Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Spend the four years to study relevant subjects

At the dental clinic, I met a new dental assistant who spoke with a Filipina accent,

TKL - How long have you worked in Singapore?
Asst - I just joined last month.
TKL - Did you go to college?
Asst - I have a degree in business.
TKL - Why do you become a dental assistant?
Asst - I like the work.

It is happening all over the world. Young people studied for the glamorous jobs - banking, finance, business.

But they end up doing the jobs that are available - dental assistant, hospital assistant, teaching.

It would have been better if they spent the four years in college studying for the jobs that they finally have to do. Why waste four years studying subjects that are not relevant?

The German apprenticeship system is better in teaching workers on the relevant skills. That is why the Germans are highly skilled and highly paid. They don't waste four years studying irrelevant subjects.

1 comment:

Yujuan said...

Depends on the final chosen profession. If related in some way, it could be beneficial and save costs and time for consumers/clients.
E.g. an estate agent. He has a civil engineering degree, after 1 year or so in a construction Company, ditch his dirty, smelly overalls and became an estate agent with white shirt and tie, renting and selling properties, making good money.
But he gives freebie professional advice to his clients when they encounter structural problems in their properties, like wall and floor cracks in and outside the property premises. He services his clients so well, that he supplies service and repair contractors with very reasonable charges.
This agent even checks and buys cheaper electrical equipments for his clients tenants. So all his clients do is to send him check payments. Needless to say, he has a long list of devoted clients.

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