Thursday, April 27, 2006


This chapter is closing

well, as of 2 days ago, i've decided to switch back to a design group. not that i don't like what i'm doing, but i think it's time to move on for something new. i feel that my learning curve is still steep (less than a yr ago), but the work i'm doing is kinda plateau-ing. time to move on to something new so i can learn the smaller pic.

it's been a tough decision, but it's the best for me.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


1st sem at UM...

hmm...why did i go to grad sch...many ppl have speculations of me getting bored from my job. well, it was a big part of it. mostly, i just wanted to switch career. not knowing what i wanted to switch to, i wanted to go for something of my interest - math and engr. so without much thought, i chose Industrial engr. it was actually a shocking news to ppl when i told ppl, with the fact that i just decided to go for grad sch over dinner time 1 nite, after my 3 weeks of vacation to HK, and then 6 national parks, including Bryce and Grand Canyon (i LOVE Bryce Canyon btw!)

when i did my visit to UM before deciding which sch to go to, it was a very interesting experience. i wasn't in the UM sys, even though i was accepted. i went to see the campus, and talked to a couple of grad students at the time. one of them gave me a very good advice - be proactive. it's totally out of my comfort zone, but it turned out to be a very useful thing at UM. her experience - if you don't ask ques, u'll miss out important things, including important deadlines in classes.

turned out that she's right. without much expectation, i packed and went to Ann Arbor with minimal luggage and clothing (still fully packed for my SUV though.) without planning to go back to Chicago for months, i found out that the career roundtable for engr sch was a month away! hoping not to miss the chance of expericing it, i hitched a ride back w/ a friend, and got my interview clothes. it was a good experience, even though it's a long day of waiting in line and talking to ppl just in sec.

thinking back, the advice from that grad student is really helpful, and it's still very useful to this day. be proactive, and be prepared, or u'll miss out...

Thursday, April 13, 2006


r u ambitious?

at the company, there's been a tremendous amt of newbies for the last couple of yrs. we sometimes share our joy and woes for being the new blood of the company. learning all the things and customs can be frustrating.

coming out from college, u can be really dissapointed by all the rules and guidelines that shape the company, which u have to adapt to. things are so diff from sch, that u may feel u just wasted the yrs in college. u get frustrated from all the standards u have to conform to, and feel like u things are not as expected when u accepted the job offer. ur energy level drops, as ur frustration level increases. u feel like u wanna do a lot more, and u think u can, but it's just not happening.

every job that i have/had taken on has had steep learning curves. every time was hard to pick up, esp when ur mentors are swamped (and usually they are, and that's why ur hired, to "ease" their load.) i always felt like an over-paid secretary when i started out, coz u never get to use what u learned in sch. they assume ur some kid that is still learning how to count, or spelling ABC's. ur hoping to get some kind of training, and often times they don't have a game plan for u.

real world is very diff from college. u can hear it from numerous ppl and still hoping and thinking ur the extrodinary one to change the whole world. b4 u do that, take a step back, have a good pic and feel of ur work environment b4 u start making ambitious ideas. u can be brilliant, but unless ur some top notch scientist that is on the way of inventing something for Nobel prize, mgrs are looking for ppl who can work w/ ppl effectively to increase productivity. ur training in college is not in vain. there are technical knowledge you may not use for the rest of ur life, but it's the mental training that is valuable, and it stays w/ u. if u wanna go far, u have to be able to utilize ur talents and skills in the right ways.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


survival skill?

hmm...thinking back in 1st yr being a proj surveyor at Chicago, it was very hard for me to adjust. i didn't know what to expect in the real world, and i wasn't prepared. i was shy and reserved. i still am, in a way, but compared to my 1st yr at Boeing now, it's like day and night.

one thing i really advise: go explore the company, and see what good things are out there and join. i'm still working on that, since there're just TONS of clubs and memberships you can join through Boeing. one thing u can do immediately is to join the fun of being in the family company.

having been in a family-based mid size firm, and now a big corp, there are HUGE diff. for one thing, you definitely have more choices. smaller firms lets you pick up more stuff, coz they usually dont' have enough ppl to do stuff. you learn a lot of tech and admin skills at the same time, whether you realize and like it or not.

in big corp, you tend to be a little part of big proj, so you may feel you're a tiny piece of the puzzle. however, one thing you can and should do, is to blend in. talk to the ppl who have been there longer, make connections. ppl can surprise you, and you may find you're just lucky to work w/ them, and you can learn so much from them. it helps you to pick up the pace and navigate in the company much better.

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