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Old 14-04-2016, 10:47 PM
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DSTA is more on project management and i dont think it a non-transferable skill. It depends on how u utilise it. FYI, engineers from DSTA is wanted by quite a number of ministries/stat board especially when SG is going to be smart nation
But we are talking about the private sector here... What are the ENGINEERING skills that you can transfer?

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Old 15-04-2016, 10:17 AM
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I chanced upon this thread and empathize with those who are eager to know the outcome of their interviews.
Normally they will reject you quickly if you failed your interview.
if you had to wait, it is likely you were KIVed (good but not best), or they are putting your name for management's approval.
HR is known to jam certain offers even when line PCs decided to offer their candidate, for reasons unknown to me.
Those KIV ones may eventually be offered / rejected especially if new resumes were received (if you noticed, some job applications on the career portal do not have application end dates).

DSTA is predominantly engineering, with most departments doing PM / Systems Management. Therefore you are required to have project management and engineering knowledge. Engineering knowledge is important (so said our top govt ministers) and can be transferred to places like LTA, SMRT, PUB.
But DSTA also have Computer science folks doing Cybersecurity, SW development, QA, QC etc. These skills are very transferable but likely to be lowered paid if you wish to venture into Pte sectors.

Pay, welfare are good, depending on which sector you compare to (prob. not as good as oil/gas, banking. But definitely better than IT industry)

All the best folks.

source: we are hiring; Have conducted and is still conducting interviews.

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Old 15-04-2016, 12:26 PM
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But we are talking about the private sector here... What are the ENGINEERING skills that you can transfer?
OMG, do u think DSTA only deal with military stuff and do you think that Military technology is totally different from commerical? i not sure whether you are an engineer but from the way i see, you totally have no idea what is engineering, most probably those kind of 读死书 !



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But we are talking about the private sector here... What are the ENGINEERING skills that you can transfer?
And also read the recent news '://.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/better-salaries-for-fresh/2692082.html'

DSTA is one of centres of excellence and other public agencies are joining in and you are saying there are no engineering skill can be transfered?
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3rd class can forget about DSTA
not even with 2 years working experience as engineer in MNC?
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So far anyone here who went for the interview this year(2016) for the engineer position got rejected? How long after the interview do you get the bad news?
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not even with 2 years working experience as engineer in MNC?
there are lots of first/upper engineer worked in MNC apply for DSTA, what makes u think that your 2 yr experience is better than theirs?
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Old 17-04-2016, 12:13 PM
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not even with 2 years working experience as engineer in MNC?
If the two years of working experience has equipped the engineer with skills that are needed for the job and a similarly experienced engineer with first class and no relevant skills apply for the same job, of course you will have a chance. When I was job hunting, one thing i learnt was that grades were important in the eyes of all companies when hiring an engineer, especially in engineering. It is not just a public sector thing. There is a reason for that. However, if you have something other than your grades to show(if impressive), I do not think the rules apply.

I am not from DSTA, nor have I applied there. However, my company has a reputation for not hiring below second upper as well. Senior management has stressed their worry about that misconception of such a "cut off point" as they fear that skillful and experienced engineers would not apply.
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From a local engineering GLC,

even for hiring a technician,

Mr A = ~3 yrs of relevant engineering exp with ITE cert/ Poly cert
Mr B = fresh grad from ITE

Management would rather hire the fresh grad from ITE because he is cheaper by about $300-400
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I chanced upon this thread and empathize with those who are eager to know the outcome of their interviews.
Normally they will reject you quickly if you failed your interview.
if you had to wait, it is likely you were KIVed (good but not best), or they are putting your name for management's approval.
HR is known to jam certain offers even when line PCs decided to offer their candidate, for reasons unknown to me.
Those KIV ones may eventually be offered / rejected especially if new resumes were received (if you noticed, some job applications on the career portal do not have application end dates).

DSTA is predominantly engineering, with most departments doing PM / Systems Management. Therefore you are required to have project management and engineering knowledge. Engineering knowledge is important (so said our top govt ministers) and can be transferred to places like LTA, SMRT, PUB.
But DSTA also have Computer science folks doing Cybersecurity, SW development, QA, QC etc. These skills are very transferable but likely to be lowered paid if you wish to venture into Pte sectors.

Pay, welfare are good, depending on which sector you compare to (prob. not as good as oil/gas, banking. But definitely better than IT industry)

All the best folks.

source: we are hiring; Have conducted and is still conducting interviews.
Thanks for this piece of information. If I received verbal confirmation some time ago from the HR people but have yet to receive any official offer, should I be worried that I might still be rejected?
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