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What’s your Child’s Ideal Career Path based on their Chinese Zodiac sign?
Since ancient times, our ancestors have used the stars to determine their destinies and life paths. This practice has continued into the modern era. The Chinese Zodiac continues to be widely used in reading an individual’s personality, as well as their ideal career path. Your child has probably been asked “what do you want to be/do when you grow up?” during one of the Lunar New Year visits or meet-ups with friends and relatives. Was “I dunno leh” all they could say?
Grand Master Hillary Phang of Yuan Zhong Siu shares insights based on their Chinese zodiac signs, that could help them to consider suitable career paths for their future. If you have been thinking about making a career change this Year of the Rabbit, these could help you too!
Birth years: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
People born in the year of the Rat are known to be quick-witted, resourceful and intelligent. They are also witty and adaptable, which helps children with this zodiac sign excel in school as they learn fast.
Rats are known to have astute minds and they are strategists who can take advantage of various opportunities. This may in turn help them to seize opportunities that benefit their careers! Being sharp and imaginative, they may do well in industries that are intellectually rigorous when they grow up. However, they can be quite indecisive, shrewd, and suspicious of others.
Rats also tend to shy away from the limelight as they do not have good command skills. But take heart, as your Rat will do well in a career relating to research, analysis and writing. They make good analysts, medical researchers, journalists, authors and content strategists due to their sharp intellect and studiousness.
Birth years: 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Those born in the year of the Ox are patient, honest and diligent. Steadfast and faithful, they make excellent workers. Though not talkative, they are reliable in school and at work, and will make excellent employees. Patience and honesty are dominant traits of the Ox, but they can be stubborn. It is hard to change their minds once they have decided on something.
These individuals tend to be prideful, overly conservative and guarded as well. They may not open up easily and their ego may prevent them from admitting to their mistakes, especially in a corporate setting. However, due to their logical nature and strong analytical abilities, they thrive in industries that are technical and require much patience. Your Ox child will do well in the STEAM industries with a career as a civil engineer, architect, software developer, or data scientist.
Birth years: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Those born in the year of the Tiger are passionate, courageous and generous. They usually have strong personalities and are unafraid to stand up for what is right. Additionally, they are keen learners and absorb information quickly. Mastering new skills is an easy feat for them!
Tigers will do well in a career that can offer them constant challenges. They need change to excel, and office jobs are mundane and too boring for them.
Naturally charismatic and confident, Tigers also have their fair share of weaknesses! They tend to be prideful, eccentric and dogmatic at times, and this may be a nightmare for some of their co-workers. Due to their desire for dynamic environments where they can enjoy being challenged, Tigers will do well as entrepreneurs, politicians, travel journalists, DJs, or freelancers.
Birth years: 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
The Rabbit is a perfectionist. With a sensitive and artistic side, the Rabbit dislikes being in a cut-throat and political environment. Instead, they prefer a workplace that is liberal, friendly and casual. A free spirit at heart, the Rabbit tends towards roles that are non-competitive and offer them plenty of room for expression. You may find them pursuing musical and artistic interests or daydreaming in their own world when they are not busy.
They are compassionate and people like being around them.
Even though they are creative and eloquent, you may find that their execution ability is weaker due to their dreamy personality. They excel in people-oriented roles or in an environment where teamwork is emphasised. Jobs that offer them room for exploration and an outlet to unleash their creative side will be the best for the non-conforming and empathetic Rabbit. Occupations such as artist, business consultant, psychologist, fashion designer or relationship manager are suitable for them.
Birth years: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
The awe-inspiring Dragon is a courageous and natural leader. Oozing with natural business acumen, children born under this zodiac sign have great foresight and can often make wise decisions. They are intelligent individuals who are often well-liked in school and will thrive in managerial and leadership roles when they enter the working world. This is due to their bold spirits and uninhibited nature.
Cultivate their confidence by giving them constant encouragement. Else, you may sometimes find your child prone to negativity when dealing with setbacks. Being resourceful risk-takers, they make good leaders in various industries and are suited to be managers, directors, entrepreneurs or in the PR industry.
Birth years: 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
The Snake is a fearless, spontaneous and intuitive individual. If your children are born under this zodiac sign, you can heave a sigh of relief. That is because they work hard, thrive under pressure, and are excellent at solving problems. You wouldn’t need to worry much about them during their formative years! Critical thinking is right up their alley, and Snakes will do well wherever they are. At work, roles that require them to analyse and innovate, such as product development and entrepreneurship, will allow them to shine. They love uncovering life’s opportunities and like to live in the moment.
However, Snakes may be impatient, overly competitive and not very financially savvy. Their aggression may work in their favour though, as it accords them the drive necessary for success. Overall, they enjoy interacting with others; therefore, roles as business development managers, lawyers, PR specialists, sales, marketing professionals or entertainers will be perfect for their ever-inquisitive minds.
Birth years: 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Known to be social butterflies, those born in the year of the Horse are animated, energetic and sociable. They enjoy interaction and communication, hence life is never boring with them around. Their zest for life causes them to venture boldly beyond their comfort zones in search of new adventures or challenges.
