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Thursday March 14th 2019

Jobless engineer managed to secure a position but with a pay-cut of 10%

We interviewed a local engineer who managed to secure another position out of his scope and with a pay-cut of around 10% but he is grateful.

He allows us to conduct a online interview with him during this torrid one-month jobless experience.

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

Danny: I am a family of 4 and been working since 2003. I have a bachelor degree and used to earn $5000.

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

Danny: I was an engineer and I lost my job in Dec 2017. The company decided to end the employment as we did not meet the target and was focusing on other countries than SEA. I have send hundreds of resume applications and none was chosen for an interview in Dec 2017.

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

Danny: I am only 1 month unemployed so it is still quite alright.

Transitioning: Did you attend any interviews during this period and why do you think you are unsuccessful so far?

Danny: I attended 2 interviews but both were not suited for the role.

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

Danny: Everything has to be carefully planned in spending and lifestyle has changed. This changed has resulted in disharmony in the family and each day we still have to be facing the same issue.

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

Danny: I have applied for Taxi license and have open to search for Part Time Jobs.

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

Danny: Yes.

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

Danny: Seriously, I will not bother on other things than just focus on feeding my family. Even if I can express my opinion, it would only be possible when I have secured a livelihood 1st.

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

Danny: No comments on this.

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

Danny: Well, I am one myself and I am in no position to give any advice to others now.

End of interview

Editor’s note: The PMET has managed to secure a position from another industry recently but with a pay-cut of around 10% but he is grateful.

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