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Thursday January 24th 2019

51-Year-Old Jobless Reader Frustrated At Lack of Opportunities Here Part 2


Hi Gilbert,

Good day !

First of all, I would like to thank you for your quick response.

Also thanks for reminding me about referrals, I may have a friend in Ngee Ann .

As per your advice, I contacted  this friend who is a lecturer in Ngee Ann Poly. He told me there is nothing much he can do for me as there are many levels of hierarchy  in the institution:  lecturers/senior lecturers/head of dept/ directors/etc.

My friend asked me to write in to Ngee Ann Poly as there may be new openings. I may try but I am full of sceptism.

However, wonder if it was a stroke of luck, on the same day I spoke to him, he bumped into the DEAN of uniSIM. They exchanged name cards and my friend mentioned to the DEAN about lecturing opportunities and recommended me on the spot.

Subsequently, I wrote to the DEAN and he copied to all his HEAD of DEPTS to contact me if there is any lecturing opening.

I am still waiting, it may turn out well or it may not.

Anyway, I am writing to share this little ‚Äėhappening‚ÄĚ after I wrote about my plight to you the previous week.

My frustration also stems not only from the difficulty of¬†securing ¬†a lecturing job but more¬†¬†from¬†the ¬†failure ¬†to get into a course in our government educational institutions.¬†I also always questioned whether ¬†am I despised because I didnt go through the ‚Äúproper‚ÄĚ system to get my Master Degree or only degrees from¬† our¬†‚ÄĚapproved universities‚ÄĚ ? It seems that only degrees taken from our own universities are given priority to work in our government bodies.

I pay taxes,  served my national service and  never undertake  any government subsidised courses before except for my primary and  secondary school education.  I cannot see how they should turn me down  to secure a place to upgrade myself in the educational institutions  though I am 51 years old. Even if the course attendance is full, they should put me on reserve for the next intake ! This should be the way to go. I believed that the  goverment must  ensure that all Singaporeans like us should be given a fair treatment. I am really very frustrated with our goverment and the educational system.

Can you advise me ‚Äď ¬†is there any way I can voice it out to any agency or ministry about their educational system ?

Of course, Gilbert, you can publish my email. I want to share this with like minded people so that they are prepared for our sytemic educational failure.

Ona nother note, I visit your website everyday and read about the plights of our fellow Singaporeans who had fully contributed to the building of our nation but now suffers in silence without a job. For those more fortunate,  they can seek solace from sharing their experience online. And for those less unfortunate, whom I believed there will be many,  unhappiness,  depression and   suicidal thoughts will accompany them.

Gilbert, if there is anyway I can be of help to your organistion in anyway. Please count me in.



Hi Paul

Thanks for your mail and for being a loyal site reader. I appreciate it.

I think the places for higher learning institutions are reserved more for the younger Singaporeans.

Unlike other countries like Australia or NZ, there are places available for older citizens who want to upgrade themselves in the unis.

 They also have the TAFE system in Australia whereby citizens can go and upgrade their skills at subsidised cost.

Singaporeans who are older do not have such luxury here as I think the government  wants a return on their investment.

Of course, WDA has a wide range of subsidised courses to choose from and you can go to their website to take a look.  The courses are however  more geared to learning a skill than acquiring knowledge.

You can also try the SIM whereby matured Singaporeans take up higher learning opportunitites. I heard that there is some subsidy available for matured learners.

Take care and keep in touch.

Do let me know if I can be of further assistance. Never give up.




NB: Read Paul’s first published mail here

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3 Responses to “51-Year-Old Jobless Reader Frustrated At Lack of Opportunities Here Part 2”

  1. sharky says:

    If the writer loves teaching,

    There is an increase in demand for freelance and in-house trainers.

    Maybe he can take an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) course for the ACTA certification?

  2. solmio says:

    Our local Human Resource Personnel should also be held responsible for the lack of opportunities for our matured workers. They are good at conducting retrenchments but not compassionate enough to give priorities to Singaporeans when they hire.

  3. You actually make it appear really easy along with your presentation but I to find this topic to be actually one thing which I think I’d never understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very wide for me. I’m taking a look forward to your subsequent post, I will try to get the grasp of it!

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