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40-year-old jobless PMET with A level asks if he is too old to work?

40-year-old jobless PMET with A level asks if he is too old to work?

Hi Gilbert, Came across your website while searching for government subsidised courses...am desperate to seek your advice. I was retrenched by my employer recently and have been trying to find [...]

Singaporean PMET with 12 years of IT experience told to make way for cheaper labour

Singaporean PMET with 12 years of IT experience told to make way for cheaper labour

Dear Gilbert, I have been following your site inception as that is the year I got retrenched. You have my admiration for supporting local Singaporeans in their darkest moment of their life. Since [...]

Divorced woman of one son appeals to HDB for approval of loan eligibility

Divorced woman of one son appeals to HDB for approval of loan eligibility

Hi Gilbert, I am feeling so hopeless in my currently situation. I had been diagnosed with major depression this year. I need to go for regular blood test and on long-term medication for rheumatoid [...]

30-something returning Singaporean finding it tough to adjust after living abroad for 7 years

30-something returning Singaporean finding it tough to adjust after living abroad for 7 years

Hi Gilbert, Do you have any support services for returning Singaporeans who are facing reverse culture shock? I am a 30-something single Singaporean lady, whom many describe as funny, interesting [...]

Jobless Singaporean with GCE O level can’t access WDA funding

Jobless Singaporean with GCE O level can’t access WDA funding

Dear Gilbert, I hope this email finds you well. I am seeking some advice from you. I have been unemployed for the last 2 years, doing mostly part time admin work. A search for full time [...]

Dr Tan Cheng Bock, opposition politics and a new dawn for Singapore

Dr Tan Cheng Bock, opposition politics and a new dawn for Singapore

Dr Tan Cheng Bock's announcement of his intention to start a new party has brought forth alot of cheers and hope to the opposition camp. Its the first time that any ex-PAP MP has switched camp so [...]

Jobless man with 20 years of security experience has to sell home to survive

Jobless man with 20 years of security experience has to sell home to survive

Dear Mr Gilbert, Good evening to you. I have heard of you and I am aware that you have helped many people. My name is Haniff. I have over 20 years of experience in the security industry. For [...]

Singaporean retrenched after working for ten years and blaming pro-foreigner hiring policy

Singaporean retrenched after working for ten years and blaming pro-foreigner hiring policy

We interviewed Rose online - who has been working for a Japanese company for the past ten years but was recently retrenched. Transitioning: First of all, thanks for allowing us to interview you [...]

Career advice for a fresh IT graduate from a hiring manager

Career advice for a fresh IT graduate from a hiring manager

Han Wei, I previously posted a reply to a 40+ years IT person looking for a job and Gilbert excerpted it and called it career advice. It was not. But with this reply I hope to give you some career [...]

26-year-old business management graduate jobless for 4 months and struggling

26-year-old business management graduate jobless for 4 months and struggling

Dear Mr Gilbert, I am a fresh business management degree graduate. This year I am 26, and I have been actively looking for a job for about 4 months now. Till date, I have not received a single [...]

Unemployed ex-teacher job-searching fruitlessly for 1.5 years and feeling anxious

Unemployed ex-teacher job-searching fruitlessly for 1.5 years and feeling anxious

Hi Gilbert, I chanced upon your website helping follow Singaporeans overcome employment issues. I have been seeking other forms of job opportunities after leaving the education sector for the past [...]

PMET jobless for 7 months after retrenchment and feeling useless and hopeless

PMET jobless for 7 months after retrenchment and feeling useless and hopeless

Hi Gilbert I chanced upon your website with great interest. I have been retrenched for 7 months. I guess you heard the all familiar woes of unemployment. Being human, I m no exception. Many [...]

Kids taken away from custody of parents by MSF even after negative drug test

Kids taken away from custody of parents by MSF even after negative drug test

Dear Ms Ng (PSD), I'm writing to your department as I've exhausted all means of seeking redress from both SPF and MSF. MSF has initially promised to release my kids to me from child protection [...]

Soon-to-graduate computer science graduate pessimistic about his future

Soon-to-graduate computer science graduate pessimistic about his future

Dear Panel (REACH), I am a resident of Kg Glam and writing to seek assistance for a job as my contract is ending soon on 31 Oct 18. I am due to complete my BA in Computer Science and [...]

Jobless PMET disappointed with WSG’s career coach who recommends a cleaner job

Jobless PMET disappointed with WSG’s career coach who recommends a cleaner job

Dear Panel (REACH), Thank you for the referral to WSG which is actually futile. I concluded the appointment with a Mr Cheng (Senior Career Coach) feeling more discouraged and distressed than [...]

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