Everything happening so far…

It’s been months since I’ve blogged about something. I’ve always had the motivation to write about things, it’s just that they always end up in the drafts. University work had been busy in the previous semester and I simply couldn’t keep my focus on a single topic. Hopefully, I’ll find enough time in the future to publish those unfinished blogs.

 

In the last semester, I had applied to a few Fortune 500 companies to see if I had the chance to get into their summer internship programme. A few memorable ones include PwC, British Petroleum and Unilever.

PwC uses a very ‘fun’ approach to assess the candidates by asking them to download an app to play the games. But it turned out to be frustrating to me as I had a few deadlines to meet and I just couldn’t be bothered to try to unlock the chests. Imagine if you’ve got one of the passwords wrong, you’d end up solving the puzzle from the start. For the emotional recognition part, I had been shown the faces of cartoon characters and asked to guess their feelings. When the result came out, I had been identified as an individual who simply does not feel motivated by rewards and also unable to recognise facial expressions. Cool.

I was a bit reluctant to apply to BP at first, as they have been into many scandals in the past and I simply don’t even think that both of us share the same value. The fact that they’re saying that they prioritise sustainability sounds too much like a hiring tool to me. Nevertheless, I still went for it as I had not received any reply from my applications yet. Surprisingly, among all my applications, I proceeded the furthest in this application. I felt like I had handled the interview perfectly but somehow I still got rejected in the next day. Perhaps I was trying too hard to be perfect rather than being who I’m supposed to be, and this could have seriously affected my credibility to work at this company.

Unilever’s recruitment system is flawed. They should have told the applicants that they don’t sponsor working visa as early as possible. I ended up wasting so much time answering and writing essays, only to be rejected the moment I click the ‘Submit’ button.

I eventually gave up applying and put more focus on my study as I think that I don’t have to rush to get a job. I told myself, just do whatever I’m supposed to do, the rewards will come afterwards.

 

When it comes to investment, I’m always eager to try out new stuff. Having a surplus of pocket money, I had decided to try out NatWest’s new investment account. An initial sum of £200 has since grown to £207 over a span of 2 months. The only question in my mind is, how is this going to be affected by the Brexit? Let’s wait and see.

 

At the point of writing this blog, my result is going to be released in a week time. I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to achieve a 2:1 at least, but what I’m aiming for is the first class. People would say 2:1 from a top university and enough work experience are more than suffice to land on a job, but what if we can have both?

I believe that attitude is the only thing that matters when it comes to work. I’ve worked with many people in the past and I’d say it’s fairly simple to categorise people into a few types:

  1. The Loud

When dealing with the success of the overall group, they’ll claim the work of the other people. They don’t put in as much effort as the other people who are working very hard but somehow they always ended up being the noticeable one. When something goes wrong, they’ll be the first to point fingers.

2.  The Silent Worker

These people work and contribute silently to the overall project. They deserve recognition but somehow they’re not bothered by it. In fact, I believe this group of people is the most valuable asset to any organization. Therefore, I always verbally acknowledge these people my appreciation of their effort. Being able to recognize this is simply the basics of managing talents within an organisation. This is how a great company grows even bigger through accumulating talents.

3. The 心有余而力不足 a.k.a ‘I want to do something but I simply can’t’ Type

This is actually quite a cringy thing to talk about, as I really don’t see this often until I started working with my design project group. Oh well, these people simply won’t even be invited for any job interview so I guess you won’t see them often in any work environment.

4. The Leader

Leaders prompt teamwork within group members, communicate with everyone and make decisions. They’re the reason behind 1+1 being greater than 2. I had been influenced by many great leaders in the past, including my mum’s business partners Mdm. Sue Lim, Dr. Selva and my ex-boss Yasuko Nagase. They’re in general very charismatic and fun to talk to. Even though I’m the de facto leader of my current design project group, I feel like there are still so many things to learn, such as identifying the appropriate ‘reward’ to motivate my team members to work. My knowledge of dealing with people and management has helped me a lot, and now I feel like it’s fairly easy for me to influence other people, which is why I’ve always kept myself energized to retain the high morale of my group members.

