I came across your website and after reading alot of articles there, I feel that it relates to the problems I am currently facing right now.
Let me introduce myself.
My name is Marcus and I am 22 this year.
I’m going to share what makes me feel so hopeless here and get some advice from you.
I did very badly in my N levels passing only English so after secondary school I qualify for ITE - but they gave me one only choice which is Mechanic or I have to re-do my N levels again.
So I decided to work part time for two years and I realised that it was very hard to survive out there. without any proper qualifications.
When I turned 18, I entered NS and after serving out the 2 years I could not find any suitable job for a year.
Against all odds, I pulled myself together – I had no choice but to be a security guard.
It is not easy especially for the self esteem.
I was so depressed inside thinking – why am I doing this kind of job at 22 years of age?
The pay is $1.5k a month and after CPF deduction the take home pay is only $1200.
How am I going to start a family as its barely enough even for myself.
Many people advised me to re-do my course again then go to O level and poly or whatever.
But the problem is even if I can study well, jobs will be taken up quickly and the educational system here is flawed as its too focused on academic result.
I ever thought of setting up my own business either online or offline but where do I get the capital to do this?
I hope you will be able to advise me on your point of view.
I hope to hear from you soon.
By the way, I have a small request – is it possible to meet up so we can chat face to face over a meal?
I have met many counsellors who have the working class mindset but you are different.
That is why this website is so important to me.
Thank you once again.
Thanks for your mail and sorry to here of your predicament.
I must salute you for being humble enough to take up the security position as you need to survive.
Nevertheless, you remain ambitious and this is commednable.
It shows that you are resilient and forward looking.
I do see that you have the hunger to succeed within you and this is good.
I agreed with you that our educational system is too result-oriented and if you are not in the mainstream, you are literally dead.
Those who enter blue collared work is also sidelined and the low pay structure has deterred many from performing well.
However, there are those who have did well even without good educational qualifications but you must try to think differently from the society norm.
Many of us have thought that we are a failure when we don’t have solid academic qualifications which is really not true.
The important thing is not to let the lack of academic qualifications deter you from thinking that you can’t forge ahead and have a bright future.
But I must add that this is a tall order but not impossible.
I have seen many friends without proepr qualifications doing well in business or other commisioned jobs as they have never let the lack of academic achievements prevent them from doing well in life.
Start to change your thinking pattern and plan ahead what you want to achieve in life.
You have mentioned in your mail that you want to start something both online and offline…why not explore that route properly?
Try to draw out a proper plan and goal so that you are always on track.
We can meet up sometimes next week for a chat if possible to discuss more on this.
Meanwhile, stay positive and always believe in yourself even though your academic qualifications point otherwise.
We are here for you.
Editor’s Note: Permission was granted by the writer to post this mail on our blog.