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Tuesday September 23rd 2014

‘Email A Counsellor’ Archives

Father fighting against daughter’s $76,000 bond debt to MOE for failing teaching course

Father fighting against daughter’s $76,000 bond debt to MOE for failing teaching course

Hi Mr Gilbert, So let me share something with you. I hope it will get some attention as it is my own plight with the government. Yes, many would say why bother to sign an agreement when the terms will ultimately go drastically against [...]

35-year-old ex-SAF regular finding it tough to adjust after seven years in the force and feeling like a minority

35-year-old ex-SAF regular finding it tough to adjust after seven years in the force and feeling like a minority

Hi Gilbert, I would like to thank you for your help, especially on your ebook. I'm not sure whether I need coaching. I just want a more realistic picture on the job employment market in Singapore. The figures given by the media and surveys [...]

Appeal for compensation from AT & T for unfair dismissal for mother of three after returning from maternity leave

Appeal for compensation from AT & T for unfair dismissal for mother of three after returning from maternity leave

Randall L. Stephenson, CEO AT & T Corps Dallas Texas United States Re: Appeal for compensation for unfair dismissal of Singaporean mother of three who was replaced by Indian national after maternity leave at AT & T Singapore Dear Mr [...]

41-year-old single mother living in a rental flat, jobless since May 2013 and feeling depressed

41-year-old single mother living in a rental flat, jobless since May 2013 and feeling depressed

Hi Mr Goh, It took a lot of courage for me to write you this email. A short introduction, I am 41 years old and I have had two failed marriages. I am currently living with my 21-year-old daughter in a one room HDB rental flat. I have a [...]

42-year-old local accountant who earned $75,000 jobless after 17 years due to restructuring

42-year-old local accountant who earned $75,000 jobless after 17 years due to restructuring

Transitioning: First of all, thanks for allowing us to interview you online Ivan and can you provide us with some background information on yourself? Ivan: I am a 42 year old local graduate, who has 17 years of experience in accounting. I am [...]

36-year-old lady PMET with 3 kids unfairly dismissed by Indian agency Encora Technologies after maternity and replaced by Indian FT

36-year-old lady PMET with 3 kids unfairly dismissed by Indian agency Encora Technologies after maternity and replaced by Indian FT

Hi Gilbert, I was referred to you by a friend - I am currently still unemployed after been unfairly dismissed by a foreign Indian recruitment company after I returned from my maternity. My replacement is my coverer - also another foreign [...]

Single mum finally landed admin job paying $2500/month after searching for 10 months

Single mum finally landed admin job paying $2500/month after searching for 10 months

Hi Gilbert Sorry for the long delay in writing this letter. I like to share with those who are looking for jobs - I finally have my new job after sending countless resumes for the last 10 months. I wasn’t happy with the company where I [...]

52-year-old woman earned $325/month as part-timer to pay $6300 penalty to Pawsitive Sensations for breaking bond

52-year-old woman earned $325/month as part-timer to pay $6300 penalty to Pawsitive Sensations for breaking bond

Hi Gilbert, Remember the 52-year-old lady who took on 2 jobs earning only $600/month in order to survive? I mentioned before about the contract that I have  signed demanding penalty payment if I broke the bond even though I paid my own course [...]

Ex-civil servant of 23 years finally found job after jobless for three months with pay cut of almost $1500

Ex-civil servant of 23 years finally found job after jobless for three months with pay cut of almost $1500

Hi Gilbert, Thanks for your concern. I've finally land myself  a job with a salary of $3600 (my previous salary was $5000), although not a job of my training and choice. It's still a job after all. Singaporeans are encourage to take up [...]

Are Singaporean PMETs hungry enough?

Are Singaporean PMETs hungry enough?

I’ve returned to Singapore after spending close to a decade working overseas (London and Hong Kong). I’m currently working for a well-known international investment bank and struggled to find a local candidate to fill a senior IT [...]

Whistleblower account of an ex-employee on ACP Computers

Whistleblower account of an ex-employee on ACP Computers

Hi Gilbert I want to recount my bad experience working with ACP Computers. It is really the most unfortunate episode of my life. I left the first IT company  I joined after I came back from Australia in 2004 and entered this company [...]

28-year-old PMET forced to pay $1500 for failing to attend interview

28-year-old PMET forced to pay $1500 for failing to attend interview

Dear Gilbert, I am Terence, 28, an ex-civil servant. I quit the service in 2013 to pursue personal interests for a year and currently, I am looking for a job. My situation is as follows: I have attached the contract for your reference. I [...]

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 [...]

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