 

 

It’ll be very blunt to end my blog here, but nevertheless, I think I’ve included a lot of things which I really want to tell you about. Till next time then.

 

Abel

 

 

 

Reasons Why I Love Living in a Share House

During my fresher year at my university, I stayed in a flat. We had a common room in which we used to hang out whenever there was any event. We also had a shared laundry room. I managed to get to know a lot of people in my first week. It was all nice chatting with people from different countries but this blissful experience did not last until the second week of my stay. The common room had become so dirty that I had to lift my foot for each step I walked in the room. The laundry room was so full that I had to dry my clothes in my room. Worse, bottles of milk in the refrigerators leaked, releasing unbearable odour each time I opened the refrigerator door(s). For the rest of my stay, my fresh groceries spent most of their time with rotten food. When I moved out in September 2017, I could even find food which had already expired in November 2016.

First month living in my hall, I had already decided that I had to move out in the upcoming semester. I simply couldn’t stand this anymore. All those nights of my indirect marijuana intake due to flatmates smoking them in the corridor have to come to an end. At that time, little did I know that my future housemates were the most awesome people I could have ever meet in my whole life. Below are a few reasons why I prefer living in a share house:

  • Develop your sense of responsibility

When I first moved into a share house from a flat, there was no longer someone to take care of the cleanliness of my kitchen and bathrooms. No one will replace all those used toilet paper rolls for us. We had to make an inventory list for our share house. It might sound a little bit intimidating at first, but in the long run, you are going to become more self-reliant and responsible. Personally, I feel that living in a share house is the first step towards adulthood.

  • Build a family-like friendship with your housemates

Living far away from my country, it feels good to have a group of people celebrating festivals such as Chinese New Year, Christmas and Mid-Autumn Festival together with me in a foreign country. My share house also has a really cool dining area in which we always invite our guests over to have dinner together. It also helps me to broaden my network of people, helping me to get to know all those people who I would have never met throughout my university life. Occasionally, we’ll organize a trip to visit other places in the United Kingdom.

  • You’ll be more motivated to try on different things

Throughout my stay in my share house in the UK, I was more willing to try out different kinds of dishes to impress my housemates. They also gave me the motivation to do things which I would not have done otherwise, such as going as far as Tokyo to have my internship. They were always there to give me support whenever I felt lost. Having them around me gives me the energy to take on more difficult challenges.

  • I loved the diversity

Since we were all studying different courses at our university, our skill was one of the things that I enjoyed the most. We had an architect, an electrical engineer, two chemical engineers and a pharmacist. For a curious person like me,  there was always someone who could answer my questions, though my pharmacist-to-be always returned my question with 10 more questions. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed talking to every single one of them and if you’re reading this, I want to thank you for being with me in 2017-2018.

  • Greater exposure to different cultures

Let me be honest with you, sometimes it can be quite difficult for you to blend yourself into a group of people with a similar cultural background. Guess what, staying together in a share house could very possibly solve this problem for you! Ideally, you wouldn’t want to stay with a large group of people who have already known each other for a long time because you might be left out in conversations and group activities. A group of 5-6 is ideal because it offers diversity and also leaves everyone plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with each other.

BUT there is still something that I want to tell you. My experience could be highly unique and you might or might not experience the same thing when you move into a share house. Despite that, you should open yourself to other people. I wouldn’t say I’m an introvert by birth, but I am definitely not the kind of people who talk much. But, I’m willing to take the first step to approach other people when deemed necessary. I wouldn’t have known my best mate at the university if I didn’t initiate a conversation with him when he was alone. It still saddens me whenever I think of my graduation next year because we’ll be separated. Nonetheless, I wish you all the best if you’re moving into a share house! It’s going to be exciting despite occasional tiffs 😉