My wife ventured into something productive, creative and profitable (i hope)… She’s doing glass-beaded bracelets which she sells for affordable price.
Archive for February, 2008
According to the jobsite where I posted my application,
out of 248 applicants, I am one of the 19 scheduled for an interview.
Exactly a week ago, during my class, I received an invitation for an interview through an overseas call directly from the HRD office of a medical/nursing I.T. university in Kuala Lumpur. The employer also sent me email of the details of the interview.
I think I did my best in an interview with a dean of a Malaysian University yesterday in a hotel in Edsa, Mandaluyong. I arrived at the venue an hour earlier than scheduled. My other co-applicants were already there when I arrived. I came in (overdressed?) black suit & tie as the other interviewees were wearing polo shirts. I read in websites that provide tips on how to go-about-job interviews that POWER DRESSING is essential, that appearance counts a lot.
People do notice the details of our image.
The dress we wear in functions should speak of us before we say a word. The shoes that we wear should scream success and not failure. And the image we project say about our Socioeconomic Status, Educational Level & most importantly our Desirability.
When I informed the front desk officer of my presence, she immediately notified the employer. In few minutes, the interviewer met us and he greeted me first with my name even without knowing how I look like (i didn’t provided them a photo in my resume i sent through email) and I was interviewed first rather than what was originally scheduled.
I provided my interviewer a copy of my resume & credentials. He browsed it and began asking me questions about my work as a lecturer of Medical-Surgical Nursing. I cannot say if I met his criteria, just like other interviewer, he remained expressionless and only smiled when the meeting was over. Before I left him, he asked me of my concerns with regards to the position I am applying. I asked him about the Malaysian medical/nursing education, work hours, salary compensation. Then to break the ice just before ending the session with him, I politely asked the date of his arrival and departure of his trip to the country. I learned that he’s only here officially for the busniess trip, perhaps hardly no time for leisure to enjoy Manila, arrived the night before the interview scheduled for 2 days to accomodate Filipino applicants and he’ll go straight to INDIA after the 2-day-interview in the Philippines, to meet Indian applicants.
And so I knew it – it was like ASIAN IDOL, (LOL !!!)
– It is tough to compete with local co-applicants,
TOUGHER it gets when I heard that the position is also opened to other foreigners.
I told my employer that it will be a great opportunity for me if I can be a part of their very diversed faculty composed of educators from Bangladesh and other neighboring countries. He adviced me to wait for a couple of weeks for by Monday next week, he’ll be back in Malaysia and report to their HRD office his top PICKS for the posts.
Whether I will get the position or not, I learned something from the experience and enjoyed the moment. At least I knew that as young as I am, I can be competitive with the other people with the same interest. I know that if it is intended for me, it will be definitely mine. If it’s not, then I’ll try my luck with other opportunities, no harm in trying.
WILL I SEE PETRONAS TOWERS IN A FEW MONTHS ?
I DON’T KNOW… NOTHING IS DEFINITE YET.
At least I came as the best dressed applicant for the part, hehehehehe….
ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL…
MANY WERE CALLED BUT FEW WERE CHOSEN…
These are also applicable in medical profession.
It’s a common knowledge that the Philippines has become a huge factory of NURSES for EXPORT. No less than the second highest official of the land encourages all Filipino High School graduates to take up and finish BS Nursing as their college course for them to get jobs abroad and for them to send their DOLLAR-REMITTANCES to our third-world economy A.S.A.P. !!! For as long as one knows his priorities, I honestly believe that there’s nothing wrong working abroad. My wife and I are also wanting to work overseas. However, all of it, the WHOLE PROCESS IS NOT EASY. It starts on basic education.
To say that Nursing is DIFFICULT is an UNDERSTATEMENT. It’s FAR from being SIMPLE.
To handle people’s lives is never easy. To study how to do it is painstakingly complex.
As an educator of so-called soon-to-be-nurses, I have observed that some of my students were just forced to take up Nursing by someone influential in their lives – either their parents or relative(s) who send them to school and support them. As everyone knows, if we’re not enjoying whatever we’re doing, the outcome will always be NEGATIVE. It’s so hard to do something if our INTEREST lies on something else. This should be a constant reminder to people who continuously convince their children to take up courses that they do not fancy. Because as I have stated, the outcome will always be FAILURE.
For my students who are either in their 4th or 3rd year, taking up Medical-Surgical Nursing, I oftenly remind them that they should NOT stop wanting to reach for their goal since it’s too late for them to quit – they have gone far of their studies and stopping will be a premature failure. I always remind them that they have to :
READ bookssssssss (read my lips : PLURAL ! )
exert efforts to exceed their abilities,
always do some sacrifices for studies
for the rewards will be great in the end.
This is the most satisfying part of my humble job. Though it’s not that financially rewarding compared to others, INSPIRING young minds to do more gives me the drive to live and enjoy my work daily.
NOTHING IS ACHIEVED EASILY. Even Manny Pacquiao prepares for all his fights. So it should be an iNSTINCT for all students & board reviewees to study wholeheartedly, ofcourse.
Nursing does not fit all. It’s not for all who just want a better life abroad. For those who cannot endure the demands of this course, you wont enjoy it. For those who are NOT DEDICATED to salvage people’s lives and understanding patients’ needs – you may be successful in other fields but not in Nursing.
If I am not married to a nurse, perhaps just like my colleagues in the medical fields,
I have also joined the league.