I have frequently been asked “why did you choose be a doctor”.
After all, my previous career path had been paved for me and I had to take the road that is less traveled to reach where I am today.
Well, here’s my story.
I graduated from the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering at NTU and was attached the chairman of a large public listed building contractor. Subsequently, I was attached to a construction site to obtain practical experience before taking on management opportunities.
It was during my time at the construction site where I witnessed multiple incidents that changed my perspective in life.
I have seen the fingertips of a worker sheared off by a metal door, a crawler crane that flipped over after its driver dozed off at the wheel, a cladding contractor who flew 7-storeys down an incomplete building due to incorrect rigging signals to the tower crane operator.
I personally was almost pierced in the abdomen by a metal bar during a site inspection.
Although the most obvious thing would be to improve site safety, I had a different perspective. Each of these workers was suffering and needed medical treatment. I emphatise with their situation and wanted to make a difference.
Hence, I decided to switch over to the healthcare industry.