1 year of work-life

It HAS been one year. Hard to believe at times. Thanks to a-connect, I have memories of Singapore, Oman, India and the UK to dot this year. And what a year it has been..

And as it is my 2nd last day in Singapore for a bit, I had the first half of the day dedicated to running some errands and fittingly, I decided to do lunch at the Indian stall at Science Canteen in NUS. I’ve had god-knows-how-many meals there thanks to having worked at a start up that was incubated at the Faculty of Science. And the food there always reminded me of home.

And of course, it didn’t disappoint. (It never has). It was great to share it with a close friend from university, chit chat with the canteen owners who were thrilled to bits and of course, feel the student buzz at university.
And, it was also fitting that I had another close friend give me 10 Sparkz bookmarks. The story behind this one is interesting. Sparkz was a talent show I was a part of at university and it marked arguably one of my most memorable times. Anyway, one of our team members had a great idea for the design of our voting sheet and it ended up becoming a voting sheet + bookmark.
Anyway, I had almost forgotten about this till I noticed it on one of my friend’s rooms. And, of course, I wanted it! But, as she refused point blank, I decided to request for 10 more ‘collector’s edition’ copies and I received them right after lunch..
(The front on the left. The back of the book mark my essay (typical..) and then you have the voting sheet. This one made us feel pretty smart, all in all!)
And following that lunch and a token from one of the best memories from university, there was a little celebration with my great boss and then over to work.
Best of the past to the present.. and future.
Very special.
And in true ‘A Learning a Day’ spirit, what is the biggest thing I have learnt from 1 year of work life?
The dots always connect backward.
Any hard work ever done in the past always comes back to help. I’ve had a wonderful year at a-connect and while my mentors, colleagues and support system had a huge role to play, itis due (in big part) to a lots of hard work put in university. And long may it continue..
There is a lot of talk about ‘smart work’. My view is that you have got to work hard first, to know how to work smart. There is no substitute to putting in the hours.
The first of many years. Looking forward to many more wonderful years.. 1 day at a time.