- Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Singapore has become a premier education destination for international students. Universities here provide world-class education for all students. Many students opt to work while they study owing to various reasons.
Why Work In Singapore?
The cost of education in Singapore can be higher than other countries. Hence, many students try to reduce their personal expenses by working part time. Some students prefer to gain work experience that is related to their field of study. Such experience can prove to be invaluable later in their career.
The job market in Singapore is multicultural and the workplaces enforce sound policies to ensure that student employees do not face any problem.
Before international students decide to take up a job while pursuing a degree, they need to be aware of the additional regulations that applies specifically to international students. Singapore has strict policies in place that govern the employment opportunities available for students.
Working As a Student in Singapore
It is possible for international students to work part time if they are pursuing a full-time degree from any Singaporean university. However, according to government rules, students will be allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 16 hours every week during the school year. They can work full-time during the vacations.
Students need not apply to the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore, for permission, if their work hours are within the stipulated time limit. International students are eligible for these work rights if they study at an institution that has been approved by the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower.
A student can work on the basis of the student’s pass given to international students before they enter Singapore. The pass is valid till the students complete their studies.
Working In Singapore after Studies
Most of the education institutes in Singapore offer internship programmes to their students as a part of the curriculum of the courses. These internships are open for international students. The institutes work alongside reputed corporations and companies to train the students in their chosen field of study and career. This enables the students to gain hands-on experience that is essential for the development of their career skills. In the majority of cases, the same companies where the student interned will hire them.
International students who are given this opportunity can work full time after they have graduated. However, they need to apply for the appropriate pass in order to continue living in the country. Students can apply for an Employment Pass, Service Pass or a Work Permit.
Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate
This particular programme enables international students to remain in Singapore and search for jobs. The pass is valid for only a year. The students have to apply for this programme and if they are successful, they can seek a Visit Pass from the immigration authorities. As soon as they get a job, students have to apply for an Employment Pass. The international students have to possess certain university qualifications to be eligible for the certificate programme.
The employment market in Singapore is booming for international students. More and more native companies are hiring foreign employees. This means international students have a range of job opportunities available in Singapore.