Singaporeans Potentially Losing Job Opportunities To FTs Due To Lack Of "Professional" Certifications

A netizen shared a personal story where his friend was not shortlisted for a PMET "middle management" job. The netizen had introduced his friend to apply for his company's job opening, but was surprised to learn why he did not make the cut.

The netizen brought this matter up with his Human Resource (HR) colleague. The company HR allegedly thought that even though his friend had some work experience, he lacked "formal certification" which will be "very important" for him to work in projects.

When the netizen went to look up the LinkedIn profile of the new hire, the person turned out to be a foreigner who had the PMP® (Project Management Professional) Certification.

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Despite having the so-called one of the best education systems, it comes as a surprise that educated and capable Singaporeans are facing difficulties in finding jobs and some even had their "lunch stolen." Others agreed with the netizen and suggested that the Singapore government should help locals attain some paper certifications by incorporating some of these courses into our education system.

Since employers are looking for qualifications beyond the usually Cambridge O/A level certs and university degrees, could Singaporeans be losing out job opportunities to FTs because we lack the relevant "professional" certifications?

Here is a suggested list of certifications the netizen felt will help Singaporeans in their job search:

Management
PMP® certification
BVOP Certified Project Manager
Certified Project Management Practitioner (CPMP)
Certified Project Manager (CPM)
Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
CompTIA Project+
Master Project Manager (MPM)
PRINCE2 Foundation/PRINCE2 Practitioner
Professional in Project Management (PPM)
Project Management in IT Security (PMITS)

Finance
Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) certification
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®) designation
Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) designation
Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) certification
Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® certification

Information Technology
Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect
AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
CISM – Certified Information Security Manager
CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional
CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
VCP6-DCV: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization
ITIL® Foundation
Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
CCA-N: Citrix Certified Associate – Networking
CCNP Routing and Switching
CCP-V: Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization

F&B Industry
Basic Food Hygiene Course (BFHC) certificate

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