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Qualification or Passion?

This morning I woke up to a call from a respected ex-co-worker who’ve always treated me nicely. In a sleepy tone, I asked what I can do for him?

Do you want to work at E* ?

We’re always that direct. He briefed me about the job scope and told me he needed 20 engineers with roughly 3 years experience. It’ll be a year contract and/or 3 months extension. Just perfect for someone who wants a little bit of this and that.

Personally, I’m tempted. But it comes with a HEAVY price, stall my passion.

To weigh this, let’s do some reality check.


  • Engineer – Social status. People think highly of them
  • Monthly Cut – Pegged salary, save consistently, on-time loan payment
  • Time – I eat, sleep, work like others. I hate routine.
  • Commute – Squeeze or stuck? KLCC is the destination, rush hour
  • Professionalism – Ethics and I have to behave
  • Attire – Like most nerdy engineers, Dockers top-to-toe
  • Hierarchy – Works must be approved by boss
  • Creativity – Not needed. Just do as told.


  • Web Developer – Sounds geeky and unprofessional, no qualification needed
  • Monthly Cut – Chase clients for payment but unlimited possibilities
  • Time – I’m the master of my universe
  • Commute – As and when required
  • Professionalism – W3C standards, I can go wild if I want
  • Attire – Anything comfortable, in boxers sounds awesome
  • Hierarchy – I make the decision, good or bad
  • Creativity – Suck me dry honey!

I’ve asked around for opinions. But in the end, the decision lies within my hand. Take it or leave it, so, what do you really want to do Edwin?

And remember, Obsession is a Young Man’s game. Think!

ps: If you’re a Mechanical/Electronic Engineer with 3 years (more or less) experience, email me your resume at i(a)

pss: E* – think of oil and gas, you know who.

By NoktahHitam

I am web developer, who's main concern is to save the trees. Nonetheless

60 replies on “Qualification or Passion?”

Not really. I don’t really go along with my male colleagues.

And I don’t chase engineers. Because I know engineers do not have time to even mingle with their girlfriends.

I know that because I am an engineer too.


Oil and gas may sound alluring, if you are stationed in their HQ. Less pay but more time to spend for yourself.

And when it’s about the time to ride the chopper and land on the rig (especially if you are in sub-con company), you may want to revert back to the life you had before.


I think, go for passion, if that makes you happy. My sister’s teacher was an engineer. gila hebat. she got multi-million projects and all that stuff but now she’s just a secondary school teacher. why? because, to her, engineering is too much work, and she wants to spend her time w her family, and she’s happier that way. she’s also the fav teacher among students that other teachers envy her. *shrugs*

btw, sometimes problem solving requires a tint of creativity. a solution that has never been done before. 😉

Thank you for such a genuine thought by asking me to forward my CV to you. But I am done with life as an engineer. I may not say it is tiring, but I want to put it as “Time to move on”. I took engineering because I knew it was the only course that could give me a job once graduated, not I love it to the grave. I think am just like you, I used to do freelance especially in flash movies presentation for corporate nights, photography even making tags for events. I love them. But I do not pursue them for now because a lot of reasons.

I will be interviewed around next month for an educational position in one university. From that, I will continue my research that I left many years ago.

I put a lot of hopes in this. I need that job.

A lot of my friends who pursued engineering end up being teachers. 🙂

btw, it’s not Arina. I forgot to change the name. that’s my sister’s name. I’m aisyah. haha.

well, idk how demanding engineering is in our country, but, perhaps, not everyone suits the job for life. idk. 😛

Take the easy money, use it for other means 🙂 Downside? Suffer for leaving your ‘passion’ for few years, do the mundane, boring, routine job and rewarded with big money, well if you consider it as ‘rewards’ for putting your passion away for a while.

sweeeet topic….so how can i sent u my resume? i monitor, update & cleanse raw datas to be developed into report/s for a living (not o&g sector however). br 6 bln keja…can i apply eddie? 🙂

can a colour blind person be an engineer??
I want to go for mechanical eng course bui
i’m colour blind..
is here any other options for me in
engineering?? 🙁

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