NOC Quarter 3 Quick Reflection

Very soon, I have come to the third quarter of my NOC internship. At the start of the year, I was pretty sure that I was keen on going home. As soon as adaptation kicks in, I’m not so sure again. Do I really want to go home?

Anyway, putting my sentiments aside. I really think that I should update on my personal development status.
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Content Marketing – First Attempt

Content marketing has been trending recently. We see many posts spouting out on different kinds of niche blogs, such as TechCrunch, LifeHack and Entrepreneur. People just love reading. Not random posts. But one that has substantial values to themselves. It could be knowledge or even entertainment. My company decided to go into the field of student-related content marketing. This is my first attempt at content marketing for – 8 things that should be on your resume

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NOC Code Pub @ Spotify

Two months ago, I was one of the many students getting ready for our very own unique experiences in different countries and cities. Networking is part of the NOC deal and today, I had a taste of meeting new people in a social setting. It joys me to know that the very first networking session I was going to was held at Spotify’s headquarter! To all of you who know Spotify, you may not already know it is a Swedish startup. And to the rest of the world who don’t know Spotify, it’s time to work your fingers and do some Googling. It is by far, the best music application on a computer.

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NOC Leading the unusual life

Yes, I took an alternate path. Instead of rushing my graduation, I decided to work as an intern overseas for a year. And yes, I’m taking another alternate path. There are so much to explore in life. Some things are never meant to be tried. But once the sacred rule is broken, there is no turning back. Just like how we win a pass to lose our innocence once we enter adulthood. The very much yearned innocence can never be chased back. Plunging down this route may be the easiest way out, but never the easiest way back. I want to give my life to programming, which is the hardest thing to do when I’m working as a Marketing Associate. Haskell Hacker’s night was held last night and it is amusing to watch programmers debating over the best text editor. You are either an emacs user or a vim user. If you’re a vim user, never ever use Vundle. Hit straight into Pathogen. The debate continues and the list goes on. Some stuff mess with your head. My head is in a mess. Some things just don’t make sense. I am not making any sense.

NOC Roaming in Stockholm

Going about my routine and mundane life is ok. But it is not ok to have every ounce of my enthusiasm being sucked out of me. This is what internship does to me. Everyday is a constant battle with time, all within 9 working hours. It is debatable as to the sufficiency of 9 working hours a day. I’m so drained. Doubtful of my very own existence, and leading a precarious life off the miserably low allowance of only 8000 SEK with half of it going into rent, I’m very grateful to have a friend flying over from Italy to stay with me for a couple of days to revitalise me emotionally. Every last trip that I had with her was event-filled and our short duration together in Stockholm is no exception.

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NOC A Swede man’s strategy

LOL! I have the funniest night in Stockholm, right in my dorm room. It was regarding this white guy whom I had a small talk with on the plane. Before I left for Stockholm, the NOC coordinators encouraged us to network aggressively and expand our LinkedIn connections. That’s precisely what I was trying to do! Spurred, I entertained a small talk with a Swedish man sitting beside me on the plane from Doha to Sweden. He seems to be a really sweet old man who had a little case of plane sick. It was also extremely exciting for me to be talking to a Swede even before I landed in Sweden. He asked for my email and I gave it to him. Well, it’s just an email after all. And so, the email came a day later. The intensity of settling down both in Stockholm and my workplace was too great and it took me approximately a week and a half before I replied him. We exchanged phone numbers (Stockholm number is my temporary number anyway) and spoke over the line. That’s when I had a culture shock. He was extremely direct in expressing his interest in me. I guess it’s pretty entertaining to hear something positive about myself. In his words, I am “attractive, intelligent and sweet”. HAHAHA! But that’s not the way Asians work. That’s too much to take in. Well, it is an interesting night, but I’ll have to cancel the dinner that I’d promised him next Friday. In my defence, I thought it was going to be a friendly dinner until he started a string of honest declarations.