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Old 12-12-2019, 09:48 AM
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Hi everyone,

I am a new joiner in this forum and would like to have everyone's professional and wise opinion on my dilemma that i am having now.

I am currently in the midst of deciding if i should switch my careers from HR to Physio but am hesitant due to a few factors.

1) Worried that i may not be able to survive the university course as my science has not been that strong in secondary school.

2) The career path / progression of being a physiotherapist.

3) 4 years of study against 4 years of working exp as a HR. (Basically the potential earnings i may miss against potential earnings i may gain after a switch)

Currently a dip holder in HR and 26 years of age with 1yr 3 mths exp in HR.

My current interests are basically keeping fit and enjoying work that allows me to run around and not be to deskbound.

With regards to talking to people, i am fine if there's a logical objective and meaningful conclusion to it.

What i would say to a career that i would like is something that allows me to actually make plans and have an impact on a positive impact on a person / organization.

A little bit more about me, i am open to criticism, working hard and basically just your typical "tell me what you need done and i'll get it done somehow" person in an office and in school.

Please feel free to ask me anything else that you'd require to know and i would be happy to reply if i am comfortable with it.

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Old 06-02-2022, 01:45 PM
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Hello! Have u gotten onto the Physiotherapy path?

I'm actually contemplating the same, just that I had worked for 15 years and the pay cut is drastic. I'm still considering whether to pursue a more meaningful job vs making my company richer.

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Hello! Have u gotten onto the Physiotherapy path?

I'm actually contemplating the same, just that I had worked for 15 years and the pay cut is drastic. I'm still considering whether to pursue a more meaningful job vs making my company richer.
All jobs are meaningless. It's just a means of earning enough to put rice on the table.

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Old 06-02-2022, 07:37 PM
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My current interests are basically keeping fit and enjoying work that allows me to run around and not be to deskbound.

With regards to talking to people, i am fine if there's a logical objective and meaningful conclusion to it.

What i would say to a career that i would like is something that allows me to actually make plans and have an impact on a positive impact on a person / organization.

A little bit more about me, i am open to criticism, working hard and basically just your typical "tell me what you need done and i'll get it done somehow" person in an office and in school.
Not sure about the pay potential of physiotherapy vs HR. But seems like you are quite ok with office work, and I believe the nature of physiotherapy is vastly different.

Maybe get a good sense if physiotherapy pays well, and if it is a path you intend to make a career out of it. Otherwise, it is a complete reset with zero overlap
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From my understanding there are HR roles that involves events planning. The HR that does that in my company told me that its like a dream job cauz she is able to plan fun activities all the time, talk to many people and participate in them while being paid. Alternatively there are HR consultants that have to go around Singapore meeting clients (companies) and potential employees.

No idea about physiotherapy though, people in pain might sometimes be quite mean in words. I suspect that you might still be stuck in a location and not able to travel out much, probably only seniors are skilled to do house visits. (can try to google search a day in the life of a physiotherapist).

Pay wise shouldn’t be that important if it is something you are really passionate about. Ultimately you will enjoy (or suffer) and have to live with your own decisions.


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From my understanding there are HR roles that involves events planning. The HR that does that in my company told me that its like a dream job cauz she is able to plan fun activities all the time, talk to many people and participate in them while being paid. Alternatively there are HR consultants that have to go around Singapore meeting clients (companies) and potential employees.

No idea about physiotherapy though, people in pain might sometimes be quite mean in words. I suspect that you might still be stuck in a location and not able to travel out much, probably only seniors are skilled to do house visits. (can try to google search a day in the life of a physiotherapist).

Pay wise shouldn’t be that important if it is something you are really passionate about. Ultimately you will enjoy (or suffer) and have to live with your own decisions.
The “HR consultants” are merely headhunters aka mercenaries. Please do not associate them with actual HR professionals.

Pay wise not important? You are really naive.


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All jobs are meaningless. It's just a means of earning enough to put rice on the table.
lol eh dun liddat leh. be positiveeeeeee!


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Not sure about the pay potential of physiotherapy vs HR. But seems like you are quite ok with office work, and I believe the nature of physiotherapy is vastly different.

Maybe get a good sense if physiotherapy pays well, and if it is a path you intend to make a career out of it. Otherwise, it is a complete reset with zero overlap
physiotherapist starting pay is about $3.7K

https://www.ncss.gov.sg/docs/default...vicesector.pdf

already a lot better than some business fresh grads drawing below $3k
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From my understanding there are HR roles that involves events planning. The HR that does that in my company told me that its like a dream job cauz she is able to plan fun activities all the time, talk to many people and participate in them while being paid. Alternatively there are HR consultants that have to go around Singapore meeting clients (companies) and potential employees.

No idea about physiotherapy though, people in pain might sometimes be quite mean in words. I suspect that you might still be stuck in a location and not able to travel out much, probably only seniors are skilled to do house visits. (can try to google search a day in the life of a physiotherapist).

Pay wise shouldn’t be that important if it is something you are really passionate about. Ultimately you will enjoy (or suffer) and have to live with your own decisions.
well said man. coz to me, if one decides to settle on a career path that helps people/patients, it is about the passion and the heart for it, it's not so much about the money.

I've been researching on the physiotherapy career path, and it seems like you spend most of your time on your feet to rehab your patients, then do some paper work and consultation.
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The “HR consultants” are merely headhunters aka mercenaries. Please do not associate them with actual HR professionals.

Pay wise not important? You are really naive.
it's not being naive, for goodness sake. pay is definitely important to any salaried employee, it's just a matter of priority, right? if pay is your topmost priority, then you wouldn't work in HR or physiotherapy.

there are a ton of social workers, nurses, teachers who don't earn as much as their peers in the private sectors in, say, investment sectors, but I can tell you without a doubt many of them are more satisfied than their peers in the cut throat wall street equivalent in sg. who is better off financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually? the thing is, there is no one single defining factor to say which job is better than the other. it all boils down to what we want to do in our lives and how we want to live it.
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