It feels like life is so unfair. I mean… local graduates from business schools are being pursue with job offers a year before they graduate! While non-business school graduate have to search for a job and get it only a month after graduating.

TALENT is so sought after for the financial sector that local and foreign employers are sounding out students about job offers a year before they graduate.

In fact, the majority of graduates from business schools at the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) secured jobs while they were still in school – a fact that could help explain why business courses are wildly popular among those applying for varsity admission.

But non-business students can take heart too. A survey by NTU of its graduating class this year shows that nine out of 10 graduates landed jobs within a month of leaving school, and their average starting salary is $2,900, up $210 from last year.

Article obtained from on 29th May 2008

Reader's Comments

  1. Shotgun | May 29th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    What to do? Business, Banking and Finance are like one of the few places left that aren’t flooded by Foreign Talents.

    IT and Engineering are dominated by FTs from Myanmar, China, Vietnam and India. They are cheaper to hire often more capable. By that, we are able to lower costs and keep Singapore more competitive globally.

    Suck thumb lar. OTOH, Singaporeans professionals are very well sought after overseas (esp English Speaking Countries). Wanna be an IT Pro or Engineer and make top dollar? Look beyond the horizons!

  2. Yusri | May 29th, 2008 at 10:33 pm


    I’m an IT grad, and am still looking to secure my first FT job!


    If I had known, I should have already try to aim for a business school, and not get misled by sweet talks saying that IT is the future.

    Well, I’m already sucking both thumbs. Maybe I should start sucking my toes too.

  3. Aspiring Scientist | May 30th, 2008 at 1:33 am

    go teach in polytechnic?

  4. domin_itis | May 30th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Jean, just my 2 cents worth:
    financial sectors also seek out foreign talents too and not alot of business students are offered jobs 1 year before they graduate. Those who are offered jobs are probably lucky or because the good work conduct or good rapport they built up during their internships.

  5. Jayson Ang | May 30th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    shift of mindset is required now. there isnt such thing as a local job or foreign job any longer.
    it’s now call a global job.
    say hi to globalisation!

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