Most of you know me. I just wanted to rant about getting work in Singapore. I was from the NA stream and finished my O levels back in 2000. I didn’t do too badly. I scored As in English, Maths, Science. But I was not able to enter the course that I wanted. Mass Comm at TP. Most of you who are in the same generation as me would have experienced the hype about poly and the courses. Mass Comm was one of the in demand courses and just to enter, we had to get single digit scores and pass an interview. I was so determined to enter, i retook my O levels and scored 7 points. I eventually entered mass comm and graduated in 2004. I had to wait about 6 months to get enlisted into NS. By the time I enlisted, I was 22.

I finished NS and wanted to enter local U. Back then only NTU had a mass comm degree course and entering was almost impossible. I tried to apply twice during my NS period and both failed. My poly GPA was about 3.5. I started applying for a job and got a role with CPF doing admin work. I spent the next 5 years working and saving money to pursue my degree. My aim was to go overseas to take Mass Comm in Australia or UK. At the age of 29, I applied and got accepted to study Language, Culture and Communications at University of Warwick. It was a 3 year course without any module exemptions.

I gave up my job (I was earning about $2,500 at the time I gave up) and went to the UK to study using all my savings. I graduated with a 2.1 at the age of 33, and came back to Singapore. It’s been 6 months since I came back and I’ve not managed to get any job offers despite going for numerous interviews. Even civil service is hard. 4 interviews I had with the civil service asked me why I left my job with CPF to go overseas to study. Some companies outrightly told me that my 5 years of work experience was not related to communications hence they treat me as a fresh graduate. I’ve lowered my asking salary from $3,000 to $2,500 in hopes of getting a job related to communications. I find it absurd that I’m asking the same salary as what I was getting before I completed my degree. Right now, I’m giving tuition to primary school children to get some income.

Just ranting out.

Thanks for listening.

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