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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Apa You Punya Ambition?

When I was in primary school (back in the dawn of time…) every year towards the end of the school term, after the final exams and report cards have been dealt with, the teachers had this form to fill where they asked each student their 'ambitions' – what they wanted to be when they grew up.

I don’t know what was the real purpose of the whole exercise, to be honest. Probably it was purely for the benefit of teachers and parents. Parent could forever hold it against their child, “See, last time you wanted to be a lawyer, how come you ended being an unemployed blogger?!” Or perhaps the teacher would say, “Gee, this dumb kid wants to be a politician, I better watch him carefully, who knows what dirt I can use against him if he really becomes a famous politician…

But at 7 or 8 years old, I can tell you most kids would put down jobs like Doctor, Lawyer or Policeman. None of us put down real-life jobs like Senior Training Consultant, Structural Design Engineer or Systems Analyst. You won’t see ambition like Victoria Secret Catalogue Photographer, Male Underwear Model or Pirated VCD Entrepreneur, either.

So why Doctor, Lawyer and Policeman? I dunno. But for my class, when we asked to give our ambition, we would go something like this:

Students: “Apa itu ambition, cikgu?”
Teacher (waiting for the class bell):Tak kisahlah, letak sajalah apa-apa. Doktor ke, Loyar ke, Polis ke…”

So all of us put down exactly what the teacher said.

(Side note : You know, when I read in the newspapers that primary school teachers are suppose to be career guidance counselors by identifying and nurturing specific talents in their students, it really cracks me up.)

There’s nothing wrong in aspiring to be a doctor, lawyer or a cop. I’m assuming my teacher thought of them as noble professions when she rattled them off, and in fact they ARE still good jobs. So did I end up working in one of the three hallowed profession?

Doctor? Heck, when you’re 8 years old, you would not realize the 7 years it needs to study medicine (not including 1 year of housemanship) This is not to mention the 5A’s required in STPM. And the fact that most families won’t be able to afford to send their kid to study medicine.

Lawyer? I’m assuming being a loyar buruk doesn’t count as one. I dunno, once I reached secondary school, law never interested me (despite watching the glamorous LA LAW), I was studying in science stream anyway.

Police? I don’t think I can tahan the rigours of cadet life. But on the plus side, had I applied for the job, I would have made front page news in one of those article that say, “Only one Chinese applicant for police force again this year…” (With a picture of a shirtless me struggling to do a push-up)

Being a blogger counts as a respectable profession, right?!


  • LOL

    By Blogger 往明 aka Stanley, at 3/31/2005 03:37:00 pm  

  • LOL. Got a few more which usually primary students will write as their ambition.

    Engineers, Scientist, Nurse, Firemen and Dentist!

    By Blogger Jason, at 3/31/2005 03:45:00 pm  

  • Its unfortunate that blogging isnt considered a career.... yet.

    By Blogger Silencers, at 3/31/2005 04:35:00 pm  

  • Now when I look back, I did have some mental problem. Cita-cita saya : Askar, ahli psikologi, askar and more askar.....

    Hahaha, now I had achieved my ambition. Mental case SWAT-wannabe blogger.

    By Blogger 5xmom, at 3/31/2005 06:20:00 pm  

  • So, how DID you end up being a, you know, .....(and I don't mean a blogger, haha) :D Me, I've always wanted to be in computers since Primary 5. My dad wanted me to be a loyar, he was heartbroken when I told him computer is my only love. Luckily my brother fulfilled dad's dream of having a lawyer son, haha.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/31/2005 06:25:00 pm  

  • A girlfriend proclaimed at Std 6 that she wanted to become a gynaecologist. She's working her way through accountancy now.

    I wanted to be a teacher ... and then a musician ... combined both and I'm a music teacher - part time. Still slogging in advertising ... BAH

    By Blogger Jojo Low, at 3/31/2005 07:47:00 pm  

  • jason - yeah since 9-11, fireman job is now so cool!

    5xmom - wah, you really wanna become soldier one aa?

    silencers - not yet, but wait a few more years... :)

    pat - but you have a cooler car than him! No, wait, his is still cooler...

    momo jojo - maybe you can AdVERTISE your MUSIC teaching business!!!

    By Blogger Simon, at 4/01/2005 08:35:00 am  

  • i told my primary school teacher i wanted to me a zoologist (somebody who works around and research animals all over the world)... and then my high school teacher failed my biology without giving me a chance, so that's it man. ended up in a world of XXX technologist~~

    By Blogger keng 坑, at 4/01/2005 10:11:00 pm  

  • keng - hey me, too! i hated bio all the time.

    By Blogger Simon, at 4/04/2005 09:07:00 am  

  • I have a good laugh!! You made my day!!! Nice blog you have.

    I always want to be a pilot, but ended up in IT. Anyway, if MAS recruit pilots 30 years of age and below, I will surely make my dream come true!!

    By Blogger Tiuniasing, at 4/13/2005 11:50:00 am  

  • Lemme see--I wanted to be a teacher (Hahah!), a rock star, an ambassador,
    a weapons specialist, a robot maker--dont' think I'm anywhere close to my childhood ambitions.

    By Blogger sexymama, at 4/19/2005 12:41:00 pm  

  • sexymama - wah, so many ambition aa? but being a working sexy mama is better than all that, right? :)

    By Blogger Simon, at 4/19/2005 05:57:00 pm  

  • tiuniasing - actually my classmate joined SIA as a pilot straight after uni... of course he went to training in scotland for 2 years... maybe you wanna try if your eyesight still 20/20?

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