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General Advice for Partners

Postby dolivian » Wed, 17 Sep 2014 4:19 pm

Hi everyone,

I am moving to Singa with a good job and want the GF to come with me. She is Romanian and highly skilled and particularly interested in advertising. How easy is it for her to find employment.

Are there issues with partners coming to live and work?

Thank you and hello again!

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Re: General Advice for girlfriend

Postby AngMoG » Wed, 17 Sep 2014 4:23 pm

dolivian wrote:Hi everyone,

I am moving to Singa with a good job and want the GF to come with me. She is Romanian and highly skilled and particularly interested in advertising. How easy is it for her to find employment.

Are there issues with partners coming to live and work?

Thank you and hello again!


Skilled in what? :wink:

Please use the search function. To make it short: if your home country (where you previously lived?) recognizes common-law relationships (living together but not married), then she may be able to get a DP. If not, she'll have to find a job in SG just like everyone else.

Advertising is tricky to find a job in, since it is quite a popular career among locals.

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Postby dolivian » Wed, 17 Sep 2014 4:33 pm

Thanks.

She speaks 5 languages (Russian, German, English, Polish and Romanian) fluently, business skills and has experience working in major international companies. I assume languages skills are needed out there.

I'll have a search

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 17 Sep 2014 4:41 pm

4 Eastern European languages and English. English is the language of government here so not of any value. Europeans know the value of English as do Singaporeans. Therefore, the European languages are of little value here on their own. Does she have an actual skillset that she can market? Highly skilled doesn't mean much on it's own and "an interest in Advertising" is worthless.

Unless you can prove a common law relationship that is recognized in your home country and can get notarization of same, I'd say you are going to be fighting an uphill battle and will lose.

Get married. It's a lot easier and you can get a divorce when you go back home. ;-)

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Wed, 17 Sep 2014 4:43 pm

Those languages would be useful if she was serving the European market, however candidates are often given preference if they have exposure to working in Asia markets and knowing an Asian language would be a big plus.
Her situation would be akin to an Asian trying to find work in Eastern Europe without knowing any language skills.
However of late the employment situation is really tight here, companies are in no big hurry to hire anyone soon and even if they interview someone they are't going to provide an offer letter in hand straight away, some of the things you will discover are quite baffling and perplexing, even if you tick all the boxes there will be a good chance you won't get that job.
I don't want to discourage you, but the situation atm is is just like I described it.
To get there early is on time and showing up on time is late

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Postby beppi » Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:37 am

German is as much an Eastern European language as English is the language spoken by some island tribes on the Western European fringe.
(But SMS is right on the value of knowing it in Singapore!)

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Postby zohaa3492 » Thu, 25 Sep 2014 5:13 pm

Just to update, it never turned up on my record and i have now been employed with the same US MNC for 2 months now

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 25 Sep 2014 5:41 pm

Are you in the right thread?
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Postby Girl_Next_Door » Fri, 26 Sep 2014 8:45 am

dolivian wrote:Thanks.

She speaks 5 languages (Russian, German, English, Polish and Romanian) fluently, business skills and has experience working in major international companies. I assume languages skills are needed out there.

I'll have a search


Is it in her plans to be a translator? If no, a particular business skills (i.e. IT, Marketing, HR, etc) would help us give better advice. One of my friend's spouse was not able to find any job (permanent or contract) within the IT fields for the past year. They are thinking of going back. Singapore is an expensive city to live in and it's not sustainable to depend on one mid-level manager income to survive now.

If the both of you are coming to Singapore, plan for the worse case scenario. Plan that she may not be able to find a job. Would this impact your stay in Singapore?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 26 Sep 2014 8:50 am

^^ This.

Always my best advice when looking at any international posting. Can you make it work on only your income. If not, better not take it as it will definitely cause family problems, and can run from general dissatisfaction all the way to divorce and anything in between. In fact, if it sours too much, it will also impact your own performance at you job and possibly put that at jeopardy as well. Think twice and act once.


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