Support Site for The Unemployed & Underemployed
Tuesday April 2nd 2019

Online interview: Jobless ex-textbook editor now ambivalent about switching to social work industry

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

Kelvin: I started working as a teacher and has been a textbook editor for local textbook.  I graduated with postgrad diploma in education and currently I am also holding a graduate diploma in clinical and counselling psychology. 

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?

Kelvin: My last occupation was a textbook editor with Marshall Education in 2014.  I stopped work from 2015 to take care of my father, who fell sick.  I started thinking of a career change in 2017 when my father was getting better and physically more stable.  I did not search for any job at that time but enrolled in a course towards attaining a graduate diploma in counselling.  I started my job search last year, in the area of helpline counsellor, social work associate and youth worker, but I have not received any interview opportunities. 

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?

Kelvin: I am now working part-time to survive. 

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

Kelvin: I have not attended any interviews, even though Boy’s Town, Trybe and Care Corner showed some interest.¬† My guess is that I do not have any solid experience but I do have moderate level of experience working with the youth.

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

Kelvin: I think I am a bit depressed now but more of being disappointed.  The impact of my unemployment on my family is not so much as I am single and my sister is still working.

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

Kelvin: I think for my case, getting an internship to gain possible employment, might shorten my unemployment situation.  I have also been questioning as to whether I am going in the right direction?

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

Kelvin: Yes, but I cannot really tell in what way.

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

Kelvin: I think the government is doing it right now and that they are coming up with sustainable jobs and not just jobs from the service line, which are not sustainable.

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

Kelvin: I do not think so.  I believe strongly that the government is trying to find the easy way in order to get the country going.  However, they realise that perhaps they may going round a circle of employing more people and enjoying good economy for a while but experience a greater dip afterwards.  It seemed like the government has exhausted this method.  I believe the government needs to find something that only Singapore is good in.

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

Kelvin: Those who are still jobless, stay calm and keep trying.  Have faith (like what I am doing now) and believe that it will work out somehow.

End of interview

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