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Work holiday, about to move to Singapore in a month

Postby myrali » Mon, 03 Oct 2016 3:10 pm

Hi guys, I am Myra. I am planning to move to Singapore later October for the work holiday programme. I am wondering if there is anyone here had this programme before and how hard it is to find something in SG?
I have not found a place to stay yet, any recommendations? Like somewhere affordable and safe, maybe not close to Zika cluster too ... (btw is Zika still serious in SG now?)
I am very looking forward to this upcoming adventure!! I would love to meeeet up and make new friends once I am in SG :)

-Myra

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 03 Oct 2016 3:39 pm

It's never been serious. The government like to brew up a tempest in a teacup over the little things. Dengue is the one to watch out for here. The thing to know is that Zika will not kill you, but Dengue can and will in a lot of cases. Both are carried by the same mozzie. There have been less than 400 Zika cases identified thus far but 11,000+ cases of Dengue (this year thus far). I haven't heard the name Myra for a long, long time (maybe 40+ years). Welcome to Singapore.

Depending on what you are looking for. If you don't mind a stint in the F&B industry, usually you can find a job down on the Quays (Boat, Clark & Robinson) which are lined with entertainment venues of every description.

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Re: Work holiday, about to move to Singapore in a month

Postby myrali » Mon, 03 Oct 2016 8:34 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:It's never been serious. The government like to brew up a tempest in a teacup over the little things. Dengue is the one to watch out for here. The thing to know is that Zika will not kill you, but Dengue can and will in a lot of cases. Both are carried by the same mozzie. There have been less than 400 Zika cases identified thus far but 11,000+ cases of Dengue (this year thus far). I haven't heard the name Myra for a long, long time (maybe 40+ years). Welcome to Singapore.

Depending on what you are looking for. If you don't mind a stint in the F&B industry, usually you can find a job down on the Quays (Boat, Clark & Robinson) which are lined with entertainment venues of every description.


Thanks sundaymorningstaple for your reply! ughh i didn't know that Dengue is more serious there... guess i neeed to bring lots of long sleeved clothes, good to know! Thanks lol been told many times, Myra is not a very common name.

As for work, I am looking into maybe Accounting/Finance field. I have heard that it is not very entry-level friendly in SG, is it true?

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Re: Work holiday, about to move to Singapore in a month

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 03 Oct 2016 9:05 pm

The big problem is there are tons of entry level accounts in Singapore. The schools pump them out by the thousands. It's hard for a company to justify hiring a foreigner to the MOM when there are so many available local 'freshers' already here. So, yeah, what you have heard is not far from the reality of things. That still doesn't mean you can't find anything but you will be frustrated like you won't believe before you do find something in your chosen line. don't forget, all the new grads here will be fully up to speed on all the local laws and you will have to play catch-up even there. That going to put you at a big disadvantage coming out of the starting blocks. But with persistence, who knows, you may just get lucky.

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Re: Work holiday, about to move to Singapore in a month

Postby bgd » Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:44 am

For accommodation look for hostels, depending on your budget. Some areas to look at are Siglap, Joo Chiat, Little India and Bugis - no recommendations, I've just noticed some in these areas. Some are aimed at travelers while others are for budget residents. Former would be my pick.


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