It was decades back, and I needed to decide on which university courses to enroll. My parents are uneducated and my elder siblings are diploma grads back then. They cannot help much in my decision.
MY CHILDHOOD AMBITION
I then look to my second choice as an architect. I did my research and find out that I probably need 8-10 years in university and apprenticeship, before I can earn enough. “My mum will be so old by then”, I thought!
Wow… I exclaimed!
IN A DIRE INDUSTRY, IT IS MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND SUCCESS!
Otherwise, you can also be in mainly supporting functions such as in Finance, HR, Legal and IT etc, then you can easily move across industries.
Singapore is a finance hub. Without doubt and by looking at STI components alone, you can see that we are in a country mainly driven by finance and banking and/or real estates. These sectors during good and bad times are still profitable.
Singapore is inviting all the tech companies into Singapore. There will be bright future.
Hmmm… but maybe in two to three decades time, it will not be so good anymore. Who knows?
Therefore, make sure you can anticipate earlier than your peers if your industry is going sunset all the way. And even in these good industries now, try not to be over-technical and over niche in your job.
When their troubles are tide over and life is good again, they will never catch up with you or even say “hi”. They will only catch up when they need something from you, and when you are in need of help, they will bestow you with one sentence “take care” and fullstop!
Therefore, let us help one another and learn to be mutual and win-win!