Take What You Don’t Want to Get What You Need

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Lithi | 0 comments

One of the most important things about moving to a new area is to get a job there. Finding work can be a daunting task and can be one that you regret if you get the wrong job for you. Whether you want to work full time or you are looking to work part time. It can be stressful on you. I should know. I could only find work that was for a part time helper in Singapore, when I wanted a full time position. Sometimes you have to take what you don’t want in order to get the spot you do want.

This started back in January. The new year, new me attitude set in and I quite my job at the newspaper in Singapore for a job that suited me more. I wanted something that was fresh and something that I could do and enjoy. I ended up going to find more administrative spots and looking for work to no avail. All places were getting rid of their holiday help and were cutting costs.

I felt that all hope was soon to be lost, until I saw an ad for a clerical helper at an attorney’s office. To me, that sounded exciting and was more up my alley! I called the number and they asked to have my resume emailed to them, which I did. A few days later, I got a call telling me that I should come in for an interview. When I went in, everything was top notch. The staff was great and seemed to love working there and everything went as well as I could have expected it to go. The only downside, I was told this was a part time help position.

I was gutted. I told the interviewer that I was looking for full time work and that part time wasn’t going to be financially doable for me. He told me he was sorry and that in Singapore, it would be harder for someone like me (a foreigner to them) to find fulltime work right off the bat. Thinking back to my first job here, he was was right. At that position, I started as a route driver for the mail and ended up being an editor for the paper. Somethings you have to start at the bottom.

In the end, I decided to take the position. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for with pay, but I did enjoy the work. I also enjoyed the staff and the people that we helped. Within a year, I was brought on as a full time secretary when one of the staff left to become a mother. Maybe it was right place at the right time, maybe it was fate. I am just glad that I took the spot and found a job in Singapore!

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