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PRIVATE DEGREE HOLDER SENT 50 JOB APPLICATIONS, ONLY 2 COMPANIES RESPONDED

He graduated with magna cum laude honours and a communications degree from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, after his studies at SIM Global Education. But out of 50 firms he applied to for advertising and marketing jobs, only two replied. One of them, digital marketing agency IH Digital, hired him. After a year on the job, he was promoted and leads a team of five.

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HAN FOOK KWANG: NON-GRADS AND THEIR PLACE IN TALENT NARRATIVE

What's not so clear though is how this narrative affected ordinary Singaporeans, especially non-graduates, and how they saw their place in society. Did they feel like second-class citizens, of less value, because they could make only limited contributions to the country's progress, especially in the material sense? Did they have less confidence in the future, for their children especially, knowing they were not regarded highly and would not be able to join the select ranks? Or did it spur them to make even greater effort so they could become one of them? Perhaps some were inspired, but there would be many who might have felt they didn't belong in a country that continually focused on the contributions of the top.

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THE GLASS CEILING FOR NON-GRADS

The 39-year-old had thought along those lines 23 years ago when, after her O levels, she chose to go to a polytechnic instead of a junior college and university like most of her classmates did, despite her 11-point aggregate. Her lack of a degree would later prove a disadvantage at various times over the past 18 years working in both the public and private sectors, when she was denied opportunities because she was not a graduate. The Public Service Division says there is no official glass ceiling for non-graduates - they can technically get promoted as long as they do well. Yet, in recent times, few, if any, have made it to the top echelons of a statutory board or ministry.

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[YOUR LETTERS] A PESSIMISTIC OUTLOOK FOR SINGAPORE?

I believe PM Lee is not confident that Singapore will have sufficient number of good paying jobs for our undergraduates who are going to join the work force a couple of years later with a heavy burden. With an uncertain global outlook, it is better to make the non-grads and grads compete against one another now to benefit the economy as much as possible before the tsunami hits.

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Parents welcome move to better reward non-graduate teachers

Ms Madeline Ang, who has two children in primary school, feels that it is better to have graduates teaching in secondary schools as the syllabus is tougher. Raffles Girls’ School principal Poh Mun See said a degree is one way for teachers to master the content they teach and, together with good teaching skills, enhances teaching.

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O-LEVEL HOLDERS NOW SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS

DEPUTY Superintendents of Police (DSP) Roy Lim and Khamisah Talip never dreamt they would become senior police officers with just their O-level qualifications to their names. But after more than a dozen years on the force, DSP Lim made history through his investigation of three murders involving the discovery of body parts, while DSP Khamisah tackled the case of a white tiger at the Singapore Zoo which mauled a cleaner to death.

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BRIDGING GAP IS PRIORITY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES UNIT

The MSO will not cause further delays by adding a layer of bureaucracy or require the public to learn a new number to call for help, she added. It will be housed under the Ministry of National Development (MND), which said in a statement yesterday that the goal is to "improve the Government's overall coordination and delivery of municipal services". When asked why the MSO has not involved town councils, Ms Fu said that is an area still under consideration. "But we need town councils to cooperate, obviously."

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DIPLOMA AND ITE GRADUATES: ONE RACE TO THE TOP

What I’m saying is, if this country is serious about real shift in attitudes for diploma and ITE graduands, they should remove these glass ceilings and create rejuvenated energy for the climbing workers to move as high and as fast as they can! It is exciting to realise that you may have the ability to qualify for the position of a CEO or director!

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