Individuals' Stories

“How I regained my courage and confidence in finding a job”

“How I regained my courage and confidence in finding a job”

Meilan, Assistant Librarian at National Library Board (NLB) “Since I got married, I took on the role of a full-time housewife to care for my family and so had not been employed for the past 12 years. My last job before marriage was as a staff administrator and at that time my salary was just enough for me to sustain myself. Although I did delight in my duties as a housewife and in taking care of the household, I started feeling anxious and upset when expenses and costs of taking care of the children started increasing. It was then that I decided to look for a job – but despite trying I did not manage to get hired. After several years of looking for a job I soon lost confidence in ever getting hired. It was then that I approached e2i and met my employability coach, Susan Loo. She helped me through my doubts, and encouraged me to go for continuous learning. With Susan’s help, ...

“9 months of being unemployed, but I did not give up”

“9 months of being unemployed, but I did not give up”

SUSAN TAN Programme Analyst in a renowned bank I have been working as a secretary in various industries for over 20 years. Unexpectedly last year, my company faced a downsizing and a restructuring and as a result I lost my job. As I was only in this company for a little more than a year, I did not qualify for its retrenchment benefits, so I knew I had to find a next job fast. Shortly after losing my job, matters got even more complicated. My mother was diagnosed with cancer and I was distraught. With both my mother and father being in their 70s, they also heavily depended on me, so tying through the next few months were harder than expected, battling emotional and financial burdens. I desperately scoured through job portals and job sites, hoping to still find jobs that would match my previous salary. Responses from several employment agencies also led me to believe that being a ...

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