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How To Break Into The Tech Industry In Singapore? [2023]

by | Jul 4, 2022

In today’s technology news, the 404tech industry in Singapore is growing like never before. 

We are seeing a hiring boom as Singapore tech companies scramble to adapt to the tight labour market and do whatever they can to attract the top talents. 

As a result of this, recruitment agencies in Singapore are expecting tech salaries in Singapore rises in this burgeoning industry to reach 15-30% in the next couple of years.

For those of you thinking of getting into tech, you’ve come to the right place. But before that, let’s take a look at how much companies are willing to pay for some tech roles.

Examples of tech salaries for some jobs

RoleAverage monthly salary (Glassdoor)
Data Scientist$6000
Data Analyst$4500
UX Designer$4600
Software Engineer$5000

Best tips on how to break into the tech industry in Singapore

Pick Up The Relevant Skills

Most entry-level tech jobs will require some prerequisite skills. You can choose to learn these skills by self-studying. 

For example, if you intend to go into the data analytics field, then learning how to use data analysis tools like Tableau will come in handy in your interviews. Or perhaps you intend to start a career in data science, then picking up Python would be a great idea.

Alternatively, those who require a bit more structure and guidance can consider attending a bootcamp or courses offered by a reputable course provider.

Do An Internship

Doing an internship is a great stepping stone in the tech industry as it allows you to gain relevant experience, build your professional network, and develop your hard skills.

During your internship stint, you’ll likely have the chance to work on and complete a project for your portfolio that you can later showcase in your resume and talk about during an interview with a hiring manager.

Some of the more popular internships you can apply for include data science, data analytics, UX design. Companies such as Razer, TikTok and Shopee are hiring for data-related internship roles. Similarly, Shopback, SEA and Binance are hiring for UX internships. 

Brush Up On Your Interview and Practical Skills

Tech interviews can be a bit more complicated compared to your standard job interviews, especially if you’re applying for a role that requires coding.

Be prepared to answer tech-related questions and show off your skills and experience on top of the usual behavioural questions. 

List of tech companies ranked in decreasing order of the level of difficulty in their interviews.

Tech giants like Google are known to have incredibly hard questions. Here are some just to give you a glimpse:

1.      What are your favourite products in Google, how will you try to make it better?

2.      What else do you want me to know about you that I haven’t discovered yet?

3.      Can you differentiate between goals and funnels?

4.      In Google analytics what do you understand by treemap?

Research On The Company

Not all tech companies are made the same. While tech companies are known for their amazing salaries, staff welfare and company perks. 

Hubspot Singapore is known for its incredibly strong diversity policies. Meta has a whole range of amazing employee benefits ranging from healthcare insurance to competitive retirement plans. 

But don’t be quick to jump into a company just because of the perks.

Before applying for a job, think about the kind of company culture that will be a good fit for you. Another important thing to think about is whether you prefer a traditional in-office role, something more flexible or a remote role.

Network With Members of the Industry

Networking, whether in-person or online, is a great way to land a tech job. Meeting new people is a great way to break into tech especially if you’re a newbie who doesn’t have any contacts in the industry.

And there are many well-known tech networking events in Singapore! From the Startup Growth Networking Meetup in Singapore to the annual career fairs at Pink Fest. So keep a close lookout for these every year and sign up to meet professionals in the field you want to work for!

Go grab those tech jobs with high salaries!

Landing a job in the tech industry is no easy feat but having the right skills can increase your chance of getting the job you want exponentially. 

Interested in picking up the skills needed to secure your dream role? Check out our data analytics, UX design, data science and digital marketing course in Singapore that are designed to help you become industry-ready.

About Vertical Institute

Vertical Institute prepares individuals for the jobs of tomorrow. We specialise in teaching in-demand skills, building the next generation of changemakers and inventors through our world-class tech courses and certifications. 

Singaporeans and PRs can receive up to 70% IBF Funding off their course fees with Vertical Institute. The remaining fees can be claimable with SkillsFuture Credits or NTUC UTAP Funding.