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40-year-old jobless PMET with A level asks if he is too old to work?

40-year-old jobless PMET with A level asks if he is too old to work?

Hi Gilbert, Came across your website while searching for government subsidised courses...am desperate to seek your advice. I was retrenched by my employer recently and have been trying to find a job since then but to no avail. I have tried to apply for all sorts of jobs including those that is not my line of work. I was previously in the [...]

Singaporean PMET with 12 years of IT experience told to make way for cheaper labour

Singaporean PMET with 12 years of IT experience told to make way for cheaper labour

Dear Gilbert, I have been following your site inception as that is the year I got retrenched. You have my admiration for supporting local Singaporeans in their darkest moment of their life. Since then, your site has driven me to fight on and I managed to secure employment later on. However, good things didn't seem to last as I am back in the same [...]

Divorced woman of one son appeals to HDB for approval of loan eligibility

Divorced woman of one son appeals to HDB for approval of loan eligibility

Hi Gilbert, I am feeling so hopeless in my currently situation. I had been diagnosed with major depression this year. I need to go for regular blood test and on long-term medication for rheumatoid arthritis. I had a total thyroidectomy 2 years ago which I need to be on long term medication too after the surgery. I am a divorced woman with a [...]

30-something returning Singaporean finding it tough to adjust after living abroad for 7 years

30-something returning Singaporean finding it tough to adjust after living abroad for 7 years

Hi Gilbert, Do you have any support services for returning Singaporeans who are facing reverse culture shock? I am a 30-something single Singaporean lady, whom many describe as funny, interesting and pleasant. Having previously lived and worked in Western country X for 7-8 years, it was with a heavy heart that I returned to Singapore few years [...]

Jobless Singaporean with GCE O level can’t access WDA funding

Jobless Singaporean with GCE O level can’t access WDA funding

Dear Gilbert, I hope this email finds you well. I am seeking some advice from you. I have been unemployed for the last 2 years, doing mostly part time admin work. A search for full time employment has not been successful. Most companies are looking for diplomas and I don't have one. I'm 35 years old, with a 'so-so' GCE O level results. To [...]

Dr Tan Cheng Bock, opposition politics and a new dawn for Singapore

Dr Tan Cheng Bock, opposition politics and a new dawn for Singapore

Dr Tan Cheng Bock's announcement of his intention to start a new party has brought forth alot of cheers and hope to the opposition camp. Its the first time that any ex-PAP MP has switched camp so deliberately and many have hope that it will provide the impetus for a split within the weakened PAP camp. There are the occasional whimper from [...]

Jobless man with 20 years of security experience has to sell home to survive

Jobless man with 20 years of security experience has to sell home to survive

Dear Mr Gilbert, Good evening to you. I have heard of you and I am aware that you have helped many people. My name is Haniff. I have over 20 years of experience in the security industry. For the past 15 months I am not able to land in a job. I tried so hard but no one seems to give my application a chance. I have taken a lot of courses [...]

Singaporean retrenched after working for ten years and blaming pro-foreigner hiring policy

Singaporean retrenched after working for ten years and blaming pro-foreigner hiring policy

We interviewed Rose online - who has been working for a Japanese company for the past ten years but was recently retrenched. Transitioning: First of all, thanks for allowing us to interview you online and can you provide us with some background information on yourself? Rose: I am 100% Singaporean who is born in Singapore and my parents are [...]

Career advice for a fresh IT graduate from a hiring manager

Career advice for a fresh IT graduate from a hiring manager

Han Wei, I previously posted a reply to a 40+ years IT person looking for a job and Gilbert excerpted it and called it career advice. It was not. But with this reply I hope to give you some career advice that may help you. You are just starting your career and a new chapter in your life. You should be excited and not bitter about low wages [...]

26-year-old business management graduate jobless for 4 months and struggling

26-year-old business management graduate jobless for 4 months and struggling

Dear Mr Gilbert, I am a fresh business management degree graduate. This year I am 26, and I have been actively looking for a job for about 4 months now. Till date, I have not received a single response back and admittedly it is frustrating. It will be great if I could get career coaching to understand how best to secure a job or maybe even [...]