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Sunday, November 9, 2008
Me job

I’ve been so busy I don’t even have time to reply messages on MSN and my blog c-box.

Anyway, a little update on my job.

I tell you, this is not an easy job.

It’s such a tiring and tough job.

I’m currently working at Ampang in an advertising company from Singapore.

I get up at 6am everyday! Yes, just like how I used to get up to go to school (sigh).

Then leave at 7am and reach office at 8am.
Work starts at 8.30am.

Well, actually from 8.30am to about 9.30am all we do is talk, mingle and play around in the office to gain more ‘juice’.

Then we’ll have a short morning meeting and leave to ‘field’ at about 10am.

Every single day I have to work outside the office.

As a what, you might ask?

Promoting our own perfume brand, PV Collections.


Random places.

Really random places like makan shops, malls, retails, offices. Anywhere. Everywhere. With people.

It’s not easy I tell you.

You need the guts to approach these random strangers to pitch to them about the products.

It’s pretty much like a salesman. Selling products on the streets.

We work in the ‘field’ from about 11.30am to 5.30pm. Of course we take a break every one hour or so.

Talking and pitching to people is no easy job man. You have to talk talk talk, if they want to buy then good lah, if not then move on to other customers.

One day I talk to approximately 100 people. Satu ratus orang. I almost lost my voice a few times.

After work at 5.30pm, we go back to the office for an evening meeting at 6.30pm and then usually finish work at 7pm.

By the time I reach home, sometimes it will be about 8.30pm.

I eat, I bathe, I talk, I sleep.

The same cycle repeats again every single day including Saturdays.

Oh yes, I work 6 days a week.

A full day on Saturday! (Sigh!)

Some people said, “you got a degree in Psychology. You just came back from UK. But you go out to mamak shops and sell perfume ah? Waste time waste your parent’s money only send you there!

Yup, I thought of it that way too. I studied so hard and now I have to work a full day under the sun. Sweating like a pig. And damn malu lor. Selling products on the street like that. How can?

And this is not the best earning job. We have to slave our butts off man.

So why the hard work?

Because, this is not merely a job.

But a career.

The career development is rather …. Good.

I started work as a trainee almost 2 weeks ago.

Last Saturday, I got promoted to be trainer (it took me 9 days!)

Some people have been there for 4 months but they are still trainees.

I was rather proud of myself for the progress I’ve shown and how I’ve impressed my managers.

As a trainer, I have my own team, Castor! (which means to shine to excel :D) and I will need to train new people to be under me. It will take a bit of time to train these people but patience will bring me success, I believe. If I can train 4 people under me and once they get promoted to be trainers (like me now), I will be promoted to be assistant manager. Once these 4 trainers under me start building their own team and training their own people, I will be on the roll towards the manager post. If these 4 trainers under me can train more people and I have a total of 9 to 12 people including those under my 4 trainers, I will be promoted to be a manager.
Once I am promoted to be a manager, I can run my own company and my monthly income is a bomb!

Of course, it’s a lot easier to be said than to be done.

To train and keep these people under me is no joke.

It’s not easy but it’s not impossible.

My manager managed to be a manager in just 1 year 2 months.

And his monthly income is at least 20k per month.And he's only 27. He have the rest of his life to enjoy.

All he day is to sit in the office while we slave our butts in the sun. How fun is that?

I don’t know how worth it is this sacrifice but if I don’t give it a try, I really wouldn’t know what I’ve missed.

I’m still hesitating up to this point whether or not I should continue working here. I’ve job a few job offers (yes, people offered me jobs! :D) because they said not everyone can do this job because it requires a lot of guts and commitments. I’ve declined a few but some are really good offers and I do feel a little wasted.Sometimes I really feel like giving up especially when the sales are pretty bad. I am not a good sales person but I don't want to stop without trying hard enough. Sigh.

I don’t know how long I can last in this field but I hope it will be long enough so that I will be able to see where my strengths are.

Someone told me this, if I don't give it a try I will never know whether or not I have the potential to be a manager in this area. Even if I don't make it in 1.5 years (my own personal goals), at least I have gained some working experience and I can move on to other jobs after that. What do I have to lose? Probably some face (because I have to go out and sell products) and money (because the pay is not that high). But, what if I manage to climb up the leader towards the managerial level? Then it will all be worth it. 1.5 years of hard work and struggle and I have another 40 years to enjoy my life. It really hit me and I thought "fine! I will give it a try. I'll see how long I can tahan lor. If really cannot then I guess I'll just move on to other jobs lor."

I really really pray and hope that I didn't make the wrong choice.

So, if you see me outside at some mamak stalls selling perfumes, you MUST buy from me okay? :D

ps: to those who left me a message on my c-box, I will reply once I have the time okay? I've read every single one of it, I just don't have the time to reply.

Mel O gave her order @ 2:07 PM
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