4 years ago, I graduated one of the top few of my cohort and stepped into the working world with high expection and lots of dreams. Then, the economy was just beginning to recover and there ain’t many jobs for real estate graduates like us. A lot of us were forced to switch industry. Some went into bank, some went to join SQ, some just went off the radar. I was ‘fortunate’ to got myself into the management trainee program offered by local statutory board. It was a highly sought after position then. My future looked bright and my salary was the benchmark of my peers at that time. I was eager and raring to go after so many years of study.
In the beginning, work was fun and interesting but after just six months into the job, I have learn whatever I needed to learn and work poses no challenge to me anymore. I can feel the drive inside me slowly being sapped away by all the red tapes and the paperwork. Don’t get me wrong, it was not a bad place to be at, but I feel that at my stage of life, I cannot afford to just stagnant there, I feel the need to constantly challenge myself. My peers in the private sector overtook me in terms of pay in less than a year. I knew I had to leave, and I grabbed any opportunity that came along, even at the expense of a pay cut.
It is a strange coincidence that a job with the property developer that I applied one year ago called me one year later to ask if I am still interested in the job. That was my lifeline and I took it and never looked back. It was in the job that I found my passion. My love for real estate and the forms and shapes of various buildings never fail to excite me. I wasn’t earning a lot of money but I was certainly enjoying every moment of my time there. Furthermore , I know that the skills I picked up will put me in good stead for my future career.
Now I have joined my current company, I am exposed to more things, I have a boss who gives plenty of opportunity to learn. Also very important, I am being paid fairly.