Another Milestone Achieved

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It has been a long time since my last post.

I have been really busy at work and I must say things have been pretty smooth.

I am expecting my career is taking off soon. Just gotta work hard.

Also, I am glad to have finally achieved ACII!!!! WOOHOO!!! I got my results yesterday and have passed my examinations. My hands were trembling when I log into the online portal to check the results.

It has been a challenging time for me during the past one year. Indeed, it is not easy juggling with work and studies.

Well, I do hope that with this qualification, I can edge out and differentiate from the rest of the people in the industry.

Of course, I am grateful to my company for being so supportive by paying for my the school fees, my boss and colleagues who are very understanding and accommodating by giving me time off to study for the examinations. They are very encouraging and gave me a lot of opportunities to prove myself. I do hope I have not let them down.

And of course, to my loved ones who have also been encouraging me.

I really really want my career to take off and I do have high expectations. I have to take on the challenges ahead and make it worthwhile.

It is time to build my own empire.

Updates

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It has been a whole since my last post.

It is already 1 year and 4 months+ since I have started my job as in Insurance Broker.

I am grateful for being able to study for my ACII while working. My sponsored company M is a fantastic company. My colleagues are very helpful and patient with me. It is not easy to juggle work and studies. Although the past one year has not been very smooth as there were many hiccups with my school’s timetable and their planning is not up to expectations, I am still hoping to be able to pass my ACII.

For those who are wondering what is ACII, it stands for Advanced Diploma, Chartered Institute of Insurance. This is known to be a prestigious professional certificate for those who are planning to carve a rewarding career in the insurance sector. After working for five years in insurance upon graduation, you will be awarded the Chartered status. This is equivalent to the Chartered status for accountants and financial analysts, but in the area of insurance. I would bet not many people will know about this.

Some people might ask, why choose insurance? It already has a bad name.

Well, it is a matter of perspective. For me, without insurance, businesses cannot move on. At least it give assurance to your investors that in the worst case scenario, their money is still protected. That is why in many business contracts, there is a requirement to purchase insurance before work can progress. For example, a construction firm has engaged the services of a professional civil engineer. The role of the civil engineer is to provide advice on the construction of the building. However, the law states that should anything goes wrong with the building which results in losses, the engineer will be liable for the damages. These losses can run up to millions of dollars. Therefore, to ensure that the engineers is financially sound, it is a requirement to purchase a Professional Indemnity Insurance. This is the importance of insurance.

Interesing, isn’t it?

I survived…

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Yay!

Understanding human relations

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People management is never an easy task, especially when one is working in the corporate world. There is a chinese saying, 知己知彼,百战百胜; he who has a thorough understanding of himself and the enemy is bound to win all battles.

Part of my job is to persuade people in the shortest time possible. Often, I get a no as an answer. It is not that these people are unable to commit, but is that there is no reason for them to say yes. Hence, I spent a lot of time understanding someone and his/her background before moving in for the kill.

Public relations(PR) is indeed a daunting task. The way you pitch your request, email or speech affects the decision outcome.

Some people has a very huge ego, and you need to make them feel good and worship them like gods. It’s not licking their boots but but more of feeding their ego. For example, you are trying to invite a very senior person to your conference and he is very egoistic. You do not say things like oh you are very smart and wise and handsome and blah blah blah. Instead, you should tell him why he should attend our event and how important is his presence at the event. This gives him a feeling of great importance. Maybe he will consider.

Sucky world.