It was March the 3rd, 2014. Monday.
That day was the day that I’m gonna start my teaching at my beloved university, The Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. I’m gonna meet my own students, my juniors to be exact, as they all were just a few years younger than me, the undergrad students, sophomore year (2nd year).
Excited. Curious. Scared. All that kind of mixed feelings running inside my stomach. Yet, I enjoyed it so much.
When I stand in front of the class, I still could not believe who was there before me. My students.
First day teaching outfit
To become a teacher or a lecturer was something that I would say, at the very least of my goals in my career. It’s not that I didn’t think about it at all. No. But, the idea was never cross my mind at this early 2 years after graduating from the university.
My plan in career was to become an officer (that eventually will become a senior in just a couple of years) in the financial sector under the private’s, in a span of time about 5 years at least. However, His plan was the best, for He is the best of the planners.
“..and Allah is the Best of the planners” [8: 30]
Long story short, after about two years working in the private sector at one of the leading banking institution here in Kuala Lumpur, the idea to start a new career come to my mind and the positive feeling to push it forward was so intense.
Frankly speaking, the idea of changing a new career, for I just starting to build a good reputation as a fraud analyst at the bank, was not as easy as ABC, because the decision that I have to make was all closely related to my family and I as well as my future family.
“Greater the risk, the greater will be the return”
The journey of finding a suitable career that I would say, I’ve passion with it, has gone through a series of events and a deep reflective and careful thought before I jump into action. It took me several years of expedition in finding what should I be when I grown up, and the journey was predated the date above. It was all began during my school time where I started to think, what I would like to see my self in 5 to 10 years time in the future, based on my own capabilities at that time.
I’m not a ‘risk-averse’ type of person that afraid to take risk. No it’s not. It’s just that, I need to wait for, and have the patience for the right time and the right moment to come. I knew it would come someday.
And I keep praying day and night to Him the Almighty to grant me for that moment to come.
And I would say, my patience was paid off. Alhamdulillah.
Just before I leave my house for work that Thursday 19 of December 2013, afternoon, I’ve received one important phone call that would determine my future career. Could it be a new episode in my life, a new journey I supposed? A phone call from HR of USIM. The call that I’ve waited for quite sometimes. Alhamdulillah.
As I end the phone call, I knew that this day would have come sooner or later. An interview session was set place a week after the call. An interview for a graduate scholarships program where the scholarship holders will gain a benefit of being sponsored for the whole journey of getting their Masters and PhD done be it locally or abroad as well as getting their position secured after getting back from studies, as a lecturer there in USIM (even though they said, it depends on the vacancies, I knew that insyaAllah there will be plenty of vacancies).
With a thankful feeling that afternoon, I traveled for work with my KTM Duke 200 with thoughts flying on wings, thinking about the event that will occur next week. I knew that I have to score this. I have to win this fight to secure my position as the fellowship holder.
During those days. Daily travel from Nilai to Kuala Lumpur (50KM) for work
And Alhamdulillah, Praised be to Him, on the 9th of January 2014, I’ve received another phone call, again from the HR Dept confirming that I’ve passed the interview session and being accepted as the Fellowship Graduate of USIM and they asked me to retrieve my official letter at their office. Alhamdulillah.
The Official Letter
From that point of time, I’ve put a tremendous effort in preparing myself for the greater risk that I’m gonna take, to end my first career in my life after graduation, that is submitting my resignation letter AKA tender my resignation.
Yet it is all His work. Allah’s plan. We plan and Allah also plan. And indeed His plan was the best plan ever for me.
After tendering my resignation, I knew that this is not gonna be easy for me as I have few commitments financially, however as a risk taker, I knew that the action taken was the right one and that would results in a greater return in the future.
And as for now, I’ve been offered by the Head of the my program, Dr. M to fill in a slot as a part time lecturer here in USIM and currently I’m teaching a course, Computational Techniques in Mathematics offered for the second year students of the Faculty of Science and Technology.
Meanwhile this is just a part time lecturer, I’ve offered myself to quite a number of tuition center as to fill in my free time while there is no class at the faculty just to fill in my free time as well as to gain an experience in teaching and to find some extra money.
After all, I would become a lecturer eventually after comeback from my studies which is expected to be started this Fall term (September 2014).
InsyaAllah, by His will, this upcoming August will be my last month here in my hometown Nilai and especially with my family, as I will be travelling to the United States at the end of the August. I will start my graduate study to obtain my Master in Actuarial Science at the Boston University in Massachusetts, insyaAllah.
Surely there’s gonna be so many interesting events that I’ll definitely share with you guys, my family, friends, here, for the span of two years plus time over there. So bear with me while I tell you my journey.
Until then, that’s it for now.