Vicky Faith
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  • Asked by Anonymous

    Vicky Faith
    Vicky Faith
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 18 Dec 2018
    Dont worry! I'm exactly the same as you, other than the fact that I try to find contentment with whatever I do and whatever I have. In fact, sometimes I felt that I'm trying too hard to look like I'm a grown up when I'm actually still quite young. Adding that kind of pressure to yourself would only lead to more unnecessary unhappiness. What's important to be real and be yourself. Dont compare. Instead of directing your life based on what the "social norm" is, direct your life based on your short term and long goals that you set for yourself that allows you to be happy with your life! Be positive and take actions on areas you think you're not doing well so that it will change! We are on the same boat, so jia you!
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Vicky Faith
    Vicky Faith
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 07 Dec 2018
    Maybe instead of a business, try to start from small buy supporting her as a hobby first! Setting up business is not something that easy and she probably need to go through NEA course to get herself certified to be a food handler before she can make this into a business for commercial world. I doubt shes able to take that cert yet. But a dream has no limit, so you can always co-create the pathway with her by starting small. I dont have a child, but I felt like if you allow her to continue baking and support her financially (for now at least), it would work out in a short term. Let her bake an distribute as a birthday gift, valentines days, Christmas and many more. Maybe for her to use her time and effort to bake and distribute to her friends, she will gain a few valuable lessons too (ie. Importance of appreciation, hygiene... a lot more) This comment really worth less than 1 cent because I got zero experience in this but yet I wanna share my POV haha.
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Vicky Faith
    Vicky Faith
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 07 Dec 2018
    It's never too late to start! But in fact, you are not losing out. You had different perspectives and priorities on how you want to use your money at, and that doesn't make you not as good as your colleague. She or he can be sharing about his or her experiences traveling, you can always share on areas you have invested your time and money in! The probable reason why you're feeling that way is because you cant seem to understand those true real excitement your colleague shares because you didnt experience before. And.. who says that traveling a lot = more creative? It might just be her or him being a creative individual, even without traveling! So turn those "envy" into reality by setting a new goal for yourself! Of course, just dont end up too caught up wanting to "be like him/her" and forgotten about what you truly value. Everyone is unique and has their own creativity, dont live a life thinking about how another individual can be so great, live a life where you feel great about yourself would be so much more important.
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Vicky Faith
    Vicky Faith
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 04 Dec 2018
    I guess it could also be an opportunity for you to start "reviewing" (aka reflecting) your job. Cause it's a two way thing. We dont sell our lives to job to be fully utilised without being paid the right sum, at the same time, we dont take a large amount of money and do nothing. One thing I realise about working is working over time and keeping silent about the amount of workload I have doesn't help. In the reality, some other people who are more vocal yet still leaves work on time gets the credit (and the money) instead. Below are some of my thoughts, from my bare minimum working experience: 1) speak to your CEO, provided your organisation is open to such communication in the first place. Ie, your CEO is someone who did see your work before, know who you are and what you do (at least on the surface). If not, I doubt speaking to the CEO will help because your direct boss has the upper hand of telling the CEO the "truth" and you speaking to him only gonna make things more difficult for you. 2) if point 1 dont work, try speaking to your direct boss. Use the hamburger approach to always show your appreciation and thanks for the opportunities given for you to grow and learn in the organisation (hopefully that's true!) And share your concern as a mature adult, and dont seems like you're complaining. Dont use the "I" all the time to prove you're doing a lot, do more of the "we" nexus you may not know how how much OT did your direct boss actually does as well to meet demand too. If you wanna use "I", dont forget to add on the "you too" to show how you're looking at big picture. 3) if point 1 and 2 doesn't make sense, probably it's time to review your job instead. Get it over and done with the unfair review and start searching for a job that worth your contribution (based on the fact that you're actually out performing on your usual job scope). I'm saying this selfishly that money can be secondary and job satisfaction to be first. If your priorities are different, this pointer may not work as well. Then before performing pointer 3, take out a paper and pen and start writing down what's your priorities in life so you will know what's the best next step for you. If you do either pointer 1 or 2, it means you really value your job. And if that's the case, fight for it and dont be silent about any unfair treatment, as long as those "unfair treatment" you mentioned are really unfair in all eyes, not just yours. After I changed my job recently, I realised the importance of separating my work life and personal life apart. I realised working longer hours doesn't help me with my personal life and stopped me from doing a lot more things I wished I could do. I'm saying this in a perspective of being an employed person by a company - i do understand why entrepreneurs work long hours in order to build their company after all. Unfortunately, i do know of some companies that require every division to give at least one person to be the "no performance bonus" person in order to have like a range of good to bad. It's like they are indirectly encouraging to let the bad staff to stay so that the good staff can shine. Quite a stupid policy but it does exist. Good luck! :)
