Monday, April 07, 2008

Huh? Perfect Job?

4 years since I've ventured into the corporate world. I still remember very vividly that upon graduation, I wanted so much to work in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, where the "buzz" of it all was going to be..... and I landed a job that is much closer to home; a suburb.
What luck.... I used to bitch about it, "I'm working in a jungle, I see monkeys sometimes on my way to work..."

2 years later, I managed to get myself a place at one of the Twin Towers in town... who cares, I don't need a room, I just need a view!

oooh the energy buzzing around me as I step out of the LRT to be part of a bunch of people in corporate attire and "zombie" towards our offices on one of the 88 floors of the Twin Towers.... "YEAH baby! My dream come true..... I knew applying The Secret* would work!" 3 months later after waking up really early in the morning to get the best parking spot, sandwiching myself into the LRT, "zombie" with everyone else past the security checkpoints, staying back later than expected because it rained and LRT don't work when it rains......... working in town ain't that great. Trust me.

A year later, after having harnessing the Power of Attraction (a.k.a The Secret); I've done it again! I managed to worm myself out of the heart of the capital, and am now happy and humbly back in a suburb closer to the green jungle.

Well, lesson learnt, work is not about prestige, nor is it about glamour. There's not much glamour when you really dread going to work everyday, is there? The only time you probably feel that your job is glamorous is when you get to mention to one of your buddies, "I work for a Multi National Cooperation which is located on the highest floor of the 2nd tallest building in the world....." when in truth, you really hate what you are doing.

So, what's the secret to finding the right job?
I don't know, but what I do know, for myself, is that the location of the office does matter, although not too important, but it's important enough because being in Malaysia, especially in PJ/KL, the condition of the traffic does play a role in knocking the balance off life vs. work time....
The culture of the company matters, what are the values of the company that the people are guided by? sounds like mushy stuff, but it'll help if you manage to work in a place where your values align well with the firm's.
Size of the company has an influence of what you will actually learn and be exposed to, too large a firm, you face the risk of knowing only what you do; too small a firm, you learn everything there is to know about doing business, but you many not have much opportunity to grow within the company. As the size of the company varies, so do the peoples' attitude and behaviour, and the type of talent differs as well.
Remuneration is the carrot at the end of the stick, part of the biggest reason why we go to work. Like it or not, how much you get paid is going to help you get through the tough times at work... finding the job you love without the dough? Just remember that you can't pay your electric bill with love....
The leadership, hard to judge, but at least, try to start off with the right boss! Although most of the time, you'll need to be extremely good at face and body reading and some kind of psychic abilities. If you don't get a pleasant boss, at least be consoled that by going through the rough patch with that kind of boss is going to make you a tougher person.... ;-)
I believe the saying (although not entirely, because $$ matters too) that goes; "do what you love and you don't have to work for the rest of your life anymore." However, for those who are like me, yet to find your real interest... if it makes you feel any better, I'm still searching. Perhaps the answer is just simply, just love what you're given to do! Tho', I wish that it was just that easy.... hah!

anyway, Monday is coming up... *zzz*

*The Secret, some bestseller that basically says that if one is to think and believe hard enough of what we want, also act accordingly towards this "want", the "want" will become a reality. That's just the gist of it, find out more via Wikipedia or at Amazon...