Job, Job, and Job Hunting

I am currently going through the most uncertain phase of my life. The transition of university life – career world. Previously I thought post-SPM process was so tiring, but this is another level of exhaustion. I am always with my laptop doing one of these or all at the same time:

  1. Updating my CV
  2. Writing new covering letter
  3. Strolling through career websites
  4. Studying
  5. Replying emails

I know some you guys (I meant my social media followers) may not take me seriously, but seriously, that is all I have been doing lately. It is April now, my boyfriend and I have not found any time to talk to each other in 2018. I mean, the last time we Facetime was in 2017. I really don’t know how we make it to three years, but miracles exist. Proof is, us.

I am not sure if people know about this, but my field has too many selection stages to apply for one freaking job. The rule of thumb is, never expect less than three stages. The most I found so far? Twelve stages. I mean, even pregnancy takes only nine months, right? It is already demotivating in the first place to apply because it will not be a problem if the application is unsuccessful at the first or second stage, but imagine if you get stuck at the 11th stage? That starts a huge beef. Even Pope Francis can be salty if that happens. I agree if company wants to select the creme of the creme but we are not a refuge trying to find a shelter, we are just graduates trying to set out first step in the career world. But give us a break, please?

Enough with my rants, I already secured three job offers, and Alhamdulillah for that. The kidney-equivalent travelling cost paid off, thank God for that. But all of t

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Travelogue: Hiking in the Snow

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(First) snow is actually pretty exciting before my phone decided that the temperature was too much for its capacity, from 100% – 25% – 9% – 0% real quick in just 20 minutes. Also when my whole body became extremely itchy because of the sudden transition of vasoconstriction to vasodilation. Since this is so biology, let me explain in English. Usually, when it snows, the temperature drops to 0 – negative. In such cold temperature, blood vessels will constrict (vasoconstriction). It’s not a problem while playing in the snow, but it starts to be once the temperature rises (when I enter a warmer place), the blood vessels widen again (vasodilation). Literally, the whole body becomes too itchy, and it’s actually painful. Oh and also, when it is too cold, the pain receptors are nth times more sensitive. Try to understand the pain from zipping my jacket, please.

But all the pain above cannot beat the beautiful view snow can create. I was sleeping when it first snowed. Actually, I wouldn’t know it was snowing if my housemate didn’t wake me up. Yup, I have this disease called weather-ignorant. So lazy to check the weather forecast, always ended up overdressed/underdressed: wearing too much for the sunny day or wearing too less for the cold day. Me.

On the way to the library, my housemate mentioned about how beautiful could Peak District be in snow. And… we decided to go hiking in about 5 minutes? That was the fastest decision-making in my whole life. The train ticket from Manchester Oxford Road – Hathersage costs £ 11, and from Hathersage station, we walk to the Stanage Edge.

But due to improper clothing and shoes, we didn’t make it to the peak because it was slippery and dangerous. However, we got to the highest altitude we could do (still I fell down countless times), and the view was still breathtaking.

 

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Summer Camp: Kalsom Stories

I started to know Kalsom from my friend, Meishaleny David, who I knew from Felda FGV Scholarship Interview. When I saw the ads on FB that they are recruiting facilitators for summer camps, I didn’t think twice to apply for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Camp (EIC). For this camp, I had to take 4 days unpaid leave and travel to Melaka. For something that’s worth it, why not?

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My friend was on TV aaaaa so proud!

Even though the camp was only for 3D2N, the preparation started way earlier, and I was blessed to work with Wahidah, my fellow colleague from UKEC. We both chose to work on rotating classroom module which basically a module that explains post-SPM life, tertiary education, and financial assistance for undergraduate study. I found this module suits me because coming from daily school myself, I know they are at a disadvantage compared to boarding schools in terms of getting these kinds of information.

 

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Every module would start with a briefing by facilitators in charge.

 

We received about 60 form 4 students from each school, namely SMK Dato’ Dol Said, SMK Naning, and SMK Durian Tunggal. At first, they were so shy to each other that to a point some students actually asked us to change their room so that they can sleep with their friends. Kids, people. Because we designed the accommodation in such way a room has 3 students from different schools accompanied by a facilitator. Even though Nike said nothing is impossible,  a sleepover is impossible for daily school girls who have strict parents :’) But nonetheless, we managed to break the ice and in the end, everyone had fun and made friends from different schools.

 

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My Tokyo team :))))

 

Even though my module was Rotating Classroom, but all modules need cooperation from every facilitator. So at the camp, we all work together on every module. The toughest one for me was Explorace because my checkpoint is a checkpoint where each student was tasked to produce different origami T__T and I tell you, I’m bad in origami myself. And my partner, Qadri, he thought we shouldn’t give the task so easily so we chose the complicated one (complicated enough for me even though it’s literally level 3 origami). But I had fun because I made birds, shirt, and flower (look how proud I am!!!)

This camp is the first of its kind because Kalsom Movement is trying to instill entrepreneurship values in students, apart from English language usage. We introduced them some simple business terms (mortgage, interest rate) and theories through activity modules. We encouraged them to use English at all times during camp and I understand the struggle because I wasn’t born in an English-speaking family, I only started to speak in English when I was 18. I would say their English is from good to decent level, still comprehensible.

It seems like the students learned from the facilitator but for us, we learned from the students more. I can safely say, I have been Kalsomed 😛

 

 

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Wanie, a student from my team won Miss Kalsom award. I was so proud that I literally cried :’)

 

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One of my hardest goodbye

 

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Camp (EIC) 2017