Questionaire for foreigners wanting to work in Singapore
Transitioning (T): Thanks Michelle for completing our questionaire, can you please state your nationality, age, marital status, educational qualifications and work experience?
Michelle (M): I’m a Filipino, 31 years of age. Married. Bachelor degree holder, Took up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Management. I have 9 years of work experience in a administrative capacity.
T: Why do you want to work abroad especially in Singapore? How long do you intend to work away from home?
M: As I believe that Singapore is one of the most progressive country in the world. I have an interest to find a better job where I can apply my knowledge, abilities and experiences. If chance will be given, then I would rather choose to stay for the rest of time here. I love Singapore =)
T: Are you currently working and in which profession? Salary range?
M: Yes, I presently work as an Operations Supervisor in one of the Financial Institution company in the Philippines. I handle supervision of 56 branches nationwide. I also have subordinates whom I supervise on their functions as well as their performances. At the same time, I directly report to the President of the company for the operation’s status and other concerns.
T: Do you have any friends working abroad now and where are they mostly? Have you work abroad before?
M: For that, yes I do have friends working abroad, and most of them are working in Singapore and Dubai, but I find my interest more in Singapore. I haven’t any experience working abroad yet. If chance will be given, that would be my first venture abroad…
T: What is your opinion of Singapore? Where have you heard about our country?
M: As what I have mentioned, Singapore is one of the most progressive country and everyone will choose to stay on. Well known because of the disciplined people around, well organized country, systematic and most of all, uncontaminated, clean and green!
I knew about Singapore since when I was young and that’s my dream country I want to go to. The first country I wished to get in as my first international tour. I also dream to work and to stay in Singapore for the long term.
T: Will you think of converting to another country’s citizenship if given a chance? Why so?
M: If from Filipino to PR of Singapore then why not… I will be more than willing because of my interest to the country. I have favourable impression about the life style and people there. If I’ll be given a chance, I will not think twice as I am so much interested onwhat the country can provide.
T: Besides Singapore, which other countries have you try to look for work opportunities? Why so?
M: I haven’t tried to submit application to other country because I only want Singapore. I have faith and believe that chance will be given in a perfect timing to go to the country I want the most. I stick to that.
T: What is your view of the employment opportunities in your own country? Are there things that can be improved?
M: When it comes to opportunities, there are a lot of opportunities here in Philippines to work with especially if you are a bachelor degree or even a diploma holder but the problem is the compensation. The salary that we are receiving from the employer is not enough to sustain needs of our daily life.
T: What are your main reasons for wanting to work abroad?
M: To earn more for my family, to explore more with the use of my knowledge, abilities and experiences while I still can and lastly, in order to find a career path of my choice.
T: Lastly, how much do you have to pay your employment agent to help you look for work abroad and how are you going to finance it?
M: I am willing to give a charge for the assistance provided in order to find a job but I can’t promise to pay in (1) one-time payment as I am not that financially stable yet. I can only pay partial and instalment mode. But I want an interview to be processed via cam if necessary since I am still based in Philippines. Once everything is settled then I will start booking my plane ticket and pack up things. But I wish the agent will help me get my work pass first prior to that.
Thanks and looking forward for a positive outcome… God Bless!
Thanks and end of interview
Editor’s Note: Michelle has applied for one of our advertised position but we have informed her that we only served local Singaporeans.