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What is the Big Deal About Experience/Seniority? A Message for Employees on Their First Day at Work

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As someone who has just recently graduated from college and wants to earn a fixed income, you might try to look for job applications. Be it in the paper, internet or anywhere else. Maybe some of you have some sort of achievements in school. Maybe some of you were the brightest student, have won a competition, have the ‘off the charts’ GPA and so on. However, when you look at those job applications, 99% of the time you will see them say ‘experience needed … (blah blah blah)’. You might be depressed. You’ve just graduated, where on earth can you have a work experience from? Although they also innocently say ‘fresh graduates are encouraged to apply’, but yeah well… you’ll see.

Once, when I was in that position, I felt very small. I looked at office employees in awe. ‘Wow, they are the experienced ones, they must have such strong abilities’, so I thought. However, I braced myself. Having originated from Medan and continued my education in Bandung, I thought it was the time for me to fight to Jakarta. Why Jakarta? Because as far as I knew, getting a job in Jakarta was hard, and believe me, it was. I felt that I had to test my abilities. Long story short, I managed to get a job in some offices in our beloved capital city. I had a small office once, then I got employed in a bigger one. I also had the opportunity to work in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Well, from those experiences, what can I tell you?

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November 30, 2012 at 3:33 am

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English Bulldog

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I want to have a dog so badly, particularly an English Bulldog. Those weird face along with those wrinkles are so adorable. I find their behaviour very amusing too. I need a dog that is not so active, looks funny and not so big. That’s so English Bulldog. 😀

I asked about how much does it cost to have one as my pet. That was at a pet shop. They said it could cost Rp. 30 million. Wow! I’ve heard once or twice that English Bulldog is quite expensive, but I’d never expect that it could cost that much. How can I spend that serious amount of money on a dog? If I have those money, I’d buy a house instead. LOL

Well, maybe that price is labeled to those champion ones. I don’t really need that kind of English Bulldog. I won’t enroll them in a competition or something like that, so I hope I can get an English Bulldog with less quality and (of course) less price.

Anyone want to sell a Bulldog (or give me one for free)? 😀

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July 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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Happy Valentine and Chinese New Year

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Happy Valentine’s day and happy Chinese new year for those who celebrate… 😀

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February 14, 2010 at 4:22 am

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Annoying Calls from A Learning Institution

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About a year ago, I contacted a learning institution in Bandung to ask about a class that I wished to attend. As I expected, they gave me everything that I need to know (and also every kind of promotion that they had). At the end of the conversation, they asked me my phone number. Although I was hesitated, I gave them the number.

Lately, I realized that my hesitation came true. At least once a month, I kept receiving calls from the learning institution asking me whether I want to enroll their upcoming class or not. “No, thanks”, I said once, twice, the third times and so on and so forth. No matter what reason I gave them, they kept calling me to ask the particular question. Although they only asked about the particular class that I asked them before, I still think that they were way too aggressive.

Driven by the boredom for their calls, I told them that I’m not in Bandung anymore. I had moved to another city, and there is too little chance that I would come back to Bandung. At that time, I was called by a woman. Two or three days later, I received the same call, but from a different person. My answer handn’t changed.

I’ve been wondering, if they have a database about future enrollers (phone numbers and class that one wished to enroll), why don’t they have a data that tells them about “answers record”? If they have that kind of database, I think they won’t have to bother calling everyone repetitively. Won’t that save them some money from the reduced calls? Or maybe, they do have the database, but they have some kind of “aggression standard” in their place so that the most aggressive callers will be given a reward? I know that they need to keep people coming, but isn’t there any better way to do that? That’s really annoying.

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January 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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Chapter III

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Well, here I am now, on the 3rd chapter of my theses. This time, I need my programming skills. It has been evaporated a while ago, but since I happened to teach some scripts in the recent days, I thought I’ve gained my confidence back in me. Although the programming language is somewhat new to me, I think it is just a matter of time for me to cope all that up. I need to be as positive as I can be. 😀

Okay then, since this is the new phase, I need to make some preparation, beginning with choosing the right programming language for me. At the moment I have two candidates on hand, WEKA and Java, but I think I’ll choose Java instead (at least, for now). I don’t like to call for help from others (since others might not like to be called for help as well), so this might be a tough one to deal with. 🙂 Well, at least I have Google to help me with. I think that’s enough for now… 😀

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January 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm

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Chapter II

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I met my lecturer this afternoon to discuss my theses. I thought I could ask something that I couldn’t understand about my topic, but apparently, he said that I’ve completed chapter II. Then I hesitated to ask. LOL. Actually I’ve got to add some minor things, but oh well.. Here I am now. Slowly but surely, I step up. Hopefully, I can speed up so that I can finish sooner rather than later.

For now, I think that I can have a coffee break. My head is very heavy, maybe because the accumulation of stress and lack of sleep recently. Maybe tomorrow I can continue the work. Hopefully, I will step a lot further tomorrow. Hopefully…

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January 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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Happy New Year 2010

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Happy New Year 2010.

May all our dreams come true this year and may all of us will always be blessed.

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January 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

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