POLY GRAD WORKING AS RESEARCH ASSISTANT FOR $800 A MONTH BECAUSE THERE’S NO OTHER JOBS

Dear A.S.S,

I am writing in to vent my frustrations at the Singaporean socio-political realm.

The broken promises in which the PAP has given the electorate has been particularly devastating for me and I don’t think that I am alone in this situation after seeing how many other people are in my situation as well.

It has been almost a year since I graduated from Poly with a diploma in merit in marketing. Nevertheless, I have yet to find a job since.

Thankfully after some recommendations from my lecturers, I have managed to secure a temporary job as a research assistant paying $6 an hour.

However, the actual job scope is quite terrible. Most of the time, the lecturers would already have a pre-conceived conclusion for their theory/lesson plan and all they want you to do is to find some statistics to corroborate their conclusions. There would be times when all I do is check that the grammar and footnotes are correct.

I have been called for only 3 interviews so far despite sending my resume at least a hundred times. What is worse is that I realise that the longer my full time employment gets delayed, the more difficult it gets because I have to explain the gap.

Most of the jobs nowadays either want experience which brings up the chicken and the egg problem. Is this the end of the road for most local poly and even uni graduates?

I have been overseas for student exchange before and this seems to be a problem which is uniquely Singapore. Many people have attributed this to the PAP government’s liberal immigration policy.

This is so much so that employers are not willing to train up their employees but want to look for the ‘perfect fit’ employee without paying too much.

Such a national practice is of course very bad for the welfare of the citizens in the long run.

I used to be quite pro-PAP not too long ago, but it seems that things have changed since they started on a GDP focused policy.

Frankly this is almost as absurd as North Korea having a military-first policy. I can only hope for the best in future.

Angela

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