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Tuesday February 20th 2018

‘Email A Counsellor’ Archives

Caucasian with PhD contemplating applying for EP or LTVP while working in Singapore

Caucasian with PhD contemplating applying for EP or LTVP while working in Singapore

Hi, I am debating whether I should apply for LTVP. What are the benefits compared to just applying for EP directly? Background: PhD from Europe, 4 years on EP previously, wife is Singapore [...]

Reader appalled at the high number of foreigners working in Changi Airport

Reader appalled at the high number of foreigners working in Changi Airport

Dear Mr Goh, I recently went on a short trip and flew from Terminal 1 but was rather surprised to find the situation inside the check-in, to be far worse than employment outside as Singaporeans [...]

Poor primary school-going child lives without proper water supply for a year

Poor primary school-going child lives without proper water supply for a year

  It is almost a week later after her message for help  that I managed to schedule a time to visit single mum Aisha and her primary 5 school-going daughter at Woodlands. There is no proper [...]

Ten recommendations to improve on our train fiasco

Ten recommendations to improve on our train fiasco

Ten recommendations to improve on our train fiasco: 1. Replacement - replace the current CEO Desmond Kuek and his ex-army team with people from the proper rail industry. The current top management [...]

Fresh graduate of NUS from Malaysia rejected EP for sales position in healthcare sector

Fresh graduate of NUS from Malaysia rejected EP for sales position in healthcare sector

I am a fresh graduate from National University of Singapore. I am offered a sales position at a MNC in the healthcare industry. The company told me that my EP application is rejected, reason given is [...]

Family of five plunges into crisis when breadwinner father has stroke and can’t work

Family of five plunges into crisis when breadwinner father has stroke and can’t work

Since we launch the Poor People's Campaign about a year ago, we have receive several requests for assistance from families whose breadwinner can't work due to various reasons but usually its because [...]

Cambodia: nice place to live and work in

Cambodia: nice place to live and work in

Dear Mr Yong, Please kindly allow me to add some comments and suggestions. Let begin to say that despite what others think of Cambodia or if they have been there or not, Cambodia is a very good [...]

ITE graduate left Singapore for US at 26 years old and flourishing after 15 years

ITE graduate left Singapore for US at 26 years old and flourishing after 15 years

Each year, about 10,000 Singaporeans study and work abroad and many never want to return to a pressure-cooker environment whereby transport is a hassle with frequent break-down and more damagingly [...]

Singaporean PMET relocating to Cambodia and seeking some assistance

Singaporean PMET relocating to Cambodia and seeking some assistance

Hi Gilbert, I came across an article posted on transitioning.org by Daniel in 2012, a Singaporean who relocated to Cambodia, and am curious if you would be able to link me up with him? I am [...]

Single mum struggles with cost of living and worries about roof over her head

Single mum struggles with cost of living and worries about roof over her head

I visited Mdm Siti at her home yesterday morning after her appeal for assistance came a week ago. It was my first foray into the Boon Lay area and it took me almost an hour to reach the place [...]

Roller-coaster employment ride of a PMET in our toxic work environment

Roller-coaster employment ride of a PMET in our toxic work environment

Dear Gilbert & Co. I recently graduated and am stuck in sort of a runt. My first employment where I served a company as a Marketing Executive may be tough and required a lot of OT and [...]

PMET jobless for a year, venturing abroad for work and not coming back

PMET jobless for a year, venturing abroad for work and not coming back

Dear Gilbert, I would like to say thank you and everyone on this site who has contributed a comment. It feels good that someone is listening and there is a tunnel to funnel our thoughts. I [...]

Foreign talent sets up company using EP visa but receives no salary

Foreign talent sets up company using EP visa but receives no salary

I set up a private limited company and hired myself through the company on an EP visa. This visa was approved with a monthly salary I would pay myself. In order to help establish the company [...]

Single, jobless for 6 months and driving taxi as a temporary resort

Single, jobless for 6 months and driving taxi as a temporary resort

Hi Gilbert Firstly with great respect putting yourself on the line for providing volunteer support to the uninitiated employed. As I read about the articles, a lot of the unemployment cases are [...]

Sole breadwinner security guard facing bankruptcy due to $11000 Courts loan

Sole breadwinner security guard facing bankruptcy due to $11000 Courts loan

Hi Gilbert, I’ m at my wit's end. I need your advice on what to do. I don’t have anyone to turn to for help. I”m Ali, age 41 the only breadwinner in the family and working as security guard [...]

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