Tuesday, September 04, 2007

One Year...

Exactly a year ago, I resigned from my previous company and joined the insurance industry. It was on this same date, I stepped into my SG PJ Agency as a full time insurance agent and attend my very first morning meeting. In a blink of an eye, I am now "one-year-young" in this job and in the past few days, I have been asking myself over and over again, "It has been one year already? It sure feels as though I have just started work! Where did all my time go?". Man... time sure flies!! In this one year, I have learned so much more from the "public-university" (a university where society as a whole is your tutor/lecturer) that I would have never have learned while I was in Multimedia University. Despite the many ups and downs as well as the many challenges that were thrown at me, never once have I ever regretted choosing this as my career path. No doubt that I am still struggling (to a lesser degree now) with the fluctuating income, the experience that I have gained in this one year makes it all worthwhile because I know for a fact, money can never buy the experience I have gained.

Of course, I have made it this far in my career not by my efforts alone but through the many friends whom have extended assistance and support when I needed them the most. With this in mind, I thank God for this whole year that I have gone through as it has made me a better person and opened my eyes to the limitless possibility of the human capabilities. To my dad and beloved Adeline, many thanks for supporting my career decision and constantly giving me moral support whenever I was not on top of my game. Not forgetting my Immediate Officer (a.k.a supervisor), Ang Gaik Hoon, for your patience and guidance throughout this one year. To be honest, I didn't quite like the way she handled me initially because she was as blunt and straight-to-the-point as myself! It didn't go well at first as I was very uncomfortable with her style. However, as the months go by, I have seen the truth and wisdom in her guidance and it has changed the way I perceive her. Ah Hoon, many thanks again for your tutelage and I apologize for all the mistakes I have committed this year. I look forward to continue working with you in this industry!

To all my fellow friends whom have made the leap of faith and placed their trust in a rookie agent, I am deeply indebted to them. It is general knowledge that the first year is the "make-it-or-break-it" year which means an agent would either survive this year or quit the industry. In spite of this, these kind souls got their very first policy from me and thanks to them, I managed to sail through my first year in this industry!

Naturally, I can't forget to thank my university course mate and colleague, Allen Ong, for introducing me to this industry as well as my Groups Sales Manager (GSM), Kwek Chee Lee, whom have constantly motivated me with your pep talks. Till date, I enjoyed every single conversation I ever had with Chee Lee as he is one of the most positive individuals I have ever met (Whenever I had a conversation with him, he was always able to transfer his "positivity" to me!). To all my colleagues in SG PJ Agency, thank you so much for the knowledge and support you guys (and girls) have given me! The "thank-you-list" can go on indefinitely because I have so many people to thank! However, I am about to head to the airport to catch a flight to China and I have to cut it short for this entry (I will be away from 4th till 15th September). To end this entry, once again I would like to thank every individual out there whom have helped me throughout this short first-year in this industry. God bless you all!

P.S : In my previous post, 20 Ways To Impress Your Interviewer, I mentioned that I attended an interview with Financial Planning Association Malaysia (FPAM) for a scholarship in Certified Financial Planner (CFP) course. As if it was a gift to commemorate my first anniversary, I was told by Patricia from FPAM that I have been awarded the scholarship! Woohoo! My classes will start next month and in two years time, I will be a Certified Financial Planner! Wheee!!!

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