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Saturday July 13th 2019

Reader advocated against career coaching calling it “useless”

Hello James,

Please stay strong for your family and people who care for you. I have been in your position before and I do understand the stress you are facing. Due to the current weak market performance (Q1 2019), hiring is slowing down across most industries. In the Engineering and IT fields, more locals are gradually being replaced by those employees/workers who are willing to accept lower salaries and longer work hours (to the benefits of employers).

I used to be jobless for close to a year and only managed to secure a job 2 months ago after submitting close to 300 applications online and attending 4 interviews.

I do not recommend for you to attend any of the E2I career coaching meetings or to waste your time seeing any of these dubious “self-proclaimed career coaches”. Most of the career coaches aren’t certified properly and after meeting them, you will come out of the meeting feeling worse off than before.

It’s easy for people in career coaching to view jobless people as “KPIs” while asking PMETs to accept jobs in the range of $1500 to $2000 as frontline staff, taking on jobs totally irrelevant to their previous professional experience. Retraining is near impossible for many when we have financial commitments and family considerations. Furthermore, the $500 training grant proved to be rather useless if you are thinking of professional training certification (which mostly require at least 12 months to 36 months) to be certified as a professional for PMETs.

Don’t waste money on useless workshops or to have a printed certificate after attending anything less than 12 months. Honestly, check for the job requirements to keep yourself relevant and start from there.

You know what you need to do best. People can make suggestions but ultimately, you must know what you want to aim for.

Help Yourself

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  1. David says:


    I would like to share my story.

    I was jobless for almost a year between the Year 2012 to 2013. My last employer who was a Japanese MNC announced they were moving out of Singapore right after I joined them for a month.

    Subsequently, I tried my hands as a full-time property agent. Sales were difficult to close because that year was the start of the downturn of the property market and also because my personality was not really suited for doing direct sales.

    At the same time, I went to the E2i career coaching meetings. I sent them my job application resumes which they assisted to review and recommend changes.

    I submitted more than 300 job applications to different industries, even to the likes of Certis Cisco, Cold Storage and Valuemax even though I was from a manufacturing background. I reduced my asking salary by as much as 30% in all these job applications. I applied for temporary positions too. But most of them requested me to commit at least 6 months.

    All these happened when I was 40 years old with 2 young children to raise. There were bills to pay and I faced the constant stress from family members. It was a difficult period where each day seemed to pass like a year.

    Fast forward after almost a year, I managed to secure a job with 2 more in the offers.

    My advice for those that faced the same predicament:

    1) It can be difficult to land on a job through conventional job applications. Tap on your networks if possible.

    2) Do not be too dependent on government agencies. They may be able to find you a job, but know that it will most likely be below your expectations, especially if you were a PMET.

    3) You should have at least a year’s savings to tide you over a period of zero income.

    4) Do not over-commit. Recognise that your jobs are not guaranteed and are replaceable.

    5) If you are more than 40 years old, this may be a good time for you to rethink your life priorities, including career. You may want to use this spare time to try something you had always wanted.

    6) Most importantly, stay healthy – physically and mentally. Do some sports. Engage in some activities to keep yourself occupied to prevent yourself from feeling depressed.

    Friends, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Stay hopeful. Hard times do not last.

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