Increasing Demand for MBAs in Singapore (Singapore MBA News: Dec 26 – Jan 1)

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope that this year you each move closer to accomplishing your personal and professional goals.

As always, my comments are in italics.

Increasing Demand: MBA Life in Singapore (QS) – a key takeaway is that employers in Singapore are placing a premium on work experience, soft skills and management talent; it is no longer enough to be technically competent.  Having an MBA from a top program will open up job opportunities, but your previous work history / performance will also be closely scrutinized during the hiring process.   

“Singapore, which combines long-term relations with the West, extremely high education standards and yet has close geographic and economic ties throughout Southeast and East Asia then, arrives in a great position to attract a wealth of graduates hoping to study an MBA in a region that is still enjoying economic growth.”

“Since 2010, he says, there has been a sharp increase in the demand for MBA holders. ‘Companies [in Asia] are far more confident in the economy and, as there is substantial value placed on the skills that individuals develop [from their] MBA courses, there is an interest to explore the situation, resulting in increased hires.'”

“Maguire notes that, in Singapore since the global financial crisis, ‘companies are now looking at the number of years’ experience an individual has, as a qualifier for good management skills, soft skills and emotional intelligence.'”

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