I do miss the life as a student
Published on Friday, August 24, 2012
Since the start of January 2012, I started working full time and staying away from my freelancing job or personal projects. The only reason I took a full time job is to gain experience in the real working world as some will put it. I have acquired a lot technical and non technical skills and have in the process grown wiser.
It is true that if you work in a small and newly established company you will acquire a wider range of skills. This is because they don't have a well established system in place. At times, we have to make lots of compromises which is important especially in TV production. A quote which I will always keep in mind is " Whatever that can go wrong, will go wrong" specially when you are unprepared. If you think you are really prepared read back the quote again. It is true that some things are hard to prepare and maybe out of our control. We can still find ways to minimise the problem by learning from the past.
It is very true that college life is one of the best times of my life. Below are 5 things I miss the most being a student.
- Have lots of spare time.
- Can change assignment group members if you don't get along. It is not the same now, you like it or not, you still have to work. Even worse, you have to see their face everyday and take their nonsence.
- Don't need to feel like you need to be an asset to the university. The new reality, worry everyday that the company feels like you are not an asset.
- After class, I have time to relax and unwind. Now that I am working, the only time I unwind is when I am in the toilet, sleeping or drinking with clients (my favourite).
- The only time I will feel stressed is near exam. Whereas working is a everyday affair.
My favourite things to do during spare time. Golfing at Kampar, Westlake.
There are many positive sides of work as well. First of all, I have learned lots of varieties of skills. My decision making and thought process has changed dramatically. My problem solving skills has improved and I am able to resolve problems faster.
If you are a student, appreciate every moment as it won't last forever.
If you are a fresh graduate, here are a few advice. If you plan to learn the trade and understand how the company functions, working in a smaller company is better. You need to be prepared that you have to do lots of things which are out of your comfort zone and you have to play multiple roles. For example in a production company you could be Producer/ director/ editor/ script write/ camera operator/........all in one.
Writen By Lee Sheng Wang