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mao dun Sunday, 21 May 2006

Posted by dragonzlad in Uncategorized.

mao dun (in Chinese roman spelling) pronounced “mao doon”, meaning undecided.

That’s what I am. At one time, I had a fairly good life with plenty of time to do whatever I fancied. Then I thought I ought to put my time to more productive use other than sitting in front of the computer and chatting with friends and strangers online. And especially since I thought I ought to prepare myself for a career change. So I started my MBA studies. And now, I am whining about the fact that I have no life anymore since I had to attend classes, complete my assignments, hold down a full time job, spend time with S, and also to sort out the renovation and furnishing for the apartment.

Then there is also the question of what job or career I want. I once thought I wanted to help in the investigation of cancer. Then I thought I didn’t want to study towards a PhD and changed my direction. I thought I wanted to work in the commercial world. As a result, I had to do the full 3 years in uni while my peers had the first year exempted with their diplomas. Strangely, the degree I undertook wasn’t a business degree. It was in engineering. I was adviced that I should pursue a more specialised degree like engineering and accountancy instead of doing a generalist degree like a business degree as I could always do an MBA at a later stage. Considering the various options, my strengths and future prospects, I opted to do engineering and I did quite well in it. However, as fate would have it, the 3-year financial crisis that hit Asia from 2001 changed everything. I ended up in civil service as it offered the highest paying job then. It was not entirely a boring job, far from it in fact. But have you ever found yourself busy but yet unexcited about the job?

That leads to the next 2 questions – higher pay vs perceived job satisfaction, and what job/career should I look at?

“Whatever you end up doing though, make sure you find the job enjoyable. People perform much better when they’re doing a job they like, and of course, better performing people have more successful careers.” (GB, 5 May)

Do people look out for aspects of their job that they enjoy or are they already enjoying their work the first day they started? The former would seem like self-denial or is it actually practical and real?

Back to the 2 questions, I wished I knew the answers. I wished I could look into the screen of my mobile phone and see my reflection slowly growing misty and revealing my future if I chose, say, option A etc.

I guess I wouldn’t be very good at playing the Interview Game. I’ll probably end up with more questions, for myself, to the questions asked. What’s the Interview Game? In short, it is to ask someone to interview you.

The Official Interview Game Rules:
1. If you want to participate, leave a comment below saying “interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions – each person’s will be different.
3. You will update your journal/blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

[Disclaimer: Never use the Mandarin you may pick up from my blog unless in desparation like in a life and death situation. 😉 ]