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Any recognized Qualifications for Bank????

Postby amy001235 » Sat, 12 Mar 2016 9:23 pm

Hi all,

I just married to my SG (citizen) husband and I got my PR, but we both now working in HK. We are planning to settle in SG in 3 to 4 years time (at the same time we are waiting for the BTO).

Since my English not very good, I am so afraid that I cannot find a banking job that make at least 4k SGD, as I am currently working in investment bank operations for 2 years.

Any advice for what professional qualifications will be useful for finding a banking job in SG?Will GMAT score matters? I just want to get higher chance for job interviews. I want to use the coming 2 to 3 years to prepare myself.

Do you guys know generally for a back-office Assistant Manager grade, what is the average salary in SG?

Thank you for all your help!! :)

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Re: Any recognized Qualifications for Bank????

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:09 pm

Interesting. How did you get your PR while still working in HK? Please enlighten us as you are one of few that have come to this forum with something like that. In fact that question has been cropping up with some regularity recently, so we are really interested...... moderator

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 13 Mar 2016 2:08 am

3-4yrs is a good amount of time to tactically build a CV.
Look at what the person you report to has that you haven't
Look at the likes of Linked-In and see what people in roles you aspire to have.
I don't know how it is but Ops were always the savvy operators in my time; i.e. not necessarily qualified to the hilt, just 'sharp' and focused.
GMAT - I don't know. I reckon MBAs are oversold. Wouldn't consider one until I was 30/+ in a solid management role and adding an MBA to elevate and differentiate myself towards director level and on.
What product knowledge do you have? Can you broaden it at all? What product settlement (etc) might be in demand in SG? What's new, in-demand in SG? There's no point trying to compete vs what SGn locals can do, these days you need to bring something the locals haven't got.
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Postby amy001235 » Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:41 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Interesting. How did you get your PR while still working in HK? Please enlighten us as you are one of few that have come to this forum with something like that. In fact that question has been cropping up with some regularity recently, so we are really interested...... moderator


yeah, I know I am a rare case. I registered with my husband in ROM last year and immediately applied for the PR, without any interviews, they approved my PR status..I dunno why also, maybe my education level and income count, but actually probably due to my passport type.

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Postby amy001235 » Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:46 am

JR8 wrote:3-4yrs is a good amount of time to tactically build a CV.
Look at what the person you report to has that you haven't
Look at the likes of Linked-In and see what people in roles you aspire to have.
I don't know how it is but Ops were always the savvy operators in my time; i.e. not necessarily qualified to the hilt, just 'sharp' and focused.
GMAT - I don't know. I reckon MBAs are oversold. Wouldn't consider one until I was 30/+ in a solid management role and adding an MBA to elevate and differentiate myself towards director level and on.
What product knowledge do you have? Can you broaden it at all? What product settlement (etc) might be in demand in SG? What's new, in-demand in SG? There's no point trying to compete vs what SGn locals can do, these days you need to bring something the locals haven't got.


Hi there, thanks for your advice! I am currently working in Custody /Corporate action.. focusing in equities market(SG/MY/HK).. I think I can learn much broader knowledge in my current company.
The reason I come up with GMAT is that I wanna prove ppl my english level, since English is not primary language in HK, will that be easier for me to get an interview?
Also, I have also searched about the ICA GRC diploma? is it a good way to go for risk/internal audit role? coz I know operations are just really operations, it only requires experience, if I wanna step up, I need other skills as well.
Thanks!

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Re: Any recognized Qualifications for Bank????

Postby JR8 » Mon, 14 Mar 2016 3:56 am

I thought GMAT was a required step to enrolling in an MBA. Maybe it's used in other ways these days, don't know.
Unfortunately I also haven't a clue what an 'ICA GRC' is. I'm retired from that career now; I think you need to look at people nearer your peer group and/or 3-5 years on from you.
Risk is more analytical (or used to be), so you'd often come at it from maths background. Internal audit, well clearly you need accounting quals for that. How about kicking off the latter? Example: https://www.aat.org.uk/find-a-course which you can do as home/part-time study, super-flexible, and build on it. Not only good on the CV but really useful knowledge to gain for any future with numbers or in business. That at least takes you out from sorting what's been done (Ops) to considering what to do and why (finance).
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Re: Any recognized Qualifications for Bank????

Postby edmondt » Tue, 15 Mar 2016 8:34 am

I'm hongkonger who work in SG in IT field around 6 month, planning to apply pr after 1 year, may I check with u r BNO holder too?
How long of the pr application .

