|i have good problems too :p
||[Feb. 22nd, 2007|12:49 pm]
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Just when I was all gloomy and forlorn over not having a job, I received 4 offers over the past 2 weeks, and I'm a little torn actually...
1. MCYS--probation officer....hahaha..I will be dealing with delinquent youth and their parents, monitoring their progress and deciding whether they should be charged in court etc....My ex-colleague from the sec sch I'd taught at laughingly commented that I would be handling the same bunch of students, except in a different context. LOL. I turned this down eventually, even though I had a very interesting interview with an immensely open-minded interviewer. She was straight-forward, perhaps even blunt, but nice--too bad I can't see myself in this line of work really. And yours truly has to be put on "probation" myself first, for 6 months, before being assessed on a contract basis. And probation means daily rated pay...no work, no pay. Public holiday you say? Well, tough luck, still no pay...???!!!
2. MOM--Investigations Officer for foreign manpower division. Ensuring that there are no breaches of the foreign workers/employment act, and if there were, to conduct preliminary investigations and proceed with prosecution. Whoa, scary, with an unglam working environment (makeshift-looking and old-sec-sch-lookalike building along Kim Seng Road). Job seems interesting though--and the people who interviewed me looked kinda fun, although I am aware they are not necessarily the people I will be working with :p I took the liberty of accepting this job and they are now processing it--should I pull out eventually due to whatever reason, god knows what kind of stain that would leave me in the civil service.
3. SIA--Commercial Training. Ok, this is not officially an offer since I still have a further interview with them on monday, but manager says it's pretty much confirmed. Will be involved in conducting training in various aspects of SIA Cargo, including seminars, recertification seminars for workplace regulations and other aspects of business support. Gotta be good in writing and teaching adults, and be proficient in Powerpoint!! hahaha, goodness. And I get to travel overseas...YAY!! Now, the down side....the office is bloody damn far, and I will be on a 3-year contract (no annual increment but entitled to other bonuses and stuff)--I know money isn't everything but SIA's bonuses can be a rather significant portion (more so than the civil service), especially since I'm still paying off my debts and I'm saving for further studies. Anyway, it's not like I'm definitely getting this job...haha
4. Mindef--defence policy exec. In charge of advising areas of strategic and defence policies with respect to geopolitical developments. So I was given this question: "Should China wish to allot the SAF Hainan Island for military training, should we take it up? What areas of consideration do you think there are?" Ok, I must admit I was a little stumped by that question, so I "bulled" my way thru, seemingly embarrassed by my incoherent answer, so much so that I was dying to get out of that interview room cuz I felt I was humiliating myself in front of that colonel. Yes, it was a COLONEL who interviewed me. One week later, they called me to offer me the position. How bizarre can all this be??? I dun fancy working for Mindef really, drafting reports and speeches for MPs and Perm Secs, nor do I enjoy travelling with them on overseas diplomatic missions. Eeeww..so not me, and I was prepared to turn this down until they mentioned my salary. My eyes literally popped out....it was GOOD!!!!
So now how? Just gotta go with my instincts I suppose. I need a job that is fun, pays well, not too far from my place, and offers me developmental prospects both in Singapore and in preparing me for my suitability for grad school. Well, maybe no such job exists.
And thank god for this period really, I could do with a few angpows, considering my dire state of poverty. Hope you all had loads of fun (as much as I did explaining to all my relatives my peculiar state of job(lessness).
"Why did you leave teaching???" "You hate the job ah? Dun like the kids??" "So what are you doing now???"