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24 Jun 2021

[One Thing] What is one thing you know now about work/your career that you would tell your fresh grad self?

Thoughts on the nature of work, building a career, or perhaps the whole capitalist system we are working within?

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    Kenneth Fong

    Kenneth Fong

    15 Jun 2021

    Level 11Β·Marketing Manager at Seedly

    That it's okay to not know what you want to do.

    Heck. I'm in my 30s and I'm still not exactly sure what I want to do, in terms of my life, my career, my personal finances, my retirement plan and etc.

    It changes all the time and that's okay. But what we can do is be prepared and build a baseline so you have some kind of safety net you can use.

    For e.g. when do I want to retire?

    The exact age and how much you need will depend on your life and how you intend to live it. Some people might find living modestly easier as a single, but find themselves needing more when you start a family and have dependents.

    Work out a baseline age where you're like "Okay, sua. enough liao, I just wanna sit down somewhere and drink my kopi. Maybe do some freelance stuff from time to time." Then adjust your life and work towards that.

    You won't be able to exactly land at 60 years old with $5 mil in the bank, but you'll be able to at least find yourself there give or take 1 or 5 years, and somewhere in the ballpark range.

    If we're talking about career...

    It took me almost 9 years in the RSAF to decide that I didn't want my grave to read that I "was a great soldier". I wanted to do more than that and to see how far I can go beyond air traffic control.

    Today, I'm in digital marketing and I'm still figuring out what exactly am I going or want to do for the next 5 to 10 years. And that's okay. I build a baseline by putting aside savings to last me for when I needed to make a career switch.

    And I build a baseline (career-wise) by always keeping up to date with what my current profession is, and at the same time, putting an ear out there in other professions which I might be interested in (e.g. farming, F&B) because I may not be doing this after the next 5 to 10 years.

    When the time comes, I'll be able to switch because I have the know-how and the resources on hand.

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      Rachelle Lye

      Rachelle Lye

      15 Jun 2021

      Level 14Β·Digital Marketing Associate at Seedly

      To have your OWN definition of success that you believe in and work towards that.

      Work is definitely important and forms a part of our identity and who we are, but don't let it be the only thing that defines you. It's good to hustle, but be kind to yourself in the process, and don't lose sight of what truly matters to you.

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