Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Career Crossroad

Advertisement Executive in the well-known New Straits Times Press or Public Relations Executive in a fairly new but promising PR Agency? There was a third job offer as a Junior Copywriter in a very small advertising agency but I was more interested in the first two. Naturally fickle, I was in turmoil pondering my next move in accepting the best offer; which would also be my very first job after graduating from university.garupale

I've always dreamed of working in a huge Press company so NST was topmost on my list. It did not matter that I'd come in as an Advertisement Exec as opposed to the Journalist position I truly wanted. I figured the best thing to do was to get into the company first before gradually working my way into the Editorial side.

However, the PR Executive offer was mighty interesting too. When I went for the interview, my interviewer made it clear that I'd be in for one hectic ride should I decide to accept their offer. A PR Agency offers expertise in key areas of communication such as Media Relations, Brand Consultancy, Online PR, Stunts, Guerilla Marketing, Broadcast Consultancy, Crisis Management, Celebrity Endorsement, Events and Personal PR.

I was told that my job scope entailed assisting the PR Managers in the Creative Department to help clients get noticed in their respective industry through both online and offline activities. With an ultimate mission of building and upholding the reputation of companies, products and services in order to generate new and continuous business; working in a PR Agency would mean long working hours for me and plenty of entertaining on the side. I was enticed but after talking it over with my Dad, I decided to go with NST.

And that's how I ended up working in the oldest and largest newspaper publisher in Malaysia, which was also the best 4 years of my working life. I learned a lot about the industry and I made plenty of contact with Advertising and PR companies. Some of them remain as my loyal clients today when I eventually ventured into my own copywriting and translation business. Smiley

I have no regrets choosing a publishing company over the said PR Agency but sometimes I do wonder how my career path would have taken had I accepted their offer. Would I still end up pursuing my main interest in writing like I am right now or would I be some high-flying PR Consultant caught up in the glitz and glam of the hectic on-the-go lifestyle that comes with working in a PR Agency? fikir

Okay enough of walking down memory lane! It's time to get back to the new translation job I received today. It's only Wednesday and I'm already looking forward to our 3-day weekend. B will be on leave next week so it's more like a 5-day weekend for me. Merry Christmas everyone!

-FC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-



David Funk,  December 23, 2009 1:15 AM

Crossroads indeed. What? No mention of your new BWE career? LOL!

Nice trip down memory lane Mariuca! :* :)

Mary Anne Velasco,  December 23, 2009 1:37 AM

;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

Mary Anne Velasco,  December 23, 2009 1:37 AM

hhaha. yup!!! why no mention of being a member of BWE? hehe.. :) :) :)

Mary Anne Velasco,  December 23, 2009 1:39 AM

weee!!! vacation for you? You deserve it Marz! enjoy it! my vacation started yesterday and i making the most out of it.

take care and see you around! mwahugs! ;) ;) ;)

Bill,  December 23, 2009 2:13 AM

Wow it sounds like you had a very interesting career. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas my friend and have loads of fun with B on your vacation. :) :)

Bill,  December 23, 2009 2:15 AM

Yeah were is the BWE career *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* LOL

Monica,  December 23, 2009 2:58 AM

interesting job Mariuca but going freelance is the best route eh?! :) ;)

Monica,  December 23, 2009 3:00 AM

wow B on leave next week...enjoy your holidays sweetie! :* :* :*

Monica,  December 23, 2009 3:02 AM

Merry Christmas Mariuca! even though you don't celebrate Christmas :-P :-P

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 6:49 AM

Morning David FC1! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 6:50 AM

Maxi FC2 sweetie! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 6:50 AM

And Bill FC3! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 6:52 AM

Thanks for the chop peeps, have a lovely Wed! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 6:53 AM

I love my freelancing life sweetie, see can stay up until god knows what time then sleep all day muahahahahahah! Kidding, of coz sometimes I have to be up during the day oso if there's work to do.... :-D :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 6:54 AM

LOL David!!! My BWE career is brand new, it still needs some getting used to he he! Thanks for joining me in my walk down memory lane... :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 7:00 AM

:-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 7:00 AM

LOL Bill also asking abt BWE career hehehehe!!!

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 7:08 AM

A mini vacation if u will Maxi, still not sure what we're gonna do. I hope ur having a relaxing one with ur BF, he on vacay as well? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 7:12 AM

Thanks so much Bill, I hope u have a wonderful time this Christmas with ur pretty wife and son. Ho ho ho! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 7:13 AM

Yeah B cuti panjang ...hopefully la.. woo hoo!!! R cuti or not? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 7:22 AM

He he thanks sweetie, Merry Christmas to you too... u got ur Christmas tree edi Mon? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* :* :*

ayie,  December 23, 2009 9:22 AM

break for B? great!! you can enjoy a nice long holiday break together!

ayie,  December 23, 2009 9:22 AM

:* :* :* :*

ayie,  December 23, 2009 9:23 AM

merry christmas mon!! :* :*

ayie,  December 23, 2009 9:23 AM

goodnight ladies!!

Comedy Plus,  December 23, 2009 11:28 AM

May you and yours have a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Big hug. :)

Hitesh,  December 23, 2009 1:33 PM

i think you may be a scorpion cause scorpions are so fickle in nature..........BTW.....good news you getting 5 day weekend and that's really long weekend.......

enjoy the Christmas mood.......Merry Christmas.....\,,,/

LadyJava,  December 23, 2009 6:57 PM

:* :* :* :* :*

LadyJava,  December 23, 2009 6:58 PM

Am at my mama's place GP... spending nights here but thank god for MF and P1.. i am able to be online here and get on with my business :)

LadyJava,  December 23, 2009 7:15 PM

Yeah to long weekend!!

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:07 PM

:* :* :* Merry Christmas Ayie! So what did u get hubs?? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:08 PM

Thanks sweetie, feeling a little under the weather today but will def make the most of my holiday with B! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:08 PM

:* :* :* :* Ayie!

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:08 PM

Goodnight Ayie, thanks for coming by today, hugs! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:09 PM

Thanks so much Sandee, I wish u the best Christmas ever with your family and friends too. :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:10 PM

He he he me scorpion? Ho ho ho!!! I am fickle Hitesh, can never make up my mind but that's cause the choices are always so enticing, makes it hard for me to choose just one he he! =-X =-X :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:11 PM

Yeah I'm happy to have 5 whole days with B, thanks Hitesh.. enjoy ur holiday too! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:12 PM

:* :* :* :* :* LJ!

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:12 PM

Miss u dearie, hope u are keeping well at MIL's... good thing ada connection or not sure stress even more, take care and hugs! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  December 23, 2009 9:13 PM

Yeay indeed! Just wanna relaxi taxi altho my clients just gave me more work for the holiday it seems... :-E :-E :-E

Tekkaus,  December 24, 2009 7:42 PM

I wanna be a freelance with a stable income too...but I'm not that good yet. :p

Mariuca,  December 26, 2009 7:13 PM

What do u wanna freelance in Tekkaus? :)

bem69,  December 30, 2009 9:49 AM

Hey Marzie, congrats on your new career path. I guess you work normal hours now?

Mariuca,  January 02, 2010 5:02 AM

Hey Bem, I guess u did not get my post or maybe u didn’t read the whole thing? Mana ada career path baru, ni walk down memory lane la like years ago! Working normal hours it seems, where got? ROTFLMAO! :)

Mariuca,  January 02, 2010 5:02 AM

Ha but thanks for congratulating me on my so-called new career! ;)

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