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Old 11-02-2011, 11:30 AM
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For my situation, I graduated from the best schools in the world (oxbridge)me. Right now, I am beginning to CONSIDER a switch in career before its too late. Who knows, maybe its not the passion in engineering that excites me but the just passion to excel..

Will earning that much money actually satisfy this ever growing desire to succeed?

I am not looking for a reply. It just feels like a good place to rant for now.
I suggest u take the timeline longer, as I always tell the younger one.
5 years down, u have family, another 10 years, need to support children...15 years, support parents....30 years later, want to have a good retirement in a resort life style

only with all these in mind, u can map whether yr current decision is wise or not

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the oil and gas industry generally pays pretty well...i've slightly more than 1.5 yrs of working experience and is drawing about 75k/yr (bonus and allowance all thrown in). I'll be getting a pay rise in a month's time and will be drawing about 88k/yr for 2011 (roughly, assuming same bonus).

my plan is not to be an engineer for life. I only started as one because i think it will add alot of value when i eventually move into a management role.

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the oil and gas industry generally pays pretty well...i've slightly more than 1.5 yrs of working experience and is drawing about 75k/yr (bonus and allowance all thrown in). I'll be getting a pay rise in a month's time and will be drawing about 88k/yr for 2011 (roughly, assuming same bonus).

my plan is not to be an engineer for life. I only started as one because i think it will add alot of value when i eventually move into a management role.
wat coy?

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Old 16-02-2011, 02:01 AM
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my guess: exxon mobil.
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Confirmed: engineering is a dead end career in Singapore...

but read through the truly interesting article written by a former government high flyer insider:


http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/02/...-growth-model/


What’s wrong with the current Singapore growth model?


The Singapore economy is near breaking point and cannot be sustained going forward without society tearing apart, says a former government economic planner who has just completed a 45-page paper “Creating Jobs and Enterprise in a new Singapore economy – Ideas for Change”. Tan Jee Say feels strongly that new economic directions are urgently needed to prevent a socio-economic tragedy from unfolding, and he has proposed a $60 billion National Regeneration Plan to transform Singapore into a knowledge-based regional services hub that puts Singaporeans first in jobs and enterprises created in a new Singapore economy.

Jee Say’s analysis and prescription are persuasive, according to Lord Butler who as Head of the British Civil Service in the 1980s and 1990s, oversaw the “painful transition” of the United Kingdom from a predominantly manufacturing economy to a knowledge-based one. Lord Butler commended the paper and described it as a thorough and well-argued piece of work that deserves the attention of policy makers.

The writer was with the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 1979 to 1985 where he headed economic and manpower planning and also served as secretary to the late Dr Albert Winsemius, the economic adviser to the Singapore Government. From 1985-1990, he was the principal private secretary to Mr Goh Chok Tong. In 1990, he went into investment banking and subsequently took up fund management. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He is a graduate of Oxford University where he read philosophy, politics and economics.



The following is the first in a three-part summary extract from the soon-to-be-published paper.

by Tan Jee Say

The Singapore economy has become more volatile in recent years, with business cycle fluctuations becoming more pronounced, and Singapore experiencing three recessions (1998, 2001 and 2009) in the past 15 years, in contrast to only one recession (1985) in the 30 years between 1965 and 1995. The greater volatility led to more job losses that lasted for longer periods. Volatility has resulted in lower growth.

Low Productivity

Singapore’s low labour productivity growth in recent years is a statistical phenomenon and is the result, not the cause, of our poor economic performance. To focus on raising productivity as a key economic strategy, an old and discredited strategy adopted by the government since the early 1980’s, is like putting the cart before the horse – can we expect it to succeed when it has failed to do so in the last 30 years with productivity continuing to be stuck in the lows to this very day in spite of all the high-sounding campaigns by high-level productivity councils? Rather we should focus our minds on economic policy because it is bad economic policy that has resulted in Singapore’s heavy dependence on foreign unskilled and low-skilled workers that in turn pulls down labour productivity.

Unsustainability of Manufacturing

A major contributor to the increased economic volatility was manufacturing which has been promoted by the government in the past 5 decades as a key pillar of its economic growth strategy. The strategy was successful in the first 2 decades but by the early 1980’s, it was running into bottlenecks as Singapore’s constraints manifested themselves.

