Are young foreigners on social visit pass looking for jobs affecting us?

The following is en email exchange between prominent labour activist Gilbert Goh and a reader of his blog:

Hi Mr Gilbert.

Ever since stumbling upon your blog 3 months back, I have been a regular reader. Ya know, some stories are really scary and as of now I’m unnerved as hell.

I graduated last year (June) with a B.A in social science (hons 2nd lower) & started job-hunting in November last year after taking 4 months off to consider my options. As of now, I’ve been job hunting for 5 months already & nothing has turned out well.

Sat for a total of 7 interviews & nothing worked out. In desperation, I will apply for private sector. You know, I’m starting to feel that I have no future in Singapore. Or Rather, I’m starting to know that I have no future in Singapore because I’ve already been feeling that there’s no future ever since year 2 of my undergraduate studies. I’m having a hard time as of now and I don’t know what to do.

Mr Gilbert, maybe my email might seem really negative to you, but I’m depressed as f#%k over last 3 months. Even so, I have been constantly learning new stuff over the period of job-hunting. I may have given up on the world, but I have not given up on myself.

Care to pop in some words of advice.
Best wishes,
Lost & alone


Hi Lost & alone

Actually the job market now has changed alot since a decade ago.

Young foreigners have swamped Singapore some armed with just a social visa pass looking for jobs.

They can take a low-paying job as they just want to settle down here.

I am afraid that it will be harder now to look for jobs with such stiff competition as frankly there is little job protection for us.

It may be good to take up something on a part-time basis and move on from there.

Work on a internship programme first if possible as some companies may offer potential job opportunities to good interns.

Good luck anyhow.



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