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Topic: Forced to Resign from Company & Only Got Insurance Job
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Dec 12, 2002 07:37AM)
Dear all,

What I want to share is simply shown on the topic? Do you think a skinny 27 year old guy, who has an American college degree, 4 years in banking experience, whith 1.5 years front line finanial planning included can get a career in banks or insurance?

I really want to become a policeman and I do not know whether I am still able to take my best and give it a shot.

Now I just started working for an insurance compnay, the 2 weeks are for training. I need to make a decision fast. I do not want to waste any more time.

Thanks for reading this. :bawl:
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Dec 17, 2002 05:52AM)
My 2 cents.... Now is the best time for you to truly do what you REALLY WANT TO DO, whatever that may be. You're relatively young and seem to have high aspirations, go with your dreams my friend. Settle for no less.

Tomorrow is not a promise and yesterday is no longer here.

Good Luck! :wavey:
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Dec 17, 2002 03:53PM)
If you really want to become a policeman, then why are you avoiding becoming a policeman?
Message: Posted by: R2 (Dec 17, 2002 05:01PM)
It may sound responsible to go for the "job" that affords one financial stability...
I say "Be irresponsible" by going for the "job" you feel more passionate about...

If you resign yourself to accepting what seems the most likely instead of "grasping for what seems unlikely" then, it is most likely you will eventually become "burned out" on the most likely....

In essence,unless you feel passionate about what you are doing? You may not be doing it very long!
Stop wasting time on the most likely!

The future is shaped not molded!

p.s. "Got Chiles?" :pepper:
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Dec 22, 2002 12:26PM)
Here here ReyRey!

[I like the way that sounds! :) ]
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 27, 2002 01:46AM)
There are all kinds of answers I can give you. But I will try and make it my best. Keep up with you are right now because you need money to make your living. Switch over slowly into becoming a policeman. You might have to go to law training. If you do, do it part time. When everything is secure with the policeman job, quit the other full time job.

Good luck
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Jan 5, 2003 03:54PM)
On 2002-12-12 08:37, Ambitious Card Freak wrote:
Dear all,

Do you think a skinny 27 year old guy, who has an American College Degree, 4 years in banking experience, which 1.5 years front line finanial planning included can get a career in banks or insurance?

I really want to become a policeman.
I do not want to waste any more time.

Thanks for reading this. :bawl:

Ambitious Card Freak,

If I dial 911 today, I want a responding officer who WANTS TO BE A POLICEMAN.

Refer to your quote and you'll find you said that's what you wanted.

The beauty of your post is you already know what you want. And at 27, you're quite fortunate to know what you desire most as an occupation. I have two friends, one retired officer and another member of the Dallas PD. Those two characters always knew they wanted to be cops, and I sometimes envy their love and awesome satisfaction with what they do each day.
Go for it! :)

Randy Stewart
Message: Posted by: ChrisZampese (Jan 12, 2003 07:02PM)
Whenever I hear of someone who takes the 'safe' option instead of what they have a desire to do, I am reminded of an uncle of mine. He had a good job (he needed it with 6 kids!!), but it wasnt what he wanted. one day he just quit! Needless to say his wife was a bit worried about how they were going to feed the kids, but he started his own business doing what he loved and it has been more successful for him than his old job.

Obviously you need to ensure that you and yours can survive, but doing what you love will make you happier than getting more money!

- You can't leap across a ravine one step at a time -
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Feb 19, 2003 01:55AM)
Dear all,

I am happy to have your encouragement. The latest news is, I went through a second interview 15 minutes ago. It was not an interview for police constable. It was actually a job about banking and mortgages (not sales job.)

I have tried my best during the second appointment and I believe that I have a good chance of getting this contract signed. It is because local bankers doing mortgages are either in their post for more than 10 years and simply will not quit and attend a 3:30 pm interview during business day (too scare of being terminated from their current post.)

I have nothing to lose, and I have tried my best. I have no regret at this stage.

May you all cast your magic spell on me so that my dream to get this job valid stable, so that I can get married soon.

Thanks and sincerely.
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Feb 27, 2003 08:56PM)
Hi, We have an expression in North America that claims: When one door closes, another opens.
You might not see it at the time and even be upset at your prospect. Only the passing of time sometimes makes us realize that if we hadn't been forced to choose another path we wouldn't be happy with our choice at the moment. Hope everything worked out for you. :nod:
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Apr 15, 2003 08:40AM)
I am glad to tell you all that finally, I quit from my insurance job. I feel that all pressure went away from my body. I feel that I am a new fresh man again.

