Straits Times - Why employers shun local graduates

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Straits Times - Why employers shun local graduates

Postby xiaostar » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:58 pm

Why employers shun local graduates
Published on Feb 14, 2013

WE OFTEN hear that Singapore needs to bring in foreigners for the growth of the country.

I agree that we have little choice in the matter if we are referring to jobs Singaporeans do not want. But how about jobs that Singaporeans do want?

It would be good to find out the real reasons why employers hire foreigners instead of Singaporeans for such jobs, whether they be in banking, information technology or marketing.

A Singaporean friend of mine, who was then a director in a European multinational corporation located here, told me a few years ago that he specifically directed his human resource department not to hire any graduate from our local universities unless absolutely necessary.

His view was that local graduates lacked the necessary mindset and attitude to do a job well. In contrast, graduates of foreign universities, Singaporean or otherwise, tended to be more independent, streetwise, resilient and self-driven.

According to him, the only positive thing about local graduates was that they were book-smart.


At another function where lecturers and heads of department - both Singaporean and foreign - from local universities were present, the bulk of the conversation was on our university students - they lacked independent thought, needed spoon-feeding, were whiny and complained about everything but did not do anything to improve the situation.

We have a sizeable number of tertiary graduates every year. So why is it that some employers still seek to employ foreigners instead of Singaporeans?

Some of my friends who are employers tell me that cost is often not the issue. They are willing to, and actually do, pay these foreigners more for no reason other than that they can do a better job.

As an educator, I have encountered many students who display the traits cited above.

What we need to do is obvious - improve the quality of our graduates, thereby making them more attractive to hire and consequently reducing the need to hire foreigners.

Alex Yeo

http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/for ... s-20130214

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Re: Straits Times - Why employers shun local graduates

Postby FrekiWang » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:43 pm

True, I felt resilence is generally one of the most important values lacking in SCs. MOE is trying to revise the curricum and focus of education, however it takes time, probably 10 years, 20 years or even longer.

If a citizen resists stress in life, he/she can complain or use his/her power in terms of voting rights; but if a employer resists stress in work, it will only make the employer unhappy.

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Re: Straits Times - Why employers shun local graduates

Postby FrekiWang » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:44 pm

True, I felt resilence is generally one of the most important values lacking in SCs. MOE is trying to revise the curricum and focus of education, however it takes time, probably 10 years, 20 years or even longer.

If a citizen resists stress in life, he/she can complain or use his/her power in terms of voting rights; but if a employer resists stress in work, it will only make the employer unhappy.

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Re: Straits Times - Why employers shun local graduates

Postby insider » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:38 am

xiaostar wrote:

"According to him, the only positive thing about local graduates was that they were book-smart.

Alex Yeo"

http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/for ... s-20130214



I am all agree with this.

When many who get As for HCL cannot read really Chinese.

When many who get As for Literature cannot analyse a real life person (but can regurgitate Macbeth, Atticus, etc, inside out)...

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Re: Straits Times - Why employers shun local graduates

Postby Coolkidsrock2 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:55 pm

I agree. Seen graduates fumbled when asked non-conventional questions during interviews. Same at schools' Open House cos the question(s) was not in the script that was given out to prep them earlier.

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Re: Straits Times - Why employers shun local graduates

Postby Mawar » Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:25 am

Give our graduates, our youth, the time and opportunity. We were there once upon a time too. Most of us went through the school of life with some knocks and we have to repair some dents. Many of our young ones esp those whose lives have been smooth sailing are not given the chance to test and prove themselves.

I have no doubt that if given the chance, they will rise to the occasion.

For those fed with sterile knowledge, ie book & exam smarts, they will understand and apply the knowledge to real life situations.

Employers must give them a chance. Laws should be put in place. It's funny how we cocoon our young in schoo, and the minute they step out of school, we expect them to fly. Some skills sets are missing le.

I am more concerned about the attitude and perceived elitism amongst our graduates. They can be so full of themselves and feel a sense of entitlement that they fail to see how high the sky is and how deep the ocean is.

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Re: Straits Times - Why employers shun local graduates

Postby Funz » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:53 am

Mawar wrote:Give our graduates, our youth, the time and opportunity. We were there once upon a time too. Most of us went through the school of life with some knocks and we have to repair some dents. Many of our young ones esp those whose lives have been smooth sailing are not given the chance to test and prove themselves.

I have no doubt that if given the chance, they will rise to the occasion.

For those fed with sterile knowledge, ie book & exam smarts, they will understand and apply the knowledge to real life situations.

Employers must give them a chance. Laws should be put in place. It's funny how we cocoon our young in schoo, and the minute they step out of school, we expect them to fly. Some skills sets are missing le.

I am more concerned about the attitude and perceived elitism amongst our graduates. They can be so full of themselves and feel a sense of entitlement that they fail to see how high the sky is and how deep the ocean is.


I totally agree with the highlighted part. I do not have issue with their inexperience or being booksmart and lacking initiative. But I have major issues with their attitudes.

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