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Post by Nicky_sayers » Sat, 12 Sep 2009 1:08 am

I’ve been shortlisted for basically the first and only job I have applied for thus far.

I was actually a bit sceptical about the entire interview offer at first. As I said, I don’t consider myself that qualified or experienced, and thought I would struggle for interviews. And Visas in fact.

However, I’ve been in contact with the HR department quite a lot this week, with the interview thing. And I’ve picked their brains.

I’m now happy with the legitimacy of the company. Although I hadn’t heard of it in the field, after picking the brains of my boss (who knows the industry a lot better than me) they are a decent player in the Asian market. And have been trading for 16 years. So that’s cool.

Visa. I queried the HR guy. His basic reply that having a degree, and 4 years in the field – I’d get one easily, and they had no concerns about that.

However, I’ve heard that visas aren’t that easy to get, and a lot of it is to do with how hard it is to fill positions. As in, if a local can do the job, you won’t get one.

This is why I’m sceptical. It’s kind of a “too good to be true”

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Post by Strong Eagle » Sat, 12 Sep 2009 8:17 am

a) - What are you going to do?
b) - How much are you going to make?

Two relevant questions necessary to answer you.

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Post by Nicky_sayers » Mon, 14 Sep 2009 6:25 am

Strong Eagle wrote:a) - What are you going to do?
b) - How much are you going to make?

Two relevant questions necessary to answer you.
Not too straightforward. I work for a secure web hosting/archiving company. We manage confidential files for academic institutions. We basically host them, and manage web systems, so that people can access (or unarchive them) whenever they want. It's basically a web system called "Ed Manager" which is pretty old hat in the UK, but they've only just started using it in Singapore. Well from what I can tell.

Money wise - it's about $3500 a month

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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 14 Sep 2009 8:42 am

At that salary you would qualify for a P2 pass. You would need additional qualifications like a university degree from an acceptable institution. Have you taken the self assessment test at:

http://sat.mom.gov.sg/

There are lots of skilled web techs in Singapore. However, my guess is that not many people know about the software/technology you will specifically support, and the company will ask for you because you do know it. Assuming you pass the self assessment, I'd say you'd be good to go for a P2 pass... and that guess is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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Post by Nicky_sayers » Mon, 14 Sep 2009 11:02 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:At that salary you would qualify for a P2 pass. You would need additional qualifications like a university degree from an acceptable institution. Have you taken the self assessment test at:

http://sat.mom.gov.sg/

There are lots of skilled web techs in Singapore. However, my guess is that not many people know about the software/technology you will specifically support, and the company will ask for you because you do know it. Assuming you pass the self assessment, I'd say you'd be good to go for a P2 pass... and that guess is worth exactly what you paid for it.
Hi,

Yes, I've read the same. From what I can tell, if there is something Singapore probably doesn't need, it's more web techs!

As I said though, the software (and industry in general) seems to be very new to Singapore. I've only found one of these companies in the entire country, and they state on their web pages that they've just introduced the web management software (it's basically a tool that lets academics un-archive confidential University data to customer web pages they subscribe to).

I have the exact degree they request, and filled out the self assesment form - where it stated I would be accepted for some sort of work permit. The exact one, I honestly can't remember.

I just got the impression, speaking to one of the managers there, that the industry is probably considered "start up" in the city. And certainly lagging behind (as in by decades) most of the big companies in the industry

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