By all appearances, Jeremy had a high-flying career. Quite literally, since he was a regular in the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
Things could have turned out differently if the 32-year-old hadn’t suffered an injury after nearly nine years in service. Funnily enough, it wasn’t even a work related-injury — the ruptured ACL was sustained during a football match. But it was enough to leave him in a six-week hospitalisation leave following knee reconstruction surgery, a period of intense physiotherapy and introspection.
“I had certain goals which I set out to achieve when I joined the force. After spending about eight-and-a-half years there, there were some things that I saw myself on track to achieve… but there were also certain difficulties achieving some of the other things I was hoping to get done,” he ruminates.
“At the end of the day, because I do not have full control over my career within the force due to the organisational structure as well as timing, I thought that I needed to embark into something different that I had more control over.”
Ultimately, what the father of four wanted was to spend more time with his family, and managing his own time and his own business would allow him to have that flexibility. So in 2018, he flew the coop and made the hard pivot to join the insurance industry under AIA, even though he could have continued his service as a combat-fit personnel.
For anyone else, this would have been a shocking career shift: from handling the operations of ground-based air defence systems to selling insurance plans. For Jeremy though, financial planning runs in the family — his dad, mother and sister are financial consultants as well.
“Growing up, I’ve seen how my parents impacted the lives of many other families. The positive impact of proper insurance and financial planning was something that I always knew was a good thing,” he mentions.