Many people have expressed fears of loss of job in Singapore to foreign talent, be it in the high (management and above; C-level), low (less than $1800) or middle (S-pass, more than $1800) level.

Even before the Sunday Times report today, I was commenting to Alice one day, while eating at the Parklane Wan Ton Mee store, that almost 80% of the helpers in the store are either from PRC or Malaysia – and it sort of reminds me of my history lessons eons ago about how our early forefathers came down to Nanyang from China looking for jobs and better prospects.

From the past, we know that (most of) our forefathers have worked really hard to become what we are today – not that our Malay counterparts are any less hardworking, but it’s just that they have a different way of working with an entirely different set of beliefs and priorities.

Soon after, the Chinese helped flourish (with the help of many other people from other races) Singapore to what it is today. If you ask me, the situation in Singapore is somewhat similar to how it was pre-independence – where a lot of Chinese came down from China for a better future.

The only difference now, in my opinion, is that there may be stiffer competition for jobs, but I figured that if PRC Chinese are willing to learn and work hard, they will get somewhere one day and build their own empires.

Wait, isn’t that supposed to be "detrimental" to Singaporeans – in that Singaporeans will be losing jobs to PRC Chinese and become jobless. I guess a lot lies in the mentality – not that I am any less vulnerable, as the Post-doc sitting next to me is from PRC, the PhD student diagonal to me is from Indonesia and the Masters student opposite me is from Pakistan.

For me, I’d constantly be upgrading myself in more ways than one – be it academically, professionally or otherwise. It does seem that I’m always on my toes, doesn’t it? In a certain sense, it does seem that way – but I don’t think I’d be exaggerated to keep upgrading myself constantly – that would definitely be too tiring. At the end of the day, there are many other factors besides skill sets that can keep us hired, including interpersonal skills, a good working attitude and sad to say, perhaps some pay cut.

I figured that by the time the new Chinese (as I like to call them) is up and coming again, I’d hopefully be planning for my retirement in Singapore or elsewhere. So, there’s really more to competing for jobs. It’s a whole process of packaging and marketing yourself, as well as planning your roads ahead. Sometimes, complaining probably doesn’t help as much as taking the first step and planning ahead. After all, the end point doesn’t always have to be the same as where you started. šŸ˜‰



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