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Mon, May 31, 2010
The Straits Times
Best vacation job - ever

BY SERENE LUO

It is a story of love at first sight.

They want you and many of you want them too.

Where many young people would previously not have considered "dirty" jobs in the service or hospitality industries, such jobs at the two new integrated resorts (IRs) - the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) - are just too romantic to refuse.

The IRs hire young people aged 18 and up, who are waiting to enter universities or are at polytechnics, either as interns or part-time workers. They usually work after school or on weekends.

Some are in frontline jobs, like hotel guest service officers or theme park guides. These are operational, or service jobs, that are often shunned because of the long hours or nature of the job.

The IRs use internship programmes to review prospective hires. "We encourage our interns, especially those with good performance and potential to come back to join the RWS family," said Mr Robin Goh, RWS assistant director of communications. "In fact, quite a number have already done so upon graduation."

At MBS, interns could be posted to departments such as corporate communications or human resources. Most can be found in the hotel services and the food and beverage departments.

Both IRs said they were still hiring, and are expected to recruit 20,000 workers, said a labour report by the Ministry of Manpower last year. For young people, not all jobs will require specific skill sets, "potential" is more important, spokesmen said.

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