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Is it Singapore the place to go to ?.

Postby Clandestina » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 9:01 pm

Hi!... I am looking to emigrate from Spain..... things are going really bad here.... So Singapore looks like an interesting place to live and work. Can someone put me in the right direction to look for work and help me with some tips?. I am a 48 year old woman, living on my own, have university degree and a Masters degree on Tourism. Have experienced on real estate, secretarial and administration, building construction. Have run my own rentals company for years in UK and I am spanish. I am not scared of anything. My email address is macarena9093@gmail.com
Thank you everyone who sends some light in my direction.

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Postby offshoreoildude » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 9:04 pm

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Postby offshoreoildude » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 9:04 pm

Peruse the job ads (URL CENSORED DUE TO COPYRIGHT ISSUE) Your field is dominated however by local or cheap imports, however, Spain as you say is terrible. I would look perhaps for a Spanish language economy that is doing better? Maybe South America or even the Southern US States?
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Postby zzm9980 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 9:13 pm

I was surprised at the number of spanish language lessons and spanish cafes I saw in Shanghai (vicinity of xintiandi). Maybe you can check that out?

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thank You for the Advice

Postby Clandestina » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:39 pm

But are you recommending me not to go to Singapore?.... Would that be so bad for me?...

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Postby nakatago » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:52 pm

Clandestina wrote:But are you recommending me not to go to Singapore?.... Would that be so bad for me?...


Your age and qualifications are not what Singapore wants, frankly. Your skills, moreover, are a dime a dozen among the locals (who of course have local experience). It's trying to abruptly reduce the number of foreign workers here and you can just guess which demographic it wants before decimating foreigners. It's not that it would be bad for you, it would be bad for majority of foreigners right now.

This may sound funny but it's not you, it's them.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:11 pm

Clandestina wrote:But are you recommending me not to go to Singapore?.... Would that be so bad for me?...


I think the issue is that Singapore does not have an open-door policy for jobs, so you've set yourself up for a large challenge before taking the first step. In general terms you either have to bring a skillset to SG that is not readily available from a local. Either that or there is an avenue for entrepreneurs but you need a convincing business plan and significant pre-existing wealth. I'd guess that 99% of expats go via the employment route. I think the way to consider it is that you need to have a 'Unique Selling Point' that will benefit Singapore.

They don't call SG the Monaco of Asia for nothing...

p.s What kind of occupation do you imagine pursuing?

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ok You have put me off

Postby Clandestina » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:24 pm

What about if I was a chiropodist?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:48 pm

Do you have a medical degree that would pass scrutiny by the Medical Board of Singapore AND with the relevant experience? Even then it would take leaping through several hoops before you even got started.

http://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/h ... rists.html

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:30 am

Like a Consultant Chiropodist, and you have a job offer from a major SG hospital?

It is the potential employer that has to argue why they need to bring in a foreigner to do a job. Simply having a skill is not enough.

So consider who would hire you, and how they will persuade the authorities that your talent is something not available locally. They have to write out your story and their whole case on your visa application form.

p.s. Frankly based upon the case you've set out so far I'd cease hitting your head against a closed door. Please don't take that the wrong way, I mean it with the best of intentions. But maybe better to seek a door that is likely to yield... tell me why I am wrong if you think I am.

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Thank you

Postby Clandestina » Fri, 23 Nov 2012 4:16 am

Thank you for taking the time and effort to explain the situation to me. It has been very helpful.

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Postby nutnut » Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:53 am

Don't listen to JR8, he obviously hasn't a clue about Podiatry in SG, there is a big demand here for that!

If you are indeed a registered and qualified Podiatrist (Yes, I know it's called Chiropody in UK, but here they use the proper term). Then you have a very good chance of getting work, this is one area that is currently in high demand and has no local training/degrees as it's still not a fully registered position, the government are sending locals overseas to train (Manchester - Salford, Edinburgh - Queen Margarets, Australia etc.)

I know a number of foreign podiatrists that have come from UK/France/Sweden etc. and many of them have no experience (straight from uni), I also know that some hospitals in Singapore are currently looking for people with qualifications and recent experience that they can bring to the departments.

If you are seriously a QUALIFIED and HPC registered Pod, then try: Tan Tock Seng, Changi General, Alexandra hospital, Jurong Hospital and also give these guys a shout (agency specializing in medical jobs in Singapore - http://www.thesyringe.com/). Wages for a senior pod in this environment are around $5K pcm and for a junior are lower around $3.5K-$4.5K pcm.

I hate to repeat myself, but, you must have a BSc in Podiatry to be eligible, if you have your masters in a related field as well, all the better. If you have done some other short term course, forget about it! However, I am sure you know, you can't call yourself a Chiropodist in the UK without such qualifications anyway, since the term is protected.

Good luck!
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Postby JR8 » Fri, 23 Nov 2012 6:07 pm

nutnut wrote:Don't listen to JR8, he obviously hasn't a clue about Podiatry in SG, there is a big demand here for that!


She says she has experience in 'real estate, secretarial and administration, building construction'.

If she was a professionally qualified chiropodist one imagines that she might have mentioned it too.

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Postby nutnut » Sat, 24 Nov 2012 9:09 am

JR8 wrote:
nutnut wrote:Don't listen to JR8, he obviously hasn't a clue about Podiatry in SG, there is a big demand here for that!


She says she has experience in 'real estate, secretarial and administration, building construction'.

If she was a professionally qualified chiropodist one imagines that she might have mentioned it too.


Probably not, it pays like shit!
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Postby taxico » Sat, 24 Nov 2012 3:35 pm

JR8 wrote:
nutnut wrote:Don't listen to JR8, he obviously hasn't a clue about Podiatry in SG, there is a big demand here for that!


She says she has experience in 'real estate, secretarial and administration, building construction'.

If she was a professionally qualified chiropodist one imagines that she might have mentioned it too.


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