Finally after six years of studying architecture, I graduated in September 2003 with distinction. It seemed like a very long exhausting journey. Most of my friends decided to take a break after graduation before entering the working world. As for me, it was the time to work fulltime. There was not a second to lose. So, I straight away went back to work with the former firm where I was a part-timer during my studies. But there was no vacancy at the moment, the opening would only start early next year (2004). I, on the other hand, couldn’t wait until early next year. I’d to work in the soonest. I have a family to feed and support.
I then sent my CV to several practices in town, but there were reserving job openings till January 2004. I was quite fortunate that I was already engaged with several freelance jobs but it still worried me that I hadn’t get a fulltime job.
Getting fed up of waiting for the openings at architecture firms, I tried my luck in a different field by becoming a graphic designer... at least till the next job openings.
There was a point when I had to go back to school to submit the final bounded report of my thesis. I bumped into a few lecturers. They asked me, "Kerja di mana sekarang?" It was a shame to tell them the truth, but I was proud that I was doing my best for my family. I told them, "Kerja di kedai cat saja, cik". They were startled with my reply and said, "belajar architecture, keje kat kedai cat jer? buat apa!". I smiled, headed my way and prayed for a brighter future in my path...and it was.
"I smiled, headed my way and prayed for a brighter future in my
path...and it was."