Friday, June 28, 2013

Third Anniversary of Life at Work in Penang

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Confucius was right when he said that.

While I didn't exactly choose this job (I was headhunted to join the company that had found me through LinkedIn—the power of social media), the quote still rings true because I chose to take up the challenge and see where it'd lead me. It's a position—Regional Platform Manager—that's totally new to me and one with a scary job description. I ended up loving it.

So, today marks the third anniversary of the job I accepted three years ago.

I have lovely colleagues from all over the world and my interaction is mostly with Asia Pacific. This is the easy part because during most of my working life, I worked with folks from Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, Korea, etc. and some of my former companies were based in the US.

The new and fun part about my current job is playing with SharePoint, designing and creating contents for the client account we are serving. I have zero exposure in this but here's where my blogging background and the love for writing (although I'm not that good a writer) come into play. Talk about blending personal interests with professional work! I self-learned my way to mastering SharePoint.

With all the fun, also comes the not-so-exciting part (but still, I love it): my main role is tracking performance indicators and producing relevant reports, and that includes consolidating and crunching data. I had so much fun I took the initiative to create a database of my own instead of doing things the old (manual) way just so I could make my own life easier and produce any required ad-hoc stuff pronto. You know, I secretly hope to be a geek but I'm hopelessly blur, so... I'm not brilliant but I think I'm OK.

I could go on and on about what I do, because there are so much more to tell you but I don't want to risk boring you to tears. I just want to say, nothing you do in your life goes to waste. Everything I’ve done in my personal life such as blogging, photography and reading contributed to the success of my work life. These activities give me fresh perspective on things and when I apply them to my work, the results are interesting.

Time flies just like that when you're having fun!

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it. —Chuck Palahniuk