I recently just had my mid-year dialogue with my boss. It is more like a mid-life crisis dialogue to me.

My boss asked what is my career aspiration. Unlike the typical replies of “I want to be the CEO or to get promotions”, I told her something like “To help the less fortunate”. However as I was not doing direct work for the less fortunate, I have to indirectly hint I am okay with my job. Else, she may paranoid thinking that I want to job hop?

What surprised me, she mentioned that I am getting expensive compared to 20s graduates who are more eager to learn and cheaper. To have my market value being appreciated, I need to have passion and specialisation. I know this question is common but I didn’t expect my boss to tell this to me so …