Wednesday, June 18, 2008

One Year

Today marks my one-year tenure in my current company. It's been exactly a year since I made my way by train to this crazy part of KL town and found my desk and crappy laptop which enabled me to blog at any time and chat and surf all on the pretext of 'research'.

I know I have many many more years to go to be where I aspire to be at, but so far, the journey has been pretty great. I've met with people I've only seen on TV previously and interviewed celebrities while trying to contain my excitement and trying not to lean over and give them a hug/kiss. I've tried on million-dollar watches and jewellery, and have seen the rarest of diamonds but hey, it's just part of my job.

This is actually my fourth job since graduation and my sixth job since I finished high school. So yeah I've had my fair share of crummy jobs.

I got my first job at 17 cause i figured I needed to step out of my comfort zone. I was a banquet waitress for a few months and I totally sucked! I spilt Chinese tea on a few people, refused to dish out the sharks-fin soup and was extremely rude to the people who were rude to me. I guess the term 'the customer is always right' or 'service with a smile' didn't really sit well with me. Plus, I really am a KLUTZ!

A couple of years later, I got a really cool job at KLue where I was the editorial intern. Although I was studying for a degree in advertising, i wasn't doing design AT ALL. Well I got a few photos published and a few write-ups as well. Best part of this job; freebies of course! There was free gigs, free food, free booze and lots of 'culture'. Heh.

After graduating, I was one of the last to get a full-time job. I did events for a while, you know those promoter/receptionist/stand there and look pretty jobs and did some freelance writing and designing. But you know, you really can't live on RM400 a month. So I got this semi-full-time job which paid RM600 and I was designing for a small advertising newsletter.

Here I was living in KL, paying for bills, tithes, my car, petrol and food with RM600. I have no idea how i survived but I did! Practically starved and had no social life whatsoever. I went full time after awhile and was earning RM1200 with no epf deductions! (That's illegal btw)

Two times more but still shitty. I was the lowest paid graduate among my friends and to top that, I had the worst luck! I got 3 parking tickets in ONE week, had my gear box DIE AND of course found myself homeless all in one month. But all turned out well and after struggling for 8 months, I found a new job!

Here I was a multimedia designer and I had really GREAT colleagues. They were really fun and I think we did more talking than designing but I was having a blast! But I wasn't sure what my role was. Copywriter/Designer? Anyway, due to some creative differences, I was let go. Yupps. Sucked BIG TIME.

What's worse than losing your job? Feeling like you just threw your education down the drain cause you suck at what you're supposed to be good at. Its like a musician who can't play a C Chord. Or a doctor that doesn't know how to find your pulse.

Freelancing didn't help this time (cause i apparently sucked at writing AND designing) so i decided to take a job at a recording company. I was an administrative assistant which is basically a more glamour way of saying receptionist and I took a RM400 pay cut.

This was the most boring job ever, but i did get to meet a few local celebs and got to see how the recording industry works. And I had fun although it was just for a few months. Listening to music ALL DAY and checking out new albums can be pretty rewarding.

And then i got my big break! Someone recommended me and I got a job as Writer for one one the biggest companies in Malaysia! Through it all, I never stopped praying or thanking God for providing. Like seriously, can you imagine living on RM600 a month? RM1200? RM1600? I know many people do and some with kids and far more expenses that I had.

But you know what, Ive learned to not complain bout price hikes and low bonuses or even for not getting an increment. The Big Guy provided for me then, and He always will.

I think we get the best experiences of life through hardships and I've learnt SO much over the past couple of years and I hope that you guys who have just graduated or are looking for jobs or those of you who are in that transition period will not lose heart but rather learn to discover yourself and strive to be better cause you were made for so much more than this.

4 Comments:

Blogger Affryll said...

This is inspiring. Seriously you should consider writing a book one day.(not being cynical here) Mr Big Guy definately has a big heart for all of us.

1:50 PM  
Blogger hoyden said...

haha. Yes one day. :)
with lots and lots of help from The Big Guy.
I'm working on it.

6:27 PM  
Blogger de_iceberg said...

You made it! :P

12:01 AM  
Blogger eric said...

somebody's come a long long way ;) you go gurl! glad to see where you're at now

9:34 AM  

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