Saturday, November 05, 2005
A mother's daughter
This is my youngest daughter, Paula. She graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a Diploma in Engineering Informatics. Her last paper was taken on April but the graduation ceremony was held on August.
She really wanted to be a teacher as in her Industrial Attachment, she was able to teach computer. That was why she applied for one with MOE. Unluckily, she was not accepted. I told her to be positive.
She then applied as a stewardess with Qatar Airline. To her dismay, her bond stipulated that she need to work only with local companies and or MNCs that are based here. Qatar Airlines is based in Kuala Lumpur. So, she tried Singapore Airlines. She did not make it. I told her to try again for like my eldest daughter's friend Shana who applied three times and then accepted after the last application. But she did not apply again.
My daughter then applied as a research assistant and was readily accepted. Imagine, she was working already before her diploma was handed to her. She was so happy. She did like the environment in that CBD office where she could be a grown woman what with those corporate attires and fashion accessories she could wear. One thing, mingling with those high flyers made her confident.
But something happened along the way. The office politics made her sad. She could not take it anymore. But how could she leave when she signed an agreement that in case she would resign, her salary would be deducted? Two week's salary deduction was something difficult to swallow. I then told her that money in that case was not important. What was more important is job satisfaction. So she resigned from her post.
With a call from a friend she was scheduled for an interview as a programmer. Luckily, she was accepted and was very thankful. So she already had a job while serving her notice of resignation.
Now for the second time with the present company, my daughter handed me a part of her salary. Ang bait naman. Ayy, sarap maging Nanay!!
And yes folks my daughter is a programmer with Singapore Technologies. I am really so proud of her. And I am sure someday she'll be able to climb the ladder and be a developer.
Why I write about my youngest? I am sure that many youths now get disappointed that easy. Be not. Take my daughter's story.