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Old 29-03-2011, 05:16 PM
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I am not dreaming. I have the offer, but there is no need for me to prove it over the internet. I am merely just asking for advice in terms of career prospects.
Sorry, but I also wondered your authenticity because you never answered the earlier query on which course you got into at Cambridge because BA in Management Studies is a 1 year competitive entry course with a pre-requisite of 2-3 years of another Cambridge course. The other guy provided a link.

I'm not purposely trying to weed you out or anything, but I'm interested in the BA in Management Studies and was wondering how you got into the competitive entry course without first finishing 3 years in something else? Please let me know.

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In fact, for the two pinnacle professions medicine and law, I don't notice any difference between NUS or Cambridge. Do you choose your doctors by which university they went to?
I wouldn't choose a GP based on what school they went to or if I could only afford SGH. However, if I were rich and looking for a heart surgeon, Cambridge or John's Hopkins would certainly make a difference or better from a top heart hospital.

BTW, how many NUS Medicine graduates operate at the Cleveland Clinic? None.

NUS Medicine is quite difficult to get into, but its much harder to get into top US medical schools.

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I plugged USD100K into one of those "paycheck calculators" on the internet for California and after Federal, Social Security, Medicare, California tax and "CA SDI", I got S$81,506 (using 1.26 conversion) take home pay. That's S$6,792. Your paycheck in Singapore would only be S$4,875 as your CPF isn't disposable income i.e., its not in your paycheck. Social Security is similar to CPF and Medicare is similar to Medisave.

When all is said and done, you are S$1,917 poorer in Singapore. Furthermore, if you grew up in the US and are a US permanent resident, you are subject to US taxes anyway!
hello. purchasing a 401k would more or less equal out. not to mention if you have kids, paying for their tuition and prep schools(esp prep schools!!) would carve a big hole out of your 'disposable income'.

social security =/= cpf. one is a social insurance scheme incl. unemployment benefits etc and the other is a state pension plan. if you are trying to inform others you should google more and be more thorough.

if you are trying to act smart and bs your way through i suggest you shut up.



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Furthermore, if you grew up in the US and are a US permanent resident, you are subject to US taxes anyway!
Evidence of even more BS. Income Tax Act, Cap 134 specifically lists the following types of income as chargeable to tax. tax residency is more specific and will be ignored:

s10(1)(a):gains of profits from trade, business, profession or vocation...exercised
(b):gains or profits from any employment
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(g) any gains or profits of an income nature not falling within any of the preceding paragraphs

except income specifically exempted from tax by s13(1) of the Act. there is also double taxation relief available for us citizens working in sg. anw Uncle Sam allows citizens working abroad to deduct foreign income tax from the bill owing to him.

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there is also double taxation relief available for us citizens working in sg.
not really dtr. shipping and aircraft income only.

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anw Uncle Sam allows citizens working abroad to deduct foreign income tax from the bill owing to him.
partial relief only, up to US$80k. applicable to all countries yes.
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food for thought:

As far as recruitment, they have a global graduate recruitment program (the chaps are called "graduates") which is run from New York and London. The program also handles the summer interns. NUS & SMU are not in the list of institutions that they recruit from. Apprently they tried it a few years ago with poor results. Not to say that there are not a fair number of Singaporeans graduates around, but they went to top schools, not NUS/SMU. In Singapore, only Insead is on the list and they actually recruit on the Insead campus a few times a year. There are more finance MBAs, but there are all sorts so its probably not correct to say that you need finance. In the Graduate program, the only difference between MBAs and Undergrads is base pay. They do the same work. Some of the graduates from Ivies studied history, English etc, but they are really smart. The graduates are eventually sent abroad for a few months for training, but most say its a junket and they had a good time. Hard to tell because they are competitive amongst each other.

There are NUS/SMU grads around, but they snuck in either as desk assistants or research assistants and then worked their way up. The few interns that are around usually have some lobang like me. One of the other intern's father is CEO of a firm which is an IB client. Another local intern is really really pretty. If you are not from Ivy, you need a lobang or be really good looking.

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food for thought:

As far as recruitment, they have a global graduate recruitment program (the chaps are called "graduates") which is run from New York and London. The program also handles the summer interns. NUS & SMU are not in the list of institutions that they recruit from. Apprently they tried it a few years ago with poor results. Not to say that there are not a fair number of Singaporeans graduates around, but they went to top schools, not NUS/SMU. In Singapore, only Insead is on the list and they actually recruit on the Insead campus a few times a year. There are more finance MBAs, but there are all sorts so its probably not correct to say that you need finance. In the Graduate program, the only difference between MBAs and Undergrads is base pay. They do the same work. Some of the graduates from Ivies studied history, English etc, but they are really smart. The graduates are eventually sent abroad for a few months for training, but most say its a junket and they had a good time. Hard to tell because they are competitive amongst each other.

There are NUS/SMU grads around, but they snuck in either as desk assistants or research assistants and then worked their way up. The few interns that are around usually have some lobang like me. One of the other intern's father is CEO of a firm which is an IB client. Another local intern is really really pretty. If you are not from Ivy, you need a lobang or be really good looking.

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The link to the whole thread is below. Read through it for other perspectives if you have time.

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Sorry, but I also wondered your authenticity because you never answered the earlier query on which course you got into at Cambridge because BA in Management Studies is a 1 year competitive entry course with a pre-requisite of 2-3 years of another Cambridge course. The other guy provided a link.

I'm not purposely trying to weed you out or anything, but I'm interested in the BA in Management Studies and was wondering how you got into the competitive entry course without first finishing 3 years in something else? Please let me know.

Yes you are right BA MST is a 1 year course. I have offered PPS with a conditional entry into MST providing I meet a certain grade (which I am fairly confident that I will if I work hard). Don't ask me how I got it because I did have to go through quite a bit to get PPS + conditional MST. In fact, I have been supplied this year's handbook, which of course is not available publicly over the internet. The handbook is 13 pages in total. If you like I can upload a few pages at your request. But then again, I don't need to justify anything over the net.
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Whatever you do just dont go into SMU.

If you go into SMU 4 years later u might think "what if I had gone overseas?"

But I guarantee you that if you go overseas you will not be thinking "what if I had gone to a local U?"
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not really dtr. shipping and aircraft income only.



partial relief only, up to US$80k. applicable to all countries yes.
Haha. Thanks for catching the real troll who can't google. LOL
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