I dont know about top paying, but SIA is the top employers choice for undergraduates.
good luck with your career.
SIA undergrads' top employer choice: survey
SINGAPORE Airlines emerged as the most sought after employer among business, engineering and science students here, beating big-name financial institutions to the top spot in a recent employer image survey.
While business graduates remained partial to the financial sector - banks dominated the top-10 - Google and Walt Disney Company ranked seventh and ninth, showing that a strong brand counts too.
These findings came from Swedish research firm Universum's online poll of 1,286 business and 1,517 engineering and natural sciences students from National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University and Singapore Institute of Management from February to April. Each student was asked to name five employers that they most wished to work for.
Johan Ramel, CEO of Universum APAC, thinks that it made 'perfect sense' that SIA took the top spot, given that it ranked 33rd on Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies last year, is Singapore's flagship carrier and one of the largest companies here strongly linked to innovation, safety and service excellence.
Business students naturally gravitate to the financial sector too, he said, noting that since Singapore 'is one of the world's biggest foreign exchange trading hubs, the largest currency traders are in the top 10.
Even so, hints of the recent crisis' impact crept into this year's rankings. Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, though still popular, slipped a few spots, while the Monetary Authority of Singapore rose to debut in the top 10 this year.
Management consulting seems to have become less popular with business graduates too. McKinsey & Company dropped out of the top 10 while others such as The Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company each tumbled some 20 rungs from their placings last year.
Engineering and natural sciences students chose a more diverse set of ideal employers, spanning industries from oil & gas and IT to pharmaceuticals. Public service organisations made the list too, with the Ministry of Education's teaching jobs rising four spots to rank sixth.
Given the growing significance of petroleum refining and chemicals industries to Singapore's economy, Mr Ramel thought it no surprise that ExxonMobil and Shell ranked second and third after SIA. Keppel Corporation also rejoined the leader board as ninth most preferred employer of engineering and science students this year, after slipping to eleventh in 2009.
Qualities in a potential employer which students gave most consideration to were a good reputation, financial strength and prestige, all of which Mr Ramel thinks are 'typically must-have employer characteristics for Asian Tigers'.
And not unlike their global peers, having a work-life balance topped the career aspirations of students by a large margin, followed by job security and stability, and hopes for an international career.