Graduates quit their jobs to become hawkers like their parents

Graduates quit their jobs to become hawkers like their parents
Graduates quit their well-paying office jobs to become hawkers out of their passion for food.

Mr Low Keen (right), 30, gave up a $5,000 job to sell prawn mee (left). But the hawker doesn't regret it. Mr Low says: "I love prawn mee. It's simple but flavourful.

"And I hope to build a business around selling something that I love." He opened his stall - Ah Geok Prawn Noodle - along Toa Payoh North in August.

Mr Low has a degree in mechanical engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Previously, he was an operation executive in an investment bank for two years, and a sales representative with a Japanese trading company for three years. He says: "After a while, I grew tired of the corporate world. My first job was monotonous and didn't provide many opportunities for growth.

"My second job required me to travel frequently - at least a quarter of the year.

I couldn't do that with a kid on the way."

Mr Low is married to a 30-year-old executive in a drilling company. They live in a four-room flat in Tiong Bahru and are expecting their first child in March next year.

"I wanted more flexibility at work," he says. "I've also wanted to be my own boss for years. "The fact that I can decide how much I want to sell each day attracts me.

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