Fox at his Next Stop Wonderland blog highlighted an interesting blog by Cai Mingjie on his experiences becoming a taxi driver in Singapore after losing his job as a Principle Investigator at Singapore's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB).
Mingjie's blog can be found at A Singapore Taxi Driver's Diary.
It is an interesting read and it kinda hits home for me because I am working towards earning my own Phd in Computer Science. It is reinforcing my current view of Singapore as a pretty unforgiving place with few good alternative opportunities the moment you lose your job. Unlike Dr. Cai, I cannot even drive (and do not dare to). If the same thing happens to me and I am somehow forced to stay in Singapore, my few remaining options are a teaching job or a job as a cleaner (if they do not consider me "over-qualified" - I remembered this being a problem, perhaps I'm wrong).
Well, it is back to writing the thesis for me, but this story will no doubt weigh heavily at the back of my mind for the next few months. I sure hope things work out well eventually for Mingjie.