26 Feb 2019
The majority of SIM alumni who graduated in 2013 are employed in full-time jobs and earning decent salaries, according to an independent survey conducted by Media Research Consultants.
The key results are:
- overall employment rate is 97.4%, with 94% holding full-time jobs
- average gross monthly salary is $4,551 (median gross monthly income from work, excluding employer Central Provident Fund contributions, of the population of full-time workers in Singapore was $3,800 last year)
- one in four is in a manager or senior manager position, while 61% are in executive or senior executive position
- three in five have been promoted at least once
- 66% are satisfied or very satisfied with their career so far
- one in 10 is self-employed, and among them, 40% are employers
- majority of respondents are in private firms, both local and foreign, with more than half working in companies with more than 500 employees
“Most employers still hire based on qualifications. They equate general academic ability to skills. And
our students are seen to be not as good as those from the public universities because many come via
the polytechnic route and did not make the cut for university. We are heartened by the results showing much improved jobs and salaries for SIM graduates. It shows that our students go on to prove themselves in their jobs. Moving forward, we will continue to be focused on our mission – to provide good education and training pathways which will open doors in life for our students. So, despite the different starting point, we focus on helping them perform well at work, so that they will be able to move up,” said Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, SIM Holdings.
The SIM Alumni Survey was commissioned by SIM Global Education as part of its ongoing efforts to ensure and track how well the institution is preparing its students with industry relevant knowledge and skills. Respondents are from the 2013 graduating cohort – namely graduates from full-time Bachelor’s degree programmes from the University of Wollongong, RMIT University, University of London, and University at Buffalo, the State University of New York.
For more information, please see the article published in The Sunday Times on 24 February, and a video of our alumnus Mr Andrew Yeo on The Straits Times digital platform.