Hie! It’s been awhile since I blogged about my life :) Recently a lot of things happened and I’ve decided to share my feelings with you. It’s been about 5 years since I left school and started my career as a radio personality full time with the station. It is probably something I will forever be thankful of, given such a huge opportunity to do what I love J and also that chance to actually BE HIRED in this very competitive society.
Before I left school, many negative thoughts came to mind. Having given up my University studies just to do what I love, (yes I quit my degree course because I didn’t want to suffer a day when I actually detest the job, but that’s a story for another time ;) I was really afraid I couldn’t survive out there with just a Diploma from the Polytechnic.
Competition from your other friends who did a lot better for their GPA aside, there was A LOT of talk about companies choosing talents who are more experienced than you maybe because they have gained them from other places. I was afraid.
Today, 9 years since I left JC, I still keep in contact with my friends from CJC :) We’d always plan for dinner meet ups and silly outings just to catch up with each other’s exciting lives (aka KAYPO-ING is fun do not judge). Most of my friends are working at rather big establishments with really good salary. They are really humble about it, and that’s probably why we’re still friends hahahaha!!
But I believe that is what they deserve, having slogged so hard in University and serving their nation in whatever they do, be it National Service or charity work. I’m really happy for them! May they remember me when they reach 20 million dollars! (A promise made by one of them was to give me 1 million if it ever happens) However not all of them are as fortunate.
In our last 3 meet ups, we came to notice that one of our very close friends, lets call him, B, who has ALWAYS been proactive in planning for these outings, decided to skip it without a reason. It is rather sad after I was told the real reason.
B and I were great buddies! Back in school he was always the guy to go to in terms of ideas or just copying of lecture notes :) He has always been the happy go lucky HANDSOME(I hate to admit, but he is) guy whom girls would shyly glance at whenever he passes by at the canteen.
We would always tease him about having no problems with his bosses at work in the future cos’ he was henpecked by his then girlfriend. Oh that girl bullied him quite a lot and I could never understand how he could give in to that lady. But anyway, he would be the perfect colleague to have at work ;) But that wasn’t the case.
It has been quite awhile now that B is jobless. He has been trying so hard securing a place in a job he desires. However, every time he applies for one, it’s rejection one after another. And most of the time, it’s someone else with more experience who would get the job probably cos he/she gained it somewhere outside of Singapore.
I went online and came across this article. Upon hearing of an excessive hiring of foreign PMEs in some industries, and various unfair hiring practices in certain companies, NTUC has been pushing for Labour Market Testing to protect Singapore jobs since 2011.
No wonder MOM just announced the National Jobs Bank and Fair Consideration Framework in response to such calls to give fair consideration to Singaporean job seekers.
It’s good for B that under the Fair Consideration Framework, employers are required to consider Singaporeans like him fairly for jobs, based on merit, before they can hire Employment Pass (EP) holders if they cannot find a suitable local.
In addition, in 2014, if you earn up to $4,500 a month, you’ll be protected in more areas under the Employment Act like unfair dismissals.
I need to ask B is he is an NTUC member, because members can seek help from NTUC for not just job placements, but also career progression and job protection, even PMEs!
My wish for all you YOUNG, INNOVATIVE and FUN peeps who will be graduating from your various educational institutions soon, is to find a job you will cherish and be proud of :) And with the latest initiatives from NTUC and MOM, I believe that B will find a job soon!