Hi! And how are you all? Hi! and how are you all? Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Hindu and Sikh friends a very Happy Deepavali. May this auspicious occasion bring more happiness and joy to all of your homes.
This month I want to talk about a young girl by the name of Ain Farhana, whose story really inspires me. After getting her diploma in Geomatics from UiTM Seri Iskandar, she had difficulty finding a job. Since she was jobless and hence free, she decided to assist her mother, who is a cleaner with RapidKL (a train company). Her job as a cleaner entailed her to sweep floors, wash toilets, pick up trash etc.
She earned about US 230/ per month. She said that she got a lot of negative statements and comments from her friends, who urged her to change jobs. They told her that with her diploma, she should be working at a ‘better’ job.
In spite of this she carried on as she said, “This is an honorable job. If my mother can do it, so can I. At least I feel what my mother goes through every day in her working life.” Sometime later, due to her good work and positive attitude, the bus company decided to offer her the job of Technical Assistant. This job entails her to assist with train repairs and obviously her pay and remuneration is that of an executive.
Today, she is a very happy person as she says, “I have friends who were on the Dean’s List and were high-scoring students, who have yet to get a job. They constantly ask me how I got this job”.
There are many things that we can all learn from Ain Farhana:
- In the current very competitive working environment, never think that as a graduate, you are ‘entitled’ to a good job and high pay. Being a graduate, serves only as a good base from which to start your working career. Prove yourself and good jobs will come your way and with it, better pay and benefits.
- Stay humble and never be afraid to ‘dirty your hands’. When Ain Farhana worked as a cleaner, she may have had dirty hands, but most certainly maintained her high dignity. She knew that was doing something lawful and was only earning an honest living. In the end, she was rewarded when the company offered her a better job.
- We must all learn to get out of our comfort zones in life like Ain Farhana. We have to learn to adapt to new situations and a new environment. We must also always be willing to learn and adjust to different circumstances.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I do hope that all of you will have a great month of November. Take care.