Feeling broke after sorting out the hongbaos and Chinese New Year expenses? Consult our guide on looking for the right jobs or a better paying job by considering vocations that ‘suit’ your zodiac sign this year. 

RAT         -1900 -1912 -1924 -1936 -1948 -1960 -1972 -1984 -1996

Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable

Your career will resemble a yo-yo this year; it goes up, down, round and round. Too much shouldn't be expected unless you want to be disappointed. Strive to have patience, not temporary superiority.

Suitable Careers: Administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and race car driver

OX          -1901 -1913 -1925 -1937 -1949 -1961 -1973 -1985 -1997

Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined

Befriend unkind people who may hinder you in the pursuit of your career, especially those who will spread slanderous rumours in the office. It will help you to work harder to prove them wrong.

Suitable Careers: Agriculture, manufacturing, pharmacy, mechanics, engineering, draftsman-ship, artistry, politics, real estate, interior design, painting, carpentry, or quarry work

TIGER      -1902 -1914 -1926 -1938 -1950 -1962 -1974 -1986 -1998

Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic

Civil servants should be aware that their colleagues’ competitiveness may add to their advantage when things go wrong. Your previous efforts may be wasted as others try to ‘help’ you. When success is imminent, keep it to yourself.

Suitable careers: Advertising agent, office manager, travel agent, actor, writer, artist, pilot, flight attendant, musician, comedian, and chauffeur

RABBIT      -1903 -1915 -1927 -1939 -1951 -1963 -1975 -1987 -1999

Characteristics: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers

You may confront a bottleneck in your career this year. Therefore, you should pay attention to building harmonious interpersonal relationships. It is also possible for you to come across unfavourable situations so try not to do things in a foolhardy manner. Things may be made worse when you give up halfway when striving for something. Strive to be an energiser bunny instead.

Suitable careers: Cultivation, breeding, education, religion, health care, medicine, culture, police work, judiciary, and politics

DRAGON     -1904 -1916 -1928 -1940 -1952 -1964 -1976 -1988 -2000

Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic

This year, stability in a career is a priority. Therefore, you should be cautious about changing jobs. Moreover, faced with numerous obstacles in your career, you shouldn’t trust others easily in cooperation and investment.

Suitable careers: Journalist, teacher, inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person

SNAKE       -1905 -1917 -1929 -1941 -1953 -1965 -1977 -1989 -2001

Characteristics: Philosophical, organised, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, and decisive

It is an auspicious year for you in your career. If you are a scientific researcher or civil servant, you will tend to achieve things easily. If you work in industries which requires frequent interpersonal communication, you may get help from the opposite sex; a bonus for you if you’re looking for love at work.

Suitable careers: Scientist, analyst, investigator, painter, potter, jeweller, astrologer, magician, dietician, and sociologist

HORSE      -1906 -1918 -1930 -1942 -1954 -1966 -1978 -1990 -2002

Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, and strong 

Be particularly wary of competitive colleagues at work. You will have many choices this year in the path of your career, but should you choose to take them you will face stiff competition. You may need to surround yourself with people who approve of and flatter you.

Suitable careers: Publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian or pilot

GOAT       -1907 -1919 -1931 -1943 -1955 -1967 -1979 -1991 -2003

Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm 

This will be a year of steady progress. There will be a few wonderful opportunities so this is a year to consider progression in your career.

Suitable careers: Paediatrician, actor, day-care teacher, interior designer, florist, hair stylist, musician, editor, illustrator and art history teacher

MONKEY     -1908 -1920 -1932 -1944 -1956 -1968 -1980 -1992 -2004

Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart

Do not try too hard, the signs are not auspicious. You may receive help from friends this year so build a closer relationship with existing friends as well as form new ones. Take things slowly, no monkey business, and all should be well.

Suitable careers: Accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, dealing, film directing, jewellery, sales representative

ROOSTER      -1909 -1921 -1933 -1945 -1957 -1969 -1981 -1993 -2005

Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident

2014 is a good year for growth and to be ambitious. Some contacts will prove to be supportive and useful, so do not reject opportunities for cooperation. Be sure to maintain harmony in business relationships. This is a good year to harness them.

Suitable careers: Newsreader, sales person, restaurant owner, hairdresser, public relations officer, farmer, athlete, teacher, waiter, journalist, travel writer, dentist, surgeon, soldier, fireman, security guard, and police officer 

DOG          -1910 -1922 -1934 -1946 -1958 -1970 -1982 -1994 -2006

Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart

2014 should be a cautious year for Dogs. There will be obstacles and complications, though progress is possible. Be nice, it helps to make you more popular in your work circle.

Suitable careers: Police officer, scientist, counsellor, interior designer, professor, politician, priest, nurse, clerk, and judge

PIG         -1911 -1923 -1935 -1947 -1959 -1971 -1983 -1995 -2007

Characteristics: Honourable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable 

For pigs, this is a year to be opportunistic. A highly auspicious year overall, work should go smoothly and partnerships will prove fruitful. Work hard; it's likely to be an uneventful year for love anyway, so you'll have plenty of time on your hands for your career.

Suitable careers: Entertainer, caterer, doctor, veterinarian, interior decorator, transportation, entertainment, retail or hospitality

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Note: This article was written half in jest; if it bodes well for you, don’t go boasting. If it does not, focus on bettering yourself for the year ahead. Either way, you only live in 2014 once. Live it up, it’s never coming back again. Hope you had fun reading!