I was wrong…

Hello all!

This will be a quick write up from me on a lesson that I have learnt from this coming-to-be three months of working my first full-time job. Although it is a short timespan, it feels like I have been working for a year now.

Everyday I would wake at 6AM and reach home at 8PM, have a simple cold dinner and think to myself- why am I doing this, what am I gaining from this and how will this shape me as a more successful person. The answers I can give myself are to experience, to experience and to experience more.
Don’t get me wrong- my point here is not to portray that gaining experience is a pain in the butt but there is almost always a simpler, more enjoyable, more meaningful way to do it.

My decision to work here was wrong from the start.

To work in a Small and Medium Enterprise(SME) instead of a renowned corporation or government sector was an awry move due to my zero experience, knowledge and certification in the field. While I had agreed and still agree that SMEs allow us to practically learn more and experience more within the industry since you are usually required to take up more responsibilities than your job scope states, but if you have absolutely no knowledge in the field you will be pushed around doing things which yield little to no returns for you future. I believe this is not just me, nor my company, but everywhere else.

And from what I see so far, in SMEs, they mainly favour two types of people.
First type, the extremely experienced who knows what’s under every rock in the field of industry from working a decade in this company. He will be the one to consult issues with, to guide newcomers, to rush when deadline is near and the one who does more work than he had ever did a week ago. Some might be lucky to be promoted to senior position then junior management, and a little would go through years of sacrificing weekends to get into senior management before being nominated as one of the Chief positions (CEO, COO, CFO, etc) when they are probably in their 50s by then. The rest? Racing with their fellow rats and get by every day, everyday, till they retire in their 60s.
Second type is a more-than-certified Master’s Degree holder who just stepped into work society. SMEs will gladly hire him at the lowest possible rate in town and he will gladly accept in attempt to gain work experience. While this makes both parties happy, the management will be sure to take good care of him, slot him into a senior position quickly and providing various schemes and bonuses to ‘lock’ him in this company; who doesn’t want to keep a hen bought from a sale that lays golden eggs? Once he is locked in and worked for more than a decade, he would most likely be nominated for a Chief position. This is the final goal of the company as this guy here, with a Master’s Degree and a decade of experience, will provide the company that boost to refine their management team’s quality, resulting in much more satisfied investors and sponsors.

Hence if you are like me, with no experience or certification at all, I recommend you to go for a renowned corporation that will play a huge part in your resume in your field of interest. Go for DBS Bank if you are into banking; KPMG if you have interest in audit services; Surbana if you are keen in engineering.
Having visited Bloomberg Office as a field trip with my school, the regret of not even trying to apply or going down to the office to ask for a position is one of my life’s biggest regret till today. I am sure that my interest in IT and Finance will definitely complement with any position that they would offer me. And my answer to the first three questions of this post would be something like this: On top of getting paid to do things that I like, working at Bloomberg is an honor, and I am sure this will be a great experience for me to get to an even better firm, that is, if I am able to leave this awesome position!

Maybe a little over enthusiastic but getting back to the topic’s key take away, I have learnt to work on my interest.
Knowing and working towards what you love is what every Financial Independent Abecedarian should be doing. And this will be in another topic that I will be writing about in future- How to be a millionaire in a tightly governed country like Singapore.
Once you have a job that you love to do, you will reach home everyday with a smile and sense of accomplishment either from the completion of a project or just the process itself. You will feel in control of your life, powerful and confident. This definitely helps directly or indirectly manage other vital aspects of your life, such as planning to achieve your savings target, properly manage your investment portfolio and executing trades without external emotions at play. Doesn’t this sounds just so good?

To end it off, while I admit that my writing skills are not commendable, writing is one of my favourite hobby. Inspiring and making my readers feel and not just read what I am trying to depict to them is what I aim to do every time. Take this post for example, it took me exactly 1 hour 50 minutes to craft it out. And every minute is well-spent and an honor for me that you are reading it till the end. 🙂 So is your hobby providing you an income or are you spending on it? Is it worth your time and money then?

Regards,
The Independent Abecedarian

It’s either you dream big, or nothing!

4 thoughts on “I was wrong…

  1. My hobby doesnt give me an income but again it doesnt matter I guess which is why its called a hobby.

    Writing is more than a hobby. Some do it for motivation some for inspiration some for penning our own thoughts.

    Keep it up 🙂

    1. Thanks for leaving your comment B!
      I understand that most people’s hobbies do not provide them an income so making bucks out from what you love to do as a hobby/interest is always so praiseworthy and admirable.
      Due to my lack of life experiences, I do not know how easy or how hard it is to keep bulking up on your field of interest, get a job you have always wanted, work till you retire with no regrets, live with the saved up money. But this is somehow my plan. Do you think this a plan I should follow for myself? Would there be any unexpected loopholes in this system? :/

      Regards,
      The Independent Abecedarian

      1. Hi ITA
        Based on your writing it appears that you are a very intelligent type of person.
        I do not have that terribly much experience in my life as I am hitting 29 years this month but it appears that I’ve gone through quite a bit – the ups and downs in life and work experience.
        I currently work in a field that compliments my interest. Note that they complement my knowledge but it isn’t an enjoyable work that I dreamed of becoming and going to work for the entire of my life. The pay is good (excluding top notch like investment bankers, lawyers, or doctors) so I’m pushing myself to remain in this until I hit my goal which is to have enough by 35 to sustain a family of 2 kids.
        Many times we seemed to know on the outside what we want but the reality of the working world is not. They are bound to be things such as paperwork which is terribly pain in the ass and wish I could have walked the pace of work life slower but again this is Singapore. We don’t expect anything less for the amount of pay we get.

        But that’s just me.

        1. Thank you for your compliment and wow this is an extremely useful insight for me!
          I guess I was too naive to think that working in a field of my interest would always be delightful throughout! There must be times and parts of a job that, even with your strong interest, you will still hate it to the core.
          Having worked on a lot more paperwork than I thought I would in this job, I understand how it all feels..
          Either way, I am glad that you feel that your salary is decent and I believe you will surpass your target by 35. By then, I would have just stepped out of school and into the real deal of the working world! 🙂
          The road is still long for me but for me, it’s either I dream big or I don’t even dream at all.

          Regards,
          The Independent Abecedarian

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