Saturday, 17 October 2020

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Diary of a Stay-At-Home-Mom

 

Navigating the dinner conversation at a dinner function…

Short version:

Before I left my job: Challenging… because I am an introvert.

After I left my job: No change, still challenging… oh well, even more challenging 😊

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Long Version:

Before I left my job…

The person sitting next to me: So where do you work?

Me: I work at the UN.

The person sitting next to me: Oh, you are in the business of creating world peace. What do you do there?

Me: We procure medicines and medical devices. More recently, I am into business process engineering and data management, making processes more efficient, reports more automated and analysis more... (before I can finish)

The person sitting next to me ask: Can you help me to get a job at the UN?

Me: Sure, here are the links where you can find all the job postings 😊

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After I left my job:

The person sitting next to me: So where do you work?

Me: I work at the UF.

The person sitting next to me: What is that?

Me: Erm… it’s a multinational company… 

If they probe further, I would say it’s a half-Danish and half-Singaporean company.

The person sitting next to me: What do you do there?

Me: I am the Project Site Manager, being on-site and making sure everything works… just like when you are renovating a house. And mediating the conflicts between the various, ahem… “sub-contractors” 😊

The person sitting next to me: What does it do?

Me: It’s in the business of construction, procurement, transportation and logistics, project budgeting, planning, organizing and management of events (with regards to playdates), education, nutrition and sustainable engineering (with regards to cleaning)… (cough, cough, sip water).

The person sitting next to me: Looks like your company is dabbling into many different businesses. Have your management thought of divesting some of the non-core business interests?

Me: Erm... no, no choice, no one to divest them to.

The person sitting next to me: So what kind of procurement do you do?

Me: I am in-charge of procuring… erm… household supplies 😊

The person sitting next to me: What kind of construction do you do?

Me: Right now, one of my projects is building (up) a home 😊

The person sitting next to me: So what’s your company vision, goal and direction?

Me: Erm... creating family peace 😊

The person sitting next to me: How big is the company?

Me: Erm… it consists of two owners… If they probe further, I would say… Daddy FECS and me.

The person sitting next to me: Oh I see, it is a family business. How many clients do you have?

Me:  Well, erm… just two… Little FECS and Baby FECS… 😊

At this point in the dinner conversation alright, alright… I am coming clean with it. I am a stay-at-home-mom 😅

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