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Friday February 22nd 2019

35-year-old Singaporean PMET jobless for several months and feeling down

Hi Gilbert,

Sorry to bother you.

I need support as I’m feeling really down right now.

I am a Singaporean, 35 years old, a degree graduate from SIM, and jobless for several months.

I left my last employment as a sales personnel with a local engineering SME after my employer got into very serious financial problems and has not been paying wages and CPF for several months.

While I can still survive on my savings for some time, I can’t help but wonder about my future as I have tried to send out applications for jobs on various job portals but to no avail till date. I do not know if it’s because of my age or my past working experiences not good or relevant enough as compared to other applicants.

This is not the first time I have experienced this, I was once out of a job for 7 months about 3 years ago when my previous employer serving the semiconductor industries run into problems and had to retrench most of their staff including myself.

I am thinking to switch career into a different field as I find that in my previous jobs, the future is very bleak which are mostly related to the semiconductor industries – a sunset industry. But I do not know where can I go from here as many jobs out there requires a certain period of relevant experiences before being considered. And to make matters worse, I felt that the influx of foreigners competing jobs directly with Singaporeans like me has greatly reduced our chances of being selected for a job.

I don’t know where I’m going, and I don’t see any meaning in life, I have been staying home most of the time and doesn’t even want to step out of it due to the shame and humiliation of being jobless for so long.

In fact, I’m already very much in a discouraging state that I don’t even want to send out resumes anymore because no one will reply to it anyway.

Pressure is building up for me by the day as I feel the strong need to provide for my family. My child is still very young and I have retired parents to take care of financially. My wife is still employed presently, but the expenses and bills would need to be paid on time and I feel very sorry for my wife that she has to carry this burden for now. I can’t help but felt really down and hopeless during this period of time.

I do hope that you can help offer some advice to me on how to get out of this situation right now.

Thank you.


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3 Responses to “35-year-old Singaporean PMET jobless for several months and feeling down”

  1. Jie Ming says:

    Hi! Terrence,

    There are many pro and cons for whatever jobs we chose as career. The only way to remain active in the work force is constantly upgrading ourself. You need to go for courses related to your job instead of feeling stressful and doing nothing. The employment opportunities nowadays have became much more competitive. More workers have higher education than before. So we need to fight hard in order to remain employed. Work hard and work smart.You cannot be sitting comfortably in your job.

  2. Peter says:

    Terence, what are in major in with the degree from SIM? Also, which University awarded you with this degree?

  3. Pianodol says:

    Very sad to read this. Think the govt should reduce the quota further for foreigners to come in. Locals have very little opportunities left. Govt should also give discount for utilities and food until these people get a job.

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