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Prime Minister helps British citizen staying in AMK GRC to acquire permanent residency

Prime Minister helps British citizen staying in AMK GRC to acquire permanent residency

Hi All I have been reading this forum on and off since I arrived in Singapore 3 years ago and thought I would share my experience in case it helps anyone. My situation when I applied in April [...]

32-year-old jobless PMET ambivalent about getting a private degree

32-year-old jobless PMET ambivalent about getting a private degree

Hi There, Good Day, Stumble upon this site by chance. Allow me to start off with a rough summary of my current situation. I am 32+ currently. Just finish my short-term contract with my [...]

Malay diploma holder working as a secretary finding it difficult to make ends meet

Malay diploma holder working as a secretary finding it difficult to make ends meet

Dear Gilbert, I heard about you from my friend who tells me that you are a labour activist representing the downtrodden in Singapore. Would just like to share with you my experience. I have a [...]

Temp staff in Ministry of Social & Family Development laments about poor labour conditions

Temp staff in Ministry of Social & Family Development laments about poor labour conditions

Hi Gilbert, I am currently working in MSF as a temp staff for one month as I will be taking up a full time job in October. I noticed there are many other temp staff over there too. At first I [...]

42-year-old overseas graduate struggling with under-employment when she returned to Singapore

42-year-old overseas graduate struggling with under-employment when she returned to Singapore

Dear Gilbert, I have been under-unemployed for quite a while. Finally got a job back to a company I used to work part-time about 9 years ago but wasn’t allowed to work full-time just like [...]

Filipina PR civil engineer enquiring on status of baby and long-term visit pass for husband

Filipina PR civil engineer enquiring on status of baby and long-term visit pass for husband

Hi, I’m a SPR, currently working as Civil Engineer since May 2015 and is under probation for 4 months. Graduated with a degree overseas but I finished my O levels in Singapore. I obtained [...]

Indian PR probed Singaporean who lost her job to FT: “Was there something she is not telling us?”

Indian PR probed Singaporean who lost her job to FT: “Was there something she is not telling us?”

I stumbled upon this page by chance while browsing something else. I think there is something missing in this article. So let me try to weigh in here. A brief intro – I am an Indian citizen holding [...]

29-year-old SMU accountancy student jobless for 2 years and feeling hopeless

29-year-old SMU accountancy student jobless for 2 years and feeling hopeless

Dear Gilbert, I am a graduate of SMU, and have trouble finding a job for 2 years. I am wondering if there are any opportunities here because I have been looking on craigslist, indeed, jobsdb, [...]

Inside the mind of a matured jobless Singaporean

Inside the mind of a matured jobless Singaporean

When you are unemployed and over-40s, you get depression. You may be able to sleep at night but depression hits in the morning 5am-7am. Getting out of bed is a chore, life seems pointless. Staying [...]

49-year-old marketing professional jobless for half a year and survive by doing hourly-rated telemarketing job

49-year-old marketing professional jobless for half a year and survive by doing hourly-rated telemarketing job

Dear Gilbert I am a 49-year-old male marketing professional who has been trying very hard to land a job for the last half year. I have registered my resume with all the possible job portals [...]

Local PMET forced to pay agency compensation after pre-matured resignation from company

Local PMET forced to pay agency compensation after pre-matured resignation from company

Hi Gilbert, I've decided to email you since I'm really desperate and has no one to turn to. I'm 27 years old this year and recently got a permanent job through a Recruitment Agency.  When I [...]

Singaporean working in digital tech MNC supports foreign influx

Singaporean working in digital tech MNC supports foreign influx

I think it depends on the industry you are in, not every industry is like that. I am a Singaporean, working for a Western company in the digital tech industry. In our industry, there are not [...]

Problems of our job market: Pro-employer, ageism and contractual employment

Problems of our job market: Pro-employer, ageism and contractual employment

The current government has not done enough to move ahead as a real fair employment country and protect our local employees. It is still very pro-employer market as a developed nation. These are [...]

41-year-old jobless Singaporean with masters degree working as GrabCar driver after losing business to PRCs

41-year-old jobless Singaporean with masters degree working as GrabCar driver after losing business to PRCs

Dear Gilbert, I thought of sharing my experience. I am a 41-year-old Singaporean with 3 kids and Master degree holder. I have been in the private education industry for the past 13 years. My [...]

Local jobless graduate of 18 months: “Full time positions for foreigners and contracts for Singaporeans!”

Local jobless graduate of 18 months: “Full time positions for foreigners and contracts for Singaporeans!”

I graduated from a local university and my career path is somewhat similar as the author. It took me 1 year and 1 month before I got my first job at a MNC for $1800. Median pay for grads few yrs [...]

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