Job 3, Day 1

Got up at 5.40am to feed the lost dog outside our property. He refused food and water though and instead, led me to the gate. When I opened it, he left! I’m under the impression that he was afraid of the cars passing by yesterday and since there weren’t many this morning, the roads were less threatening.

I posted this online in a Facebook group and people were quite supportive. A reminder that everyone is a potential resource and you don’t want to burn Bridges where you shouldn’t i.e. everywhere.

My cold is a tad bit better it seems but I’m not taking any chances. I’m drinking “Indian Borage” infusions to drive away the cold and it’s the most effective thing I’ve tried to counter cough and phlegm. You pull out some leaves with stems (have them at my place), wash them and leave them in freshly boiled water for a few mins. Then you drink!

This new job I am starting today is going to be my 3rd. It’s a rotation and I don’t have a post title yet (consultant is being used), but this is my 3rd organization/ company. I’m excited but also apprehensive about the new colleagues, new office culture. This might be the first one that will have a lot more English though because to my knowledge there are a lot of expats- skilled and unskilled.

My cold isn’t helping but I have no plans to allow this to affect my work. I don’t expect to need to be 100% (even if one should always be at 100%) but I will give it 100% of my abilities, even if my 100% today might not be the same as next week!

I begin my job aware of a few of my weaknesses. 1. Punctuality: I managed to control this a bit when I started going to work at 7am to beat the morning traffic. Because I don’t know where I will be going today and don’t want to end up being at work earlier than all the staff, I will leave my place at around 7.20am. I don’t expect that there will be much traffic towards my new office because it’s away from town but there will be traffic leaving my place and the road from my place.

Wish me luck!

New Job and Career Change?

I don’t know if you can call it a “career change” or eventually I might find out that it is relevant to my work in development after all but people- goodbye development (for now).

On December, I bumped into my former boss who told me that he hears I’m doing consulting but “forget that, come work for me”. I didn’t want to say no to something I didn’t know I was saying no to so I scheduled a meeting with him and like the work. I’ve always been interested in getting into business but on the side. Why not make it a job and learn something? I know I will learn a lot and it could potentially help me in my own business in the future.

My PhD dreams have been put on pause. For now, I’ve lost interest in it (so quickly) and believe not getting the scholarship last year was perhaps a good thing. I clearly need to figure out a few things.

During my interview, I was asked what I wanted to do. I know I lost brownie points saying “I’m not sure”, but I had to be honest. I want to rotate around the companies and figure it out and I’m glad that he agreed to give me that opportunity. I start tomorrow and I hope by the end of the 3 months probation, I know exactly where and what I want to do.

Am I apprehensive? Absolutely. I’m not trained is business. But I am confident that I will figure things out.

Not my Problem?

I’ve been meaning to post because there’s been so many things on my mind lately. I usually have many things on my mind but I’ve been yearning to write them down these past few weeks. I’ll break them down into multiple posts.

A few experiences have made me realize a few things lately and I want to pen them down. The first has to do with a realization about what I believe to be true about my parents. I don’t know much about my father but the fact that he’s managed to make 5 kids not his problem has made me conclude that if he can completely pretend his problems don’t exist, he would.

I know my mother a lot more, having grown up with her but I realize that if I have a personal problem, she usually stresses about it and wants to help. However, if there is a problem e.g. animal dumped outside her house not her problem. This exact unfortunate issue happened today where a dog with a collar and seemingly completely lost, has ended up on her property. She wants him gone but wants me to shoo him away. I told her I can’t do it and have asked for tonight at least to post about the dog on social media. Here is to hoping someone contacts me on either the owner or a temp shelter because I wouldn’t put it past my mother to dump the poor dog somewhere while I am at work. I guess some people are so stressed they don’t want to take up anyone else’s? And some people care so much it is important for them to always do something?

That being said, tomorrow is the beginning of my new job. Check out my next entry!

Happy New Year 2019!

Already! I feel as though I had just greeted everyone recently a happy new year 2018 and then abandoned you all for a year.

Spent the 1st hungover. Story for another day? 2nd was relaxing and today was too. I’m on vacation abroad and will be flying back home tomorrow.

Was thinking about challenges I would like to take up this year. Anyone care to join? Next entry!

MoM- Consulting 101: Payments don’t come easy

In my last entry, I was to have 2 meetings. I met with those potential clients, but sadly, they are yet to revert. No one has ever given me a “no” but I guess in this business, people are more likely to never get back to you. Well, I am not good at apologizing, telling people “sorry, it ain’t happening” but I think this is best practice and needs to be done. That’s what you would want.

It’s my 3rd, going on my 4th month of consulting. So far, I have already done some work and applied to much more than I can count. Some of which, I have applied as an individual consultant and others where I was referred to a bidding team or someone remembered me and contacted me… The only work I have managed to secure were from clients I already knew. Unfortunately, I have many potential clients but none that I have acquired.

That being said, I am still waiting to be paid by all the clients. I know from many other friends who are consultants that payment is a bitch. The delays are in sane. In my case, I would not be in this predicament, had things gone according to plan.

When I left government a few months ago, I had expected to be paid my dues. This would have been equivalent to 4-5 months salary. Instead, they contacted me telling me they aren’t giving me a cent because I left prematurely and it is I who owes them. I was on a contract and I breached the contract.

I won’t go into details of why I left knowing I was on a contract etc. I just want to mention that the contract I signed, was not 100% that of the one they had a copy of. In other words, from the second I signed that contract to the second all parties received it endorsed by the registrar, the first page was different. The keepers of the contract have yet to meet me. They have been organizing meetings but keep on cancelling.

So anyway, at this point in time, I have been one retainer. Another potential client asked me about retainers and I said I wasn’t offering them yet. Retainers are great for the dry times but some work have very tight deadlines and and if I agree to be on a retainer for 5 days for 2 clients, I will only have 10 days for big consultancy work.