On perceptions that young Singaporeans are unwilling to get their hands dirty, and complaints that fresh graduates do not take to hardships well.
Read “Not Getting Our Hands Dirty“, and here’s a short excerpt:
“Even at his Facebook Q&A last week, a small business owner asked Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong about the difficulty of finding Singaporeans to work entry-level jobs. “Most of the young candidates want to have more pay and work less hours than more senior members”, he said. Anecdotally local enterprises faced similar problems. An acquaintance who is running a garage cannot find mechanics, despite offering training and a reasonable salary.
There are no easy answers on the restrictions of foreign workers, yet our reluctance to staff these positions – especially the blue-collared occupations – will (unfortunately) persist. With years of education and enrichment, perhaps we have become victims of our ambitions, and of Singapore’s success. We aspire to be professionals, managers, and executives, and the prospect of working from a comfortable cubicle is more enticing than strenuous labour.
Are we any less driven? Not necessarily. This is a generation which has grown up in competitive schooling environments, and its members know that once they have settled on a chosen profession nothing but their best will guarantee success in the future.”