Wasted Daylight No More

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Confucius quote "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."  I often hear people say in order to be happy in your career, we have to do what we are passionate about. Unfortunately, not everyone has a passion that can be translated to a job that pays well. 
Photo Taken at  Jusangjeolli Cliff Jeju Island
When I graduated and passed the Nursing Licensure Exam in 2009, there was an imbalance between market demand and supply in the Philippines. Thousands of nurses ended up being unemployed or underemployed. So, to make the long story short, I worked as a call center agent in one of the top BPO companies in the Philippines. It was a decision that jolted my career down a very different path. It was a huge adjustment because I had to work at night. There were days that I am literally pulling myself out of bed. I keep asking myself if this job is really for me. After a year, I decided to quit. 

The next day, I applied in an insurance company. Though the operation is at night, I accepted the job because I cannot afford to be unemployed (got to pay the bills somehow, you know). I learned a lot of things. I met a lot of great people. The odds must have sided with me when I got a job that pays well. I was able to travel during weekends. I can get the things that I wanted using my own money. Three years have passed. Three years of being nocturnal. 

Photo taken at White Sand Dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam
I am lucky I did not suffer from shift work sleep disorder, metabolic and cardiovascular problems. I guess my circadian rhythm (internal body clock) has been altered completely. I was contented but then one day, I woke up and realized, my social relationship is suffering. It has been difficult to schedule family activities, catching up with friends and spending quality time with my special someone. Yes, working at night gives higher pay, but then I felt it's not worth it.

About a month ago, I decided to apply in another department. The operation is in the morning so I am pretty optimistic. The bosses in my current department approved my application, I took the exam and got interviewed. Several days later, I received an email informing that I passed and will be transferred soon. You have no idea how happy I was when I received that email! WASTED DAYLIGHT NO MORE. I am going to enjoy ate SUNdra again! 

Photo taken at Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
It's been a month already and I can still feel the excitement. Sad to leave my friends from my previous department but glad to meet new ones. Right now, I am more than happy. I get to enjoy weekends more. I can say TGIF now :) Though my salary will be 30% less, I don't care. I can sacrifice other things. 

I am still surprised that I am able to live a fully corporate life today. I am thankful that the discipline I come from offers a lot of conduits to the outside world. I am glad that the company I currently work for values me as an employee. When the time came that it doesn't "feel right" anymore, they gave me a new place. And for that, I will forever be grateful.

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