Tan Chuan Jin to look into complaints by foreign students that they have difficulties finding jobs after graduation
Posted by temasektimes on August 30, 2012
While Singaporean graduates have to struggle to find jobs after graduation, foreign students studying in Singapore on scholarship appear to have an easier time as they need to serve a three year bond in Singapore, and yet they too are complaining about the tight labor market.
During a forum held at the Singapore Management University on Tuesday night, Acting Manpower Minister was peppered with complaints from foreign students about difficulties in finding jobs after graduation – they need to serve three-year bonds here and cannot work part-time, yet some companies are only hiring Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.
In response, Mr Tan said he sympathized with the problems faced by foreign students and promised to look further into the matter.
However, when Singaporean students in the same forum brought up the issue of competition with foreigners, Mr Tan asked them to decide on the way they should behave towards foreigners:
“All of you here have choices to make. Do you want to be consumed by hate, anger, unhappiness? Or do you want to say, let’s do something positive,” he said.