More than half of workers regret what they chose to study

Other News Materials 2 August 2008 06:27 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - More than half of Singapore's workers regret what they chose to study during their stints at schools, polytechnics or universities, a published survey said Saturday.

One in three respondents also turned out to be uncertain about their ultimate career choices, global recruitment company Kelly Services said.

The findings published in The Straits Times were distilled from answers given by more than 2,000 people in an online survey, The Straits Times said.

Most participants were in business, engineering, financial services and information technology.

Of those queried, 52 per cent wished they had studied something "totally different." About 10 per cent said they definitely selected the wrong career, while 29 per cent were not sure.

The biggest obstacle to switching careers was money, followed by inadequate time to search for a new career and family responsibilities.

There are "opportunity costs" to such a move, Dhirendra Shantilal, senior vice president of Kelly Services Asia-Pacific, was quoted as saying.