SIT graduates enjoy good job prospects, comparable to other varsity peers: Survey

SIT's overall employment rate is higher than the 89.5 per cent employment rate for graduates from the older universities.
SIT's overall employment rate is higher than the 89.5 per cent employment rate for graduates from the older universities.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The job market may have turned choppy for university graduates, but Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) students who graduated end of last year, have managed to keep their heads well above the water.

Results of the second graduate employment survey released by the university on Friday (Oct 7) showed that its graduates continued to enjoy good job prospects, comparable to their peers from other universities here.

Almost 90.5 per cent of its graduates secured jobs within six months of completing their degree courses, with 83 per cent of them securing full-time jobs.

Their median gross monthly salary increased to $3,055 in 2015, up from $3,000 in 2014.

SIT's overall employment rate - is higher than the 89.5 per cent employment rate for graduates from the older universities, which released their yearly survey results in March this year.

But their salary level is lower than the $3,300 median monthly salaries earned by the fresh graduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University.

The survey showed that the starting salaries and employment rate of SIT graduates differ across industries.

For instance, interior design and culinary arts graduates have lower starting salaries than the others.

Those who studied culinary arts had a high job rate (92.6 per cent) but their median monthly salary was $2,400.

But the university's officials noted good job and salary prospects for allied health professionals.

The median gross monthly salary for SIT's nursing graduates was $3,615, while other allied health graduates - including those with physiotherapy degrees - earned median gross monthly salaries of between $3,125 and $3,488.

The university added new allied health degrees this year including diagnostic radiography courses where there is demand for specialists.

Associate Professor Ivan Lee, vice-president (industry & community) at SIT, said he was encouraged by the survey results and they affirmed the university's applied learning approach and emphasis on being relevant to various industries.

He said: "It shows that we are on the right track to meet Singapore's industry and manpower needs. To this end, we will continue to offer specialised, applied degree programmes which are industry-relevant, as well as produce graduates who are imbued with the SIT DNA and are well prepared to contribute to the 'future-proofing' of Singapore."

The survey included graduates from SIT's 10 overseas university partners in 28 degree programmes.

About 79 per cent of SIT's cohort of 1,363 fresh graduates participated in the survey which was conducted from March to May this year.