Policymakers, and even entrepreneurs concerned about the lack of entrepreneurial ambition or activity in Singapore may have some reason to cheer: a recent survey has shown that being a "boss" has become the top career choice among children.
The 2014 Children's Career Survey, conducted at the end of last year by human resource firm Adecco Singapore, polled some 124 local children aged between seven and 14 on their career aspirations.
It found that 13 per cent of them aspired to become a boss when they grow up, making it the first time this career choice has featured in the annual survey's top five choices.
"Aside from wanting to create new business ideas and run their own companies, these children wanted to be able to dictate their own pay, working hours and holidays," Shirin Aziz, marketing manager for Adecco Singapore and Malaysia, and head survey consultant, told BT.
Their other top choices were teacher, superhero doctor, and tied in 5th place, veterinarian, president and police officer.
In the same survey conducted last year, "chef" emerged as the top career choice, and Ms Aziz attributes this to the popularity of cooking shows such as Junior MasterChef Australia and MasterChef Junior then.
"Children are highly influenced by happenings around them. The majority who aspired to be a boss were maybe influenced by the working lifestyles of the adults around them; we had a few of them telling us they wished their parents could work less and spend more time with them," said Ms Aziz.
Indeed, when asked what is more important: making lots of money or spending time with family, 73 per cent of respondents chose the latter.
When asked what they would do if they became Singapore's prime minister, responses include providing assistance to the less-fortunate in Singapore and the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan; eliminating the need for school uniforms; and having Justin Bieber perform at the National Day Parade.
Said Femke Hellemons, country manager of Adecco Singapore: "Our youngsters clearly have a keen interest in the news and what goes on around them. It is heartening to know that they are genuinely interested in giving back to society and that they love the country they live in."