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Archive for January, 2015

12
Jan

7 Ways How a Career is Like a Romantic Relationship

If you’ve tried looking for a romantic partner and applying for a job, you surely know how the two can feel very much the same. There’s uncertainty and expectations, hopes and promises. As it turns out, romance and career have a lot more in common.

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1. At the start, you have to play the field. In most cases, we won’t know what’s right for us until we’ve explored our options. So after you graduate, expect that you’ll work with at least a couple of companies before you find the right one for you.

2. Work on improving the relationship. Even when you’ve landed on your dream job, know that you might still face some setbacks in the future. But problems are what spurs innovation and creativity. The key is to work on them and learn from them.

3. Don’t entertain third parties. If you are to succeed on your career, you need to devote all your energies to it. If you do find a different career path that you think will make you happier, then have the decency to end your prior engagement before jumping on to the next.

4. Work together to resolve conflicts. Some of the actions you take, even if you mean well, may not conform with the policies of your company. Take this as an opportunity for growth: once tempers have cooled, work together to find a mutually-beneficial solution.

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5. Experiment and keep your passion alive. It’s passion that will drive you to work harder and harder. When you’ve reached a “perfect point” – when everything becomes routine – try new ways to improve your work. This will show your dedication to the company and help you avoid losing interest in your job.

6. Make sure that you enjoy your work. You can’t keep your passion alive and work to the best of your capacity unless you genuinely enjoy doing your work. For this, you need to be adequately compensated. Discuss your engagement with your employer if you feel that you deserve more for you efforts.

7. Known when the relationship has to end. It could happen that you can no longer give what the company needs, or maybe it’s the company who can no longer help you grow or give you what you deserve – either way, make sure to end your engagement in amicable terms.

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09
Jan

Highest Grossing Films in Singapore in 2014

The highest grossing movie this year is Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in the Transformers franchise. Backed by strong sales from Chinese moviegoers (many of the settings in the film were based and shot in China), the film earned close to $8.6 million in box office sales.

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Notably, however, Transformers: Age of Extinction did not perform as well as the other top grossing films in the past three years (Iron Man 3, The Avengers, and Transformers 3; which earned 10.2, 11.2, and 9.2 million, respectively).

A noticeable pattern in the highest earning movies in Singapore is that a big production budget often means big box office sales. Of all the films that made it to the top 10, only one had a budget of less than $50 million, with the other nine films having a budget of $140–210 million.

Another trend is the continued popularity of superhero films and sequels: the top five films featured superheroes or comic book characters, while seven (including the top five) are part of a movie franchise. Check out below for what other films made it big in Singapore and how much they earned:

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  1. Transformers: Age of Extinction ($8.59 million)
  2. X-Men: Days of Future Past ($7.44 million)
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($7.13 million)
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($6.01 million)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy ($4.73 million)
  6. Maleficent ($3.72 million)
  7. How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($3.68 million)
  8. The Maze Runner ($3.66 million)
  9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($3.47 million)
  10. Godzilla ($3.37 million)

Other films that made it in our top 20 are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lucy, Robocop, Edge of Tomorrow, Non-Stop, 300: Rise of An Empire, The Lego Movie, Divergent, Hercules, and Noah.

Singapore’s top 10 pretty much concurs with the global highest grossing films, except that The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street took the place of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Maze Runner. The international highest earner is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Local and Chinese films didn’t do so well, but nevertheless took in respectable sales. Jack Neo’s The Lion Men and Jing Wong’s The Man from Macau placed 24th and 25th, respectively, while The Monkey King by Cheang Pou-soi was at number 31.

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