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Returning Singaporean in his 50s, retrenched and frustrated with our inept labour law

Returning Singaporean in his 50s, retrenched and frustrated with our inept labour law

Dear Gilbert, I am a above-50-years-old unemployed PMET, spent 12 years of my life working overseas and recently came back to Singapore. In 2013, I was made redundant due to M&A and was laid off. Though my contract was signed in Singapore, I got no help or protection from the Singapore labor law. I had worked 9 years for this company, [...]

Jobless homeless lady PMET living in $25/day hostel and feeling despondent

Jobless homeless lady PMET living in $25/day hostel and feeling despondent

Hi Gilbert, I got your contact info from Zarina, who said that you might be able to help me get a job and/or help me financially as well. I'm a freelance editor who's been out of work for a while. I have no home of my own, and am currently on govt assistance and staying at various hostels, where the rates vary by day. I don't have [...]

33-year-old returning Singaporean replaced by FT while working in a bar for $2800 for few months

33-year-old returning Singaporean replaced by FT while working in a bar for $2800 for few months

Dear Gilbert, This is the first time I am writing to you. I just got back from Vietnam in January and have been looking for a job in F&B line as I have been in this line for more than 12 years. I just got my house keys on February 27. At the moment I am working in a bar and it is something that I dislike  but I have not much [...]

Jobless father with masters degree requesting for financial assistance for sick baby girl requiring surgery

Jobless father with masters degree requesting for financial assistance for sick baby girl requiring surgery

Dear Gilbert, My name is Sam and perhaps you can remember me from our short meeting a few years ago. We had a discussion over a meal  when I was still the Head of Sales and Marketing in the company. Anyway, ever since I have left my former company, I have had difficulties securing another job (both at the same level and other more junior [...]

Father resorts to crowdfunding for daughter’s debts of $69,000 owed to MOE for failing teaching course

Father resorts to crowdfunding for daughter’s debts of $69,000 owed to MOE for failing teaching course

Dear Friends, Our whole family was delighted that our second daughter got through the teaching interview. She was an exemplary student in school and her strongest characteristic is that, she does not give up in all her pursuits. She got all the relevant teachers and even her PE teacher to write her testimonials in order to support her [...]

33-year-old local Indian with masters degree jobless for 6 months and applied for 500 job vacancies without avail

33-year-old local Indian with masters degree jobless for 6 months and applied for 500 job vacancies without avail

Transitioning: First of all, thanks for allowing us to interview you online and can you provide us with some background information about yourself? Bala: 33 year old Male -  born Singaporean. Jobless. Masters degree holder with 17 years working experience. 7 years Managerial experience in Accounts,IT,HR, Facility Management and [...]

53-year-old suicidal jobless PMET recovered and starting afresh with a food store business after selling flat

53-year-old suicidal jobless PMET recovered and starting afresh with a food store business after selling flat

Hi Gilbert, Happy Chinese New Year! I am a supporter and admirer of your work.  I call you my Band of Botak Brothers - Gilbert, M Ravi and Wijeysingha.  Keep up the good work! I have lost my job about 5 years ago, got depressed and suicidal, but my sister paid for my sessions with a private psychiatrist. With great support from my [...]

Singaporean Indian working in India faces difficulties relocating back to Singapore

Singaporean Indian working in India faces difficulties relocating back to Singapore

Greetings Gilbert I am a Singaporean based in India for the last 17 years. My parents are old and I want to return to Singapore to take care of my aged parents, but have been unsuccessful in getting employment. I'm employed in Chennai, India. I am separated and have a daughter to support. Hence am unable to stay in Singapore for long [...]

Muslim suicidal mother of two struggling with husband’s debts and feeling helpless

Muslim suicidal mother of two struggling with husband’s debts and feeling helpless

Hello Gilbert I hope you are well. I came across your FB posting on the man who attempted to jump at Bedok Blk 16. I decided to write to you, knowing the situation I went through recently and almost took my own life too. Please pardon my grammar and phrasing of sentences, asIi am writing to you on impulse and in an unstable state. I am [...]

Fresh NUS degree holder in psychology requesting for career coaching

Fresh NUS degree holder in psychology requesting for career coaching

Hi Gilbert, I am a NUS degree holder in Psychology. I wish to enter into the counselling field or career counselling field with no avail. so now i can only accept an admin job that comes by. I heard that even if you have masters in counselling, without experience, it is difficult to enter the profession? This deterred me to seek postgraduate [...]

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