Work While Studying in Singapore
In Singapore, many organizations are hiring students for temporary assignments and internships. Students studying in Singapore as well as those studying in foreign universities can apply to companies in Singapore. However, it is always advisable to know the market condition for students to work before making any applications.
There are few things that are to be kept in mind before planning to work in Singapore.
- Age Limit to Work
- Available Employment Opportunities
- Legislation to be followed
- Places to look for the openings
- Industries who usually hire students
- Remuneration offered
Students who are 13 years and above are permitted to work in Singapore but under certain rules and regulations as this age group (13 – 16 years) falls under the children category, however above 16 years, a person can take up any profession.
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Students Can Apply For
- Full-time Jobs (during vacation time)
- Part-time jobs (usually during term time or vacation time) and
- Internships (usually a 6 week – one year period, as part of the course curriculum)
During the internship process, a company usually assesses a student whether to hire him as a permanent employee and the student also undergoes a training program which prepares him for the actual job scenario. This kind of a training program is a source of cheap hiring process.
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Foreign Students Studying in Singapore
- Foreign students are not allowed to work in Singapore during term time or vacation time unless they are granted an exemption. Exemption is granted to foreign students holding a valid student pass and studying at certain educational institutes that are approved by the Ministry of Manpower, along with certain other qualifying conditions.
- Foreign students wanting to undergo an internship in Singapore must ensure that they hold a valid Training Employment Pass or Training Work Permit before they can commence their industrial attachment program.
- The Training Employment Pass is applicable to undergraduate students who are required to undergo training as part of their degree program. To qualify for the Training Employment Pass, you should:
- Earn a fixed monthly salary of more than SGD 2,500, and/or
- Hold acceptable tertiary or professional qualifications
- If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you need to apply for a Training Work Permit instead. Most students usually tend to qualify for the Training Work Permit, as they normally earn less than SGD 2,500 a month. The Training Work Permit allows you to be attached to a company in Singapore for up-to six months.
- Generally, the company sponsors the Training Employment Pass and Training Work Permit and makes applications to the Ministry of Manpower on behalf of students. It is advisable to check with the employing company and your educational institute about the procedure involved.
- Please note that if you are found to be working in Singapore without either of the above mentioned passes, you can be prosecuted by law.
Popular jobs to take up while Studying in Singapore
- If you have good knowledge on any foreign language, you can easily work as a translator or interpreter to help companies with translation work and the payment is pretty much decent
- You can also look for part-time jobs in universities and colleges like working in library.
- If you are good at cooking, you can try to work as a part time chef or apprentice under head chef, as many Indian restaurants in Singapore hire Indian students
- You can also work as waiters and cashiers at restaurants
- A data entry job can also help you earn pocket money