I am looking for advices. I am a French expat with a Student Pass, studying in NUS for a Master of Computing. I was originally planning to complete the Master in one year, but due to the workload, I am considering staying one semester more.
For my next semester, I would like to take only a few courses and convert to part-time studies so I can work at the same time. Here are my options :
- I could work part-time : with the Student Pass, I am allowed to work 16h per week without a work pass. However, most part-time jobs are low-skill jobs (waiter, etc) that would not contribute to my work experience.
- I could work full-time : if I do this then I have to change my visa. But which one to apply for ? Work Holiday Pass is only for 6 month, and I don't know if I qualify for Employment Pass.
- I could take a full-time internship : Same problem. Should I apply for Training Employment Pass ? I don't think so, because this internship is not required for my graduation.
Anyway, I feel kind of lost with all these options. Any advice would be appreciated
I judge you are trying to have your cake and eat it, too, that is, you're not thinking this through clearly.
I'm going to suggest to you that your best course of action is to work part time. Believe it or not, working as a waiter will contribute to your work experience. You will learn what it is like to be shit upon by someone who looks down on you. You will learn humility. You will learn how to interact. You may serve professionals who may be the beginning of your network.
If your goal is to complete your studies, then the focus should be on school, not work. Any full time professional job will demand a lot from you, to the detriment of your studies. And you still don't know if you the job you'd get would give you relevant work experience.
I'd also add that getting an EP for a full time job with no practical experience will be a very difficult thing to do... most companies won't even attempt to apply.
Focus on school, have fun at a job that you can forget about the minute you walk out the door, and enjoy the opportunity to meet new people in a public service job.