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TOUGH JOB MARKET FOR GRADS

Singaporeans in US face hiring slump

Internship hard to come by, as 'extra barrier' of work visas makes international students unattractive to companies

Published on Mar 16, 2014 9:37 AM
 

Ms Anthea Piong, a master's student at Georgetown University, is looking for an internship that may open doors to a job when she graduates next year. But even an internship is not easy to come by.

The 24-year-old Singaporean public policy student says that "from experience, friends who are citizens here have a much easier time".

Although the United States labour market has shown signs of improvement - positive job growth, and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 per cent last month - it is still more difficult for college graduates to get jobs now than in the past.

"The situation has improved somewhat, but we are in a pretty bad state," says Mr Rory O'Sullivan, policy and research director of Young Invincibles, a non-profit dedicated to expanding the opportunities of young Americans.

 
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