Articles tagged in work

  1. Last Day at Work in 2008

    Last "working" day for me for 2008, as I will be taking 4 days off next week and resume "work" on the 5th of January. "Work" is in double quotation mark because it refers to only my office work during the day time at IRESS. I am pretty sure I'll spend time with my websites. And then there's preparation for FOCUS Mandarin, which is starting on 4th of January.

    Work today has been a breeze. Got onto an express bus into the city (which is unusually early for me), and the whole trip from 9 Ways Kingsford to Martin Place only took around 15 minutes. Tidy up some loose ends and wrote out some specs so my colleague can continue my work next week. My manager left at around lunch time, and called back at around 3 to check why we haven't left yet... Btw it felt weird to have your manager following you on Twitter -- it certainly has limited what I can whinge about work...

    Tomorrow -- morning Christmas service at St. Andrew's Cathedral with Peter Jensen giving the talk, follow by picnic in the city.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  2. Needing Experience is a Vicious Circle

    Just read this read feedback in this month's CPA In the Black magazine:

    I have been looking for a position as a graduate accountant for more than six months, and have been seeing employers who demand experience in an accounting practice. Experience, that's all they want. Do they not consider other values? We need to start off somewhere, to gain work experience and then complete the CPA Program. Many of us are commerce graduates and qualified to work as professional accountants. Yet we end up working casually as waiters, drivers or admin staff - none of which is our preferred career path.

    How is that a vicious circle? I guess new grads can never be experienced and employable if they do not have an opportunity to get experienced. Professional Accounting has always been the gateway course to get you permanent residency in Australia if you are an overseas student, because somehow we need more accountants. However, thousands of Accounting grads every year does not seem to relieve any drought -- grads still cannot find suitable job, and we still need accountants.

    The very same can be said about the IT industry in Australia. In July issue of Australian Personal Computers magazine, there's an article titled "The IT Job Crisis", pointing out there are simply not enough specialised and experienced IT workers. Lack of software developers has slowed down growth of many IT companies -- at least I know that we are. So much work, but not enough hands (to type on the keyboard). However, thousands of computer science/engineering grads each year ended up doing non-IT related jobs because their profile just do not fit the bill...

    Personally I do not think "lacking of experience" is an issue though. Companies hire experienced specialists as contractors to finish off a project, but to really build a development team, I would rather hire a bright graduate than someone with 10 year J2EE or 5 year RoR experience. They would have fresher ideas, would be faster picking up new technologies, and would be more open minded than many that are more experienced. Too bad that smart kids are even rarer than experienced specialists. Even if we have found one, he would be too smart to work in a small ISV...

    (One new guy started at work today, whom we interviewed 2 weeks ago. We are still hiring though.)

  3. Under the Same Roof

    It is weird when you company have just bought out your biggest competitor. Just a few months ago we were still fighting for the same clients, doing data conversions for those who "defected" to us, and treat their office as "enemy territory". Then last Friday they all came to our …
  4. A Few Distractions At Work

    Since we moved to the new office, there has been quite a few "improvements" happening in the kitchen area that brought quite a bit of distraction. First of all, a new coffee machine was installed last week. Yes, one of those where you click a button and out comes a …
  5. Working in Startup Company

    Via Meg's post, Sydney OpenCoffee Meetup is an informal and regular meeting for people involved in, or want to be involved in "Startup Industry". Date/Time: Thursday 3rd of May 2007, 8:30amLocation: Brew Cafe, 121 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney How is "Startup Industry" defined? From Wikipedia's …
  6. Back to Work

    Very first day back to work after a long 3 weeks paternity leave, and it is also the very first day visiting our new office at Martins Place, although my colleagues have already been here for a week. First impression: It is bigger! (The main reason why we moved.) It …
  7. Bye Bye Australia Square

    I went back to the office yesterday for half a day -- not to work, but to pack stuff. We are moving office this Saturday, and as I am still in my annual leave, I will not be back until after the Easter. Last time we moved it was a month …
  8. Setting up OpenVZ Node at Work

    Sorry I have not been blogging over the past few days. Even Vivian can tell that my blog has somehow been deserted! (Yes, she checked focuser.net for all the gossips). I have been quite busy at work, felt tired when at home, and was mentally blocked to put things …