Give the people sector a leg up

Give the people sector a leg up

Human resources is one of our key assets.

Whether it is politics, business, education, or whichever important pillar of our society, Singapore's continued success has to be people-focused ("To get our politics right, get the people sector right"; last Sunday).

For the past 13 years, I have been supporting outplaced professionals from the business sector.

One common thread is that most senior-level professionals prefer to find another job in the corporate sector.

I acknowledge that most of us prefer doing something we have been successful in and are comfortable doing.

Income level also plays a key part.

Those who are already financially secure will be somewhat more receptive to exploring options outside the corporate world - and this typically means leadership roles in not-for-profit organisations, as these tend to come with lower salaries. However, these remain the least attractive options.

Much can be done to try changing the current situation.

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