I have been following your site since it was started in Jan 2009 as that was also the year I got retrenched. You have my admiration for supporting local Singaporean in the darkest moment of their life. Since then, your site had driven me to fight on and I managed to secure employment in late 2009. However, good things didn’t seem to last long as I am back in the same jobless predicament now.
I am 35 years old and has a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (2001). I considered myself lucky as I’m still single and do not have much financial or domestic burden as compared to some of the postings in your blog. Nevertheless, the recent dismissal had taken quite a toil to my psyche and prompted me to write to you.
I have 12 years of working experience, and my last job was a Senior Executive managing ICT operations for a financial institution. In November last year, I was told to tender my “resignation” to pave way for cheaper labour. Many of my friends have also left the IT industry citing reasons of work/life imbalance and salary depression due to foreign labour influx. Ironically, I have interviewed quite a few number of foreign talents with Master’s Degree qualification requesting $2500 for a junior position during an employment exercise in my previous company.
I’m well aware of this cheaper foreign-labour phenomenon here but I soldier on as my life has been dedicated to the IT profession for so many years and I do not know of any other viable sectors for me to try on. Now, I’m back at the crossroads and I’m really at a loss, Gilbert whether should I continue to venture on in the IT industry or seek other fields. I’m no longer certain if I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Editor’s Note: I will be seeing Gerald next week for a session. Gerald has also just informed me that he has suffered a relapse of maniac depression due to the prolonged unemployment. We are here for you Gerald – don’t give up the fight!