Polytechnic graduate struggled to find a full-time job in Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on June 8, 2012
I finished my diploma, couldn’t get into local universities, took up a full time job and half a year later went for part time degree (this is the good thing about foreign unis. 3.2 is considered very good to them unlike singapore Unis that prefer to give our deserved spaces to foreigners to study). I had to quit as the job after enduring 6 months as it required me to work even after office hours, answering the company phone that kept on ringing in my night classes.
I looked around for full time jobs but the requests I sent out were mostly unanswered. take note, NONE of the government related places i sent to replied me at all. Most of the government related places I applied for are in relevance to my degree that I am studying now. Only small companies had the time to entertain me. but they all politely refused to accept me even though I only applied for administration positions.
The agencies sent me temporary jobs to offices that are suffering backlogged, but between each one there is a long time frame of being unemployed. I continued to send resumes for full time jobs but still… Up till now, my father had been paying the monthly installment for my study loan. and my father is 63 this year, he is retiring this year too due to the fact that the company announced that they will cut his pay drastically after his birthday this year. Might as well, as my dad’s knee suddenly developed some kind of unknown symptom and doctor advised him to go for operation. So now i have to shoulder the study loan fully. I really had to thank my relatives. if not for their recommendation, I would not even have a chance to be working as a stable full timer now.
The thing about holding temp jobs switching ard different offices is that I get to see the structures. and heed me, they are not all different. the previous one I went to, half of the accounts was filled with malaysians and the sales were all China graduates. And now, in my current company(which is very small), more than half are foreigners. of course, malaysians make up more than 50% of that half. counting the boss, less than a handful are Singaporeans!!! If not for my relatives recommendation, I would bet that the boss would be hiring another foreigner. So now I’m back to working alternate Saturdays, and have to switch Saturdays some times so that I can attend lectures on Saturday. but I can’t choose. no I can’t. Who is going to pay my study loan if I refuse to take up this job?
On the other hand, my friends who are graduating from local Unis this year have been telling me fabulous stories of how their classmates have been getting $4000/month jobs, some even without interviews. and there were companies that required them to work 7 days a week. what the heck is this?! Is it even legal to get your employees to work 7 days a week?! Banks that were hiring shipping logistic degree holders to work in the office for more than $3000 per month. Dont even start counting the bonus that these people will get each year. I, a accountancy diploma holder cant even get a job at a bank!
It is really becoming a big worry to me as to how will I get a job with my Media Degree considering the fact that my Uni is not one that SG GOV really likes. Not to mention that i applied many times before to the relevant places but not even a single pip-squeak reply was given to me. How are we to follow our dreams when the system is closing every single door to our dreams right at our faces?!
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times