The value of work and the worth of an individual

A cleaner at Ci Yuan Social Enterprise Hawker Centre on Aug 10, 2020.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

When I meet people for the first time, I dread the inevitable question that surfaces sooner or later - what do you do? Most often, the question seems to be a non-obvious way of asking - who is your employer?

As a young woman, I considered it to be a grown-up version of the question "What do you want to be when you grow up" posed to children.

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