So its been a week since I stepped into my first day at work in my new company. Honestly, the first day of work seems to be the most exciting thing, more exciting than the first day of school in fact, when my mom had to drag my sorry ass there.
It was fun planning out what my outfit should be, what kind of impression to make, what kind of jewelry and makeup etc...
But more than that, it felt like a new chance at life. Its like a new adventure to look forward to.
I won't get into much details of what I do and where I work of course, but after working here for about a week, I have a feeling that I'm gonna be here for quite a while.
Now, I'm not the most religious person around, but there was a time when I was absolutely miserable at my old job; I almost never come home on time for dinner, my salary was lesser than my own junior, there was always too much work, and the manager wasn't really the most encouraging person to work with. There were many times when I used to cry in the train on the way home due to the sheer stress, and yet, there was very little appreciation for what I do in the company. I knew I couldn't last long there and I had to leave soon.
So one day, after a disastrous fit with the manager and a very nasty email, I decided that enough was enough and I decided to quit. I didn't have a new job in line, nor did I have much of a plan; I was tinkering around with an online business and stocks, but I didn't expect to leave so prematurely. It was hard, but I don't deny that I did do a little happy dance after handing in my resignation letter.
Anyway, there I was, jobless in November. Weeks rolled by, Christmas came and went, and so did the New Year, Valentines day, and Chinese New Year. Eventually, I decided that I had spent enough time bumming around and that's when I started looking for a job seriously.
I went through several job interviews, but I couldn't find a company whose culture I liked very much. Believe me, its never about the salary for me. Of course, while its just as important to be paid your dues, I mostly value a company that values me and to find a good mentor is truly a blessing. It was also difficult as I looked for a company that will also provide a good work life balance. And in Malaysia, there's almost no such thing.
One Sunday morning, I sat down in church and prayed that I could find a job with some of the following criteria:
Very specific stuff. I did not expect to find such a company anywhere in Asia.
BUT! Three days later, I got a phone call from a headhunter, and she described the company which is EXACTLY what I asked for! Everything in the list. I truly believe it is a miracle.
And so here I am in this new company. I'm glad to report that I have been able to come home at 6pm consistently and still be able to see the light of day! My new colleagues are very supportive, and I feel truly valued whenever they ask for my opinions, or show genuine appreciation for the work I did, even in this short time.
Most of all, my new boss is a very intelligent person who is truly excited about sharing his knowledge with his team. When I first expressed my interest about getting started in investments, he actually sat down with me and taught me the basic skills on how to study the charts, but he never gave me specific ideas on where to put my money as that is entirely up to me. I learned so much during that sit down with him and I hope I'll be able to learn more.
FYI, the boss has written several books on managing wealth, so it was fortunate of me to find a mentor who is patient and a great teacher.
All-in-all, I had a fun time at work and I hope this could be the place I could truly grow in years to come. Wish me luck!
Anne is the author and founder of this blog. She likes to write about current issues, travels, food and the general struggles of a millennial.