Monday, November 19, 2012

11 Years Experience = 1 Year Repeated 11x

11 years tank driving experience vs 1 year tank driving experience from highly entertaining russian T-34 vs T-90 - Fearless Russians Dare Use Antique Tank from Museum.

It just shows that 1 year experience is more than enough for majority of cases. Many people like to list 5, 10, 15 years job experience doing certain stuff. Do they expect to be paid 5x, 10x, 15x more? (celebrities being 1 of the exceptions)

I have nothing against those folks who like their jobs doing the same stuff for 5, 10, 15 years. But that's a terrible way to live being stuck in a job they despise.

Speaking of drivers, the public transport drivers in S'pore are paid 3rd world wages (See Bus Drivers Pay Comparison). Hence many locals shun the job. The govt-linked transport companies squeezes the workers so as to pour more dividends into govt coffers. In other developed countries like Australia or Germany, their drivers are decently paid. They are paid 3x,4x more than s'pore public transport drivers. Does that mean the aussie/german drivers are 3x, 4x more productive, drive 3x, 4x better?

Economist Chang Ha Joon wrote that the aussie/german drivers are paid much more because the talented people at the top of their societies provide FAR MORE VALUE than their counterparts in other countries thus lifting the rest of society. What Chang wrote is an eye-opener to me when i think about the 'top talent scholars' in S'pore govt.

Instead of those 'top talent scholars' lamenting sinkies are not hardworking(work-life balance already in the news), lack drive etc, they ought to look at themselves instead & ask themselves why they cannot match their counterparts in Australia/Germany using their talent to pull up the rest of society so drivers can be better paid.

We already know how talented our govt scholars are. Out-of-formula when resorted to building not 1 but 2 casinos in this tiny island. Their talented way of lifting the rest of society is with gambling & massive imports of foreign beings to boost gdp......

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