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    Default Re: Making a drastic job switch

    having money to back a switch , got chance to survive,
    having a good profession to back a switch , also got chance to survivie.

    having neither money nor good profession to back a switch, got guts siah.

    to go where the brave dare not go,
    to think the unthinkable.
    to live a life thats bearable.

    i also 1 2 do a swtich , but i cannot afford to drag my load down the path where i can't even see where my next move will land myself in.

    to suffer alone is okay , to think that others will suffer with me, i sighhhhh......................

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    I was a regular officer in the RSAF.

    Studied for a degree in Accountancy. Became an accountant in an MNC.

    Left after 6 years to become a teacher and take home half my previous pay.

    Leaving teaching again to become Finance Manager again after 6 years.

    But all these while I am a full time husband and father to 2 kids.

    Priorities and motivation change as we progress in life. But my dedication to home and work do not. I try to enhance my value to my family, myself and the organisation wherever I am.

    Photography is a great way to balance work life too.

    Nothing is drastic. It is only work. My good friend has his own successful dental practice. He also become a pastor in his church. An avid cyclist, he then suffered a stroke before 40.
    Now that is drastic! He cannot do his intricate work as a dentist with his hands any more. His spirit was drastically dampened. But he is coming back and taking all in his stride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    it is never too late for change

    change in inevitable

    i have worked in:

    McD
    Italian Ice Cream shop
    Construction site
    Junk mail
    Despatch rider
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    helmet custom painting
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    graphic designer
    art director
    studio manager
    entire resume throw out liao lor.. towkay hiring.. ask him if you need job change..
    “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.” - Adolf Hitler

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernardy4416 View Post
    Hi David,

    no problem, been in your situation approximately 2 yrs ago. Toyed with the idea of changing from medical to pharmaceuticals for a while Decided not to as Prismatic has so aptly put it, I'll be "competing with others who are more specialised in the field". Work experience counts, and every year makes a difference. For the guys out there, just look at the 2 year advantage (SAF service) of our female collegues in terms of job experience, earning potential and promotions.

    All of us probably know a few people who have made the switch successfully. However, please keep in mind those who failed.

    A couple of my ex-collegues did it:

    Case 1: Medical to commercial pilot. Rich family. Young when he decided to switch. Medical background to fall back on.

    Case 2: Medical to stock-broker. Very rich family. Again, young when he made that decision. Again, medical iron-rice-bowl vocation to fall back on.

    I guess there's no harm trying something that you've always wanted to do in life. Nonetheless, it would be prudent to have enough savings to live off for a while, as well as an exit strategy should things go awry.

    All the best


    Bernard

    Hi Bernard,

    Your egs set me thinking.. My colleague and I discussed this issue some time back. It seems the rich tend to have their way easily. At my workplace, think most of the young MOs are born with sliver spoons in their mouths. One I heard used to drive a BMW Z4, now a Lexus. And he's barely past his mid-20s. Another one is seen often driving several exotic cars, also only in mid 20's. Another mid 30, now a specialist, wears a Rolex, drives a Volvo, etc etc. I can go on and on. But problem with some of these people is that sadly, their empathizing skills can be low.

    And I think not long ago, I read from the papers in RJC, only 4 students in the whole class live in HDB! The rest all reside in private properties. My colleague and I conclude that it is likely being rich means parents can throw all sorts of benefits to their children.. tuition, lots of classes, Super-Teen camps, brand new expensive textbooks... Of cos I'm not saying being poor means you can't be academically bright or that rich = smart, but $ really is an impt factor in nurturing the intellectual.

    Wow, digressed quite a bit...

    I guess age is impt but if the determination to switch is there, we have to start from somewhere. My thinking now is that if I don't try I will regret when I'm much older and when it's really too late to change. Read somewhere that when u are too comfortable in where you are, it's dangerous cos you are not growing. I'm in this position now!

    I just want to make sure that the move is right. But as they say, you wont know until you take the jump! Ironically the most successful people in this world didn't take the safe routes in life. Or rather they start with little. Unfortunately, being comfortable also means all the more we don't want to leave the comfort zone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinwen View Post
    I was a regular officer in the RSAF.

    Studied for a degree in Accountancy. Became an accountant in an MNC.

