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Fresh graduate became family s sole provider due to Covid-19

Polytechnic graduate Dian Afiqah Salaihuddin had planned to get a full-time job after graduation so she could save up for university. The Covid-19 pandemic not only dashed her hopes of a full-time job, she also could not extend her internship. Then her mother lost her job in March, and her father stopped working at a gym because of the circuit breaker measures. Miss Dian, who has a Singapore Polytechnic diploma in creative writing for TV and new media, managed to get a part-time job as a cashier at FairPrice Finest in April. She became her family s sole breadwinner for about six weeks until her mother found a part-time job recently. It was worrying because my internship company could not afford to let me stay on, and no one else was hiring, she told The New Paper yesterday. I felt guilty because I have five younger siblings who are still schooling. My priority was to earn money and I had no time to keep job-hunting. Like Miss Dian, other fresh graduates are not optimistic about their job prospects amid the coronavirus crisis.

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