Now I will spend more time to decide my life and my career, not to mention about card magic.

I would like to thank you all for support I get from Magic Café. Magic led me to this site and let me have such a great opportunity to know so many professional magicians and again they are not only show off their talent (which is a 'must' in Hong Kong), on the other hand, helping each other.

I received the news that the Government of Hong Kong stops recruit new police officer. So I will spend some time and look for other post that fit my character and my job experience.

Message: Posted by: Vincent (Jul 11, 2003 11:19AM)
Ambitious Card Freak,

Never give up your dream!! While there may be a temporary halt to the hiring of new police recruits, they will probably resume some time in the future.

I was a police officer in NYC for a good portion of my adult life. And 30 years later now that I am retired, if I had to do it all over again I would.

Live your life, love your family and friends and never give up on your dreams.

Take Care of Yourself,
Vincent :die: :magicrabbit: :die:
Message: Posted by: JesterMan (Jan 14, 2004 09:29AM)

Just curious to learn what you are doing.

I can truly appreciate your earlier dilemma: I faced it over 20 years ago. At that time I was working with a booking agency that was full of jerks, but they were getting me some work. I was seriously considering doing magic professionally, most likely at the local level. In my mind it was difficult for me to envision being able to support a family from this, or the alternative idea of heading west for a shot at acting.

In the intervening time, I have held a number of jobs, and have studied for two careers. Then I came back from living in Asia where I had made over twice as much as I had ever made here, even doing the same basic type of work. Two years later, after two more jobs (unrelated to what I had been doing for the prior 10 years), I had come full circle, and had nearly the same choice as I faced in 1980.

This time, I chose to give it a shot. I am working toward becoming a professional magician/entertainer (on the local level), and last year made more entertaining than I did in my "day job". (By the way, ironically, given your situation, I sell mortgages.)

I have never felt as comfortable and as satisfied with my "work" as I do now; people pay me to do something that I would do for free (SHHHHHHH). If I won the lottery for millions, I'd still do what I am doing now, though probably only at hospitals, for the USO, orphan's home, etc. (Oh, and they might be in places like Tokyo, Stockholm, Taipei, Paris, and some places that I haven't already been.) I can't say that I would do that in any of my other jobs (though I might go volunteer with troubled kids, I would not do that 40 hours a week).

My answer to you would be, unless you have no other choice but to make money any way you can, do what it is that you want to do now. If you HAVE to make some cash, and they aren't hiring now, keep your attention on if they change that policy. What you want to do likely won't be available to you when you are in your 40s. Hey, are they still hiring police in Macau? That isn't too far.
Message: Posted by: Whiterabbit (Jan 22, 2004 07:26PM)
Hi Ambitious Card Freak,

As someone who spent seven years in the police service, the entrance requirements are very flexible nowadays and I'd be surprised if you couldn't get in to the police in some state somewhere with your education. Given the fact that your slate has been wiped clean employment wise I'd apply for about 10 or so police services, you can always say no if you don't want the job.

Best of luck in what is a very rewarding career for the right type of person.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 22, 2004 07:35PM)
On 2002-12-17 16:53, Harry Murphy wrote:
If you really want to become a policeman, then why are you avoiding becoming a policeman?
I agree with Harry. Want to be a policeman? Then like NIKE says "JUST DO IT"!!!
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Mar 23, 2004 10:33AM)
Just stopped by and want to say thank you for the encouragement you guys gave me. I am now working in the credit department of a bank's consumer lending team.

Well, it is not as interesting as card magic, but it is some kind of challenge I would like to take since I graduated from college, so I take the shot and now it works okay for me.

Reply to some other Café members, the Hong Kong government still stopped all funding to recruit new police forces, and qualified candidiates count up to more than hundreds on waiting list in order to enter training camps. I do not think I will spend my time and youth with such a non-efficient government.

Currently I am thinking about: How about spending my after office hour time and study a law degree and become a professional lawyer? This sounds like a better idea for me, even though it may take six years or more.

Anyway, I am glad that I know all of you and let's keep in touch.

Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Mar 23, 2004 11:26AM)
That's great news. Seems you might of been sparred the frustration of working for, as you describe, a "non-efficient government".

Great luck and success in your new position and future legal career.