When I graduated in 1994, there were no bouquets of flowers or anything similar. It was just the usual convocation without all the frills and party. In fact, it was a solemn occasion, because I had to sweat it out studying hard just to pass exams. It was tough on me, coupled with the pressure to excel.
In fact, I was so scared of being displaced from the varsity and graduated at the bottom of the class. There were no graduation invitations, but just immediate family members attended.
If I could turn back the clock, I think, I would have taken the easier route of going into business immediately instead of mugging so hard for the last 4 years before graduation. And I learnt nothing. Whatever I read, was not retained – more likely to be just temporary recall just to pass difficult exams.
Many times, I wished I did not go to Singapore to study in the first place and be exposed to the unnecessary stress and pressure. Moreover, it does not guarantee of me securing a high paying job! In fact, I had to job hop before finally finding my current employment that is more stable and secure. But in all employment, there is no such thing as permanent employment.
Your boss has to retire some day due to advancing aging years catching up or he could just wind down the company due to too much competition and cost cutting prices from own workers who are now our competitors – learning all the secrets of the trade and contacting our clients directly, bypassing us. It is not easy running a profitable company and it might not be sustainable. The moment people find that you are earning so well, they start to compete with you and come out on their own to steal your existing customers.
Well, these are just the hard truths of the matter; but luckily our business is linked to the church. So, the Almighty God is our business partner and He will know what to do with our disloyal and unfaithful workers.