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No Quitting Part-Time Job

Find A Job In The Less Developed Country?

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Working part-time does not give me a sense of assurance and achievement. Because the job scope is very confined and clerical boundary, I always feel I have not managed to deliver enough the amount of work to be compensated by the wages I get paid. I feel I need to deliver more effort and get more things in the office to be done before I receive my payroll by the end of the month. I have a careful consideration for work, if I get to be paid RM1,000, I must deliver a work value of RM1,000, or perhaps give more efforts above the wages value. Otherwise, I would feel a sense of degrading in the worth for my presence in the office.

Earlier, I have a predicament whether to stay or quit this part-time job before I go for a 2 months break in this coming autumn. The thought of quitting the job kept rolling over and over in a huge mess in the head. It was a reverberate rolling echoes messed up in the head. If I don’t tender my resignation letter, upon my return from the trip in October, at least I still have a job in hand. I am able to earn an assured amount of pocket money to pay for my insurance premium and credit card bills. The pocket money, albeit not much, will be used to recover some of the cash money I withdraw from the savings for spending in the Himalayas. So, I put off the thinking of quitting the job.

I am desirous to work with a company in the overseas as a manager to run and overseeing their finance and accounts activities. Some 8 years ago, I was successfully selected a candidate for a job posting in Papua New Guinea. The director owns a sawmill in Papua New Guinea. He runs the business as a joint venture with his brother in Port Moresby. His manager overseeing the finance has left him, that made him returned to Malaysia to search for a replacement.

Looking back now, I wouldn’t want to turn off the offer granted by the director. I turned off the offer because the remuneration package offered by the director was mediocre. I chose not to work for him. If I get a second chance of offer from the director now, I will grab his offer. It is the country - Papua New Guinea that I wouldn’t want to think twice, thrice or many more times to work and live there. What is the fuss over the salary if you are paid well above your peers in the market but you get confronted by the diseased corporate peer relationship? What is the excitement over the flashy and a glittering office room that is given to you if you do not have the inward satisfaction for liking to do your daily job?

I am getting more and more inspired to retreat into the less developed countries like Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar or India to make a living there. But job opportunities are not widely opened for a foreigner in these countries. They don’t advertise their recruitment needs in Malaysia. Their needs for job candidates are absolutely filled by their local nationals first. As an alternative way to find my way through into these countries, I hope to do it through an employment with a Malaysian company. Some Malaysian companies are huge MNC running the business in these countries. I only have a simple demand. I do not seek an expatriate treatment. Nepal is a country I have a greater wish to go there for work, live and retreat. I know finding a job in Nepal is out of the context and out of a sane mind. Nepalis come in droves to Malaysia for a greener economic pasture but adversely it is rarely any Malaysians go to Nepal to earn a living.

Retreating into the less developed countries makes me want to withdraw to a more quiet and secluded place for living. Living in Kuala Lumpur has a full force of hustle and a scurry bustle. It is not a place to find a still quietness in itself.

I wanted to perforate a breakthrough from the norm, and breakaway from the 9 am - 6pm white collar corporate work in this capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The days ahead are tough, I find myself a candidate at 42 loses the competitive edge due to the age factor. Competition with the younger candidates is inevitable. I would select a younger candidate in his 30s to fill the position for a posting in overseas if I am asked to pick one for my company. In some cases, I may not totally lose out in this race. A person in his 40s who shows the standard of mental and emotional qualities of an adult wins over the selection criteria.




Narayan Gopal - Kehi Mitho Baat Gara in piano. Last week at one midnight, I woke up finding this piece of piano playing a song on my laptop. I ushered my look into the laptop so closely with my sleepy eyes closed. I listened to the melody. It was so enchanting that I hallucinated into its rhythm. I felt the melody oscillated me into an imaginary captivating mass of cotton candy clouds over the mountains in the Himalayas.


Kehi Mitho Baat Gara sang by Narayan Gopal

Posted by Quah Khian Hu 03:36 Archived in Malaysia

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