Everyday Things

New Job

It has been a while since I last browsed the Recruit section of The Straits Times. When I looked at it again last Saturday, I was surprised that the thickness of this section has increased. It’s a good sign – more job openings and the end of recession.

Somehow, I’ve forgotten how it feels to attend a job interview, start a new job, adapt to a new working environment and meeting new colleagues. I’ve been working with my current company for six good years now. It’s so-called a ‘comfort zone’ to me, with just 10-15 minutes away from home.

My first job was a product qualification engineer in a local semiconductor manufacturing firm (after my graduation). It was also the toughest among all. Being a fresh graduate, I was totally clues about the manufacturing process. I was trained by a few senior engineers in my department and I learnt a lot from them. However, the working hours were insane; I need to be on-call 24/7. I left this company two years later. Reason being – it is difficult to succeed in this male-dominated industry.

I joined another local firm as a customer service planner. Reporting to the Sales Director, I was the primary interface with the customers. My responsibilities were to manage the customer’s demand and collaborate with the factory planning team for loading execution. I enjoyed this job a lot, mainly because I get to meet new people and the company’s culture is good. Sad to say, I left this company two years later due to their poor business and slow growth.

I like my current job; otherwise I won’t be able to stay for so long. Although this is not my dream job, but I also couldn’t see myself holding a high-paying corporate job. All I want is a nine-to-five job with a monthly pay check (that’s the unambitious side of me!).

And so, after 315 words, all I want to say is I will continue to ‘rot’ here for the time being. No intention to find a new job or making a career switch this year.

To a genuinely nice friend of mine who is starting his new career next week, I wish him all the best. I hope that he will enjoy working in a new environment and meeting new friends. All the best to you, my dear friend!


Jus January 22, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Hello! Happened to come across your blog today while browsing…

Anyway, as long as you like your work, its good to stay on! 🙂

Emily January 27, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Hi Jus,
Yes, it’s good to stay on. Making a career change needs a lot of courage, patience and determination. At the current economic situation (not certain whether the recession is really over!), I prefer not to make a change.


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