For younger Singaporeans who have recently graduated from ITE, Poly and University: entering the job market at this time can be quite nerve-wracking as they are also competing with a larger-than-usual pool of experienced candidates due to the situation.
While looking for a permanent job, I would encourage them to be open to alternative opportunities as well, such as traineeships. The experience gained can be reflected in their resume to enhance their chances of being shortlisted for interviews by prospective employers subsequently. They also get to build industry-relevant skills and establish professional networks, which will help boost their resumes and allow them to be ready by the time hiring picks up.
Under the programme, trainees will also receive training allowance, which will provide these graduates with some financial support during this time. For those who are already in the career or mid-careerist, I would also encourage them to keep an open mind and be prepared that opportunities in the current market my be different from what they used to. If they choose to wait out for the ideal job, they need to take stock of their own financial commitments; and have a frank conversation with themselves, and their partner, to assess if they can afford to wait for the right opportunity. However, it does not mean that they should just jump into any sectors or apply for roles haphazardly. They need to take stock of their skills and determine what are their transferable and marketable skills that they can bring into those roles and offer to prospective employers. Consider taking on the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme (SGUP) which allows them to gain relevant experience.