    Left after 6 years to become a teacher and take home half my previous pay.

    Leaving teaching again to become Finance Manager again after 6 years.

    But all these while I am a full time husband and father to 2 kids.

    Priorities and motivation change as we progress in life. But my dedication to home and work do not. I try to enhance my value to my family, myself and the organisation wherever I am.

    Photography is a great way to balance work life too.

    Nothing is drastic. It is only work. My good friend has his own successful dental practice. He also become a pastor in his church. An avid cyclist, he then suffered a stroke before 40.
    Now that is drastic! He cannot do his intricate work as a dentist with his hands any more. His spirit was drastically dampened. But he is coming back and taking all in his stride.

    Thanks for sharing sinwen. That's quite a switch for you but I like youre +ve attitude. And it's heart-wrenching to hear of your friend's situation. But it certainly puts a proper perspective to life.

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    some actions require a leap of faith (dun get mixed up w/ religion ya? its not d same thing).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    it is never too late for change

    change in inevitable

    i have worked in:

    McD
    Italian Ice Cream shop
    Construction site
    Junk mail
    Despatch rider
    Metal workshop
    helmet custom painting
    7-11
    waiter
    photographer's assistant
    photographer
    graphic designer
    art director
    studio manager
    Do you like to be a member of parliament? We can help put your name forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    Do you like to be a member of parliament? We can help put your name forward.
    do a NCMP collect a salary ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Hi Bernard,

    Ironically the most successful people in this world didn't take the safe routes in life. Or rather they start with little. Unfortunately, being comfortable also means all the more we don't want to leave the comfort zone!
    Hi David,

    it's called survivor bias in statistics

    Only the successful ones make it to press. Everyone loves a winner, and that makes good fodder for books/magazines. Tell me about the ones who didn't make it.....

    I'm not saying that one should not take a route off the beaten track. One just has to be prepared..... If somebody is interested in blazing a trail through the jungle, he should bring the necessary equipment (ie: compass, machette, food, GPS, etc...), but you get my point



    Bernard

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Hi Bernard,

    Your egs set me thinking.. My colleague and I discussed this issue some time back. It seems the rich tend to have their way easily. At my workplace, think most of the young MOs are born with sliver spoons in their mouths. One I heard used to drive a BMW Z4, now a Lexus. And he's barely past his mid-20s. Another one is seen often driving several exotic cars, also only in mid 20's. Another mid 30, now a specialist, wears a Rolex, drives a Volvo, etc etc. I can go on and on. But problem with some of these people is that sadly, their empathizing skills can be low.

    And I think not long ago, I read from the papers in RJC, only 4 students in the whole class live in HDB! The rest all reside in private properties. My colleague and I conclude that it is likely being rich means parents can throw all sorts of benefits to their children.. tuition, lots of classes, Super-Teen camps, brand new expensive textbooks... Of cos I'm not saying being poor means you can't be academically bright or that rich = smart, but $ really is an impt factor in nurturing the intellectual.

    Wow, digressed quite a bit...

    I guess age is impt but if the determination to switch is there, we have to start from somewhere. My thinking now is that if I don't try I will regret when I'm much older and when it's really too late to change. Read somewhere that when u are too comfortable in where you are, it's dangerous cos you are not growing. I'm in this position now!

    I just want to make sure that the move is right. But as they say, you wont know until you take the jump! Ironically the most successful people in this world didn't take the safe routes in life. Or rather they start with little. Unfortunately, being comfortable also means all the more we don't want to leave the comfort zone!
    Not really. I have a friend who work around the clock, ever since his second job, his working hours per day is 16 hours. Now he is barely 28++ years old. He drives a BMW 7 series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwayschampion View Post
    Not really. I have a friend who work around the clock, ever since his second job, his working hours per day is 16 hours. Now he is barely 28++ years old. He drives a BMW 7 series.
    Hmmm, or is he forced to work 16hrs per day in order to maintain the car?

    Anyways, been there, done that. Guess he's at the point of his life when making money is paramount. Everything is secondary, including quality of life.... Well, to each his own...


    Bernard

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    From a semicon engineer asst to a graphic designer.

    Tough decision,
    Discouraged by peers and family,
    but
    eventually you lived only once.

    Do it purely because of passion.


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