Instead of taking cliche pictures while donning the graduate gown and holding a bouquet of flowers or teddy bears, this daring Singaporean graduate who graduated from a prestigious university in Singapore took pictures of herself holding up signs "Graduate for hire" and "Hire me leh". The depressing graduate shoots are just to "keep it real" and graduation to her means unemployment and impending bankruptcy, as she cited in her Facebook post.
The overall unemployment rate as of 2015 stands at 1.9%, which is an annual average of 62,500 unemployed residents. We are expecting higher unemployment rate here in 2016-2017, due to the declining economic status. As such, fresh grads could experience increased difficulty in securing a job of their choice. University fees are increasing over the years, but there is no correlated increase in salary. With the recent government's emphasis on skills-based training, would taking a degree be a priority these days then?
Before, a degree is a passport to more job opportunities, a more comfortable life, and better position in the company. Would the same still stand in 5-10 years' time? A degree holder may make up the median pool of commoners in Singapore, and with the influx of foreign talent, degree holders may not enjoy the same comfort and prestige as were our parents' time.
The impact? Extended adolescence, delayed marriage, declining birth rates, increased migration out of the country, depressing society, stressful millenials with more having mental and physical illnesses, etc. Sounds morbid, but that's the reality we are observing isn't it? Just keeping it real too.
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