles' book, which has sold over 10 million copies, is actually his 41st version. Each year, Bolles claims to not only update but sometimes completely rewrite the book many consider to be the Bible for job hunting and changing careers. Although he does talk about LinkedIn, online job search, and social media, much of Bolles' advice is still very old school and not as current as I had hoped. While the 1st half regarding finding yourself and the job hunt is gold, the 2nd half dealing with execution left a lot to be desired.

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Our New Face

The last 4 years, we've been growing at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, that means our website hasn't been as active as we had hoped, so this summer, our #1 project has been to give it a face lift and get back to providing you the insights you continue to expect from us.

If you're visiting us for the first time, whether through your laptop, mobile phone or tablet, please make sure you take some time to go through the articles on the blog. Don't forget to subscribe, as we'll be adding new content regularly.

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2013 Career Fairs in Singapore

It's definitely been a long time since our last post, but it's not because things aren't happening. We're actually getting ready to launch a re-design of our website, and working on some exciting new projects for the upcoming Fall. But to make sure we don't forget, as one is happening this weekend, here's a list of the major career fairs this year in Singapore. Some of moved their venue to Marina Bay Sands from typically Suntec, so please take note.

  • July 13 & 14 - ST Jobs Career & Development Fair (Marina Bay Sands)
  • August 24 & 25 - JobsCentral Career & Education Fair 2013 (Suntec)
  • March 7-9, 2014 - Career & Education 2013 (Suntec)

  • More details here...

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    2012 Career Fairs in Singapore

    Well, we're right in the middle of Career Fair season here in Singapore. Universities have almost finished their major on-campus fairs, and for the general public, this weekend marks the 2nd of the 3 major career fairs. Here are the details:

  • CAREER 2012 - March 1-4
  • Career Expo 2012 - March 23-25
  • JobsCentral Career Fair & Learning Fair 2012 - August 25-26

  • All 3 take place at Suntec. More details here...

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    Reading the “Tells” of an Interviewer

    Leaving a memorable impression should be your #1 goal in an interview. If an interviewer can’t remember you after 24hrs of meeting you, you have no chance. Of course, memorability works both ways. You either remember someone for something great or for something horrible. Knowing where you fall is the key. It would be simple if you could just ask the interviewer, but there are some unspoken signs you can pick up – clues from the body language of the interviewer to see if you’re on the right track. Even the best trained interviewers will give you certain “tells” as to how you are doing.

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    2011 Career Fairs in Singapore

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, March marks the beginning of the career fair season, so I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight 3 of the major ones that are free and open to the general public.

  • CAREER 2011 - March 3-6
  • Career Expo 2011 - March 25-27
  • JobsCentral Career Fair & Learning Fair 2011 - August 13-14

  • All 3 take place at Suntec. More details here...

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    Job Fairs: 5 Tips on How to Get Noticed (Part 2/2)

    The best part about a job fair is that you have an immediate opportunity to try again with the next booth. However, before you head over there, take a second to think about what went wrong and where you can improve. The opportunity to accelerate your job search is real, so before you decide to just ask the same standard and boring questions as everyone else, take the time to follow these tips in order to get noticed. The more practice, the better you will get.

    You've done your research, you know what you want, and now you're prepared for the actual event. What do you do when you finally arrive? Here are 2 more tips to help you really stand out at the actual fair itself...

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    Job Fairs: 5 Tips on How to Get Noticed (Part 1/2)

    Job fairs are becoming a popular way for large companies to not only attract and recruit a significant number of job applicants, but to also market themselves to the general public. Most people believe that their objective at these fairs should be to use the “machine gun approach” (i.e. hand out their resume at every booth present) or for them to only go to the booths of companies they recognize, ask some basic questions to fake some interest, then hand in their resume. Let me be the first to be burst their bubble; this doesn’t work!

    If you don’t already know this, when you approach the booth and have that first conversation, you’re having your first interview with the company. With that fact, job fairs are unique and a great opportunity. If you play your cards right, you may be able to accelerate your job search, so here are five tips to help you maximize your job fair potential.

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