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  • Puja Shah

Why do so many people hate their jobs?

Statistics have recently highlighted that Singaporeans are amongst the most unhappy in the world. A large cause of this unhappiness is dissatisfaction with their jobs.

Why do so many of us hate our jobs?

One possible reason I believe is that many individuals with good university education chose a conformist / climb-the-ladder-oriented career when they were young (i.e., right after university) and then they never switched.

When they first picked their career at the age of 22 / 24: - Few had no clue what they wanted to do with their lives - Few had a very narrow perspective of what were the career options available for them. - Few felt the necessity to earn money, because they were independent from their parents for the first time. - They settled for jobs that involve credentials and pre-defined milestones, just like the Singapore schooling system.

After working in their first job for 5-7+ years, they felt they’re trapped – they find themselves lost as to what to do next / what change is required. At this point, most are doing pretty well financially in that first career, and they are bound to believe that too much risk could be involved in changing careers.

So they end up doing the same thing for the rest of their lives.

We might have seen this dozens of times, mainly with lawyers and bankers.

We’re lucky to be living in Singapore where there are thousands of great firms across varied industries in a small radius. There’s a job for every skill set and interest. Don’t be anxious to go find it and pursue it.

If you need help ascertaining and transiting to your next job, get a CV package and career coaching all from us. Just drop me an email on and I’ll tell you more about how my team and I can help you.

Life is too short to be unhappy. Take some action. Build the life you dream of.

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