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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STRUGGLING TO FIND EMPLOYMENT IN S’PORE 1 YEAR AFTER GRADUATION

I’m an international student who graduated and after a year of job hunting, I haven’t got any positive news. This is my first time being unemployed for so long. I worked part-time while doing my degree, went to 4 internships and 2 of which were 6 month long.

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Though I totally understand the point of having SGUnited traineeship to help locals and also get why SG government needs to tighten the hiring of foreigners, I feel so lost.

Came here under study loan, now I have a huge debt waiting and a government’s bond that I don’t know how to deal with. I have been asking my parents to send money to survive day by day in one of the most expensive country so that I can keep applying for jobs.

But no one cares. No one ever cares. I turn to the CFG advisor, they have no idea about the employment of international students. They say they can write us a letter that we’re favourably considered for a work pass. But again, will any company ever look at your CV and the letter, knowing you have a foreign status?

I believe I can work well, I’m confident that I can do the job. But as far as they know I’m a foreigner, they turn me down.

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Debt, mental health struggles and disappointment, and soon I might be homeless. I don’t want to rant, I never blame but at least I hope there is a light somewhere in this dark tunnel for me to head to. I really want to end my life here. Too much to suffer.

If any international graduates facing similar problems read this post, I hope we can gather as a group and support each other, at least emotionally.

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