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Should I settle down in sginapore?

Post by tratraf » Thu, 31 Jan 2013 6:12 pm

Hi All. I am from Hong Kong and working as a garment merchandiser in a lingerie/swimwear & Homewear manufacturer which operated by a French.
My boyfriend is singaporean and we are planning to marry next year, probably we will settle down in singapore for a better living standard, but before this, I have to consider whether it's diffcult for me to get a job or not as seemingly singapore does not have much garment companies.

Anyone here who works as a garment merchandiser or know about this industry?

I am currently responsible for the prodcut development and bulk prodcution (from the proto sampels until the shipment samples). I have to negotiate the price with suppliers, ensure all the stages are on scehdule (sales-samples and fitting sampels as well), materials ordering, ensure the garment quality is up to standard.. and so on.

Besides, I am holding the advanced diploma of apparel merchandising and studying the purchasing and supply advanced diploma as well..

I would like to have the opinion from yours, would it be diffcult for me to get a job in singapore?

Another idea come up as well, as the advanced diploma of the puchasing and supply will be finished in this year September, is that possible for me to get a job in singapore first before getting marry? Any global job agnecy can help??

I am so lost and appreciate for anyone who can have a reply on this.
Thanks!!!

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Post by beppi » Fri, 01 Feb 2013 4:34 pm

I have no idea about the garment industry in Singapore, but I can advise on your visa situation:
- Marriage to a Singaporean will NOT give you a visa that allows work. There is a possibility to get an LTVP+ after a few years of being married, but for now you'd have to qualify for a work visa on your own merit (or become a Tai Tai).
- Assuming your diplomas count as "technical certificate", you may get an S-Pass (EP requires university degree) if you find a job that fits your background and the company can convince MoM that they need to hire a foreigner and there aren't enough locals who can do the job. This might be tough, especially in the current political situation.

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Post by JR8 » Fri, 01 Feb 2013 7:20 pm

Does an EP require a university degree?

I got a P1 without a degree. Just wondering if it's changed.


p.s
In fact I got an EPEC (Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate) without being a degree-holder. And based on that I got an LTVP. I wasn't married at the time either.

Not trying to sow confusion, and I believe the EPEC no longer exists. Just giving my actual experience from c.4 years ago.
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Post by zzm9980 » Fri, 01 Feb 2013 7:22 pm

JR8 wrote:Does an EP require a university degree?

I got a P1 without a degree. Just wondering if it's changed.
Has not changed. But with PEP changes, I wonder if P1 minimum salaries will jump any time soon also.

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Post by x9200 » Fri, 01 Feb 2013 7:54 pm

JR8 wrote:Does an EP require a university degree?

I got a P1 without a degree. Just wondering if it's changed.
They assume that if there is somebody willing to pay you what is required for P1 you must have enough skills without any degree. It is still the case although I recall someone posting about downgrading him or his friend to EP-S with the salary corresponding to P1 so nobody knows how it is right now.

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Re: Should I settle down in sginapore?

Post by taxico » Sat, 02 Feb 2013 1:01 pm

tratraf wrote:...I have to consider whether it's diffcult for me to get a job or not as seemingly singapore does not have much garment companies.

Anyone here who works as a garment merchandiser or know about this industry?

...I would like to have the opinion from yours, would it be diffcult for me to get a job in singapore?

Another idea come up as well, as the advanced diploma of the puchasing and supply will be finished in this year September, is that possible for me to get a job in singapore first before getting marry? Any global job agnecy can help??
i think a better question is: can you get get a job in singapore...

i think your job is easily filled by a local - i could be wrong. i'm not sure if your "advanced diploma" is similar to the ones offered locally by polytechnics (pre-university institutions) and degree mills. is that a post-graduate level degree or pre-university one (eg, associate degree)?

i'm sure it is possible for you to get a job before you marry, and i strongly recommend that you do so.

there are plenty of global recruitment agencies in singapore but i'm not sure if they can get you the job of your dreams.

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