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Do employers prefer local university grads as compared to private university grads (eg: SIM/Kaplan)? What can private university grads do to increase their chances of employment?

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As the majority of the answers here said that there are some companies that prefer local uni, there will be some prefer private uni. I don't think that is an equal proportion but I do think that's somehow true.

The cold truth is the majority of students in private uni are foreigners and it's harder for employers in Singapore to hire one foreigner compared to Singaporean because of Quota. Therefore, I'm about to say yes to the first question.

However, based on my experience I can give some advice for you to answer the 2nd question. To increase the chance to get employed for fresh grads in either local uni or private uni, they should determine clearly what they wish to do after they graduated. Then, they should focus to increase both experience and skills on that major because the class won't teach the actual skills needed to perform the work. Students should learn it on Google, Youtube, online class, or doing an internship.

I will talk a little bit about myself, I am a foreigner who studied in Kaplan. I recently get a job at a startup company in Singapore. I really like digital marketing and learn it by myself. I cannot work while being a student. So I created a website, Facebook page, write blog posts and learn everything related to digital marketing from SEO to social media. After all, my effort paid a sweet result. I recommend you to find jobs at TalentTribe, Jobscentral, LinkedIn, Mycareersfuture and Jobstreet​​​

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Yuantai Liu
Yuantai Liu, Chief Coach at Happy Coach
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 2d ago

Great Question!

As Michael has mentioned, one of the factors of consideration is if the person is a Singaporean, PR or foreigner.

But I honestly don't think that the proportion of foreigners at private unis are that much higher than those at local universities.

Another reason could be the perception, given that the local universities are all ranked higher than private universities.

But that said, at the end of the day, there are things you can definitely do to increase your own chances of gaining employment. Especially in a climate like this, where the employers hold power in negotiations. This is an employers' market, like it or not.

1) Be Proactive

don't wait for people to find you. Brush up your resume and interview skills. In fact, don't just submit the same type of resume as the rest. make it different. how about a video resume? a short feature on who you are, what are your goals in the next 3-5 years and what hobbies/interest you have? what are your strengths and what are areas that you are working on?

2) Be Consistent

consistently learn new skills (over the internet, from mentors etc) and keep adding to your tools in your tool box. skills like copywriting, speaking, marketing are definitely very handy. In fact, if you have time, I would recommend you to join some startup competitions. (Just google startup singapore) If you don't know of one, reach out to me: I can link you up with people who are in the scene.

Joining one such competition is like a biz crash course: you will have a first hand experience of biz ideation and running through the processes of forming a viable biz. this will also make you stand out in your resume.

Hope this comment helps?

Feel free to pm me if you have any questions.

Here's my blog, on personal branding and biz.

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Anon
Level 2. Rookie
Answered 2d ago

A local university degree do not necessarily showcase a skill of an individual but the grit and determination to achieve something that is not easily done.

For an entry level job, character is one of key factors in which interviewers will consider. To increase your chances, always showcase your passion in the field. You should also provide creditable sources.

I once a guy that was hired solely because he had a very high number of up votes in stackoverflow. He won over the interviewers because he showed great enthusiasm towards solving problems.

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Bill Chan
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered 3d ago

I won't touch on the matter regarding the local university vs private university. The real goal is in increasing the chances of employment.

Network with as many people in your industry as you can. The people you meet could pave a path for you to get an interview job. In terms of skill development, build a portfolio of your skill. If you are a programmer, build an application that solves a particular problem. If you are a designer, create a collection of your best art/design pieces. If you are a business developer, show real track record of raising money, sales, established partnerships, and managing experience.

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In my opinion, there is no doubt local universities students have an edge over privates, it's a known fact. But at the end of the day, we have to realize that it's just a piece of paper, the degree or GPA or school does not define us (yea, cliché, I know).

But don't just keep telling yourself 'GPA does not define me!!! It doesn't matter if I'm in local or private uni!!!!' and then Netflix, chill, party, drink, game all day everyday.

If you want to say 'GPA does not define me!!! It doesn't matter if I'm in local or private uni!!!!', then spend your free time reading, taking up courses, attending networking events (online for now), mingle with like minded friends, go for internships and start a side hustle.

