The Graduate Employment Survey (GES) is jointly conducted by the Singapore Ministry of Education with NTU, NUS, SIT, SMU, and SUTD annually to survey the employment conditions of graduates about six months after their final examinations. The GES covers various topics, such as employment information, job search process, and university experience.

The survey is conducted in March every year, surveying DigiPen (Singapore) graduates from the previous academic year. Eg. The upcoming GES 2016 was conducted in March 2017, surveying graduates from December 2015, April 2016, and August 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the GES

How do I know if I need to participate in the GES?

The annual GES survey is conducted from March to May. The survey would apply to graduates who graduated in the prior year's Spring and Summer Semester, as well as graduates from the Fall Semester two years prior. (Eg: Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016's graduate would qualify for the GES 2017).

If you graduated within the qualifying period, you would have received the invitation mailer and email notifications on the GES survey, at your SIT email address.

Notices and reminders regarding the GES survey would also be posted via the various alumni channels.

All invited graduates are strongly encouraged to complete the survey.

How do I complete the survey?

The GES will be completed online. Instructions on how to do so will be sent to your SIT email address.

You may receive telephone follow-ups as well.

FAQ: Terminologies used in the survey

Basic monthly salary: Only applicable to full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises basic pay before deductions of the employee’s CPF contributions and personal income tax. Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, overtime payments, commissions, allowances, other monetary and lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.

Gross monthly salary: Only applicable to full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises the basic salary, fixed allowances, over-time pay and commissions, before deductions of the employee’s CPF contributions and personal income tax. Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, other lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.

Economically Active: Applies to graduates who have:

  • Engaged in some form of employment (full-time/ part-time/ temporary) as at 6 months or more after the completion of their course.
  • Accepted an employment offer and will soon begin a job.
  • Spent their time actively looking for a job.
  • Are currently in the process of starting a business venture.

Full-time permanent (FTP) employment: Employment of at least 35 hours a week, where the employment is not temporary. This includes contracts of one year or more.