Sooner or later, the titles of those job holders will undergo these transformations:
Customer Service Officer: Consumer Happiness Index Analyst
Sales Assistant: Key Accounts Arranger
Marketing Officer: Public Relations Liaisoner / Key Supply Chain Manager
HR Assistant: Welfare Planner
Call Centre Officer: Client Tele-relationship Manager
According to The Straits Times, experts have believed that youngsters are now somehow attracted to what the job title is. When money can’t attract them, a namecard that carries a “prestigious” title can. I remember many years ago, when I was merely a teen, I thought it was just so cool to have a namecard.
I printed one box and put my title as “Director” with a virtual office address. Every day, I will look at it to boost my ego. It was then not necessary; I was doing direct sales to consumers and had no business partners.
And guess who I gave the namecards to? My friends—people who don’t need my namecard. I wasted money just to show off, and if anyone remembered how I got started, I was working on a very tight budget then.
In other words, I starved to have a namecard. While it sounds funny and interesting, it shows a major crack in our society, in particular youngsters who no longer think of work as a source of income.
Let’s pose a simple question: why do we work? Long ago, we work because we need a stable income to put bread on the table. We work so that after we knock off, we can go home to our family and give them some money to buy groceries. We then spend the free time using our leftover income to enjoy ourselves. But now? I know there are some people who refused to work after they’ve graduated from school.
They continue to study for a second degree, a third degree, a Master’s…etc, and then say that they need those degrees to find a good job. Some of them just claim that they can’t find s suitable job. Sit back and analyse their words: are you certain that is what they want, or they just want to enjoy more of campus life?
After all, studying (I can vouch for that) is less stressful than working and you will have more free time. And regardless of what you think, studying full-time is an opportunity cost—you lose money and working experience, and when you’re thirty years old, we all know employers look at your experience and ability instead of how many degrees you have.
I have a group of friends (note that it’s a GROUP of friends, not just one!) who just keep on studying full-time, deferring full-time work as much as possible. These are often the same people who have treated studying and working as merely something they choose to do instead of something imperative. Have we Singaporeans become so wealthy that we work for fun instead of for food? Have you even wondered what would happen ten years from now?
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