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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Studies and careers

These days and years. The 'standard' requirement for people to get a decent paid job is getting higher and higher. During my parents' time , they only need to be an appretience to whoever willing to teach them. Both of my parents only manage to study till standard 3, after that they have to stop schooling due to family's financial problem. At the end at my dad's side of the family, my uncle (the youngest one) manage to finish high school. My dad ending up working as a contractor and my mum was selling vegetables and snacks in pasar malam.

During my sibling's time, they can start working after form 3, SPR doesn't provide a job with good pay but it can manage to get you an office work as clerk. Which during that time was considered as a very good job because you'll be sitting and working under a shade. Not like other works that require labor power and mixing cement under the blazing hot sun. Even better if you were working in a bank. Typical Chinese parents love those who works in a bank. HHHmmm... Must be the idea of having a son in law who works around money excite them. Anyone who passed SPR can and have extra money with them can start studying in college to take any course that they prefer.

During my time. UPSR doesn't mean anything but a requirement to get in high school, the same applies to PMR, which is only a requirement to get to form four. And the minimum requirement to get into college is SPM. Getting a diploma is must if you want to get a decent job with decent pay. This was the era of semi-skilled worker. But I remember that time, company's was starting to look for higher requirement like degree.

Day by day, the standard time for children to spend on studying are increasing, from 6 years to 12 years. And now the standard or should you say the minimum time you have to spend on studying now is to get a diploma which is to add around 2 1/2 years to it. Meaning some of people are starting to work at a later age. Somewhere between 19 to 20s. By few more years when the minimum requirement to get a decent paid job would be raised again (a degree). And that would add another 3 or 4 years to it. Meaning the next generation would start on working on the age 24 ++ . And a decade more the bar would be raised again....

Do you see a pattern there?

If a man per say. Thinking about getting a career 1st before considering getting married. It means that most likely he would get married during his 30s, have children of his own and start to worry on how to get his children who are 20s when he's 50s (which is near retiring period) , through the college or university years. In which can add a quite heavy burden to the man (he only have few more years of working until he retires) because after the retirement, he and his family will have to depend on pension money to get by... Which could post a huge problem if he didn't start saving money during the time that he started to work. (and I still haven't add in another matters to consideration, like the value of money that will change in few decades time)..

This is a problem that human is facing nowadays...... Should we do something about it?

Man, this is the sign of someone getting old....... -___-


  • You are now studying or working? From your post, can know that you were thinking so much about future. If you are still studying, what can you do is concentrate on your studies and get a good result. If you are working, most important is to get experiences and learn something. Also, make sure you are happy working there and interested in that job. Else, don't talk a bout future...

    By Blogger こうゆうけん, at 12:00 PM  

  • koyuuken : i am working, and i am older than u thank you.. not to say that i'm more mature but the fact is i am older.. :P (where am i getting at?)

    I'm thinking of changing career now but i can't financially afford it. This is what happen to those who got forced to take a course they r not interested in by their parents (not saying that i blame them, after all, they r thinking it was the best for me). So now I'm stuck at doing something that i don't really like..

    about thinking the future, no i'm not that mature, I'm just thought about it when I look in the course's duration and the requirement when I'm looking for college..

    By Blogger hteekay, at 1:35 PM  

  • my parents minded, they always think work in bank and work as teacher is a good career prospect. always ask me why i dun pick this industry tis n that. i speechless!
    always dun compare me and others, please lar..i so sick n tired tho..
    nowadays, whole street u can grab lots of degree holders, i'm one of the shit out there. Malaysia companies always underpay us, diploma actually is nothing for now. ppl now opt for master and PHD. i've frenz who is doctor now, he spent 9.5 yrs to bcome a specialist. and he back here can't even get a decent pay job as a doctor, end up now in S'pore hospital.
    and futhermore, not many ppl now wanna to get marry so early. Some not even prepare for it. But some even study period already get married, and not even work yet already has kids. tat's life tho..we can't worry so much, no one know what's going on in the future..just take step by step to achieve whatever u really can do it now! cheers!

    By Blogger Jo, at 2:33 PM  

  • inflation. evolution. globalisation. k-economy. blah blah blah. times have changed, and it's tough if you're not going to be part of the rat race. unless you choose to be streetsmart and not academically, yet educate yourself in other ways. haiya, i'd be married with 2 kids now if we were still in our parents' time! eHeheHehe~ ;P

    [btw, i attempted to write all that last night but stupid blogger didn't register my comment. ish.]

    By Blogger piffles, at 1:54 PM  

  • JO : you're right, we gotta take one step at a time.. but right now I don't really know where my next step should be le.. O_O

    Piffles : married to whom? better not with your uncle coursemate. :P

    I appriciate that you wrote another comment when the 1st one didn't register. LOVE YA! ;)

    By Blogger hteekay, at 3:23 PM  

  • I tried to comment too last night, and couldn't get it to save! So ... I won't comment now. Too long to remember all my witty comments.

    By Blogger Dabido, at 3:32 PM  

  • dabido : nvm ... there are times when ppl ran out of witty idea to comment and leave with a 'witty' excuse such as you stated above.. LOL

    By Blogger hteekay, at 9:37 AM  

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