They are highly independent when it comes to work and therefore do not enjoy taking orders from others. When things do not go their way, they can be aggressive and defiant. For them, a slow-paced and bureaucratic work environment can be draining. They shine in roles that require quick reflexes and some spontaneity.
Careers that have a flexible working schedule and allow them freedom of time are best. The Horse will do well as a creative director, social media specialist, business consultant, tour guide, motivational speaker, pilot or translator. These roles will allow them to innovate, challenge themselves and work independently as well.
Birth years: 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Children born in the year of the Goat are known for being kind, altruistic, and calm. Their gentle and easy-going personality makes them easy to raise, and most parents will find these children endearing.
In their careers, they are not power-hungry and will only take on leadership roles when approached. Hardworking and dedicated, they are unafraid to express their opinions. Being natural team players, they well anywhere and find joy in helping people around them whenever the need arises.
Though they usually have a sweet temperament, Goats are prideful and conservative, and tend to take things personally. They may doubt their own abilities, fear innovation or repress their feelings. However, their gentle nature makes them perfect for industries that require compassion and interaction with others. A career as a doctor, priest, educator, judge, counsellor, insurance agent or operations manager may be suitable.
Birth years: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Monkeys are adventurous, independent and witty. Those born under this zodiac sign are versatile and do well in a variety of roles, depending on their interests. In school, they are quick learners who shine in a wide range of co-curricular activities. At work, they are capable communicators and excel in fast-paced career roles that allow them to think out of the box. With their intelligence and brilliant minds, they can easily figure out how to manoeuvre their way around in order to achieve their life goals.
However, Monkeys tend to be calculative, and their go-with-the-flow mentality has its downsides. They may find it challenging to be in the confines of a structured environment. In addition they may even get into conflicts with their co-workers due to their need for control. The inability to overthrow social norms and traditions may frustrate them as well. That said, the playful and intelligent Monkey will shine as a diplomat, event planner, host, copywriter, advertising manager, videographer, or entrepreneur.
Birth years: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Roosters are principled, motivated and loyal. Their frank and sincere personality is their greatest asset, and these character traits will give them favour wherever they go. Being intelligent, their strong cognitive ability gives them an added advantage in school, where they are often known to be overachievers. With their lofty ambitions in life, they take pride in what they do. They also have an unquenchable thirst for learning as knowledge propels them towards success. At work, their excellent work ethic accords them with respect from their co-workers. They are often the glue that bonds the team in achieving a common goal.
However, Roosters can also be opinionated, ruthless and have strong personalities. They tend to overwhelm the introverted individuals in their workplace and do not always fit in with those around them. Their lack of flexibility and obsession with efficiency may also dampen the spirits of their co-workers. However, their intellect and strong personalities push them towards careers that are mentally engaging and allow them to be in control. They will excel as researchers, corporate strategists, economists, fund managers, scientists, lawyers, and military officers.
Birth years: 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
People born in the year of the Dog are humble, honest and amiable. The loyal Dog is known as Man’s best friend, and those born under this zodiac sign are faithful to their family and the ones they love. At work, they are extraordinarily caring, diligent and hardworking. These individuals are invaluable in any business or organisation as they are reliable team players. They also excel as administrators due to their meticulous nature. They spread positivity wherever they go and are always eager to help those in need.
However, the Dog can be overly sensitive, temperamental and guarded. They do not let others into their hearts easily and it takes time for them to open up. Still, their empathetic nature and innate concern for people make them excellent candidates for a career in counselling, charity and healthcare. These individuals will excel as doctors, psychologists, social workers, recruiters, educators, or in HR roles.
Birth years: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2019
Children born in the year of the Pig are genuine, optimistic and magnanimous. They get things done and have an intense desire to learn everything they can, be it in school or at work. These individuals are the ones to stay up all night working on a school project, or clock in excessive hours working overtime just to hit their KPI. Curiosity drives them and they relish the uncertainty associated with stepping out of their comfort zone.
However, Pigs tend to be overly trusting and this may cause them to be taken advantage of. Their Romantic worldview may set them up for disappointments when reality inevitably falls short and presents a less than ideal scenario. Nonetheless, these individuals will do well as human resource managers, civil servants, mediators, music composers, teachers, or in a role for a non-profit organisation. Generally, they will shine in supportive roles in any company or organisation.
Find your Best Career Path with your Chinese Zodiac Sign
It would be ideal to know your true career path early on, and work towards that from young. But more likely than not, we meander through different roads before finding the right one for us. Often, the journey is fraught with questions, dilemmas, and worries. Hence having guidance from the stars, as our ancestors probably did, can be helpful.
Established since 1989, Yuan Zhong Siu is the leading Feng Shui brand in Asia. Founded by Grand Master Hillary Phang, the company provides Commercial & Residential Feng Shui Audit, Zi Wei Dou Shu (Ba Zi) Reading, Selection of Auspicious Wedding Date, Baby Naming, Tarot Reading services and more. For more information, check out www.yuanzhongsiu.com; IG: @YuanZhongSiu.SG and FB: @YZS.SG
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