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Recent graduate - needing advice to work in singapore

Postby jvnguyen » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 6:53 am

Hi everyone,

As a recent BBA graduate, what are my chances as an expat, to get sponsored by a company? Is it a norm for MNC to hire exapts?

I'm aiming to move in March but I still have not managed to find a job. From some research, I know that I can't buy a one way ticket into Singapore and look for jobs locally. Thus far, I have just been applying for jobs online but I feel I would have a better chance if I could talk to someone directly or get a contact in the companies I want to work for.

Does any one have advice for a person in my position? A recent graduate who is looking for a job but can't yet enter the country.

Thanks,

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Re: Recent graduate - needing advice to work in singapore

Postby x9200 » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 9:42 am

jvnguyen wrote:Hi everyone,

As a recent BBA graduate, what are my chances as an expat, to get sponsored by a company? Is it a norm for MNC to hire exapts?

I'm aiming to move in March but I still have not managed to find a job. From some research, I know that I can't buy a one way ticket into Singapore and look for jobs locally. Thus far, I have just been applying for jobs online but I feel I would have a better chance if I could talk to someone directly or get a contact in the companies I want to work for.

Does any one have advice for a person in my position? A recent graduate who is looking for a job but can't yet enter the country.

Thanks,

Finding a job is your least of the problems. As a fresh graduate you will unlikely get a work pass. There are tons of information about this on this board so sadly it looks you did not do your homework.

Advice: stay where you are and get few3 years of experience.

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Postby bro75 » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 9:49 am

It is difficult but not impossible for a recent grad to get hired by a company in Singapore and get his/her pass approved.
You face two hurdles. One hurdle is to get hired by a company here in Singapore. I feel that with your degree and lack of experience, the position you will be looking for can be filled by locals. Another hurdle is to get your employment pass approved by the government if you are hired. This will be tougher since the government nowadays routinely rejects applications from those with little or no experience in the field they are applying. This is partly due to the clamor of citizens for the government to reduce the intake of foreign workers. Can I ask where is your BBA degree from?
You can continue to apply online or you could visit Singapore to get a feel for the place (if you have not been here before). But it is best for you to get some experience first in your home country then reapply when you have some experience under your belt.
There are rare cases when after a pass and the subsequent appeals are rejected , the employers themselves will talk to ministry of manpower officials to personally appeal the rejection and defend their hire. But this is for those that the employer feels are supremely talented or have extraordinary skills.

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Postby offshoreoildude » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:00 am

What's a BBA? Sounds like some sort of bogus associates "degree".
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Postby the lynx » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:10 am

BBA = Bachelor Degree in Business Administration?

If it is, it sounds like a staple from degree mill if you ask me, sorry, but any Tom, Dick and Harry (or Ah Beng, Ah Meng and Ah Seng here in Singapore) has it and it doesn't come with niche skills that can guarantee you the pass.
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Postby offshoreoildude » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:12 am

the lynx wrote:BBA = Bachelor Degree in Business Administration?

If it is, it sounds like a staple from degree mill if you ask me, sorry, but any Tom, Dick and Harry (or Ah Beng, Ah Meng and Ah Seng) has it and it doesn't come with niche skills that can guarantee you the pass.


I think you're right - it's a junior sized MBA without the years of experience or credibility. Why parents allow their kids to do these bullshit degrees I don't know.
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Postby jvnguyen » Mon, 21 Jan 2013 1:29 pm

I got my BBA at Simon Fraser University which is located in Vancouver, Canada.

At a professional level, my work experience is minimal but I do have eight years experience within the food industry (cooking mostly). Aside from that, I have about a year experience for a local start up company in marketing and lots of extracurricular.

BBA = Bachelors of Business Administration
My concentration was in Marketing and International Business.

I really appreciate the feedback and I did do some research and found it difficult to get a job. That is why I posted to see what others may have done and get advice.

Thanks for the advice everyone!


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