Yesterday was a day filled with deep meaning, purpose and reflection for me. Being the trainer and developer of these particular courses, I was an invited guest of the official launching ceremony of “Sayang Kerja, Sayang Keluarga” (SK2) (The meaning of the words implies to Love Your Work, Love Your Family).
It’s great to meet my participants once again and to give a presentation, keeping them motivated as they continue on their path to seek employment. I still remember their names as we see each other in delight. The Befrienders, whom I have recently trained them in Counseling and Coaching Skills, also attended the event.
The auditorium was well set up when I arrived. The media had already arrived, assembling their equipments meticulously. This training program and launch is going to be featured on the Suria Channel, Channel News Asia and Channel U.
At the same time, the familiar faces instantly brought a smile to my face. I enjoyed catching up with some of the course participants, both from SK2 training and from the counseling and coaching courses. It was encouraging knowing that the jobseekers have been keeping their spirit up and going, proactively shifting their paradigm with regards to employment seeking.
The Guest of Honor for the event was Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary from the Ministry of Manpower and Special Guest was Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District. When they arrived, various testimonies and reports were presented.
The grand ceremony and launch took place with the symbolic piecing together of a giant heart. The Guest of Honor, the Special Guest and I had a chat afterwards regarding the trainings and what else we can do to support the participants. It’s always heartening to know we are seeing the results from the trainings and the entire program.
During my presentation segment, I emphasized on the key essentials of employment seeking. It will also be most beneficial for the jobseekers to know these key pointers:
1. Your positive attitude draws in the positive nods of employers.
2. Get your job directions right first. Knowing what you want yet not being to restrictive helps you open up the job options.
3. The interview is the key turning point to get the job. So make sure you are up to the mark when it comes to handling interviews.
4. There is no shame in being unemployed. This is just a transitional phase that everyone goes through now and then. As long as you are willing to do something about it, there’s hardly anything to grief or feel guilty about.
5. It’s possible to amass a large number of job opportunities in your job bank. Follow through constantly on what you have been taught and advised. It’s only a simple matter of knowing where to search and how to draw the jobs to you.
6. There are always help and support available, from the Befrienders to the agencies to the Career Consultants. Get to know them, talk to them. They are your pillars of support, advice and encouragement.
7. Take charge of your life first. It’s really up to you. No one will do all these work for you. You’ve got to want it to make it happen.
What pleased me tremendously was that ever since the series of workshops, some of the participants have been gainfully employed. A number of them are attending job placement courses, which will guarantee them jobs, while the rest maintains that positive active search for employment.
It’s a simple step in the right direction to making a positive change.
And may you Excel Beyond Excellence!