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Thursday April 17th 2014

‘Email A Counsellor’ Archives

Jobless ex-civil servant of 23 years finding the journey tough but pressing on

Jobless ex-civil servant of 23 years finding the journey tough but pressing on

Hi Gilbert, I've read the article about the struggle faced by the NUS Engineer to know that you had written an ebook on how to survive unemployment and would like to request for a free copy of the ebook. I too was faced with the same situation [...]

Jobless NUS engineer who earned $100,000 before willing to reduce salary by 30% but to no avail

Jobless NUS engineer who earned $100,000 before willing to reduce salary by 30% but to no avail

Our locally-trained engineers have a tough time looking for work now especially when they are used  to  high-income positions in the good old days. Foreign-trained engineers have came in to replace them at more than half their cost  and the story [...]

Online interview: Thoughts and struggles of a IT graduate just fresh out of university who earns $1500/month

Online interview: Thoughts and struggles of a IT graduate just fresh out of university who earns $1500/month

We have recently received more emails from Generation Y fresh graduates than before seeking assistance and hopefully this trend does not persist as the adversity curve of most of our young people is still untested. It will be a sad day for us if our [...]

46-year-old overseas graduate who earned $4000 jobless for 2 years and contemplates becoming sales assistant

46-year-old overseas graduate who earned $4000 jobless for 2 years and contemplates becoming sales assistant

I am a 46-years-old  overseas grad and have not been holding a perm job since I quit from an executive position earning about $4k in 2011 due to indecent demands from the male boss who happens to be the owner of the company. I thought that with [...]

Jobless PMET: “Will Singapore have a highly-educated but low-incomed workforce, marginalised by foreign managers, and largely ignored by the ruling elite of the country?”

Jobless PMET: “Will Singapore have a highly-educated but low-incomed workforce, marginalised by foreign managers, and largely ignored by the ruling elite of the country?”

I have been writing in for jobs from December last year till now and also met up with my network of search companies, and have discovered some very interesting findings. The reported foreign-talent issue in Singapore is a real challenge to the [...]

Estrangled Malay woman taking on two jobs to feed family of eight

Estrangled Malay woman taking on two jobs to feed family of eight

Dear Mr Goh, Really, thanks alot for your kind gesture in sincerely wanting to help people without any motive save to benefit humanity. God can see that and will ensure your organisation prospers by raising up more like minded people like [...]

A sisterly lament on how her brother suffered from the population white paper

A sisterly lament on how her brother suffered from the population white paper

A brother displaced by foreigners - as shared by Zarina JaffarThis is my brother, Zainal and his family. I was surprised to see him on that grass patch been interviewed by Gilbert.I was even more surprised to hear him mentioning "the root of all our [...]

Back-to-work mum distressed over infant care for new born baby

Back-to-work mum distressed over infant care for new born baby

Hi Gilbert, I just returned to work after my 16 weeks of maternity leave end of Jan and my baby is placed in an infant care while my husband and I work. As my office had moved during my maternity leave, it now takes me 1.5hrs to travel from home [...]

Canadian PR of four years who earns $4700 laments about racism in Singapore

Canadian PR of four years who earns $4700 laments about racism in Singapore

I am Caucasian and married to a local Singaporean. I have lived in Singapore for about four years; previously I lived in China, the UK, Canada, and when I was much younger Germany and Malaysia. I have visited India a few times and have had [...]

42-year-old PMET jobless for 6 months and received only three interviews after sending out 120 applications

42-year-old PMET jobless for 6 months and received only three interviews after sending out 120 applications

Dear Gilbert, I have been following your website for many months now. I enjoyed reading your articles and I admire the support you have given to those who seek for your help. Like them, I am unemployed at the moment and have been for 6 [...]

Mother of dismissed son pissed off with foreign talent policy

Mother of dismissed son pissed off with foreign talent policy

Dear Mr Goh, Warmest CNY greetings to you and  your family and I hope this email finds you well as good people like you will have peace you dwell in safety. I don't normally have a habit of going public but now feel compelled to do so as I [...]

Two Singaporean workers almost stranded in China over illegal employment

Two Singaporean workers almost stranded in China over illegal employment

Hi Gilbert, I have recently face some legal problem with an ex-employer. I received a lawyer letter from my employer seeking for compensation in lieu of remaining two months of notice period. We need to provide three months of notice before we [...]

50-year-old jobless single mum distressed over unpaid wages after resignation

50-year-old jobless single mum distressed over unpaid wages after resignation

Dear Mr Gilbert, I happened to stumble upon your site while in Facebook. I had some cases posted on your site and it gave me so much relief that I can share and seek some advice from you. I am a 50-year-old single parent with a 15-year-old [...]

Jobless lady PMET disappointed with false alarm by potential employer

Jobless lady PMET disappointed with false alarm by potential employer

Hi Gilbert, I didn’t get the job at a local company. It was a false alarm. Actually, xxx told me during the interview last week to start tomorrow, but till today I have not received the teaching materials as promised by him. So, I sent [...]

30-year-old mum surviving on $700/month income and fed-up with social assistance officer

30-year-old mum surviving on $700/month income and fed-up with social assistance officer

Dear Mr Gilbert, I am a 30-year-old lady. I have a daughter who’s in primary 2. I had a second child who unfortunately passed away on November 2012. I used to work in an office as an operation assistant for 3 years. After my maternity [...]

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