Did you fulfill your youthful job ambitions

Did you fulfill your youthful job ambitions?


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Headshotzx

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Growing up, surely many of us has had ambitions to become a doctor, loyer (heh), vet, teacher, maybe even photographer.

But how many of you actually went into a career that you absolutely wanted from the start?

This poll is directed to people currently in the workforce, and not students.

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wootnick

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well I wanted to become an airforce pilot since young because my dad used to be one.

although I'm a student now, I've passed compass, mapas, and RSAF invited me to take up their scholarship so it's pretty much fulfilled.^^
 

tkbonz

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I want to be astronomer....

But now in Uni studying Biomedical Engineering.

No link leh...
 

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photobum

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I wanted to be professional chef.

Now, I am a photographer and lecturer.

Again, no linkage.
 

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i wan to be come a teacher when i was young...
After I graduate… my dad advice me not to do so.. as is a vy low pay job.
then I wan to become a lecturer but I need at least a master to do so…

now I am saving money for my master degree…

I think u should add 1 more option: “in process”

but now i am a Quantity Surveyor

i promiss myself i will never give up my dream..
 

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this is a bit idealistic of me but why are singaporean parents so discouraging? a child has a passion he wants to follow, but the parents say no, don't do it...doesn't pay well, or this is not a proper job or etc...

i like what randy pausch said..brick walls are put in place to see how badly you want to achieve your dreams...in this case parents can be the brick walls

while a well paying job may satisfy your wallet, will it really satisfy your soul as much as your dream job would? (this is a rhetorical question...i know there alot of people out there who worship money...)
 

Headshotzx

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this is a bit idealistic of me but why are singaporean parents so discouraging? a child has a passion he wants to follow, but the parents say no, don't do it...doesn't pay well, or this is not a proper job or etc...

i like what randy pausch said..brick walls are put in place to see how badly you want to achieve your dreams...in this case parents can be the brick walls

while a well paying job may satisfy your wallet, will it really satisfy your soul as much as your dream job would? (this is a rhetorical question...i know there alot of people out there who worship money...)
I very much agree. Parents worry too much when nothing is wrong. The child is studying, no where near going into the workforce, yet the parents are fearful that he doesn't get a good paying job to support a family. What gives?!

I didn't know what I was going to do when I was young.

I don't know what I am doing now.

I guess I have fulfill my youth job ambition. :bsmilie:
You. Are. Awesome.
 

wootnick

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this is a bit idealistic of me but why are singaporean parents so discouraging? a child has a passion he wants to follow, but the parents say no, don't do it...doesn't pay well, or this is not a proper job or etc...

i like what randy pausch said..brick walls are put in place to see how badly you want to achieve your dreams...in this case parents can be the brick walls

while a well paying job may satisfy your wallet, will it really satisfy your soul as much as your dream job would? (this is a rhetorical question...i know there alot of people out there who worship money...)
Well our parents weren't as well off then as we are now, so they didn't really have the luxury of "going out there" and pursuing their dreams. Instead, they took whatever job that paid most in order to support themselves, their family and us?

So naturally our parents would turn out to be more down to earth, and of course sometimes it'll conflict with the child's interest. Both have different priorities; the older generation tend to look for more stable and well paying jobs, while the younger generation, not having to suffer like our dads and moms, have the luxury of pursuing our ambitions. I guess it's a matter of which is more important to us, money or dreams.

IMHO, since now most of us already do have the means, financially and other factors, to pursue our ambitions, why not?
 

Simon_84

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my parents only want me to get a well-paying job...but for me i heck care one, any job that pays decent enough is more than good enough for me already.
when it comes to discussing about the amount of pay, is a never-ending mountain to climb...
 

shojibake

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i wanted to be a minister, tah pau 4 million dollars, decrease everyone's work week to 38hrs, then cabut one side, ROC.
 

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when i was in primary 3 or 4, my guidance councillor asked me what i wanted to be when i grew up, i said "engineer".

well, i'm an engineer, designing and building HVAC systems. i thought i was going to be driving trains.
 

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I very much agree. Parents worry too much when nothing is wrong. The child is studying, no where near going into the workforce, yet the parents are fearful that he doesn't get a good paying job to support a family. What gives?!



You. Are. Awesome.
hmmm....I know where you're coming from but as a parent now, I can understand why parents behaved as described here.
Knowing what I know now, I'm hoping I'm not discouraging but I also know the 2% "rule" which is only 2% of people have the intestinal fortitude to really achieve what they dream of and as parents (IMO) we must find the balance between supporting and preparing for the probable failures that life has to offer based on life experiences of the parent.
My point I guess is "whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger". If you have the intestinal fortitude, nothing can prevent you from achieving what you set your mind to. Just go easy on the parents...we're a whole new generation...:angel:
 

diver-hloc

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Luckily I have no 'job ambitions' growing up..... therefore no disappointment too...... :sweat:
 

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this is a bit idealistic of me but why are singaporean parents so discouraging? a child has a passion he wants to follow, but the parents say no, don't do it...doesn't pay well, or this is not a proper job or etc...

i like what randy pausch said..brick walls are put in place to see how badly you want to achieve your dreams...in this case parents can be the brick walls

while a well paying job may satisfy your wallet, will it really satisfy your soul as much as your dream job would? (this is a rhetorical question...i know there alot of people out there who worship money...)
It's not just Singaporean parents, but parents everywhere behave similiarily, as they want the best for their children. If the parents didn't get to enjoy their life, or they have suffered, then naturally, they don't want their children to go through the same path to suffer. Unfortunately, the world has changed from our parent's times, so there is a need to look at life differently.

hmmm....I know where you're coming from but as a parent now, I can understand why parents behaved as described here.
Knowing what I know now, I'm hoping I'm not discouraging but I also know the 2% "rule" which is only 2% of people have the intestinal fortitude to really achieve what they dream of and as parents (IMO) we must find the balance between supporting and preparing for the probable failures that life has to offer based on life experiences of the parent.
My point I guess is "whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger". If you have the intestinal fortitude, nothing can prevent you from achieving what you set your mind to. Just go easy on the parents...we're a whole new generation...:angel:
I am a parent too, and I just want my children to live meaningful and fulfilling life. Children are a gift for us to learn about life, and we are guides to them, by sharing our experiences and helping them to achieve in life. My role is to stand by them and guide them along the way.
 

mynextday

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I want to be president of singapore...

so that i can eliminate reservice and reduce army to 3 months haha

ok joke aside. I wanna be an musician cum photographer.
dreams seems to be shattering as the place i'm staying in

so right now i rather be a farmer than to work as a office boy.
 

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I wanted to be an astronaut, last time thought the suit was like some special armor suit...
That was until I saw the Challenger went up on TV... that one was quite a sad case.

These days, I'm more down-to-earth, I'm a civil engineer.:bsmilie:
 

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Aged 4 - Wanted to be Jackie Chan
Aged 6 - Wanted to be policeman
Aged 8 - Mummy wanted me to be a doctor
Aged 10 - Mummy decided that accountants have an easier life
Aged 12 - Mummy's best friend thinks I should be an engineer

Fastforward through the rebellious pubetry years...

Now - Drop out of engineering course in poly to pursue something of my own interest, enjoy watching medical dramas on TV while my siblings fulfill mummy's dreams of having a doctor, accountant and engineer in the family :bsmilie:
 

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