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Vicky Faith
    Vicky Faith
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 04 Dec 2018
    Like what many mentioned, it depends on which company you want to work for and ideally, you should customise your resume to meet the job description. When I say customised, it's not blindly copying and pasting it, but you will need to understand the job description know what you have to offer based on that description reword and write it in your resume. If you're fresh grad, it means your cohort are probably competing with you to get the same job, ask yourself, what makes you different from the rest? CCA probably can help to show some traits about yourself. A team player, a leader, a determined person and more. Since you're fresh grad, companies probably wont bother much about your past work experience unless you have anything related in terms of technical skills, or transferable skills. So it is important for you to be humble, yet highlight the key traits you have. My part time job in secondary school landed me a position in polytechnic prior to O level. My part time job probably helped me to get a place in uni despite my below 3.0 GPA. When I apply for my first job after I graduated, my employer also asked a lot about my part time job and a lot of situational questions. They are probably trying to see my transferrable skills that I can bring to the job I was applying for. Dont be upset if you dont receive any calls for interview because that does not prove how bad you are as a person. I always feel that the best way to write resume, is always to know yourself and what you have got to offer first. Just remember it's not a 10 min work, it could take a day, a week or a month for the perfect resume (in your eyes) :)
  • Asked by Daniel Lee

    Vicky Faith
    Vicky Faith
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 04 Dec 2018
    Was working part time in an F and B buffet restaurant and was the host for the night shift (host = the person at the entrance that talks to the customer and gives customer their seat number). It was a full house night where we have reservations of about 300 pax and theres indoor and outdoor seats. All customers who gets outdoor seats were informed prior during their reservation. Here comes a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids, non Singaporean, Chinese speaking. They tried their luck to get indoor seats but I really dont have any to offer. The mom starts to mumble things and say that I'm making things difficult for them. They went to their outdoor seats eventually. During the dinner, their two young kids (probably about 8 to 10 years old) kept running in the restaurant, especially in the indoor area. After an hour of eating their buffet with quite a bit of food wastage on their table, the mom came to me at the entrance of the restaurant. It was really peak hour at that point of time. Below is the conversation (translated to English): Customer: can you see that my children keeps running indoor? That means it will make more sense for us to sit indoor. Give us an indoor seat now. Me: I'm sorry, the indoor seats are fully reserved and not available. We have already informed you over the phone that your reservation will be outdoor seats Customer: what do you mean by full? Those reserve and have not come ask them to sit outdoor instead. I came first. Me: I'm sorry, those customers have called way earlier to make reservation for indoor seats. Unfortunately, I cant switch them outdoor without their permission. However, if theres any last min cancellation or customers leaving early, I will switch you to indoor immediately. Customer: (started shouting)what kind of service is this? Do you know I'm the paying customer? Me: yes I know. Customer: looking at you, I'm sure you're uneducated. Me: I'm currently studying and this is my part time job. Customer: well, then you must be bad at studying to be working part time. Me: I'm studying hospitality, which is about service. Customer: your parents must be uneducated to have a child like you. Me: yup, they are uneducated but my service has nothing got to do with them. Customer: no wonder your service is so bad. After she done shouting, she left and continued eating at her outdoor seats. At that point of time, a lot of customers already surrounded us and watch the "show". None came to help me or defend me. I was probably 17 or 18 years old at that point of time. At the end, only one uncle came to me and say "ignore her la". After thar I continued smiling and serve the other customers queuing up to enter the restaurant. After 0.5 hours later, as what u promised, I found an indoor seat for them and approached them to switch their seats. They ended up saying "oh, my child prefers outdoor now. Dont need to switch". Woohoooooo. Best day of my life, I guess. Theres a lot more service moments I could share but this was one of the worst because my parents were scolded which I was kind of hurt emotionally.
