1) Constant upgrading is essential to maintain one’s market value in the job market nowadays.
This person failed to pick up any new skills during his career change in his previous job. Through the way he handled things, it was plain enough for any idiot to see that he has been relying on interns, agencies to handle everything. I also questioned what he said to me earlier – he wanted to change to my line because his previous line was doing operational work, and he wanted to be in charge of content for a change. Now that he has the chance to come up with content for various assignments, he actually shoved it to others!!! What is this?
2) Speed and accuracy are still the basic foundational skills and critical to any job, especially in the private sector.
This person wasn’t able to match the speed of the private sector. Just handling one section of report’s editing, he found it tiring. He is also easily stressed out. Even if under stress, one still have to produce the work. He couldn’t and he could actually leave the office at 6pm. His work ethics is also questionable. I was glad that I chose the hardest and widest jobscope as my first job – marketing in an FMCG industry. It is comparable to telecommunications, technology and finance in terms of speed (I felt more of telecommunications and technology though). I really picked up the speed that helped me so much.
3) The ability to adapt to different environment and avoid the “old bird” syndrome
I firmly believed in moving on after staying at a place for some time. Otherwise, you become the old bird and become complacent about things. When it comes to sudden movement, you cannot change anymore. Pride gets in the way and you kept thinking “in the past at XYZ company, the culture is this and that, the procedure is this and that. Why is the ZYX company like this and that?” The problem with this guy is he couldn’t shake off the XYZ company, and unlearn and relearn new corporate culture, process and new people. The worst thing is he had a big ego, hence he simply thinks other people are reprimanding him, but failed to take action to rectify the situation.
I must admit my current boss is a difficult boss to work with, and has blind flaws that she isn’t aware of (interestingly these flaws are flaws that she pointed out about others, I just get a little amused about it and try not to be bothered about it in order to keep my sanity at times). However, I have learnt to push different people’s buttons (not all of course, some people you just can’t). But from this guy I am determined to stay put to learn whatever I could and then promptly leave my company when the time is up (too much rubbish to deal with here).
Hope to hear from any readers who has visited my site and read this post. I really look forward to alternative comments and perspectives.