I think I do same background to you, English and mandarin no good, in general, SG ppl r nice and try to read more English news and watch English more English programme, I do believe can improve English, at least can listen and understand what they r talking about.

To me, I less watch tvb in Hk, but I knew that can switch to English script for Cantonese drama, which can learn English too; and may watch more pearl channel in Hk, it's good practice to me.


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Postby JR8 » Tue, 15 Mar 2016 4:26 pm

edmondt wrote:I think I do same background to you, English and mandarin no good, in general, SG ppl r nice and try to read more English news and watch English more English programme, I do believe can improve English, at least can listen and understand what they r talking about.
To me, I less watch tvb in Hk, but I knew that can switch to English script for Cantonese drama, which can learn English too; and may watch more pearl channel in Hk, it's good practice to me.


I agree using foreign media is a good way to pick up a language. Perhaps especially if used in parallel with some background on the basics. TV is one way though it requires attention and hence time. My sister got the foundations of quite a tricky Scandinavian language by working there as an au pair/nanny for a while, and watching the evening news on TV. I reckon it's easier these days what with technology as you can download podcasts of the news and other more formal programming and listen to them when you're on the go. The news has an advantage that you probably already have a framework of being aware of current major events, so that gives you several cues into what's being described.
I've recommended the BBC World Service before for this. It is pitched at a foreign audience for whom English very likely isn't their first language. So delivery is measured (slower), clear, and accent free. It's quite strange to me that veery few people listen to the BBC-WS over in the UK as it's programming is varied and very high quality. I believe the US have something similar in Public Radio International though haven't first hand/recent experience of it to make a direct comparison.
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Postby bgd » Tue, 15 Mar 2016 5:01 pm

JR8 wrote:
edmondt wrote:I've recommended the BBC World Service before for this. It is pitched at a foreign audience for whom English very likely isn't their first language. So delivery is measured (slower), clear, and accent free. It's quite strange to me that veery few people listen to the BBC-WS over in the UK as it's programming is varied and very high quality. I believe the US have something similar in Public Radio International though haven't first hand/recent experience of it to make a direct comparison.


BBC World Service is an excellent recommendation. The announcers are very good but some of the people they interview can be a bit tough to understand, even for a native English speaker. The programming is first rate and there is always a wee gem to take away. Last week was the eclipse, unfortunately after it had occurred. Today I learned that some blind people can see by making a clicking sound, a kind of sonar. Fascinating.

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Postby amy001235 » Fri, 18 Mar 2016 7:51 am

JR8 wrote:I thought GMAT was a required step to enrolling in an MBA. Maybe it's used in other ways these days, don't know.
Unfortunately I also haven't a clue what an 'ICA GRC' is. I'm retired from that career now; I think you need to look at people nearer your peer group and/or 3-5 years on from you.
Risk is more analytical (or used to be), so you'd often come at it from maths background. Internal audit, well clearly you need accounting quals for that. How about kicking off the latter? Example: https://www.aat.org.uk/find-a-course which you can do as home/part-time study, super-flexible, and build on it. Not only good on the CV but really useful knowledge to gain for any future with numbers or in business. That at least takes you out from sorting what's been done (Ops) to considering what to do and why (finance).


ICA GRC diploma is organized by International Compliance Association,GRC means governanance risk and compliance

since it is not cheap, i dunno if it is useful for switching career to risk and control,or will be open an opportunity for me to handle some risk related tasks within ops..

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Re: Any recognized Qualifications for Bank????

Postby amy001235 » Fri, 18 Mar 2016 7:55 am

edmondt wrote:I'm hongkonger who work in SG in IT field around 6 month, planning to apply pr after 1 year, may I check with u r BNO holder too?
How long of the pr application .

I think I do same background to you, English and mandarin no good, in general, SG ppl r nice and try to read more English news and watch English more English programme, I do believe can improve English, at least can listen and understand what they r talking about.

To me, I less watch tvb in Hk, but I knew that can switch to English script for Cantonese drama, which can learn English too; and may watch more pearl channel in Hk, it's good practice to me.


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Hi hongkonger! how did u managed to find a job in sg? how is the job market ?did u find it through agent in hk?

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Re: Any recognized Qualifications for Bank????

Postby edmondt » Fri, 18 Mar 2016 8:54 am

I transfer to SG branch office .


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