Thanks for posting two earlier mails on my jobless situation. I hope that the articles have helped other jobless readers caught in similar circumstances.
I am penning another article here and hope that you can publish it.
I do not get much help or moral support from my own relatives – some of them are working either in Australia or US.
Instead, they chided me for not being humble and not trying hard enough to look for a job in Singapore (I am not making things up … one even told me to look and take any job even if is a cleaner or waitress position and she does not believe why the employer wouldn’t accept me when I am far more qualified than the usual applicant).
I actually did some of these suggestions they insisted me to do.
For example, I applied for job at a fast food restaurant but the manager there thought I was ridiculing him. Even then, my relatives think I should continue trying.
My relatives do not even see a need to advise me on how to go about getting a job in Australia or USA which is why I have to ask you or search elsewhere for information.
I suspect my relatives abroad do not realise how serious the situation in Singapore has become. My relatives probably do not know what is practical anymore because they have not been in this situation before.
I do not think my relatives realise the seriousness of the debt my family is in when I am not earning and my husband had to take $70K of unsecured loans from 7 banks to pay for his father’s gambling debts which nearly resulted his parents’ flat being confiscated by HDB. Knowing how selfish the Singaporean culture can be, perhaps all these tasks are just excuses for these relatives not to help me.
The reason for asking you to post this mail is because, rather than just rejecting upfront the advice from these people and get chided again, let’s see what others would have to say. Someone else may share that he has tried a method that has being successful in helping him get out of the rut.
After all, I just want to solve the problem whichever way possible.
By the way, I got my scholarship from my university in USA. The scholarship was not from Singapore government.
My last-drawn salary was around $100,000 a year including perks and bonuses.
Kim (not her real name)
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