Essentially, local uni > private uni. High GPA > low GPA.

But keep in mind, students in private uni with a decent GPA but are equipped with real life experience, knowledge and skills > students in local uni with perfect GPA but the only thing they are capable of doing is studying and taking exams.

Grow yourself.

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zee
Level 2. Rookie
Answered 3d ago

For a fresh grad, local uni grads seem to have an edge over private uni. however with more work experiences built up over time, i believe most employers look at work experiences and achievements at past jobs, than which uni the candidate comes from.

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Joey Gaeth
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 6d ago

Saw another question posted here that can give u some idea of private VS local uni. (https://seedly.sg/questions/i-ve-just-realised-my-intern-mate-who-s-from-a-private-uni-sim-actually-gets-paid-higher-than-me-and-i-m-from-nus-i-was-shocked-and-beyond-words-why-is-it-so)

Yes, and no actually. If there's an employer who prefer local grads, I believe there's also an employer who prefer private grads, just like the gender preference issue. I'm not sure for private unis (like sim/kaplan) have compulsory internship placement as part of your degree course, but if there isn't, you can be proactive and apply for internships during your summer/winter break. Also, it'll be good to have an overseas exchange ora summer abroad to gain some cultural exposure on different education systems. And you can also take other skills upgrading courses, or learn a new language as well. Anything that makes you stand out from the rest.

All the best!

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Victor Tan
Victor Tan, Marketing at Crypto.com
Level 5. Genius
Updated 6d ago

Hi there! This question resonated with me deeply as I'm a private university graduate. Unfortunately, it is true that there are some employers out there that prefer local university graduates. However, I think this should drive us to work even harder to distinguish ourselves from others.

I think it is important to seek out and do as many internships as possible. My advice is to just apply as many of the roles that are of interest. Many private universities do not require you to do any internships so it's extremely important to be proactive and seek out internships, build a network and develop relevant skillsets for the role/industry you would like to get into.

I think for a first-jobber, attitude plays a critical part in getting into a role. It is paramount to make the effort to learn about the company, have an understanding of what the interviewer is looking for and how you can contribute in that role as well as to demonstrate your passion and determination to learn and excel on the job.

All the best! 💪​​​

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I think there's not much of a distinction nowadays if you have some working experience.

Sometimes, job descriptions are written in a “copy and paste” template with the generic prerequisites of 1-3 years for an entry level position. Do not let that deter you from applying though. From my discussion with hiring managers on new hires, we usually look for a best fit instead of a perfect fit.

What this means is, we would still assess each candidate on a case-by-case basis after we deem their resumes as suitable for the next stage. Whether or not we hire a candidate with little relevant work experience really boils down to the way the candidate presents himself/herself during the application process (verbal /written communication) and the vibes he/she gives during the interview (non-verbal communication). Ultimately, we want to have someone who can fit well within the company culture.

You can still impress your interviewers by being authentic (this doesn’t mean you can be rude or entitled or sloppy) and enthusiastic about joining the company. Focus on your value, the contributions you can bring forth to the organisation if you were to come onboard. To do this, you need to showcase that you have done your research thoroughly and ask ingenious questions (not questions that you can easily google) to your hiring panel. It would be great to have an interesting personality (share fun things about your hobbies, past times, volunteer, clubs and societies) so as to distinguish yourself from other candidates. Your past experience and skills in school or out of school could also be relevant to them as well. You just need to find a refreshing angle to package and “sell” yourself. In short, You shouldn’t be forgettable.

Get a headstart by checking out Top 4 Interview Questions and how to answer them here.​​​

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Ninja
Level 6. Master
Answered 1w ago

Lower your expected salary and show your value. That two points alone can beat a full A graduate.

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d c
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 1w ago

Hello!

For the first question, I do agree that it seems like employers prefer local grads. However, my take is that if there is an employer who prefers local grads, there would be an employer who prefers private uni grads.

To increase your chances of employment, you should go on as many internships as possible, be it whether you're from a local or private university. This is so as employers would be more attracted by your past experience as opposed to where you're from. Continue working hard, upgrading your skillset and building your portfolio.

I believe that as long as you have a good working ethic, you will be deemed attractive in front of your employer!

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