Life's lessons: What I learnt from mending pipes to teaching young children

With Teachers’ Day today, one of their ranks writes in praise of teachers – and of the importance of finding meaning in work amid life’s twists and turns.

The Early Childhood Care and Education sector landscape in Singapore has evolved considerably; much has been done to uplift the profession. PHOTO: ST FILE
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For decades, I have been involved in early childhood education - and the paper chase of qualifications to rise up the ranks. But with Teachers' Day around the corner, I have paused to reflect on my career trajectory. And it certainly has not been a conventional one.

When I entered the workforce, I worked in plumbing and sanitation. Indeed, in my blue- and white-collar world of jobs, work has never been linear nor easy. With the ups and downs came a variety of struggles - self-doubt, emotional gyration and physical exhaustion.

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