International graduate still unemployed after 6 months of job hunting in Singapore

I'm an international student who graduated back in June 2020; after half a year of job hunting, I still haven't received any positive news. This is my first time being unemployed for so long. I previously worked part-time while doing my degree and also undertook 4 internships - of which two lasted 6 months each.

Although I can totally appreciate the point of instituting the SGUnited traineeship program to give locals a much needed leg-up as well as comprehend the measures rolled out by the Singapore government to curb hiring of foreigners, I feel so lost. At present a huge study loan debt looms, this alongside an unfulfilled government bond that I seriously don't know how to contend with. I have been relying on my parents who wire me money to survive one day at a time thus far in one of the world's most expensive nations so that I can continue job hunting.

But no one cares. No one ever cares. I have sought out CFG advisors to no avail - apparently they were completely clueless about affairs concerning the employment of international students, only offering to draft a letter on my behalf so I might be favourably considered when applying for a work pass. This in honesty is hardly helpful, because once folks who are hiring learn I'm a foreigner, they typically slam the door right in my face, my CV and whatnot be damned.

Depression coupled with disappointment are slowly but surely eating away at me, not to mention I might soon become homeless. If there's a god somewhere out there, please show me a way out of this mess. I don't know how much longer I can endure such suffering.

This post first appeared on NUS Whispers (Confession #94310). You may wish to share your thoughts with the anonymous soul who poured his heart out.


We foreign students deserve some help from the Singapore government too

Plagued by strong feelings of inadequacy

This is not the life I want. It never rains but pours.