Dear All Singapore Stuff,
Many of the sinkies do not know they are merely economic digits. From womb to tomb, every single move of their life has been planned by someone and they merely execute and follow the herd to pay tax and rack up domestic middle class spending, especially in housing and cars.
When the economies are overflowed with degree holders (local and imported)
which the businesses do not required so (for sake of lowering cost), or if
there is critical shortage of manpower in a specific business sector, the
tertiary institutions will kick into action to attempt to fulfill the
industry talent shortage.
But, often in this world now where it is not what you know but whom you know
that matters. When degree and even doctorate-level knowledge is at your
fingertips on google, sinkies really should not be wasting time in
polytechnics and the local universities that teach outdated stuff.
Worst of all, if you are in these tertiary institutions, the outdated
academics shortfall is then covered with internships that hardly mean
anything in real business world. Most of the interns are taken for a ride in
small and big companies as cheap labor to do meaningless stuff or elementary
fill-in-the-role jobs. I am sure the poly kia here will attest to this.
Historically it has been so, and I believe it will be so too in future.
So regardless what the latest hype in the job market is now, this strategy of
fulfilling the shortfall using the system now is a failure to start with. You
want a generation of coders, cyber security gurus, and Lucas-Artists, let me
put it in local Singlish context – wait long long, mind you, the countries
around you are near equilibrium now, and time is running out with the
inverted pyramid. Stay liquid, stay mobile, the world is your oyster.