Help local private university graduates secure jobs before opening doors to foreigners

Recently, the news reported that even a tourist in transit in Singapore found a job, even though she was a fresh graduate. On the other hand, our local Singaporean students are being squeezed out of the labour markets. The battle is even harder for the private university graduates, who are hit by the double whammy of paying more for their non-subsidised universities as well facing many employers who discriminate against their degrees. Many of my peers who have graduated from renowned institutes like Kaplan and SIM-UOL feel that they are being slighted by many employers, with some directly telling them that their degree is not “on par” with public local university education. All this while foreign nationals are working here with degrees from degree mills and resumes that local employers are unable to verify! How can the HR departments in these companies biased against private university education as if they know how the quality of these institutes are? Many of them rather hire a foreigner with unverified degrees or even “Masters” certification but yet stick their noses up at local degrees!

One of my peers who went for an interview at a bank claims that the interviewer finds her asking salary of $4500 to be too high, even though that was the market rate. After adjusting her expectations, she swallowed her pride and went for another interview at an SME. This time, she only asked for $3500 but was berated for asking for this pay “despite” her qualifications. The HR manager bluntly told her that with her degree, she should be grateful even with a $2000 starting pay. What an audacious and rude HR staff! I cannot believe that even SMEs are getting so arrogant nowadays to belittle our local graduates. While she did not get the job in the end, she noticed that many employees in the company were from Malaysia, as she overheard them speaking in Chinese in a Malaysian accent. She suspected that due to the cheaper asking salaries of Malaysian workers, local SMEs now prefer hiring them as compared to Singaporeans, and only used her private university degree as an excuse to negotiate a lower wage. It is really sad to see locals putting locals down, just to save costs. The worst part of it is that even the government has not helped out by not hiring these private university graduates themselves.

Right now, my friend is feeling very down and hopes to continue applying to more prestigious companies that may better appreciate diversity amongst their hires. Today’s economy is changing faster than ever and all the government keeps saying is to upgrade our skills, which is what many Singaporeans have done. Sadly, many companies will rather hire foreigners than that utilise local talents, all because of the government’s open leg policy. This is even worse amongst our SMEs, who have received so much in government grants and benefited from the cheap foreign labour. No other country in the world subsidises businesses at the expense of taxpayers and even give them access to cheap foreign labour at the expense of foreigners. Despite receiving so much government help, these SME bosses still outright refuse to hire our own Singaporeans and give them a chance. Really, how entitled can these people be to snub their own kind?

In my opinion, we should have a system where a job can only be given to foreigners when Singaporeans are unwilling to do it. We also need to eliminate discrimination against private universities, as our local public universities only have limited places and many have to pay more for private universities. It is very unfair that they are being treated differently from graduates and the government should step in to correct the misconception that they are less skilled. Solving these 2 problems will really help assist our private university graduates succeed in the job market, so they can climb the corporate ladder and contribute to our economy.

 

A concerned Singaporean

 

 

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12 Responses to “Help local private university graduates secure jobs before opening doors to foreigners”

  • NotMyProblem:

    My 2 cents here. There are a lot of companies’ HR already foreigners or ex-foreigners. Very naturally they will employ their own kind.

    There were Singaporeans saying S$1=RM3 is good for us. They failed to understand it was to our disadvantage. Everyday we have about half-a-million Malaysians coming to SG to work and bring back several millions every month back to Malaysian. Malaysians when they come over to SG, they even buy their own food from Malaysia, not spending a single cent in SG.

    How many Malaysians actually have qualification better than Singaporeans’ but you would see Singaporeans working under these people with questionable qualification.

    So Malaysians are laughing at Singaporeans’ stupidity. Ex-Malaysians voters tend to vote for the PAP, for a very simple reason. They love this system.

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  • opposition dude:

    No need to talk so much about the government needs to do this and that lah, vote out as many of the monkeys as possible this year and make them fear for their jobs, this is the only way these turkeys will take Singaporeans seriously.

    As long as these donkeys have the majority in parliament they will just continue letting in third world people to work. And this will in turn result in even more of the younger generation to be either driving for Grab, working part time or freelancing.

    Please remember hor, there are young people graduating yearly looking for work. If 60% of them can’t find work then you are going to have very big problems when all these jobless young people add up to become a big number.

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  • Asd:

    Help ? People already helping themselves to the $ where got time to help you ? No need you also can get FT pay tax so why need you ?

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  • Harder Truths:

    I will ask my FT boss to do this.

    I will tell him – “Please employ these local private school graduates. Unfortunately they ask for a much higher salary and are not willing to do all the extra work you want them to do plus they cannot work 24/7 – but this is good for $G. Please consider”

    He may die laughing.

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  • vote pap, die faster:

    pap GDP growth bonus is given based on bullshit GDP growth statistic. it is not based on employment of local born but rather employment, any employment.

    we know it is wrong of pap. we have been saying so. 70% sheep continues to vote pap.

    if you are jobless and never voted pap, continue to vote OPPO and continue to hope for New Government.

    if you are jobless and always voted pap, too bad. you asked for it. worse, many local born jobless OPPO in dire straits due to your sheep mentality.

    the only way to right all the current pap wrongs is to topple pap at GE2019. there is no other way.

