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w31ha0
05-04-2014, 08:52 PM
Is it easy to find a job as a software engineer? in Singapore? Can you become a software engineer with a mechanical engineering degree?

What companies in Singapore take in software engineers?

Are the salary of software engineers in Singapore good?

u0206397
08-05-2014, 02:38 PM
Is it easy to find a job as a software engineer? in Singapore?
Yes.

Can you become a software engineer with a mechanical engineering degree?
Yes, especially those companies that accept fresh graduates since they don't expect a candidate with lots of background knowledge. But perhaps you must demonstrate some experience with software engineering or programming as part of a past project or assignment. Sometime mechanical engineering courses do some C/C++ programming.


What companies in Singapore take in software engineers?

Most end up in major system integrators and tech vendors. Roles are development or support. Some joins SMEs handling smaller scale projects, specialised software products or systems or certain niche industries/market.


Are the salary of software engineers in Singapore good?

Generally better than Arts and Humanities grads or other general degrees. But not as well as certain engineering specialty like Oil & Gas or Chemical. Or finance and banking. Salary and prospects for software engineers can vary a lot depending on industry, company joined (MNC, civil service, GLC or SME).

Check Glassdoor for some idea.

VIPR
08-05-2014, 04:53 PM
food for thought...
http://forums.salary.sg/education-personal-growth/1278-thinking-doing-diploma-degree-read-first.html

u0206397
08-05-2014, 09:00 PM
food for thought...
http://forums.salary.sg/education-personal-growth/1278-thinking-doing-diploma-degree-read-first.html

I agree there is always this risk. However, this is not specific to IT industry only. Which industry in Singapore is not affected by cheaper and more aggressive foreign talents? Is there an industry in Singapore that specifically forbids hiring foreigners? None at all, unless you sign on in the SAF. Even for such places, there is no lack of new citizens (fresh immigrants) vying to apply.

Even for those who do a business degree, a few end up as the high-flying bankers and management consultants making truckloads of money, while the rest with average or poor grades end up as credit card promoters, property agents or insurance agents. In all industries and academic programmes, there are always a few at the top and the rest below.

Every industry has its winners and losers. And it's sad that those who happen to end up the bottom suffer badly and has little alternative backup options.

VIPR
08-05-2014, 09:52 PM
However, this is not specific to IT industry only.

yeah, but the IT industry is much more impacted than other industries.

u0206397
08-05-2014, 10:42 PM
Well, the IT industry is suffering from both ends.

Singaporean employers are saying Singaporeans are not willing to study and do IT, or are too expensive. So there is no choice but to hire foreign IT professionals.

Singaporean employees are saying there is no prospect in IT, no work life balance, high stress and salary is unfair, so young Singaporeans are avoiding IT programmes altogether.

The problem is mutual, and a vicious cycle forms.

End of the day, it's up to TS to decide if he wants in or out. Working in IT won't make one rich or can afford one a high life, but it is not the worst either. There are other fields and disciplines that are even harder to land a job.