Originally Posted by Benign
i dun quite agree on this one. things have changed so much. our standard of living has gone up sky high. out of proportion, in fact.
grandpa's time: 1 HUGE glass of coffee is 5cts. some had a small plot of land behind to plant food & keep a few fowls. whereas the rest cramp into a 1 room flat with an average of 4 families staying inside sharing everything. 3 rm HDB flat cost was about $9k, average Joe take home pay is about $100-$200. most kids had no education. 1 baby born in KK is $10, comes with everything & a nurse to go to your house to give training on how to take care of baby.
our time: 1 SMALL cup of coffee is 80cts. 99% of population got no plot of land to plant things. many have 4rm flats cos HDB didn't build 3rm flats for the longest time. 4rm flat is about $160k, 5rm flat pass the $200k mark, more centralised re-develop flats $400k+++. 1 baby born in KK is about $3500 & dun come with anything, & also provided its a smooth delivery. education is a must these days, so no need to say much.
r u guys also aware that in the US, companies r getting FT to be trained in the co. so that they can replace their own people? how do u feel? digging your very own grave.... u train this guy from Bangalore & next month u r out of job, he takes over your seat.
In japan, degree holders doing layman's work & dirty jobs r very common. nothing to feel degrade or no value in degrees. afterall, a degree is about education & has nothing to do with the amount of money u can bring back. if u read 'rich dad, poor dad' u will understand its not the paper qualification that matters.
jobless is a reality. companies hiring FT & young freshies is also a reality. despite retraining, companies r still not hiring older workers becos young ones can work harder, better memory, learn faster & longer hours, given the same pay. u can blame yourself for getting old but who doesn't?
i came across a taxi driver, he told me he was retrenched as a manager. went to MOM & they gave him training to be a cleaner. he didn't mind a cleaner's job but pay was only $700, after CPF, its $600. he has a house loan to service, he has 2 kids still schooling. wife not working. wanted to downgrade, but min 4rm flat, property market also not good at that time so selling off the old flat not going to solve the problem. so how? Garmet point finger at us all saying, 'u people r choosy with jobs'. only some manage to get jobs after retraining. the irony of it all is that the oldest garment has again recreated a new job position for himself at such an old age that pays well too.
having the mentality of "grandpa can raise 6 kids, so can i" is very very salah in today's society. what kind of jobs we have these days? not sure, even mega million bucks Biopolis, is a ghost town, dun see much occupant there. dun even know if our research & life science dir is the right path. *sigh...*
(ps. another irony: the issue on stayers & quiters. the quiters r mostly the winners.)