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Relocating with Science Degree in Singapore

Postby DaisyGirl » Fri, 29 Dec 2006 4:20 am

Hey Everyone,

I was hoping to get some opinions, advice or experience about moving to Singapore and looking for a job with a science degree.
I will be graduating this spring with an bachelor’s applied science degree in Food and Nutrition, from Toronto, Canada.
There is a possibility I will be moving with my boyfriend to Singapore this summer.
He is looking into relocating there with his company. We have both dreamed of being able to live and work in Asia.
I would be going along as well and look for work.
I am thinking I would search for employment in food technology (food scientist) or perhaps as a nutritionist.

Does anyone out there know about this industry in Singapore first hand? Keeping in mind I would be looking at entry level. I am trying to figure out what to expect in terms of the difficulty in finding a job and what a salary would be like.
From looking at Singapore’s government webpage, I have the impression that skills in this area are in demand and that an employment visa will not be so difficult once finding a company to sponsor.
Also F.Y.I I am a white female, aged 25 and speak English but willing to learn other languages… not sure how much this changes things.

Thanks
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Re: Relocating with Science Degree in Singapore

Postby jpatokal » Fri, 29 Dec 2006 8:07 pm

DaisyGirl wrote:From looking at Singapore’s government webpage, I have the impression that skills in this area are in demand and that an employment visa will not be so difficult once finding a company to sponsor.

That's correct, but the hard part is finding the sponsor, especially if you're entry-level and thus have no experience and no special skills -- the hassle of having to sponsor a foreigner for an employment pass will weigh heavily against you. But if your boyfriend can get you a long-term social visit pass, then you can apply for a work permit and compete on a more level footing.
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Postby DaisyGirl » Sat, 30 Dec 2006 1:30 am

Jpatokal,

Thanks for the info. I will look into that those two things.
I wonder if getting a work permit if difficult?

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Postby Strong Eagle » Sun, 31 Dec 2006 2:00 am

Not having any experience is a drawback. However, life sciences and bio tech is hot in Singapore and is a field where the govt is spending a lot of money to build expertise and infrastructure.

I'd take a look at the govt programs, university grants, etc in this area to identify participating companies, then approach them. I'd also look for MNC's that hire in your area and see if you can get to Singapore that way. If you don't ask for an expat package you might have an opportunity.

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Postby DaisyGirl » Sun, 31 Dec 2006 1:12 pm

Strong Eagle,

Thanks for the ideas. I didn't think about looking for a position that way.
I am not aware of any grants or programs as you mentioned but I will look into it as well. As I am in Toronto there are some MNC's I could contact about this.

It is nice to hear from others as well that this field is a strong one in Singapore.


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