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Postby superpipi » Wed, 19 Mar 2014 5:16 pm

Hi all,

I am a recent chemistry graduate from a UK university. Recently I received a job offer from a MNC in Singapore with S$2500 base salary.

Would that much be enough to survive a modest life in singapore?

Any advice will be really appreciated!! Thanks a lotxx
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Postby bro75 » Wed, 19 Mar 2014 5:35 pm

2.5K is still within the range but somewhat on the low end of what new graduates (singapore uni) get in Singapore. People here do survive on less but you may need to share an apartment or even a room with another to save money on rent which will easily be your greatest expense. If you give your degree or major, maybe someone here can give more pertinent advice. Some degrees are considered more valuable than others.

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Postby superpipi » Wed, 19 Mar 2014 5:38 pm

Thanks for the reply. My major is chemistry and the job is in the fragrance/flavour industry!

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Re: Help with evaluating the job offer!!! URGENT

Postby rdueej » Wed, 19 Mar 2014 6:28 pm

superpipi wrote:Hi all,

I am a recent chemistry graduate from a UK university (1st class degree, some prizes and scholarships) with little work experience apart from some months working as a research assistant. Recently I received a job offer from a MNC in Singapore. The base salary is only S$2500 and bonus around 15% of annual salary, 16% pension scheme ,which is reasonable for the position but may be on the lower side compare to what normal graduates get (~around 3000 from what I read in a report). The job offer matches what I put down when applying for the job, but I felt like I could have been paid more if I had been smarter and stated a bigger figure in the application.

I would consider the offer as average or maybe slightly below. However, it seems quite on par with what most local non-IT/engineering graduates start at.

superpipi wrote:I am currently torn between accepting the offer or going to a graduate school. I need to reply by this Friday.


Also, you might want to factor in career growth as well. Check if you can grow within the company into potentially better paid positions. With your first class degree, scholarships and academic interests, graduate school might still be worthwhile.

superpipi wrote:I would love to try living and working in Singapore but with this much money, would I struggle to make ends meet regarding the high living cost there??

No, but you would definitely need to find a flat-share.

superpipi wrote:Any advice will be really appreciated!! Thanks a lotxx




Finally, I think that the most difficult part might be for the company to get a work pass for you.

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Re: Help with evaluating the job offer!!! URGENT

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 19 Mar 2014 7:51 pm

rdueej wrote:Finally, I think that the most difficult part might be for the company to get a work pass for you.


This will be the biggest hurdle for someone with no relevant experience, especially if they only have a basic degree (honours don't matter to MOM). A post grad diploma or Masters isn't worth anything here either unless you have 3 to 5 years real world experience in the related industry before getting a masters.

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Re: Help with evaluating the job offer!!! URGENT

Postby yogaloungeforever » Thu, 20 Mar 2014 2:39 pm

$2500 is way too little for a 1st class hons grad likes of you! I know some grads in the likes of you who start off on $60k / annum (exc bonuses and work experiences) in Singapore.

superpipi wrote:Hi all,

I am a recent chemistry graduate from a UK university (1st class degree, some prizes and scholarships) with little work experience apart from some months working as a research assistant. Recently I received a job offer from a MNC in Singapore. The base salary is only S$2500 and bonus around 15% of annual salary, 16% pension scheme ,which is reasonable for the position but may be on the lower side compare to what normal graduates get (~around 3000 from what I read in a report). The job offer matches what I put down when applying for the job, but I felt like I could have been paid more if I had been smarter and stated a bigger figure in the application.

I am currently torn between accepting the offer or going to a graduate school. I need to reply by this Friday. I would love to try living and working in Singapore but with this much money, would I struggle to make ends meet regarding the high living cost there??

Any advice will be really appreciated!! Thanks a lotxx
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