On 8 December (Saturday), Nic and I will be sharing our experiences as business owners together with a few other professionals at a forum for school-leavers, especially teenagers who have just completed their Form Five exams, the dreaded SPM.
We Have Been So Blessed!
Nic and I consider ourselves lucky because while growing up, we were never pressured to do anything but our best. I can speak for myself that my parents let me decide what I wanted to do.
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At 16, I was fixated on becoming a copywriter. I loved writing and I knew it was either that, or Law (I watched too many episodes of LA Law!). Anyhow, long story short, I did do all those things – except law – and I am doing what I love best now.
Nic and I have the freedom to do what we want to do because as business owners of the unconventional type, we decide the rules of the game. Though we run a small team in the studio, we’re mavericks of our industry.
That’s the best deal about running your own business – you call the shots.
But Not Today’s Youth
But not many teenagers these days have that clarity of ambition as I had when I was 16.
Many are confused because the options are just overwhelming!
According to Miss Yeoh, the forum organizer, some teenagers’ ambitions are led by their parents! That’s one of the saddest things to hear.
Some parents egg their children to study for degrees that will guarantee a lucrative future.
Some teenagers aren’t confident of their future as they have mediocre grades, no interests in conventional careers (engineering for example) and don’t know what else is out there.
Mentor Someone & See Him Bloom
Mentoring young people is one of our passions and I know I can speak for Nic. Both of us have a yen for cheering young people on – I always believe that you must have someone to cheer you on when you are young and slightly unsure of yourself.
This world is filled with too many naysayers (and some could be parents and older relatives who may not understand what youthful optimism is!).
Working with young people lets us contribute our knowledge, experience and expertise.
What’s After SPM Forum
The “What’s After SPM” forum will be held in the Taman Sri Nibong Resident Association Clubhouse and free for all parents and teenagers but you must register (as seats are limited).
It happens on 8 Dec (Saturday) from 7.30pm to 10pm.
It should be an interesting session where parents and their teenagers can find out more what each career or vocation entails and the REAL truths about these jobs or careers.
It’s FREE but please register with Miss Yeoh at 012 486 0303. Or if you are on Facebook, register at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/455198561195523/