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Singapore after finishing college in the US? Engineers! Help

Postby Erick. » Sun, 13 Feb 2011 2:45 pm

Hello

I currently live in the US as an exchange student from Korea.
I will be majoring in Engineering at Purdue University in the US.
But after that, I don't know. American employers are very reluctant to hire foreigners, so I probably won't be able to get a job here. I don't want to go back to Korea because then I'll have to serve in the military.
I researched a little, and Singapore seems to be the perfect place for me.

So my plan is graduating from a US college and getting a job at Singapore as an engineer. How hard is it? Is this a safe plan?
Don't they usually require at least 1~2 years of experience?

I just need a general future planning advice.

Thank you very much!
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Re: Singapore after finishing college in the US? Engineers!

Postby Mad Scientist » Mon, 14 Feb 2011 7:29 am

Erick. wrote:Hello
I don't want to go back to Korea because then I'll have to serve in the military.

Ah, running away from responsiblity, issit ??

I researched a little, and Singapore seems to be the perfect place for me.

Are you sure ??

So my plan is graduating from a US college and getting a job at Singapore as an engineer. How hard is it?

Very very hard. Read all the threads here and see what I mean

Is this a safe plan?


No , too many potholes

Don't they usually require at least 1~2 years of experience?

Very much so.. Now the locals are up in arms against the Foreign Talent.

I just need a general future planning advice.

Thank you very much!
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Postby sparrohwk » Mon, 14 Feb 2011 4:19 pm

I am a system engineer and architect with more than 15 years of experience (from US). I'm finding it difficult to find any jobs at all in Singapore especially ones that offer an expat package. In my visits to Singapore, I notice that local talent is extremely good, so much so that 1-2 years experience may have a horrible time competing for a job. I'm hoping that my experience and specialized field may set me apart, but I'm not holding my breath eather.

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Re: Singapore after finishing college in the US? Engineers!

Postby Calmday » Mon, 14 Feb 2011 4:27 pm

Erick. wrote: I don't want to go back to Korea because then I'll have to serve in the military.
You should fit right in here in Singapore.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 14 Feb 2011 5:09 pm

:lol:

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 14 Feb 2011 6:52 pm

sparrohwk wrote:I am a system engineer and architect with more than 15 years of experience (from US). I'm finding it difficult to find any jobs at all in Singapore especially ones that offer an expat package. In my visits to Singapore, I notice that local talent is extremely good, so much so that 1-2 years experience may have a horrible time competing for a job. I'm hoping that my experience and specialized field may set me apart, but I'm not holding my breath eather.


The problem with getting employment in highly skilled tech positions, like a systems architect, is that most deals for MNC's are done in Europe or the USA, and for most of them, global operations, and hence, global design, etc, are not done in the APAC region. It is fairly rare that an opportunity opens up that is confined to the APAC region, and therefore requires a local architect (and even then, specialists will be contracted for, or the MNC will still utilize staff in EU or US.

However, you might look at MNC's that have made Singapore (or the APAC region) their headquarters... for example, Stan Chart. And, there is some movement in trying to get the specialists together in APAC to service an MNC's requirements elsewhere but change is slow.

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Postby cocorossello » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 3:35 pm

Don't read mad scientist, he is just a jerk.

Which field in engineering?? It depends, as a computer engineer, it will be fairly easy to find a job. I don't know about other specialties. And it's an "OK" place to live.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 4:57 pm

cocorossello wrote:Don't read mad scientist, he is just a jerk.



Based on your 7 posts thus far, it sounds very much like pot. kettle. black.

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Postby Asian_Geekette » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 5:07 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
cocorossello wrote:Don't read mad scientist, he is just a jerk.



Based on your 7 posts thus far, it sounds very much like pot. kettle. black.


@cocorossello: I've found madscientist's postings here informative. I don't consider him a jerk at all... Perhaps you got off on a wrong footing with him? :(
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Postby Mad Scientist » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 5:41 pm

Asian_Geekette wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:
cocorossello wrote:Don't read mad scientist, he is just a jerk.



Based on your 7 posts thus far, it sounds very much like pot. kettle. black.


@cocorossello: I've found madscientist's postings here informative. I don't consider him a jerk at all... Perhaps you got off on a wrong footing with him? :(


AG

Good to see you back. It's OK. Sometimes the truth is very painful on the ears. A few of the regulars including myself replied to his queries in another thread. I think I hit the nail pretty hard and alas Truth Behold !!
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@cocorossello; please remind me when you got screwed by your employer and you came running back to us
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