As my batch of recent graduates move on in life to find a good paying job (and many have found them), I’m taking a step back….and doing free work.
After my first round of interviews, I realized that I’m inadequately equipped with the necessary know-how in getting employed for a job that deals with social media marketing. So right now, I want to spend some time in building up more hands-on experiences (other than my efforts on this blog) before moving on to either work in a big firm doing social media or get out for my own business.
Honestly, it feels a little sour not to be able to get into the ideal of working in a job I love that pays well (oh my, think of all the income I lose while I do free work), learn as much as I can on the job before setting off to start my own business. But I think that this may be the best for me right now; to do what I love, to learn loads but not earn (or earn much), rather than settle for a decent income selling insurance.
(No offense to insurance salespersons, just that it’s really my cup of tea :D)
I think I’ve been very fortunate to be offered opportunities not once but twice via my social media tools (YAY to success. lol). So! I’ve decided on Adonai Training and I’ll be camping out at Bedok Library, where they currently work, not too bad since I have a direct bus there, plus work starts at 11am (Double YAY!).
I’m going to squeeze dry the knowledge of my ‘boss’, practice everything I’ve learned these few weeks and to come out of the experience fully charged for the next step. :)
Anyway, a couple of questions have been posted to me and I thought they came very timely.
How much are you willing to give up for entrepreneurship?
Why do you want to be an entrepreneur?
My answer to the former question was kinda out-of-the-box I guess, cos I was thinking along the lines of becoming homeless etc. So I replied, “Well, I’ll never be homeless because my parents pay for my shelter; and my parents will never let me go hungry. So I can only give up my time and effort.” LOL
But that’s very true isn’t it! That’s the fortune that most Singapore youths have: no matter how hard we fail, we always have a home to go to and we’ll never be hungry for long. So really, what’s there to lose?
The latter question was posted to me by Martin when we met recently over coffee. I want to be an entrepreneur because I like to have the freedom to make decisions and have nobody to report to. Second reason being the belief that it is entrepreneurs who will change the world, think the pledge by Buffett and Gates.
So yes, I want to commit these two answers to my heart and run the entrepreneurship race.
Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.