I have been offered an internship position in SG with a Marketing/PR firm. The job sounds great but I am concerned about the pay-
This is lower than minimum wage here in the US and Canada. But I am wondering how far that can go with the cost of living in SG? Not looking to live like a king or even save much, but I don't want to struggle to make ends meet while I am there.
It's a full time position, but I am negotiating with the company to either increase the pay (unlikely), or reduce the hours so that I can also work part time at another job - maybe retail or as a waiter. What do these simple jobs typically pay?
I've read the stickied Kelly Guide and this seems low, but it is a short term (3-6mo) internship.
Marketing internship money = supply and demand. Very ruthless employment culture. They won't pay a penny more than what they think they need to, to fill the role.
The salary will be based on what they pay other people. And the knowledge that they can get people easily for it, if anyone declines.
I wouldn't play hardball too much. If that's the market, it's the market. The pay will be low, as it's probably a pretty popular degree, and there are probably a lot of people wanting to make the same move.
My advice, just take the oppurtunity. If it doesn't work out financially, it doesn't work out. Just go back.
VERY hard to get any work in Singapore. A lifetsyle many want at the minute. If they are handing you a shot at it, snap their arm off, and worry about money later.
My cousin went over on an internship on the same deal. Minimum wage. Once he'd settled there, he was moving companies every 6 months, being offered more and more money.
Take the medicine if you ask me. The financial rewards will come along later.
I should add, it is very very low. You will struggle to live a very exciting life on that sort of money. But hey, that's what it takes that what it takes.
It is possible. My cousin only pays $400 a month rent, in a very very nice guesthouse. It's just a room, and a shared house with other people, but I enjoyed staying there when I was there last. Very comfortable.
If you can get your rent down to $400 a month, you could live happily on your budget.