I came across your site from an article that a friend shared through FB. I think the site is a needed avenue for PMET especially who are going through transitional unemployment.
Anyway, my name is Ashish and I myself am in this phase.
Firstly I would like to warn you that this email might be very long but hope that you can find the time to read it and help me ease my mind after.
Thank you in advance.
I graduated from Curtin University of Technology with degree in Film & TV.
Very early on I know that my degree is very specialized and that I have very limited option for employment.
However, I was young and eager with passion in making film and TV. So at that point 8 years ago it didn’t matter much, especially since I was lucky enough to gain employment just 3 months after coming back from Perth.
I was working for an advertising company for 5 months before I got an offer to work for a TV production company. I have been working as a producer for TV production companies for 6 years.
The nature of the industry is as such that many producers prefer to work as freelancer as we get to choose our projects and with good time management can work on a few projects at a time which equals to more pay.
I was one such producer and during my peak I handled 3 projects at a good and I can proudly say that all my projects were successful.
In 2010, I was approach by one of the company that I constantly work freelance for, to join them as full time producer.
As I have enjoyed working with them prior and as the boss promised a better work benefits, I joined the company full time.
Our team was very strong and was the young and upcoming team that our other peers kept watch on, keeping them on their toes. We won numerous nominations and accolades with just our first project.
However, the promised of better work benefits didn’t come through.
Sometimes pay was late and since I have proven capable of handling a few projects, I was constantly overworked, working 24/7 and to a point that office was my home where I even slept there.
During my last year with the company, I was very unhappy with the work situation especially when I was being accused and being used as a cover up for two co-workers who having an affair.
Personal problems a side, I stayed on the job as production has been my passion since I was still in secondary school. However, it came to a point where enough is enough and I left the job. Sadly, I walked out of a project.
It has been close to 10 months now and I’m still unemployed.
I tried applying for jobs within the private and government sector, even applying for jobs that only require diploma or only 2 years of experience, as compare to my degree and 6 years of experience. None was successful.
I thought of a career change and applied to be a teacher with MOE. Both my parents are retired teachers and they have always wanted at least one of their child to follow their footsteps.
But up till now, I still have not received any news from them. It has been 3 months since I applied.
I do not mind a lesser paying job or something totally new that I need to go for training and start from the bottom up again. I even applied for admin assistant jobs. But none was successful.
I am getting married in June and just bought a house with my husband to be. It is supposed to be the highlight for any woman.
However, I feel ashamed as I am not able to decide and pay for the wedding or the renovation of the house.
My parents are paying for the wedding and my partner is paying for the house.
I can’t have it my way as I’m not paying for it. They are willing to make certain adjustment for me but it is still up to them as they are paying for it, which I totally understand.
I am also feeling demoralized every time people asked me if I’m not working.
They give me a certain look that I’m just a rich pampered spoilt brat who is lazy to work and just depending on my family and partner to support me.
Some of my partner’s friend and family thinks that I am heartless to not want to work and let my partner suffer working hard to pay for the house and support me.
They think I’m lazy or choosy with job that is why I’m still not working.
I was working for 6 weeks in November but that was only temporary contract work doing admin support which ended when the contract ended.
I am constantly on my laptop on job portal sites and applying to jobs even on temporary contract basis.
Right now I am lost on how to get job or what types of job I should or want to apply for.
During my previous temporary job, the HR department there told me that it’s difficult for me to land a job is because my degree is overseas degree and government body are reluctant to employ me as they need to priorities the local degree holder, and even with my years of experience they are not willing because they are afraid that I will demand high pay.
I did once apply for a job and just putting my A level as my highest qualification as it is local. However, they wrote back and asked about the missing years prior to my first employment after my A level.
Is it because my resume is not enticing enough therefore I do not get a reply? Are they really afraid that with my degree and years of experience I will demand for high pay? What job is really suitable for me?
I hope that my long email is not a bore for you to read and I really hope that you can help me answer my questions.
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