I cannot stress how important it is to like your job (note: I didn’t say love). I remember my first job upon graduation with L’Oreal as a management trainee. I was posted to the Supply Chain side, where I worked as a stock controller for eight whole months. It was quite a disastrous time because I had no passion for inventory management and I literally had to drag myself out of bed every morning to go to work.
Still, I refused to leave my job unless I find a new one. It was the economic recession then (late 2008) and HR froze the headcount so even though a marketing department wanted me, the transfer wasn’t possible.
Finally God listened to my prayers and I found a media relations position with Swissotel Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. I had a most wonderful boss and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Swissotel. I eventually made the bold move to leave because I wanted to pursue my own passion – which is all this that you see now. I thought, it’s now or never and since I’m still young, why not give it a shot?
The set of challenges being out on your own is totally different from working for others, but you learn and every step forward is progress. I set up Cheryl Tay Pte Ltd last September after I left Swissotel and although it hasn’t been a year yet, I’ve learnt so much so much about myself as a person, the business community and more. There will never be a stop to learning till our last breath on Earth so we just got to make the most out of our experiences.
L’Oreal was and still is a great company with many good people inside; it’s a pity that I was casted into the wrong role and could not give as much as I wanted to, to the company.
Most of us are working for the money and when you are working for others it’s hard to find diehard passion like that of business owners. Nonetheless, whenever you feel down about your job or are having doubts about your role in the company, think again – there might be someone else worse off.
If the job is not a good fit, you might just want to look elsewhere. Dare to take the risk and hope for the best! Of course, please make sure it’s a sensible risk.