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Saturday January 13th 2018

Online interview with a PMET who is jobless for 6 months and feeling depressed

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

Serene: I graduated from University of XYZ with double major in Marketing and International Business. My entire career has been in Marketing with various companies ranging from MNCs to start-ups. My last job is with ABC as the sole marketing person there helping with their marketing activities. There is a change in management and that’s the reason for my leaving.

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?

Serene: As briefly mentioned in point 1, I was a Marketing Manager with ABC. I left in June 2017 due to a change in management. Ever since then, I have been sending numerous job applications and managed to get some interviews. I went to about 20 interviews but never been able to get a job still. It is very discouraging and I always felt defeated after every interview knowing that I don’t stand a chance to get the job.

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?

Serene: Jobless from June 2017, so it’s 6 months now. I have 5 credit cards to pay and I am using my whatever savings I’ve to pay for the minimum sum. Now my funds are low and I will be having problem servicing the minimum sum, as such I am looking for assistance. \

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

Serene: Yes. I feel that I did well in some interviews but still didn’t get the job. While for others, with my gut feel I already knew I won’t get the job after the interview. I feel that chemistry is very important and there just isn’t chemistry with some of the interviewers. Also like you mentioned – competition with FT in terms of salary which makes me lose out.

Nowadays employers are looking for people with digital skills, I have little experience in that but I am willing to learn. However, I am low on funds and I need to use whatever funds I’ve left to service my cards bills instead of going for courses. I have already utilised the skill development funds given by the government ($500) for a Facebook course previously which I think is useless.

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

Serene: Firstly, I tell myself not to regret my decision leaving ABC, because I was treated unfairly and the accusation of my work performance is unfair to me. That left me with no choice but to leave that place.

Secondly, I learn that I need to manage my expenses and do not spend on the unnecessary especially using credit cards. And that having savings is very important for rainy days.

Thirdly, you get to know who are your real friends in such situation.

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

Serene: I have done whatever I could, it’s the overall market condition now that many Singaporean are not getting jobs. I have 2 friends who are jobless too, one is jobless for more than a year. It is a very sad situation for Singaporeans who really need jobs to provide for their families and government are giving all our jobs to FT. Not forgetting that now things are more expensive too.

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

Serene: Yes, extremely.

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

Serene: They should give Singaporeans the priority in getting jobs and setting limits on the number of FT that a company can employ.

We are born here, shouldn’t Singaporeans be given the priority? Otherwise, provide some assistance for funding for unemployed who are facing financial issues (which I doubt they will).

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

Serene: It is ok to have foreigners coming in to Singapore for jobs, but they should be doing those jobs that Singaporeans don’t want to do (e.g, waitress, retail sales person, construction). There will be lesser competition and more opportunities for Singaporean.

Transitioning: Lastly, what’s your advice for those who are still jobless and feeling down?

Serene: Haha… I am one of them. Seriously I think other than financial issue, I don’t mind not working. But as human beings, we need to eat, drink and live a decent life. So money is important and we need a job in order to fulfill our obligations – especially for me the credit card bills is a big issue which I need to settle. There is really nothing we can do except to keep trying.

End of interview

Editor’s note: We have seen the writer and will refer her to our career coaching service.

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