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Tuesday October 15th 2019

Fresh overseas graduate with first class honours struggling with unemployment

Transitioning: First of all, thanks Kelvin for allowing us to interview you online and can you provide us with some background information on yourself?

Kelvin: I finished my degree (first class honours) and Masters overseas and I recently returned to Singapore.

Transitioning: What was  your last occupation and you have told me that you were unemployed for a few months, can you tell us more about this and  also  your job search experience?

Kelvin: I am fresh graduate but I do have some internship experience. I tried searching for a job overseas before coming to Singapore, but overseas they have very strict visa sponsorship requirements, and as these companies have a maximum visa quota per year, they rather save the visas for very experienced people.

Transitioning: You have told me that you are currently jobless for more than six months, what did you do in order to survive? Did you also approach the CDC for assistance?

Kelvin: I am living off my savings, and I save on rental as I live with my parents.

Transitioning: Did you attend any interviews during the past few  months  and why do you think you are unsuccessful so far?

Kelvin: Yes I have attended several. In my latest experience, I went through 5 rounds of interviews, all with non-Singaporeans, before I was rejected because of “cultural fit” reasons. My first thought was that I was rejected because I was a Singaporean and will not be able to fit in with the foreigners. It was a very gruelling 5 rounds, and I prepared many hours before each interview, just to have my hope dashed because of some un-quantifiable reason.

Transitioning: Tell us abit more about what you have learnt from your jobless experience and how it has impacted your family.

Kelvin: I have learned that not just the Singapore market, but the world is very harsh towards Singaporeans, we are discriminated everywhere because of our nationality, even in our own homeland!!

Transitioning: What do you think you could have done to shorten the unemployment period?

Kelvin: Instead of trying to get something overseas, I could have come home earlier to job search. However, the job market in Singapore is now the worst in over a decade, so I do not know if anything I could have done would have worked at all.

Transitioning: Do you think that Singapore is now a more difficult place to make a living?

Kelvin: Absolutely. Not just now, but in the future as well, I really fear for future generations.

Transitioning: What do you think the government can do to alleviate the current employment situation?

Kelvin: Have a Singaporeans First policy like how many major first world countries eg USA are doing. 

Transitioning: Many people have blame foreigners for competing jobs with us, what is your view on this?

Kelvin: They are 100% correct!

Transitioning: Lastly, whats your advice for those who are still jobless and feeling down

Kelvin: I have no advice as I am in the same position myself.

End of interview

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6 Responses to “Fresh overseas graduate with first class honours struggling with unemployment”

  1. Fast n Follies says:

    In Spore, have a 1st Class Honor degree is considered the talented few or belong to the smart elite class. He should be joining the Govt, Stats Board, GLC public companies. As for private, very few SME will hire him, only MNC do hire these people in the R&D or financial/banking fintech companies need his talent. Otherwise its very hard to find a decent job in Spore due to lack of experience, he can offer to work as intern or apprentice but then he has to endure the insult & some hardship during the training phase. Many jobs r now ‘stolen’ away by foreigners, being Sporeans in our homeland is a liability now. Some Sporeans after hired took sick leave or maternity leave when pregnant, this made the local employers shun the local Sporeans candidates (males also need to do NS, female need to care their kids etc) it’s hard to have a work-life balance here. Professional like Doctors r not spared as some hospital admin even tell the doctors not to complain lest they get replaced by third world national doctors. Even our PM admitted that our lunches r all stolen & Sporeans need to work hard to go & ‘steal other people lunches’..sooner or later another School or institute will be set up to teach the unemployed Sporeans how to steal others people lunches, ethical or not? Who cares? As long as u mastered the art of stealing others people lunches then u can survive..its a dog eat dog world outside unless u r the elites class..

  2. Hello says:

    Study so much for fxxk !!!

    You should listen to the “evil warlord” … learn to steal other people’s lunch !!!

    In other words … what the evil regime do to us … we must do to others !!!

  3. Talk says:

    His degree is in what field? Electrical, Construction , religion Knowledge?

  4. Anon says:

    Kelvin could find some Singaporeans in this website and team up with them to explore some business ideas, then set up a business. Can tap on funding from Spring Singapore, at

    Can contact me at 81339537 if you want to discuss business ideas.

  5. Tok says:

    I think there is talk that even Singapore graduates from local unis need 1 year to find a job and many of them are in contract jobs. The job market is very bad and yet we still let in so many foreign PMETs while mouthing off concerns that Singaporean PMETs are hardest hit. Then we cut work permit and say that we are controlling the foreigners coming in. I can’t even start to connect the dots here.

    I am very curious just what is making it so hard for our ministers to start solving the problem or sacking the underperforming departments. Why is it so hard to restrict undeserving foreigner PMETs who are using connections to get jobs in an un-meritocratic way, and let in the work permit people who reduce our living costs. Why are we doing the reverse? Just what is holding our ministers back?

  6. Lamps says:

    Which university did u graduate from? These days, even people with really bad grades can get a degree, eg from Australia. Do you hold a degree from Australia? If so, your Australian masters counts for very little in Singapore. I heard that even poly grads with GPA 3.0 can get into University of Melbourne, which is supposed to be their “top” university.

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