I found your website recently. and I think it is informative. I have some doubts, if possible please give me some advice.
It is a bit long winded though, and I probably have asked others the same questions before, but just hearing from another person’s opinion is reassuring for me.
I’m in my mid 30s and out of job since 2000 – about 10 years probably.
I’ve worked for 1 year 6 months as a technician for medical equipment supplier before, and 1 year 6 months in a logistic company.
In between the 10 years, I have taken 2 odd jobs of about 3 months each…
I’ve a Dip in electronics and computer engineering. I’m not sure what to tell you if you ask me why I’m out of job for this long.
Many people have asked me the same question – especially from the employers. I can’t get past interviews because I stammer too much here and it is difficult to justify the long absence from work.
Health wise, the doctor said I may have bouts of anxiety disorder. I’ve never told my interviewers I’ve such mental problems, but I guess some are sharp enough to see through the symptoms. The problems existed since my youth.
In the army ICT, there was a commander who likes to make fun of me, that I’m out of job for so many years..
I dreaded going back for ICT, it becomes a phobia and I’m angry and worried months before and after ICT – that I simply didn’t try to do anything in between.
As they say, this is all procrastination that it is wrong I’m blaming others for my own failings.
It was only in 2005 that I started to go to the doctors.
The drugs worked in a minor way by curbing an addiction, but I feared the side effects and it is not really effective – just minimally.
I’m out of the ICT cycle now, and I’ve stopped going to the doctors.
The ICT episode is a very disappointing experience nonetheless, makes me wonder if I should go elsewhere, like Sarawak or Sabah for long term stay.
If I don’t have attachments here in Singapore, I’ll definitely go elsewhere.
It is very disappointing as PRs and foreign workers seem to have advantages over us when it comes to employability.
Some also do not need to take care of their families, while I’ve to tend to my mum who had a minor stroke in 2003.
We are a small family, if not for assistance rendered by the extended families and friends, it would have being worst.
Currently, I’d like to work in a nursery, that is a plant nursery.
It is a joke when I tell my doctor my plans. She thought it is children nursery, and I am some kind of a crazy man.
However, I don’t fancy my prospect of being hired here. I would like to start a small business.
Unfortunately, this nursey trade is almost non-practical. Land price is just too high for the plan to take off.
If I go to our neighbouring countries, I fear other considerations.
For example, there are stories of muggings in Malaysia. and my mum and dad may need me to be around.
My immediate question is what is the prospect for someone who is out of job for too long to be rehired?
Please tell it as it is, so that I can save my effort applying at NParks for that ranger job, which I’ve done for 6 times or more. For government jobs, do I still stand a chance or virtually none ?
The application is by online application, and when it comes to references, I do not have any professional referees, usually I try to put my friends’ name, which is not that easy actually because I have alienated some.
If I leave it blank, the application probably didn’t do through.
Do you think one should follow his dream or just do what ever job is available ?
It is also about job picky-ness.
I think I’m being picky, but I’ve weakness in communication skills, and probably character flaws, some jobs are really out of my natural ability like telephone operator jobs.
If I have a driver’s job, I’m quite worried of driving into the drain.
I’ve turn down many jobs, even my sister-in-law tried to get me to do some odd job, I don’t feel like doing. I go through the online jobsites, recently most are for high level jobs.
Many a times, I browsed and found nothing suitable. When I thought I found something, I just didn’t apply.
I think I’ll stop here.
Thanks for the help. I truly appreciate this website to help fellow jobless Singaporeans.