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Vicky Faith
    Vicky Faith
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 03 Dec 2018
    When I was 10 years old, I told myself not to take my dad (only breadwinner) money and be independent. I started with buying and selling some pens and tooth brush through door to door sales to earn 50 cents for each item I sell, then I worked in Action City at about 13 years old to give gift wrapping service for 3.5 bucks or 4 bucks per hour, then i work in a f and b restaurant (my part time job that last me till I grad from uni) for 4.5 bucks per hour. While holding my f and b job, I took up 2nd and 3rd job to make full use of my time. I work in a coffee place that pays about 8 bucks per hour and able to work overnight shift. I work on a puzzle retail place and earn 6.5 per hour. I work which ever place that has available slot for me. But while I do all these, I forgotten one thing. I forgotten to communicate with my dad. I forgotten to ask him how he heart ache seeing me working day and night for school fees when he had left a sum of money for me to complete my studies. I forgotten to have proper meals with him. As someone working part time, I earned near to 14k per year but I saved none. Because I have no idea how to save money and splurge on whatever I felt that I want it. Also, I missed out what most people would experience as a primary school, a secondary school, a polytechnic and a uni student because my mind was all about earning money to prove my independence to someone who dont need me to prove it If you want to work, theres many places which you can work at, especially the service industry, like what many mentioned. But before that, speak to your parent and ask what he/she thinks first. If he/she is agreeable for you to try part time job, find out how you can schedule and balance things out so you will never lose out the moments for you to spend with your parent. I'm fortunate that my dad is still around and I'm able to make up the lost time with him since I'm working adult now. But I definitely regretted focusing too much on earning money when I was young and missed out so much things. Not discouraging you because I believe working part time will allow you to gain experience you dont get to learn in school or at home. But its important to balance the priorities:) good luck! :)
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Vicky Faith
    Vicky Faith
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 19 Oct 2018
    I was also seriously considering about being financial advise or recently because I used to purchase corporate blanket health insurance for clients and would receice calls from time to time for insurance advise and claim processes. I really enjoyed that a lot - like how I can come in to help assure them that they are well covered under the corporate plan. But as I think of it more seriously, I realised no matter how much I know I will enjoy helping people when they are in need (in terms of insurance), this can't be shown on my face or stick with as written word when I walk around. People would still view me as someone who wants to earn commission and all even though my real intent is to share real and important information. Is like, I totally see the importance of having health insurance but yet I don't think I will be able to believe in just one company's product and sell theirs only. Also, corporate insurance are done in the way that people call me cause they need me and my service to help them. I sometimes even advise my clients to get their personal insurance and share the importance but I do not have ant product to sell them. But as a financial advisor, I probably need to be the one to tell people they need something which they probably never knew. I don't think I can do the latter kind of sales know how the general public actually view financial advisors... Yup, just sharing my point of view why I chose not to be FA mainly due to perspectives from the public. But definately not dessuading you to be one because i have met really awesome agents And I'm thankful that they are FAs!!
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Vicky Faith
    Vicky Faith
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 19 Oct 2018
    I used to be really hard up about money before I resign from my fist job (after uni, worked for more than 4 years) recently. It was a really tough decision as i was doing what i was passionate about. But the environment i was put through made me chose to leave without having another job lined up. I took a trip out of Singapore to reflect about myself and the job I wish to take. Below are some conclusions I had for myself, which hopefully helps you. 1) I should never do what I'm passionate about/hobby as a job - because I'm so passionate about it, I tend to have my own opinions and know a lot more about it while my bosses may not. Their focus would be purely organisation needs and nothing else (unless the WHOLE organisation is set up with its core value revolving around what you're passionate about.. And your boss got to believe in the organisation core value too!) 2) when I'm young, it's important to follow the right leader who are willing to teach and groom me rather than following the highest pay and never get to grow. Of course if I can get both at the same time, that would be awesome. 3) after I graduate, my degree probably lands me my first job and not the subsequent one. The next job and on is highly based on my transferable skills from my first job. 4) I was hard up about money and it was also money that kind of made it a really though decision for me to resign. Only when I finally prioritised my emotions over money then I can let go. It's ok to not have a lot of money now, as long as there's sufficient for emergency use! 4) no matter how much I love the job, the company (especially big org) will only view with you as one of the employees. Don't ever sell your life to the company. Take your deserving break and don't try to "more OT means more hardworking". You will only torture yourself. 6) I never knew what I don't like a job until I get to try it. I will view every single new things as a new challenge and told myself that I will get hold of it, no matter how much I dislike it. The next job I'm getting is a job that I always told everyone I will never do. But I met my direct boss during the interview and he seems really nice and nurturing.. most importantly, I know I can now do what I am really passionate on my own And not live my passion up to other people's expectation anymore. Sorry for the long story, but in summary, money shouldn't be your first factor, unless you're in a fire situation that needs as much money as possible. Good luck! :)
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