Local graduate: We need decent jobs to stay relevant
Posted by temasektimes on September 2, 2012
With such employers, graduates will never get the experience that employer wants. Go overseas to gain experience? What a joke.. Overseas job need as much experience too.
We graduates, put in the hard work to get the cert that employers want at the expense of getting experience. So a reasonable starting pay of 2.5k-3k starting pay is to justify for the high cost of living and compensate for the opportunity cost of education.
Yes in the beginning, we might not know what we are doing but with essential training and growth with the company, we give quality work and eventually stay if the company give us space to grow and give a sense of belonging. Yes. You may say that money talks. It goes the same to E-pass employees. If other employers offer a higher pay to them, eventually they will leave too. Its a cycle.
Graduates need job to stay relevant but if we are left hanging for too long, then unemployment problems become a burden to the society and where does that bring ”Singapore a good place to take for a ride”. Don’t stereotype Singaporeans graduates as much as others who stereotype foreign talents.
As much as there are Singaporean graduates who complains, there are as much graduates that I know who are willing to accept a lower starting pay (of 2k-2.4k) in exchange for opportunity to gain the experience but if you employers are willing to give us a chance to grow in the company (together with pay growth), staying is not a problem.
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.