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Old 12-04-2016, 11:57 AM
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Hi folks, how's job prospects and expected remuneration in Singapore....... for a Chemical Engineering PhD holder being trained in Melbourne ?
Appreciate inputs.
It depends on the industry you join. For e.g. if you can get a Principal Engineer job in a oil & gas refinery or chemical plant, then should be able to get above 10k. If it's some other generic engineering/technician job in manufacturing plant or sme then I think it is no different from good honours perhaps 5-6k tops.

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Old 13-04-2016, 12:49 PM
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How much do second lower Honours (no ns) majoring in ntu mechanical engineering earn as start salary?

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Old 13-04-2016, 02:16 PM
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How much do second lower Honours (no ns) majoring in ntu mechanical engineering earn as start salary?
probably about 4k-ish

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Old 13-04-2016, 04:24 PM
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probably about 4k-ish
haha, you're joking right? 4k? please.
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Old 13-04-2016, 07:43 PM
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From CNA: Government engineer pay will be raised to 3800. Anyone with details on the specifics?
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Old 13-04-2016, 11:42 PM
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I have a real question that I would hope someone might be able to answer not based on guesswork but facts and experience.

Please take this example:
A FRESH engineering undergrad who gets a job in public sector can get starting salary of around 3.5k or so. I am current a 2nd class uppers at NTU and let's say I decide not to go into the public sector yet, but would like to receive a much lower pay at around 2.5k because I would like to gain very valuable experience at a company first (please just take my words that it is really valuable) for maybe 3-5years.

After 3-5 years, if I would like to join the public sector using that valuable experience to have a bigger pay jump as compared to starting work straight in the public sector, how will they scale the salary? Will they take into consideration my 2nd class uppers and then add and scale the salary according to my valuable experience? Or will my 2nd class uppers no longer be considered and they will scale it to their own system(which can be disadvantageous to me since if I just join as a fresh grad, it might be more beneficial in the long run since my pay would have started fairly high at 3.5-4k).

It's a bit difficult to put it in words but I hope you guys could understand what I mean. Because the public sector has a rigid system, I am curious as to how they will scale the salary if I have really valuable experience.

Does anyone have any experience in such issues?

I really appreciate any help and would like to give my thanks in advance.
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Old 14-04-2016, 12:05 AM
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I have a real question that I would hope someone might be able to answer not based on guesswork but facts and experience.

Please take this example:
A FRESH engineering undergrad who gets a job in public sector can get starting salary of around 3.5k or so. I am current a 2nd class uppers at NTU and let's say I decide not to go into the public sector yet, but would like to receive a much lower pay at around 2.5k because I would like to gain very valuable experience at a company first (please just take my words that it is really valuable) for maybe 3-5years.

After 3-5 years, if I would like to join the public sector using that valuable experience to have a bigger pay jump as compared to starting work straight in the public sector, how will they scale the salary? Will they take into consideration my 2nd class uppers and then add and scale the salary according to my valuable experience? Or will my 2nd class uppers no longer be considered and they will scale it to their own system(which can be disadvantageous to me since if I just join as a fresh grad, it might be more beneficial in the long run since my pay would have started fairly high at 3.5-4k).

It's a bit difficult to put it in words but I hope you guys could understand what I mean. Because the public sector has a rigid system, I am curious as to how they will scale the salary if I have really valuable experience.

Does anyone have any experience in such issues?

I really appreciate any help and would like to give my thanks in advance.
A couple of misconceptions:

#1 - Your estimation of 2.5k as starting for private sector considering your good honours is quite off base. Most MNCs are paying above 3k which you should have no problems getting. 2.5k is usually some sme pay for private biz degrees.

#2 - 3 to 5 years is way too short to jump clear the orbit of someone who start straight from public sector. Chances are you will end up either the same (if experience relevant) or lower (if experience not fully relevant) compared to someone who joins gov straight.

#3 - What you are trying to do here is usually done by high flyers in the sector that have reached senior management positions then decide to switch to some sort of director level job in public sector by leveraging on their experience. This allows them to move beyond normal glass ceiling, enjoy the job security and high pay when they are older (usually mid to late 40s). Caveat is not too many people succeed as you really need to be a high achiever to get this right.

#4 - I suggest you think through your priories and select the kind of sector that appeals to your needs with the intention to stay there for good. If you really end up some hot shot that can achieve #3 then good for you, but do not plan your current action based on such uncertain and long term forecast.

#5 - There are many people who do a mid career switch to public sector and end up either lower pay (which would be a very bad deal) or same pay (not a good deal either as you end up taking all the risk in pte sector without getting any headway in the end)
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A couple of misconceptions:

#1 - Your estimation of 2.5k as starting for private sector considering your good honours is quite off base. Most MNCs are paying above 3k which you should have no problems getting. 2.5k is usually some sme pay for private biz degrees.

#2 - 3 to 5 years is way too short to jump clear the orbit of someone who start straight from public sector. Chances are you will end up either the same (if experience relevant) or lower (if experience not fully relevant) compared to someone who joins gov straight.

#3 - What you are trying to do here is usually done by high flyers in the sector that have reached senior management positions then decide to switch to some sort of director level job in public sector by leveraging on their experience. This allows them to move beyond normal glass ceiling, enjoy the job security and high pay when they are older (usually mid to late 40s). Caveat is not too many people succeed as you really need to be a high achiever to get this right.

#4 - I suggest you think through your priories and select the kind of sector that appeals to your needs with the intention to stay there for good. If you really end up some hot shot that can achieve #3 then good for you, but do not plan your current action based on such uncertain and long term forecast.

#5 - There are many people who do a mid career switch to public sector and end up either lower pay (which would be a very bad deal) or same pay (not a good deal either as you end up taking all the risk in pte sector without getting any headway in the end)
Hi there, thank you very much for the clear and prompt reply, but I would like to clear up some stuff first.

What I initially meant was that I have already been offered a job at a very reputable company in Japan and the pay is around 2.5k (excluding bonuses and OT pay and overseas deployment pay) but as I mentioned, please just take my word that it really does provide very valuable experience in the field of project management in transport and on top of that, there are very frequent overseas deployment as well. Yes, the pay is very low compared to SG standards, and that is the very reason why I posted my question above regarding whether it is worth getting the valuable experience, and coming back to apply to public sector.

Reading this, are there any change in opinions or...?
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Hi there, thank you very much for the clear and prompt reply, but I would like to clear up some stuff first.

What I initially meant was that I have already been offered a job at a very reputable company in Japan and the pay is around 2.5k (excluding bonuses and OT pay and overseas deployment pay) but as I mentioned, please just take my word that it really does provide very valuable experience in the field of project management in transport and on top of that, there are very frequent overseas deployment as well. Yes, the pay is very low compared to SG standards, and that is the very reason why I posted my question above regarding whether it is worth getting the valuable experience, and coming back to apply to public sector.

Reading this, are there any change in opinions or...?
as long u have more than 2 years of working experience. your degree does not matter already.
Now you are consider experience professional and pay adjustment will based on your last drawn salary.
2.5k is wayyyy too low to start with as a engineer
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Old 14-04-2016, 11:55 AM
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Hey guys just a quick check, is JMS or Baxter Healthcare better? Engineer job. Considering between the two, I'm looking at the company culture, prospect and salary.
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