I tend to ramble on and on, so I guess I just stick to bullet points here.
- I am graduating soon
- I am supporting myself 100% (rent, transport, food etc.)
- I don’t have much savings
- I still have outstanding military service of 3 months, which means I’ll be
- have to tap into my savings just for rent, transport and food (military allowance just cover rental, I guess.)
- Which boils down I need a job ASAP when I get out from the military
- And job hunting is not easy thanks to the economy.
- And nope, my parents are in dire straits themselves. I have no safety net.
Therefore, if I don’t get a job, I’m doomed. My savings probably would only last me about a month or two, and I’m sure the landlord is ready to increase the rent any time soon (electricity bill has sky-rocketed, for instance).
PS. I’m from that tiny small island nation which banned chewing gum (i.e, Singapore) and it is badly, badly hit by the current economy down-turn (not as bad as Japan, I reckon).
As a stark contrast to US culture, getting a place to live in is difficult. Private housing costs monstrously. The public housing projects which offer “affordable” housing is only open to those who are married, or above 30, and you must hold down a job for some years.
And nope, it’s not a handouts state. No social welfare or anything. No job? It’s your fault.
What’s worse is that I have to share this one a message-board. I can’t find anyone (or haven’t find anyone) who understand what’s happening. They are all staying with their parents till they are married (it’s the norm here. Unless you can afford about USD500 to USD1000 on rent every month). Everything I said I just get the usual typical wave of responses of “Think positively!” A friend of mine took 3 months to find a job after his graduation, and that was before the economic downturn. I can’t even last a single month without a job after being in the red of 3 months thanks to compulsory military service. (For the record, military pay for me is about uSD 250, while rent is USD 200. Then there’s issues of transport, food, aagrhh!)
Thanks for reading