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Tuesday January 15th 2019

Roller-coaster employment ride of a PMET in our toxic work environment

Dear Gilbert & Co.

I recently graduated and am stuck in sort of a runt.

My first employment where I served a company as a Marketing Executive may be tough and required a lot of OT and additional work, but I enjoyed my work. I believed in the purpose of the company, and that’s why I joined it. It is a training institute aimed at improving the educational achievements of the lower-wage workers.

However, after I joined it, I start to see the uglier side of things. The management of the company were just treating it as a profit-only company and out to make its salesmen work to get the sales.

I persevered for 1 year and 1 month before deciding to call it quits. I did speak with the management over my issues with this ethical mismatch, however, nothing was done. This resulted in a pretty high turnover rate, where the average stay per employee was 2 to 3 months. I had a changeover of my manager 3 times, and not being able to adapt to this ever-changing and power-hungry organisation, I decided to call it quits.

I then moved on to an educational stat-board where I joined as a senior executive handling operations and support for classes. However, there was a mismatch of interest, and overloading of work. I was invited into a talk with my deputy director, and they “encouraged” me to tender my resignation as they felt I wasn’t up for the job. I had no choice but to tender and since then, I’ve been out looking for a career to progress and to stay on hopefully for the rest of my working life.

I attended an interview by a company, and the process dragged on for 2 months with 3 interviews in between, but the outcome was that I was rejected, together with a couple of other applicants. I truly believed that I stood a high chance of being selected seeing as to how I made it through 3 interviews. Alas, I was rejected, and without much explanation than “the other candidates were more highly qualified”.

I am pushed out to seek for another career opportunity.

I am writing in to you to see if there is any advice that you are able to give me regarding this. Throughout the 2 months I was being filtered in the last interview, I have been diligently applying for other job opportunities, but, I was never contacted, lest plenty of calls to be an insurance agent. I understand and know of the benefits of insurance, but I am highly doubtful of these agents, who are there only to hard-sell their products to you to earn their commission.

If there is any way you could be of help to me, I would more than welcome it. If there are any available careers in your organisation that I can work for as well, I would be more than appreciative if you would call me down for an interview. My interests are in marketing and business development, something that would put me to the relationship building kind of jobs would be highly appreciative.

Thank you so much for reading through my email, and I appreciate any constructive advice from you. It would be best if you could help me in my current situation, but I am not writing in to plead for a job, just some advice of how I should go on with my life would be more than appreciated. Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,


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3 Responses to “Roller-coaster employment ride of a PMET in our toxic work environment”

  1. #PMET Designation says:

    Life had got its ups & downs, once u pull thru’ this u will be alright. Meantime, try to understand more of yourselves & discover more bout u, what r ur likes & dislikes, strength, weakness, threat & opportunity. Seems like Joseph is more of a PR or like to work with human relations ( maybe Marketing or Sales may not be so suitable for u as u may hold some ideals & thoughts of ur own)..may try exploring careers relating to diplomatic relations, social, coaches, HR & others that create the kind of human relationships), consult a career coach or someone who really understands & address ur needs & concerns..

  2. JadedWorker says:

    Being young and fresh out of school, you have just seen the harsh realities of working life. Do not be disheartened, but learn from the experiences to moderate your aspirations and plans.

    You seem to set high moral and ethical standards for yourself. This is a wonderful moral compass that is a double-edged sword in a society where humans are forced to be ruthless, selfish, and greedy in order to stay afloat or climb up. The best way for upright people to survive amidst increasingly hostile work cultures is to seek like-minded networks of associates and friends who can recommend opportunities to each other.

    This powerful tool called networking is where you will meet people with even higher moral standards than yours. And people with previously high standards but who have now lowered their expectations. Or people with lower standards but who have since benefited from networking with people who inspire them. Find or build such networks over time, learn more about yourself in the process, and the positive energy you build up with toughen you up to handle toxic people in win-win ways no matter where you end up working or doing business in.

    While it is always easy to avoid and write-off bad work cultures and business opportunities, you must persist in developing symbiotic relationships with the world at large. No man is an island, and even negative and toxic people can eventually resonate with you if you know how to build trust and rapport despite the initial brickwall defences they erect around themselves.

    Armed with this mindset, and given sufficient time to experience successes and failures in finding your “groove” or niche in society, you will hopefully tap your potential to the fullest and create your own happiness amidst the turbulence!


    • Agree says:

      I fully agree with “JadedWorker”. There has been a lot of motherhood and rhetorics from our govt and none did what they preach. While we expect workers to always maintain high moral and ethical standard in work place, we can’t expect the same from bosses. Our tripartism has failed worse than than drowned productivity level in Singapore.

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