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:
- 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.