Saturday, September 06, 2008

Paths walked through..

Assalamualaykum and good day.

Ada yang meminta saya menulis tentang pekerjaan saya sekarang..

OK, begini. Most of my respective readers knew that I came initially from a technical background, yes, I graduated as an Electrical & Electronics engineer, majoring in Control System and Instrumentation. But currently I'm doing management work , with only minor technical exposure involved for my daily job. However, we are encouraged to undergo plant familiarization attachments and we can still go for technical skills training eventhough we're not particularly doing hands-on work. And I'll be staying in my current job insya Allah, only for one or two blessful years before I actually pursue my career as a real engineer. That's how the position is designed, just for brief management exposure for the newbies.

Well, how I got stuck in this position is a very interesting question. I'm not really agree with the word `stuck' because its not that I hate the job.. I am not particularly madly in love with my current job either. Besides it is destined by Allah for me being here, I think the way I managed my answers in my interview session landed me to where I am right now.

Well back then, during the interview, I was so screwed up with my FYP, I can't even think straight. I considered myself as a miserable engineer-to-be, and was just not meant for engineering job. Ok, don't let me start on how I end up in my university, taking a course that I dreaded for long. I knew this is my destiny, and surprisingly I enjoyed my stuff after a while.

So you know, back in the interview room, I had a mixed feeling, whether to state that I prefer technical or non-technical field.I always enjoyed my side-work in campus i.e organizing events, joining societies, meeting people etc. so I guess I'll be more suitable doing management work...and stress as a final year student adalah tidak membantu langsung.Hence, I told the interviewer that I want to experience both, technical and non-technical field.I love management work but I was too reluctant to let go my technical knowledge just like that. So, ta-da! Here I am. Ni lah apa orang kampung cakap.. be careful on what you wish for, because you might as well get it.

Before my current job, I had a temporary job that really made me appreciate my technical skills and knowledge. I was forced to learn things fast, back-to-back training sessions and worked in hectic, buzzing engineering labs really kept me energetic, especially as I was involved in my most favourite field, electronics. So after a few months and finally managed to keep up with the pace, and kind of liking it, well then, the offer for my current job came. I had no choice but to accept as it is, I consider it as a bless in disguise.

OK enough on the background story, I didn't intend it to be too long. Sorry, but if I did not include it nanti you guys tak paham pulak.Huhu.

My first impression of doing management work was come on, of course it won't be as hard as technical work. The work must be less, and I can go back at 5pm every day. Setakat management work kan, there's no technical papers to crunch, or engineering conferences to attend, or technical reports to be submitted. Totally heavenly features.

But after a month, I knew I was totally wrong. Yes, it is not mind-boggling in technical sense, but management work means you have to manage your tasks, do multiple tasks at once and make sure everything is smooth flowing. And you are responsible for each part of it. And mine is even crucial as it is related to people's assessments, appraisals and career progression. Any tiny details missed might cost a fortune to someone. Another challenging part is you have to deal with people! Yes, people with different attitudes, different demands. Interesting yet tiring.

I've to work around the clock, sometimes I do need to stay back for a few hours to get the job done. Maybe it is also because I need to cover other person's job, as currently there are a vacant position in my team.

So people, whoever preferred management work just because it looks easier in the surface, think again. All work either technical or not, is equally busy. But it also depends on your nature of work and position too, ada je my colleagues who go back at 5 pm every day, ada jugak yang go back at 10 pm. It's all depends.

On a positive side, my current job is quite exciting,as we managed to meet the high ranked people in the company, the MD/CEOs, the specialists in their respective engineering fields, the advisors and team leaders, resource persons as well as other important people. They aspired people and their wisdom is something that is treasured for life. Also, I still need to organize events, one after another and travel a few times in a year every now and then. So takde la I bosan stuck in office je every day, doing the same job :)

OK so much about my work experience, just an ordinary one. I know other people had their own exciting stories to tell on their current job. But mengambil kata-kata kakak Bijoux ; "Everybody thinks that everybody else has got a life story that is great, more perfect and way more exciting".

No truer words spoken :)

Have a nice, blessful Ramadhan everyone!

1 comment:

rem58 said...

well said my klasmet..heh.slamat keje!