Sunday, July 30, 2006

Paycheck...

I received my second paycheck on Friday and when I saw the amount I have, it dawned on me that I need to earn more. The mere RM2000++ after EPF/SOCSO/What-not deduction is barely enough for me to do anything. I am not saying that I want to spend lavishly on gadgets or dine at fine restaurants everyday. I have my car loan and maintenence, Government study loan, insurances and monthly money allowance to my father to pay for. All of this sums up to two thirds of my RM2000++ income. Coupled with the fact that I do not foresee my boss letting me going into the field to do sales in the near future is not helping. No Sales = No Commission = Meagre income. All my boss said to me was ,"You're in a totally different ball game from the rest. You need to have a bigger vision and understand more things... " before he threw three copies of thesis papers on various upcoming microscopy theories for me to read on. What the hell he meant by a "different ball game from the rest"? I have no farking idea.

I hate the fact that I have to limit my spending especially on food just because I am limited by my salary. As I see it, in order for me to achieve financial freedom, I have to seek alternative sources of income on top of my day job. Is it Multi-Level-F*cketing? (A pun my friends and I came up with for Multi-Level-Marketing) No. I am moving into the insurance field. Yeap, I am seriously considering to become an insurance agent for Great Eastern. I am in the midst of finalizing few details (agent tests, learning the products, etc) before I become a certified legal agent. Thus, on top of my eight-to-eight-Monday-to-Friday-day-job, I will work as a part-time agent on weekends. I am hereby announcing to all my blog readers, I will most likely enter the insurance/investment industry and I hope you peeps will provide me with support in the future!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Cruel cruel world...

I have been thrown out into the cruel working society for about two months and have been exposed to the perils of day-to-day labour. Unlucky for me, who took almost two weeks off for my Sabah trip, I was assigned the most expensive product of my company; The Wafer Loader (WL). Costing approximately a Honda Civic, it carries the most commission but the catch is, only a small number of users. What are WLs? To simply put it, wafer loader are for huge semiconductor companies who fabricate large silicon wafers and these wafers, being so hard to fabricate and has nearly zero tolerance to defects, cannot not be touched by human beings. So, such big-wig companies will buy few wafer loaders just to load these wafers into cassettes (wafer holder thingie...something like your CD rack) for transportation or inspection. Which big companies am I talking about? To name a few; Intel, AMD, Avago, Freescale etc. Only such a limited market coupled with giant competitors such as Nikon and Olympus, this is definitely one difficult son-of-a-b*tch to sell. Nonetheless, I resign myself to my luck and try my best to sell one or two units within the first year.

That is just the minor sucky part. The major one is this; All my colleagues have been given the green light to go into the field to obtain sales whereas Yours Truly is stuck in the freaking office studying and theory compilation. Thank God I have completed the compilation of microscopy theory and I just sit around in the office rotting my brains away. Well, my boss did assign me a task to seek out potential distributors/agents internationally. All I did was to send out emails which every one treats as spam and patiently wait for replies. Sent out 30 two days ago just to test my email persuasion skills and the reply so far? Three non-existent emails and one was treated as spam and filtered by the company's webmaster. That's about the most interesting thing I have done for the passed three days.

What am I going to do next? I seriously have no idea. Being in the office and looking at the most senior (in terms of age) polish my boss' and his wife's shoes is quite sickening but since he has been doing it so often, I have developed immunity towards such acts. As for the rest of my colleagues, all I can do on a daily basis is to accompany them to meet clients just to kill time. Sigh...

MAN!!! SOMEONE PLEASE SHOOT ME!!!!!!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Geez...

Geez...
As much as I would love to create an entry about my trip to Sabah on the 15 June... I just can't find the time! Working really saps the living daylights out of you. This is the first week when I have worked the full week. On the first day of work after my holidays, I had a meeting with my colleagues, boss and my company's Japanese counterpart till 830pm. The subsequent day, I was stuck in a ridiculously long traffic jam along the Damansara-Puchong Highway for almost two hours. I left my office at 6pm and by the time I reach home, it was nearly 830pm. Please bear in mind that my office is located in Kelana Centre Point which is just 15 minutes drive from my house. Things were slightly better on Wednesday where I manage to get home by 730pm. Thursday on the other hand... was another "late-evening" in the office. My boss was going back to Malacca on Friday and we had a meeting from 4pm up till 9pm. The purpose of the meeting? To teach us what is a sales-cycle. Well, at least I was treated to dinner at Taman Megah's Fatty Crab Restaurant. What about Friday? Hmmm...Boss wasn't around... neither was his personal assistant (also known as Mrs.Boss)... so I had a fun-filled day of sitting in front of the computer conducting self-study on microscopy which I am suppose to report on to my boss on Monday. Heck... I even have to continue my work at home on a weekend! Geez!!!!
Even as I create this entry, I have to rush through my work so that I can submit my findings on Monday. My boss didn't explicitly want me to submit my findings on Monday but when the stakes are this high, I would do anything to accomplish any task he assigns me to. Stakes? What stakes am I talking about? The company I am working for is a small firm which just began operations two months ago. My boss hired five individuals and he explicitly said that he will be selecting his so-called "right-hand" and "left-hand" man to oversee the company's operations when he expands this company to US and Europe. Obviously, every one of us will be vying for that position.
Things are about to heat up and I am positive I am up for it! Stress and overtime; BRING IT ON!!!