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07 Jun 2019



I drag my feet to work every day. Should I consider a change of career even though I'm only 28?

I studied accounting for my degree. My company is pretty okay, but I just really don't look forward to the work. Instead, I look forward to coding programs online (though I have no official background), and spend most of my weekend working on codes. Should I change my career?

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You can always google for help. If not you can ask your friends who are IT experts or your can head over to skillsfuture to check it out.

Rais M

25 Feb 2020

Accountant at SME

It is never too late to have a career change.

You can try to apply for a junior accounting role to start off. At the same time, do consider to get a part time degree or ACCA.

Pascal S

25 Feb 2020

MBA Graduate at Singapore Management University

Hi Anon,

Since you've got some backgrounds in IT, it would be good to asset your T-Shaped Skillsets.

Think of it in terms of layers.

Horizontally, there are multiple layers, let's slice into 3:

  1. Soft skills that are transferable

  2. Hard skills that are transferable

  3. Hard skills that are not transferable

For each layer, which ones are your forte? or where you could be in the Top 10% nationally...

Now back to your question: If I understood, you are interested to learn more about accounting given your experienced working with some accounting software.

There are quick wins here,

  • Self-taught online courses, whereby some are free & some are paid.

  • As suggested by others, look into ACCA or similar. Their fundamental courses are accessible to all. Also self-study options available.

  • Probably an option or maybe not, do a degree or diploma in accounting.

There are options but all will come with trade-offs. What are you willing to trade your time and money for?

On that note, a career change or acceleration by doubling up on hard skills require, well, willpower and investment of time and energy.



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I can't tell you what to do, I can only tell you what I did.
I did accounting degree too and my passion is in digital marketing.
Didn't do the Big Four route cos I couldn't see myself pass 12months, let alone 36months to get my CA.

At 24, I dreaded my corporate work and after working 14 months + pay back all my study loan. Quit my job to start a business.

Learn lots from the first business but eventually parted ways and build my side hustle with focus. The OMO served me well but I was evaluating my choice when I saw my friends rising up their corporate ladder.

At 29, I had to decide if I want to stay self-employed or go back and start from the bottom of the ladder and work my way up. So I took a #yolo trip to #findmysoul - i intended it 6 months but with an ongoing project I took 2 weeks. In that 2 weeks of travel, i realised what I had was a firstworld problem. I was doing ok and I want to jettison everything for something uncerta

I also remembered why I dread a corporate job - I even filmed the dreadful CBD crowd marching towards their offices in the morning and watch it on my phone when i was talking a 5-day professional course to be reintroduced to corporate life. That drive kept me out of a corporate career.
So, my journey is somewhat similar, questions and questions before the big 30. If you have financial commitments/liabilities, make sure your decision is risk-calibrated/managed. Otherwise, experiment fast.

One thing I've learned so far about career/work choices:
Few know exactly what they are meant to do/their true north/ikigai.
For me, i learn to strike out quickly what I hate doing and keep trying new things. Once I find something/a community I like, I dig deep.
Kiss many frogs, one might become a prince.
Date the prince. If it's a good fit, marry it with the rest of your life and make the most out of it. Carpe diem!

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