Sociology of Work

I wish I went deeper to understand this topic when I was in university. It is so useful to understand society and groups and behavior at work, especially if you work a lot with people! If you’re a Sociology student, do read more about the topic and you will understand it more when you’re actually working! You could also use all those research and put them to the test. The benefit to you is that you understand people’s behavior better and that knowledge is just so powerful!

A lot of people asked me what I did in uni and what I’m doing now for a career, and they get confused, “Sociology? What are you doing here?” Here being in an oil and gas or a construction industry. And I always have no proper (or witty!) answer to give them. What they don’t know is that I’ve learnt to understand people’s behavior, effectively, where I could anticipate their reactions towards a situation. It could just be my awesome upbringing by my parents, but I also believe that all those books I’ve read, all those essays I’ve written, have also contributed. I empathize with people I work with more. In that way, we could compromise and work things out together that could benefit both sides whenever there’s a conflict of some sort!

In my final year of my first degree, I wrote an essay on work transforming us into particular embodied beings. This was one of the essays that I enjoyed writing in my final year. Hochschild (1983) said that as the world’s work sectors are becoming more service-based and they place more emphasis on that, there is a requirement for individuals to become an “emotion worker”. What this means is that we are acting to perform a job properly. We hear this a lot that we have to be professional. From Hochschild’s understanding, this would mean acting because we are behaving in a certain way in order to perform our jobs according to what is expected of us.

Isn’t that so interesting? Haha. Being an emotion worker has two ways of doing it, and what I understand from those ways is that we are fighting against what we are expected to do and what our own self is trying to achieve. The individual versus the company we work for/with. I was just watching a TED podcast last night on individual association and group association…or solidarity. God, I wish I was still in university! Things make so much more sense now that I’m working and have aged a bit. Haha

Anyway, my point of posting this evening was to share about my current work experience. But I digressed, and I think I enjoyed writing this way. Hmm.

What I’ve learned about this life so far is that we could only trust ourselves and God. It’s become so confusing and frustrating to balance between trusting yourself and others that, in the end, people are just looking out for themselves because you’re the only person you could hurt when you’ve lied to yourself. And there’d be less guilt in that. And perhaps you’d forgive yourself easier.

How this post took different turns, I don’t know :P may you always be chasing your dreams, my lovelies.

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ignorance is bliss

it’s amazing how one can feel a lot better after choosing to ignore things which trouble his/her heart and mind. it can also be a sad thing whereby realizing the world is indeed a cruel place. that it is not an ideal world at all. also concluding that life goes on…that there are pluses and minuses. that people will indeed come and go.

I should also mention that I am now working. So many things I’d like to thank God for. The world still surprises me with its interesting characters to play with. I just hope I’ll continue to do good and be better!

Hopefully, within the next couple of months, I’ll be more diligent in writing in, more about my life in relation to Sociology ’cause, truthfully, there are a lot of Sociological insights to be recorded and analysed at the moment. But, I’m recovering from my eye infection in one of my eyes due to overused lens. Haha. So I’m gonna go back to fully recovering myself.

Kamsahamida! Yes, I’m learning Korean…and Mandarin, too. Tui!

 

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perspectives.

Can I just share that I’m coming to my 4th month of self-employment? It’s unnecessary information but it’s new to me. Haha. I’m self-employed because I do graphics/music editing, cooking and finding what it is I aim for my future. I didn’t take a break after my undergraduate so it is only fair that I rest and sit down to really think things through before making that decision. The decision to make or break my career. Which I’ve yet to confirm. I’m learning things along the way, too. About possibly starting a business. About side incomes through watching the market. Things like that. I still do networking here and there – brush up my communications skills. Haha, so it’s not all that bad in self-employment.

I’ve been discussing with a friend of mine about American politics and general current affairs around the world. The society he’s grown up in is very different to that of mine, so it was quite intriguing to listen to his perspective on things. What more with the advances in technology, the time differences between us do not deter us from sharing our opinions and insights on world issues. This keeps my sociological interest alive! Heh. culturally, we are very different, but as time goes by, we are not that different, individually. It’s funny how our friendship started…with a simple question about one’s country then boom. It makes me wonder about cultural differences not completely influencing our individual selves. Or that maybe we don’t really have cultural differences…just different perspectives? Something like that. This diversity is all too interesting, though. Life is interesting. Heh. God, I miss uni!

I love this quote by the great Stephen Fry,

The human cultural jungle should be as varied and plural as the Amazonian rainforest. We are all richer for biodiversity. We may decide that a puma is worth more to us than a caterpillar, but surely we can agree that the habitat is all the better for being able to sustain each

The world’s an amazing place to explore. Hence my desire to travel. Or to network. It opens up your horizons and the possibilities of many things. Ahhh :)

Chase your dreams, me lovelies.
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good hair day + positive development

My hair feels softer and looks better than usual – it’s surreal! If only it does that every single day.

A book my boss recommended me to get has finally arrived. I’m surprised that Amazon UK actually kept to their word! Used to take them over a month to send something over to Brunei from Europe…but actually took them 2 weeks this time around (cost me a fortune!)

So anyway, it’s this book:

My job is quite interesting because it involves a lot of Positive Development training. I enjoy it especially as it sorta relates to Sociology. I’ve yet to read this one but I did read the Wellbeing one from my boss.

Thing about positive development and mindset is that it can get a little too much of mumbo jumbo if you know what I mean. Like common sense, so why need a book to tell you how to feel and act? A lot of it has something to do with your attitude towards life. Attitude, as I’ve learnt, is a behaviour that you do in correspondence to your inner self and the outer self i.e. influenced by external factors.

So anyway, I’m not gonna market the book, but what I’m going to do is tell you further why I bought it (besides my boss telling me to..haha). The organisation that produces the book runs surveys. Global surveys. And I’m interested in how they do them especially when they interpret subjective factors. Also, I’d like to know how they’re going to tackle my subjectivity for life when I take the extensive survey (an online key thingy they give upon buying the book). Going to try it perhaps tonight if I feel like it and will let you know the results!

My boss is a believer in positiveness, which I think is great for me. Good boss = good employee = good productivity = good company = good life. Haha.

During a recent one-on-one with my big boss (i.e. the MD of the company), he told me to bring more of my Sociology background into the workplace. I’d so like to…but I’m not sure how. I hate to see my four++ years of formal education in Sociology not used to its fullest potential.

In other news, He is Risen! Happy Easter. We love because He loves us first. And in God’s plan, I trust.

 

Chase your dreams, me lovelies!

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p/s: I’m in love. :)