Remember when you were a kid and people would ask you: “So what do you want to be when you grow up?” Do you still remember what your answer was back then?
In today’s world, it is hard to turn your dreams into reality especially when you have bills to pay. Over the course of your life, the answer to ‘What is your dream job?’ is something that evolves as you confront reality and practicality. We went around the internet and heartlands of Singapore to ask our fellow Singaporeans (yes, we made sure they were all born & raised on this sunny island) to find out more about their dream jobs when they were kids and their current jobs.
In this day & age, with the rising costs of everything (and decreasing value of your salary), it is no secret that getting by day-to-day is hard for most Singaporeans and it is a luxury to be able to make excess money and enjoy what you do. The 12% who are ‘living the dream’ are mostly teachers, civil servants and doctors and close to ¼ of them no longer receive stimulation, emotional fulfillment and a sense of purpose. In short, they have lost the passion for what they thought was their dream job and are looking for a PLAN B.
After completing our survey study, we found that 60% of Singaporeans aspire to be entrepreneurs! This includes the high earners like lawyers, doctors and bankers who are considering leaving their jobs to be their own bosses. In a group of every 5 locals, there are at least 3 who are already entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs-to-be! With the increasing trend of blog shops and what not, it is no surprise that everyone wants to be their own towkay and not a doctor or lawyer like before. So is that dream job, ultimately the job that will bring you emotional satisfaction or should that dream job be defined in accordance to our parent’s boomers era, where money is the objective of any dream job? With such a stressful economy, we encourage you to follow your heart and dreams because we only live once.