The PAP government likes to spread propaganda saying that if you are jobless, all you have to do is to go learn a skill that is in demand, then you will get employed. It sounds so easy, right?
It is wishful thinking that a simple change of skills can guarantee jobs.
In reality, taking up short term courses can only teach very low entry skill sets. Even if it is cooking or very basic programming skills, we will be fighting against people who are much more established in such skills and demanding much lower wages. So it is a complete waste of time to go to skillsfuture courses and think you have gained a skill. What you have learnt are very basic skills and any foreigner who sets his eyes on that field would have a much more experience and in depth knowledge of that field, definitely more than what your course teaches you. Going to courses is not going to give you a degree in that field, so it is less recognized. Any foreigner can beat you, even with a fake degree. At best, you can only get a temporary job with low salary, despite wasting your time attending such courses.
If I go and attend a course on programming, can I fight an Indian developer who is probably 10 times better than me in programming and who is more than happy to get a quarter of my pay? Not to mention that he probably has over 10 years of working experience in that field in his country. In short, we are damned if we lose our jobs especially for PMETs.
I urge the PAP to stop giving us false hope that giving up on your specialized field and taking up useless courses are going to improve your employability and solve your retrenchment woes. We are already suffering, so stop insulting our intelligence with your out of touch feel good rhetoric.