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Monday March 11th 2019

Online interview with a jobless single mum with 7-year-old son

Transitioning: Thanks for allowing us to interview you online Rose, 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?

Rose: Last job: Receptionist cum Admin.

Bosses went separate ways on differences in the office location after the lease was up and so I lost my job as the new location doesn’t have a receptionist job opening.

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?

Rose: Has been depending on my savings to stay afloat all these while and no I did not approach CDC for any assistance.

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

Rose: Searched through employment apps but there wasn’t any interview. Perhaps didn’t meet work experience and requirement to job applied and also maybe due to age.

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

Rose: May have lost my job and income but during this period of time I managed to take up a diploma cert and also spend precious time with my only son.

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

Rose: Unless willing to take up lower paid salary, weekend burnt kind of job or part-time job.

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

Rose: Yes due to the competition of foreign imports and high living cost.

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

Rose: Minimum salary, invest in child development and more scholarship to locals instead or easily given to foreigners and no minimum requirement for anyone to take up courses of interest so that even older generations can upgrade themselves without any judgement.

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

Rose: Most foreigners come here to work and leaving families behind in their countries and thus they have the upper hand as they are able to work longer hour, shift and weekend kind of job. Unlike locals after work, we need to juggle and balance work and home life. Locals need to pay more expenses to make sure that their children and old folks are well taken care of.

How can we compete with foreigners who have more time at work and no families to take care of over here? Moreover, no matter how much we can sting on, we have not much savings left by the end of the month since cost of living is so high. Why do the foreigners looks down upon our lower/middle income working class? Because they can work full-force and able to buy house and cars back in their own country after their time is up working here. We can work our ass off but still we can only upkeep expenses but without much savings for old age.

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

Rose: No advice, just find a job that one can manage and work till death. Concentrate and build up our own child’s dream and jolly well give up ours at the same time.

End of interview

Editor’s note: The responder is a single mum with a 7-year-old son. If you have any administrative job position in your company, please let us know so we can forward to you her resume.

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One Response to “Online interview with a jobless single mum with 7-year-old son”

  1. Veronica says:

    Hi, my company is recruiting sales n marketing position. she can forward me her resume if she is keen. A really great company to work with.

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