Jobless 39-year-old NTU Engineer: Worked 5 Months As PT Librarian At $4/hour
Posted by temasektimes on June 3, 2012
I graduated from Nanyang Technological University in July 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering.
After graduation, my working experience has always been in the failure analysis and inspection of IC components in various companies.
I was retrenched in 2010 due to company closure. Ever since, I have trouble getting full time jobs.
I applied for diploma entry level jobs even though the skillsets required were below those described in my resume.
Yet…I was not called up for interview.
I’m willing to take a lower diploma pay but yet……forget it.
My foray into temp jobs didnt bode well either….I did worked part time in a library before but I found the pay too low ($4/hour)….so I quit after five months.
Imagine a NTU engineering graduate having to go down to such a level is frankly beyond me especially when I started to study engineering almost two decades ago with much optimism.
What is happening to our country?
Moreover, the government won’t be bothered about people like us.
We are the losers.
WDA and e2i called up when I was doing part time in the library…..and they assumed I’m fully employed after I told them my part time job! What a joke!
Subsequently my name was removed from the list and I guess that’s why unemployment figures are low…. I also heard that those who are out of work for more 6 months are considered retired!
How can the unemployment figure be just 2%? Its beyond comprehension…
When I was working in the library, I chatted with the aunties working there and a lot of them told me their sons/daughters also got trouble finding jobs even with a professional degree.
You might have wondered why those aunties are willing to stick to the library job despite such low pay ($4/hour)? It is only because they can’t find relevant companies willing to employ them.
$4 /hour? It is totally ridiculous and almost like a cleaner’s pay.
If you think it is an easy job (which many think it is)….try doing it for 5-8 hours standing most of the time.
According to them…..the agency submitted the lowest bid to NLB…naturally the project was awarded to them because the government always go for the lowest bidder.
Hence…..the low rates.
I guess this also explains why cleaners wages are low too.
We are in serious trouble and yet many people think Singapore is still ok….that’s because they still have cushy jobs.
The influx of FTs in every area has depressed wages for low income workers and also deprive our local graduates of good jobs.
The government always say FTs are here to do jobs which Singaporeans don’t wish to do……but what about jobs which we want to do?
If you are wondering why I can still survive until now….it is because I have been frugal all along and I’m still single. If I’m married with kids, most likely I would have ended up in Bedok Reservoir.
*The above article was first published on Transitioning.org, a support site for the unemployed here