Brain Is Idling

Tuesday, 5 April 2005

Biggest accomplishment of the day: Bantus' accounts are up to date! All numbers cooperate in the balance sheets! sighs happily

Unfortunately, the day seemed to go downhill from there in terms of productivity. I felt geriatric with my neck and shoulders being so stiff, and having to be extra careful when I move about. The mental faculty was sluggish from sensing a lack of purpose. Right now I'm sitting at the dining table downstairs waiting for the whistle from the kettle, so I can have enough hot water to warm up a heat pack.

I'm not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow.

On that note, there has been a nagging thought at the back of my mind over the past couple of weeks with regards to my work--I'm beginning to find it mindless. Equities are interesting, but I haven't found that interest to be sustainable. Unlike my colleagues, I don't see myself sharing their fervour in going out there to visit companies all the time, generating loads of reports which are so time-critical in allowing the fund managers to decide on whether or not to buy or sell a stock.

One suggestion from my parents was to start looking for jobs elsewhere. My 2 years of experience at my current workplace is sufficient to get me into another similar firm, and perhaps with a promotion to becoming an analyst. It's a viable option. I've given that some thought before, and while the financial remuneration may be attractive, I'd rather stay on for now because of the environment--the team is small, supportive, non-political (at least within this office anyway) and there's still a lot of room to learn stuff.

Another suggestion which I'm more keen on taking up is to shift my focus from equities to fixed income. A colleague tells me that it's far more statistics-oriented, which I seem to be better at. The hours are far more kind (a friend of hers who is a fixed income specialist knocks off work at 5 sharp every day. Yes, that friend works in KL!). Fixed income instruments are all about a company's cashflows, and from what I understand it's pretty difficult for that to be covered up, so less speculation about a bond's credit rating is required (unlike Malaysian stocks where you have funny married deals and you wonder what the major shareholders are up to).

I could like that. Transparent, straightforward number-crunching to (eventually) make recommendations on long-term purchase bonds for my colleagues' portfolios. Sounds easy enough.

* sniff *

Dream on, Michelle... everything comes at a price.

In any case, it's worth a try. Now I've just gotta pluck up the courage to speak to my boss about this. Maybe sometime next week. Or the following week. Or the one after that...

6 Comments

#1Gravatar imageAndy Heong says:

Big question you’ve gotta ask yourself… do you dread getting out of bed to go to work? If so, its time for a chance, quick quick.

Say… want a stress free job? Of course, you start at 6am! :))

#2Gravatar imageHilmy says:

It’s good to move on when you feel it’s time to move on. Little changes in life keeps things fresh, and being able to notice it makes life a fresh thing to go though.

Take it from a guy who’s stuck doing the same thing for 6.5 years, and 3.5 more to go before I can actually make a choice.

#3Gravatar imageruach says:

believe me, i know how you feel. :p good luck with whatever plan of action you choose.

oh, and this comment directed at ANDY HEONG: so this blog you read, leh? fine, be that way. :p

#4Gravatar imageLigeirim says:

Yeah… if you absolutely dread going to work everyday, sorta like the Jeff dude on http://www.kalamari.blogspot.com, then it’s time to fly away!

#5Gravatar imageMichelle says:

Thanks for your thoughts guys. 🙂

Andy: Uh oh, you’d better go make amends. :))

#6Gravatar imageAndy Heong says:

Ah… Ruach… emmm… no comments… Ah yessss… I read your blog too… at least 3 times that I remembered. 😀

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