After college, there’s only one thing we need to do, find a job. . regardless if it’s in-line with what you have studied or something not even related.
I remember the time when I was about to enroll for college, I asked my sister what course to take up as she would be the one to help pay the tuition. She said Computer Engineering, it was popular at that time. So, i spent 5 years learning it. I did not excel in programming, I was just an average college student, who goes to school and go home afterwards.
Actually, I didn’t see myself being a programmer or doing or working same as my college classmates. I actually like drafting, doing manly works, or even thinking about taking up automotive or something. Shifting to Architecture, Civil Engineering or Mechanical engineering even crossed my mind.
I also haven’t thought of going abroad. If I should have known, I should have taken up Architecture or Civil Engineering. If I knew only that I would be working in a construction firm here in Dubai.
When I was let go two weeks ago from the company, I thought to myself, it would be easy for me to find another job. I registered and subscribe to different jobsites, and there it would ask you to select your academic qualifications. When I scroll down the list, Computer Engineering isn’t even there. WTF! it seems like it’s not even recognized, even if it’s not in demand here in Dubai, but at least it should be included in the list.
Whenever I browse for a job related to Architectural and Construction, I get disappointed when I see the minimum qualification requirement where you should be a graduate of Architecture or Civil Engineering, which means I am not qualified. Dem!
I have not regretted for what has happened 15 years ago. It’s just that I have only realized this after 10 years being graduated from school. If only I have taken up another course after, maybe I would have more options.
As I’ve said, I have not regretted anything, still I was able to graduate from college and I had a wonderful and not-so-wonderful but unforgettable experience with friends and friendemies.
I am just thankful that my engineering background led me to where I am right now. But still, IF only I had chosen carefully and took things seriously way before. I would not end up like this.
This is so frustrating.
Since I lost my job, I have been thinking on what and which exactly I am good at?.. I don’t even know! This becomes so frustrating now! really!
Amidst of all this, I am still thankful for the experience I made so far in the construction industry, where I have learned to read drawings and understood them. I am positive and hopeful to get another job, though I am not sure if I still want to be in-line with what I used to do. I am thinking of going sideways, going curved-ways in my career, but I haven’t decided which way. This is a very tough decision. If i go the other way, would i succeed? I guess, I just need someone to trust me and give me chance to try it.
Well, as they say, you gotta learn life the hard way.. the hard way it is!