Early this week my company welcomed a new member to our Singapore-based team. As with all new hires to the company, she was not hired for a specific position, for better or for worse. New members here are never really given a job brief. Instead, when they enter the team, their first task is to define their own job scope.
I have always felt conflicted about this arrangement; it’s actually both frustrating and liberating. Liberating, because I am not as restricted to do things that I rather not do or find no meaning in, compared to many companies out there. Also y’all know how sometimes the advertised job description does not reflect accurately the actual job scope? And you end up feeling cheated into the role? Well, no expectations = no disappointments (haha). It’s rather empowering to take accountability for your own course of work. I can decide what I want to do and how I want to achieve it, so long as it is aligned with the company’s goals.
On the other hand, it can be frustrating when what you want to do just cannot seem to fit well with the company’s (or many a times, the big boss’) direction or when you simply don’t know where or how to get started.. Some guidance or mentorship would be very helpful.
It was slightly disorientating for me at the beginning, joining a new team with what’s expected of me absolutely undefined. But I’ve since gained my footing and for now, 4 months in, I am grateful to be in a position where I have choice and say in determining the project/s I want to undertake. There’s a certain satisfaction in having the power to build my own career even within the organisation. This week was extra fulfilling with two new projects and the prospect of business trips to Japan and China next month!
Anyway, now that I’m more or less settled in to my new work place and have gotten comfortable with my job, and that I have gained a more privileged residential status here, I’m starting to give a deeper thought about what else I can do to value-add to my time off work, such as during the evenings/nights and (especially) the weekends. There’s so much I want to do with my life when I’m procrastinating in office but once I have free time all I do is nothing..
Nothing will work unless you do.
I shall start taking action this weekend.