julietsoh's blog

Eat, drink, and be merry (on a work day!)

By Juliet Soh

My favourite time of the work day is probably lunch, where I get to hang out with my colleagues and have light-hearted conversations that (most of the time) don't have much to do with work.

My "lunch clique" is an adventurous bunch. We previously made a resolution to discover new eating places around the International Business Park, where we are at, and managed to find three after a lot of walking and surveying security guards of different buildings. It was rewarding!

Recently, the JCube mall opened and we trekked there, had lunch at a restaurant that we've never had our lunch at before. The change (of environment and menu) actually perked me up a bit. Who would have guessed how minor changes and some extra walking could make work life more interesting?

Much ado about every job

By Juliet Soh

I remember the days when dinner conversations revolved around examinations, who has a crush on whom, and whether that super-cute lecturer was married. These days, we're always talking about our work: crazy bosses, demanding clients and two-faced colleagues.

Complaining about work is not just a habit - it's a lifestyle. It's what makes us look forward to during lunch. It is, I really think, a way working people bond.

That's probably why the memes that have been making their rounds on Facebook recently are so popular. People with the same job functions nod their heads in unison to the exaggerated, but somewhat true, descriptions on these posts. They also seem to help clarify any misconception "outsiders" have about what they do.

Because talking about our job is such a timeless topic, we decided to get our Facebook fans to share with us about theirs through memes they create. I enjoy every entry that has been submitted.

I created one for myself too, by the way:

Managers from everywhere: Like this entry if you agree!

Fill 'em up (because I don't know what else to say)

By Juliet Soh

"Basically, it's like... we asked 500 consumers about how they feel about the product itself, and yeah... most of them actually said that they were satisfied, and actually want to continue buying it and stuff like that. So... yeah... I'll move on to the next slide, which will actually show you how we upgraded the marketing plan itself to..."

Do you speak like that at an official presentation?

I know of many people who do. When people get nervous, they excessively use what we call "fillers" - words that don't add value to what you're saying. Common ones include: basically, it's like, yeah..., actually, itself, you know, right...

What's wrong with it, you wonder. It's wrong all over! Try removing the fillers from my first paragraph and you'd notice how redundant fillers are!

Best Shoe Forward: Office Edition

By Juliet Soh

Shoes. They say women can never have enough of them.

I am guilty. I have so many shoes my family had to clear one cabinet recently to house all of them.

Even so, I don't think I've had enough. Nude heels, strappy sandals, black court shoes and oxford boots with tartan prints are still missing from my collection... I'd probably think of more if you ask me later.

With fabulous shoes come great responsibility and my mantra is simple: If you've got pretty shoes, flaunt them! Show them off to as many people as you can!

That is why I don't understand ladies who wear slippers to work and/or around the office.

If jobs were lovers

By Juliet Soh

A friend who’s graduating in a few months’ time went into panic mode because he doesn’t know what jobs he should apply for. He can’t make up his mind because every job opening he saw seemed attractive.

He likes Job A because it’s glamorous, and Job B because it’s what he likes, however, he can’t give up Job C because he thinks it has the best career prospects. More importantly, he has diverse likes and interests, and he can’t find that one job that allows him to satisfy all of them.

If jobs were lovers, he would be a super-bad philanderer.

What I learnt in school and how I apply it to work

By Juliet Soh
I read Political Science in university. While most of my friends went on to soar in their careers as civil servants, where they meet with foreign delegates and make policies, I chose to be in the media industry - where I've always imagined myself to be in.

I toiled as a writer for lifestyle magazines for most of my work life, and realise that I don't need to understand international relations and diplomacy (my specialisation) in my article about the latest mascara that lengthens your lashes by 13 times.