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Glass ceiling for diploma holders? To a 'certain extent'

Diploma holders face limitations in their career progress. -TNP
Kerri Heng

Fri, May 10, 2013
The New Paper

SIGNAPORE - Is there a glass ceiling for diploma holders in managerial and executive jobs?

Recruitment consultancy Robert Walters Singapore said there is, to a certain extent.

Ms Gwen Lim, a manager at the Human Resources Division, Robert Walters Singapore, said that unfortunately, there are times where intellectual capability and communication skills become correlated to the academic background of professionals.

As a result, diploma holders face limitations in their career progress.

"However, we have witnessed companies who are willing to sponsor the degree or master's programme of existing employees in an effort to build talent capability in the long run," she said.

On the other hand, Mr Anthony Ung, country manager of JobStreet Singapore, said the concept of a glass ceiling diploma holder is untrue.

"A glass ceiling implies that no matter how hard an individual works, he or she will not be able to get to where he wants to be.

'Generally untrue'

"This is generally untrue because in many cases, experienced and high performing individuals without the relevant certifications are able to reach high echelons in a company.

"Granted that a degree gives individuals an advantage, this advantage is severely diminished the longer an individual stays in the work force," he said.

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