“Odd” Jobs? Even Better!

Text by Chia Soong Ming

Think all the fun jobs in the Public Service get outsourced? Not quite. Challenge compiles a list of real cool jobs as varied as the individuals who make up the Service.

World’s best airport seeks architect/planner for new terminal

Do you have lofty aspirations and ideas ready for take-off? The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is seeking a principal architect/planner to oversee the development of Changi Airport’s Terminal 5. You will take part in a design review, plan and design airport spaces for optimal passenger and baggage flow, and contribute to related support infrastructure in Changi East. The completed Terminal 5, to be launched in 2030, is poised to facilitate happy journeys for up to 70 million passengers annually. Changi Airport has been ranked the top airport for five years (World Airport Awards, 2013–2017). Only experienced pros who can handle the challenge of keeping the airport number one need apply.

Take your shot: Senior basketball coach wanted

Certified to coach and have years of sports curriculum planning under your belt? Sport Singapore is looking for a Senior Head Coach to helm the ActiveSG Basketball Academy. You must be able to play ball with both kids and grown-ups: besides building an effective curriculum for players aged 5 to 14, you will also develop the academy’s network of assistant and volunteer coaches. Other responsibilities include building rapport with the parents of players on the academy team, and raising public awareness about the academy and its programmes. No height requirements apply. In fact, being able to see eye to eye with academy players, their parents and other members of the sports community will be a huge advantage.

Ready to be a cyber defence warrior?

Sharp-eyed detective. Quick problem-solver. Crazy about Singapore being a Smart Nation that’s also cyber secure. Sounds like you? Then the Cyber Security Agency wants you on the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT). As a junior systems engineer, you will be trained to handle reports of cyber security incidents, and partner with international CERTs for joint cyber drills and training. Expect to roll out digital forensics to diagnose cybersecurity issues, study international cybersecurity incidents to assess threat levels to Singapore, and create outreach and awareness programmes for businesses and the public. The “CERT” title may not sound the coolest, but joining a new, dynamic team that will shape and safeguard Singapore’s cyber landscape sure is.

Keeping the Tote Board “A Great Place To Work”

In the Public Service, there’s plenty to learn, even as an intern. A few lucky interns will get the chance to audit corporate culture at the Tote Board. In this project, interns will chat with staff members to learn how the latter feel about and perceive their corporate culture, including its norms and values. But it’s not all shop talk – you will use surveys and other research methodologies to get a deeper understanding of how the Tote Board is functioning. All of this will be documented in an assessment of strengths and areas for improvements, with recommendations that match the organisation’s vision and mission. It’s a great start for anyone keen on a career in human resources or organisational development.


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