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Monday, May 05, 2008 

9 to 5

Clyde and I sampled the Japanese buffet in Sg Wang top floor last Saturday night (don’t remember the name of restaurant coz the food wasn’t nice) when a group of youngsters settled down at the table next to ours. I use the term ‘youngsters’ loosely coz they were obviously in their early 20’s and fresh out of college, looking for jobs.

While Clyde was busily walloping sushi, my ears pricked up (kpc mah) coz 1 of the guys at the table were making a play for the only girl at the table of 7. He was encouraging the gal to apply for a job at his office.

“Don’t worry,” he said, “You will be working with me and I promise nobody will bully you.”

“Really?” she smiled in response, “But what time do you usually get off work?”

“Oh, not to worry. I get off work at 5.30 sharp everyday,” he reassured her.

That got me thinking. Is that the top most priority concern on yuppies’ minds nowadays? The time they get off work? What about career opportunities? Mentor ship? Personal growth? Folio & resume?

During my days as a freshie, I did cartwheels upon landing a job, the bigger the company the better. Because I was an unknown, I needed to be associated with international agencies, experienced people and famous brands. If there’s anything I learnt, it would be to swim with the sharks. Pay the price and you will reap the rewards later.

And don’t, DON’T ever complain about working too hard.

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