In 2008, I graduated from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) with a certificate in Service Management and started my first job in Starhub’s customer service department. Throughout the entire year, I disliked my job because it didn’t fulfill my desire and passion. I knew I had to leave my workplace and find something different to do but had little confidence in myself. I then considered pursuing a Diploma in Real Estate but was afraid to spend a huge sum of money on school fees only to find out that it was not the course I was passionate about. Since then, I was frustrated and confused about which career path to embark on and was putting a lot of pressure on myself to pick the “right” career.
In 2010, my friend recommended the Inborn Talent Genetic Test and I was quite skeptical at first. However, when the results came out, I was surprised to find out that my top career recommendation was listed as “Musician” because of my outstanding music and performing genes. It also dawned on me that I was a Band section leader back in Secondary school and I really enjoyed playing music. This report had definitely enlightened me to a whole new level and helped me identify the career path that is best suited for me based on my natural gifts and a path I truly felt passionate about. Without delay, I went to pursue a Diploma in Music at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) so that I'd be qualified to teach in schools.
Many years have come and gone, and I am proud to say that I am now a Band Director in a College Symphonic Band in Singapore and I love my job. When we consider the high cost of college education, we must acknowledge that the testing fee is only a small investment that reaps tremendous rewards, and can't be compared to the exorbitant tuition fees we have to fork out to earn that piece of paper. Most importantly, it gives us a clear sense of direction, purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction by living up to our God-given destiny. Thank you Mapmygene for helping me see the light and find my direction!
Tian Ze | Performer and Band Director