The Ultimate Survival Guide for Hungry Fresh Grads Who Are Still Unemployed


Last Updated on 2017-01-11 , 3:49 pm

You’ve made it to graduation after three (or four) gruelling years of lectures and tests in school. Unless you’ve been cooped up at home all these while, you’ll most certainly have heard about how the economy isn’t doing well.

How bad? For the first time since 2012, the number of job seekers outnumbers the number of job vacancies

All this talk is depressing, isn’t it? But fret not! As you continue to plough through your job search, here’s a list of things you can do to boost your skills and experiences. Or what I like to call, the unemployed fresh grad survival guide.

1. Fiverr

Have a skill? Why not earn some cash while you’re at it? Fiverr is a marketplace where you can sell your niche services to anyone online. 

Be it writing, digital advertising or others, you’ll be able to earn some cash while doing something you love! And it doesn’t hurt that you get to feed yourself during this period of unemployment, right?

2. Creative for Causes

If you’re feeling charitable, head over to Creative for Causes to provide pro-bono work for charities and NGOs! This won’t feed you but at least you’ll be able to do freelance work for worthy causes and build your portfolio at the same time, which can be incredibly helpful for your job hunt.

And who knows, you might just be able to meet someone who can give you a job while you’re there. After all, the world runs not on money but connections.

3. Youth Career Network by Young NTUC 


Confused about your career path? Check out the Youth Career Network sessions by Young NTUC where you can: get a professional assessment by career coaches to identify potential careers which match your profile and interact with career mentors from various industry backgrounds to gain career insights to the industries and functions you are keen in

You also get the chance to be matched with a career mentor for a mentorship period of 4 months! Remember the connection thing we were talking about in #2? Yeah, there you go.

4. Contribute

Are you a budding writer? With a plethora of online platforms, contribute as a guest writer, sign up as an intern or part-timer. Improve your writing, get a nice portfolio & gain experience!

Now, who wants to write?

5. NTUC U Future Leaders

Under the NTUC U Future Leaders Program, gain access to professionals and practitioners from all trades! 

Obtain personal development and career guidance from unique individuals to craft a blueprint for your personal successes.

Visit their website to learn more.

6. Temploy 

Ahhh, part-time jobs. Remember when you used to work part-time at restaurants or theme parks? 


Why not use the time to earn some cash at where you’ve always wanted to work? Temploy helps match your working preferences to employers’ preferences to the closest fit. 

Once you enter the working world, you can’t get such experiences anymore. So don’t knock it till you tried it.

And please, stop saying you don’t want to pick up a part time job because you’re afraid you might miss a full-time position. That’s just an excuse.

So there you go, the ultimate survival guide for the unemployed fresh grad. Just follow these tips and who knows, you might just be lucky enough to survive till you land a full-time position. And you might even get more than a fresh grad’s pay because of your experiences. 

You can thank us later!

You can find the infographic of the survival guide here.


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This article is contributed by Belle Ang, an intern with NTUC who wants to write articles for her peers on work issues in Singapore.

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