Singapore has little comparative or competitive advantage for manufacturing to flourish as land, labour and skills are in short supply. The manufacturing sector can only remain viable in Singapore through more subsidized factory land and space, uninterrupted inflow of cheap foreign labour, and generous tax holidays and other giveaways. Such economic distortions in the last thirty years have delayed Singapore’s economic restructuring. We cannot afford and should not tolerate further wastage, not even for another year.

Two additional factors weigh against manufacturing – firstly, most top students are not opting to read engineering as their first choice in the local universities and polytechnics, a trend that does not augur well for the innovative potential of nor the prospect for ‘complex manufacturing’ , a niche that the ESC wants to promote; and secondly, Singaporeans are happier working in the services sector than in manufacturing industry. Without a happy and talented workforce, can complex manufacturing succeed in a sustainable way?

Which Services for the Future?

Singapore’s future lies in services. We can thrive as a dedicated services hub for the region as we had done so in the past as a vibrant commercial metropolis even before Singapore went into manufacturing in a big way in the 1960’s.The rest of the region has also progressed as we have. To continue to be relevant to them, we have to develop into a full-fledged integrated services hub with the best offerings available in the field. It should be knowledge-based that will capitalise on Singaporeans’ high level of education and experience of the world’s best practices. It must be the right kind of services that do not exploit or offend the sensitivities of the region.

The two huge casinos are the wrong kind of services activities to have. Economic development is more than just about generating jobs and income growth. There is a moral purpose as well, otherwise we might as well turn Singapore into a prostitution hub or a distribution centre for drugs which will bring us untold riches.Economic development is about developing and using human capital to produce decent and worthwhile goods and services in a sustained way.

On the other hand, casinos are a soft option that preys on human weakness to generate profits. They destroy the work ethic and lead to broken families and other social problems. The casinos should be closed down so that Singapore can part company with those who choose to prosper through vices such as gambling, prostitution or drugs; only then can Singaporeans once again walk tall and proud on the high and honourable path to economic development and prosperity.

To make up for the economic loss from closing down the casinos, we need to move aggressively to develop those services we are currently good at providing so as to yield quick returns such as services involving the port, transport connectivity, financial institutions, education and healthcare. While we can be proud of having good basic infrastructure, there are still serious gaps to be filled particularly in education and healthcare. Once these holes are plugged, Singapore will have a fully developed infrastructure that will enable it not only to uplift the well-being and standard of living of its own citizens but also have additional capacity to serve the needs of the region.

End of Part One. Part Two of the summary extract will be published on Thursday.
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the oil and gas industry generally pays pretty well...i've slightly more than 1.5 yrs of working experience and is drawing about 75k/yr (bonus and allowance all thrown in). I'll be getting a pay rise in a month's time and will be drawing about 88k/yr for 2011 (roughly, assuming same bonus).

my plan is not to be an engineer for life. I only started as one because i think it will add alot of value when i eventually move into a management role.
May I know what role are u doing now ? Thinking join Keppel FELS as commisioning engineer (fyi, I'm graduate from NUS with B.Technology in Mechanical Engg 3 years ago but have about 9yrs of relevant experiences). Any advise or comments ? If accepted, hope to rise to superintendent in 5 yrs time which I expect gross salary of $7000/mth excude bonus, possible ?

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wat coy?
One of the big oil majors. not exxon =)

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May I know what role are u doing now ? Thinking join Keppel FELS as commisioning engineer (fyi, I'm graduate from NUS with B.Technology in Mechanical Engg 3 years ago but have about 9yrs of relevant experiences). Any advise or comments ? If accepted, hope to rise to superintendent in 5 yrs time which I expect gross salary of $7000/mth excude bonus, possible ?

Thank you
I'm a process engineer. Can't comment on whether you'll be able to rise to a superintendent role, but i do know Keppel FELS pays good bonus. Very long working hours though.


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One of the big oil majors. not exxon =)



I'm a process engineer. Can't comment on whether you'll be able to rise to a superintendent role, but i do know Keppel FELS pays good bonus. Very long working hours though.
Shd be SHExx..... thats better than exxon as i know exxon starting pay is 3600 and bonus is fixed 3 mths which works out to be 54k p.a. .... i doubt they can match ur pay in 1.5 yrs...

im a chem eng. grad btw
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chemical/plastic plant engineer - paid sgd 12k/month with 4 years experience
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I don't think Exxon pays 3.6 k starting salary. At most, I would say is 3 k or even 2.8k for a fresh grad.

The 3 months bonus is fixed regardless of economic condition/company performance, which is good in a way.

All said, it is a good name to have in your CV...
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