As I sit here in my late 40s, I look back at a series of rather serendipitous twists that have brought me to where I am today, running the World’s first Career-Strategy Consultancy, Career Agility International.
As a kid, I had always been very fascinated by other people’s careers. My dad was a humble Administrative Clerk in Standard Chartered Bank, a place where he worked for close to 3 decades before retiring at 55. Mom was a ‘Housewife’ (Yes…that’s what they were called back in the 70s.) My older brother and I didn’t have much, but we were living comfortably.
I’ve tried my best to find out what other kids’ parents were doing and was always amazed by how much wealthier they were than my simple family. A classmate’s dad was a Singapore Airline Pilot and he never failed to show off his annual vacation photos to Disneyland and Europe (even though the tickets were free!)
I started exploring careers and by 13, I decided that I was going to be a Medical Doctor as I easily aced Biology and had this amazing knack for remembering Latinised terms. Words like Malleus, Incus, Stapes in the Inner Ear, and Medulla Oblongata, anterior to the Cerebellum simply rolled off my tongue.