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  • Hsiam Loong Loong:

    Even local graduates from NUS, NTU and SMU find it hard to get a job, what more about those graduates from private Unis.

    And this job discrimination problem is not even new. It’s not something that just took place recently. It’s been happening way before the last GE in 2015. But look at the outcome of GE2015!

    People are given a chance to vote for a change. To vote for a G that truly takes care of the needs of its citizens. Instead, the very same G which caused all these problems to locals won the votes of 70% singaporeans! And think! They’re even planning to increase our population to 10M now.

    If the G doesn’t care about its citizens and no matter how they treated locals, they still get the support of the voters to remain as G, would you expect them to pay attention to the citizens? Why would they bother about the stupid people, right?

    People who voted for this G should not complain because they deserved to be screwed by the people they voted.

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  • Ahmat:

    I know of one company that implemented company policy “Protect the foreign species with tender loving cares and respect”, whole company full of them. Why?,…. because they are cheaper and make him save more earnings. Few Locals there become the Ahmat! or if not are his relatives. No joking.

    The reality is… the bosses don’t need to respect “Singaporean first”, they paid their taxes. They followed the model of MIW cheap influx policy. They earn and MIW earns 100 times more then them, open shit mouths, pretend, that’s about it.

    Just tell all your friends to support volt for change if you want the problems really solved. You say, How do you trust somebody who are bent on lying with the need to exempt themselves from accountability? Cannot Right?

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  • pap clown gone ballistic:

    Hsiam Loong Loong:
    Even local graduates from NUS, NTU and SMU find it hard to get a job, what more about those graduates from private Unis.

    And this job discrimination problem is not even new. It’s not something that just took place recently. It’s been happening way before the last GE in 2015. But look at the outcome of GE2015!

    People are given a chance to vote for a change. To vote for a G that truly takes care of the needs of its citizens. Instead, the very same G which caused all these problems to locals won the votes of 70% singaporeans! And think! They’re even planning to increase our population to 10M now.

    If the G doesn’t care about its citizens and no matter how they treated locals, they still get the support of the voters to remain as G, would you expect them to pay attention to the citizens? Why would they bother about the stupid people, right?

    People who voted for this G should not complain because they deserved to be screwed by the people they voted.

    Right now, even not yet 6.9m, everywhere is so ffffing crowded. even in pap NTUC outlets. turn left turn right go straight almost every move need to turn sideways to avoid bumming into another person.

    and we are talking of not yet 6.9m.

    imagine 10.0m and the crowding.

    worse, more mouths, more waste is produced, more water is used, more electricity is used, more of everything. but pap raises prices because pap says need to curb rising consumption when raised consumption is not caused by 70% sheep but by increased number of imported mouths.

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  • Even Harder Truths:

    Then this “FT boss” has no reason to be in SG unless someone is lying for the past 30 years that “FT” create jobs for Singaporean.

    Otherwise, why only SG must serve NS?

    Harder Truths:

    I will ask my FT boss to do this.

    I will tell him – “Please employ these local private school graduates. Unfortunately they ask for a much higher salary and are not willing to do all the extra work you want them to do plus they cannot work 24/7 – but this is good for $G. Please consider”

    He may die laughing.

    Ask this “FT boss” to do the same in US, UK, Australia and every 1st world countries … see if he still dare to “die laughing” ?

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  • Flabbergasted:

    I think the problem lies in the relentless pursuit of skyrocketing rentals.

    While the government can be a stabiliser in this aspect, they chose to be the leaders, i.e. they are the ones who will raise rentals ever so often. their altruistic excuse is increasing shareholders returns for their REITs.

    Who is the biggest shareholder?

    Can you blame the private sector for following suit?

    With the rental constituting such a high proportion of business costs (I have heard of as high as 60%, esp in retail) businesses will have to find ways to contain their costs.

    The easiest target will be labour. The government’s open leg policy for foreigners ensure a cheap source of labour, plus allowing foreigners in HR positions is a double whammy.

    Still need to consider who you should vote? You want your graduate children to drive grab and deliver lunches for foreigners?

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  • Patriotic My Butt:

    During the 1990s, my cohort from SIM was lucky in the private sector. Most found jobs quickly and some changed them after one to two years. But rude employers and interviewers were out there, the unlucky will meet them.

    Back then, employers hird locals and paid market rates $1500 for freshies. Over the years the price for a fresh grad went down to $1000 during 2003.

    Now, employers can get anybody they want, they will even be more nasty to locals. I know of some SMEs who prefer FT. They are just cheaper, that’s the reason why employers don’t want to lose them.

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  • You Die Your Own Business:

    70% voted for pain, but many think the pain will affect others but not them.
    It is time for pain to catch up with them.
    When pain is enough, change will come.
    It’s only through pain people learn.

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