skipper wrote: taxico wrote:
skipper wrote:...in a "top" local secondary school under the Integrated Program -- means they skip the O levels and automatically get a place in a junior college where they will take A levels for university placement. This is where the uncertainty lies as university places in Singapore are limited, especially for foreigners. Even if he gets accepted in a university here, he thinks his job prospects will be limited even for entry level jobs. Will this be an accurate assessment of the job market for him?
My eldest son wants to study, work and live in Singapore and is thinking of becoming a PR. He doesn't mind doing NS...
what area do you think your son will be interested in at university?
For now, Medicine, which we know is highly competitive. Business maybe as a second option, as it is currently my line of work. Unfortunately, he doesn't like engineering even though I tell him that for practicality's sake, the job prospects will be better..
i know little about engineering. but business... isn't that for grad school? (my opinion!) i'm unsure what a business graduate possesses that is in demand.
now... "medicine" - not necessarily a job that heals the sick, but it's a job that will make very good money in singapore... however before that stage, you might want to explore the % of students, admitted to local med schools, that are SPRs.
it is likely, and very much likely, that he will be competing with the cream of the crop here. and as far as "cream" goes, that lot is pretty light. i think academically, singaporeans rank pretty much at/near the top globally.
if you do not start strategizing how to make his application look at attractive as possible, he needs to be prepared to not be accepted. the med schools here exist purely (imo) to churn out singaporean doctors to serve the needs of singaporeans.
good luck! i hope he gets to study what he wants.
p/s: he can always study overseas at an approved school (usually a good one), take a government $150k grant (in return for a 4-year bond) to go back to practice in singapore.
but he needs to be mentally prepared to be treated as an imbecile by his colleagues/employers. i suspect both the grant and working conditions will not appeal to him...