I came across your website last year and finally decided to confide to you my problems. Hopefully you will be able to be a listening ear and provide me with career advice.
I’ve graduated in 2002 with a polytechnic diploma in Electronics Engineering; I worked briefly in a semiconductor company as an Associate Engineer. Dissatisfied with my job, as I did not pick up any technical skills I hoped for, I decided to pursue a Degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Newcastle, Australia in July 2004.
My studies over there were tough and most of my Singapore course mates eventually dropped out. I endured through all the harsh remarks made by the lecturers and having one of them intentionally failing me in my final year project and joking about it. After taking an average of 3 subjects per semester, I graduated in December 2008.
After that, I decided to move to Brisbane to join my then boyfriend. Upon obtaining my PR I tried all means to get a job but to no avail. Tried and disappointed, I decided to try my luck in Singapore after a discussion with my ex who agreed to look at jobs in Singapore too.
In around August 2010, I was back home and started visiting employment agencies and sending about 5-8 resumes a day. In the mist of look for a job, my ex broke up with me over an email. I begged him not to do this to me and he sent me another email saying that he has moved on to a wonderful person and threatened me not to contact him.
My parents and I were overjoyed when I got a job in an MNC company as an Engineering Planner in November 2010. However being a newly created position, with no panning process, I was treated like an admin assistant but decided to hang on.
After a planning leader was hired in Australia, I was sent for a course.
However, till now, my lack of experience coupled with having no experienced planners in the local engineering department and the lack of support from the engineering managers persist and affect my job morale.
Although I feel bored and unmotivated in my job, I tried my best to keep myself motivated by trying to learn as much from others.
I am just starting to lookout for other jobs and really hope for a job related to my studies but received negative comments from my dad about overseas degrees, the course I took, my age and my lack of experience.
I am afraid to confide in my parents as I know they will be mad. It seems that there isn’t a place in this world for me and I am fearful that I will soon reach a dead end in life.
It would be greatly appreciated if you can offer me some career advice.
Thanks for your mail and sorry to hear about your current predicament.
I am glad that you persist with your current job even though you face certain constraint in the company.
Job skills mismatch is a big issue everywhere and sometimes it is more damaging than the low pay package.
We all work for a passion and want to be seen as contributing to the company.
Failing to do so explains the current high turnover pravalent in our country.
I also realise that HR managers sometimes hired anyhow and perhaps the current shortage of manpower may have contribute to this mayhew.
Despite your tertiary qualification, I am surprised that your company treats you like an admin asst.
Is it possible to have a chat with your superior about this?
The job scope mismatch will surely lead you to quit the company one day as there is zero work satisfaction here.
I guess I can’t fault you if you decide to look for another job.
Do let me know if you are keen to catch up for a chat.
Hope this has help you.