Thirty three.

I am going to be 33 in another week. 30th of November. Time sure flies. My 3rd birthday in the jungle of Kalimantan, Indonesia. Just another day for me, maybe a spike of wall messages on my Facebook and mentions on Twitter. Calls and text messages? Nah people don’t do that anymore. So 33 is middle age or what? Just in case I need a reason to blame all the stupid things I did or going to do on mid-life crisis.

Funny sometimes I feel like I have a lot of things to write about but when I get to it, nothing seems to come out. You need to keep on writing to keep it flowing I guess. Even when you are just writing craps and not making any sense.  Nowadays everything is in bite size, (or it is bit size? See,  my grammar also gone into the drain) we hardly can express ourselves more than few lines of words.

I had the chance to be an interviewer last Monday.  It was for the hiring of management trainees in preparing of the upcoming oil mill. I was one of the 3 panel interviewer. About 16 candidates, all fresh graduates registered for the sessions and we interviewed them in a group of 4 persons. This was actually the first time I sat as an interviewer in a formal interview session. I must say I was impressed with the quality of the fresh graduates who came for the interview. Almost all of them dressed impeccably for it and shown great confidence in expressing themselves and communicating throughout the session. The common ‘theme’ that I got was for them to be given a chance at the job. None of them talked or brought up the issue of salary or benefits even when the session was open for questions to them. I could feel their passion and sincerity, have no choice but accepting them for their infectious enthusiasm and eagerness to prove themselves. Just so long as they are given the chance to do so. We concluded the session after shortlisted ten of them, eight males and two females.

I wonder if I did as good when I started out as a fresh graduate. But I certainly grateful for the opportunity given to start as a junior engineer with a consultancy firm in Puchong,  Selangor. I learnt so much in my short three and half year there.

We should not be too hard on the fresh graduates or young people looking for an opportunity to prove themselves. Some employers demand too much of fresh graduates, not realising they were young, inexperienced and naive once. Life is tough for anyone starting out. Give them a chance.

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