Asked on 26 Oct 2018
Just curious on what Singaporeans look for in a job. Is it your boss, colleagues, jobscope, progression, work-life balance, etc?
Personally I find that having supportive co-workers, finding meaning in what you do, and work-life balance (so that you get to work on other aspects of your life) important.
My boss shared with me about the Career 5 Cs, they are a good summary and you can use them to guide your career choices. At different chpaters of your life you will prioritise them differently:
Career - Growth & Development
Culture - Your Boss, Your Mentors, Your Team, Work Environment
Compensation - Salary, Welfare
Convenience - Work-Life Balance, Travel Opportunity, Flexi-work Options
Calling - Your Passion (eg. Entrepreneur, Pastor), or whether the company's values are aligned with yours, i.e. finding meaning in what you do
Suggest to review your Career 5s regularly and re-caliberate accordingly
You need to be happy at where you're working at. If you have to drag yourself to wake up to go to work everyday feeling unmotivated, the job is definitely not cut out for you.
A good boss makes hell lot of differences. He or she is going to determine whether you get the salary increment and promotion as well as cultivating a good work environment (cordial colleagues relationship) and culture (work life balance). But of course, that is provided you perform your job role as expected and work collaboratively with your team members. Ultimately, it takes two hands to clap.
The skills I'll be learning on the job. The mentors that I'll be learning from. And the colleagues I'll be working with. :)
Another important factor that I'd look out for is company culture. Having interned at a start-up during my 6 months internship stint, I truly enjoyed myself as the company's culture is very laid back with little/no hierarchy as I got to hang out with my CEO, manager and colleagues at a co-working space and over meals. But of course, we also worked hard when we were supposed to and had tons of fun otherwise.
Wrote about this somtime back also! To me, if you are young 20s-30s, I would optimise all out for learning.
interviewing people along the way, I’ve seen how some people who are age around the same, but have found a way to really learn so much in a short time, and usually it is a mixture of these:
Who you learn from (mentor at work)
Network (who you know)
Learning opportunities at work (experiments and depth of experience)