30 Mar 2007 @ 10:28 AM 

I’ve been working at Nokia for the past few weeks for my 2nd practical and so far it’s been challenging. And when I use the word challenging, I mean challenging as in how Osama could brainwash guys to fly a plane into 2 buildings to their deaths, made himself the enemy of the world overnight, run and hide, and put the blame on Saddam Hussein. But I think mostly because Bush couldn’t spell Afghanistan.

Anyhoo, more about my challenging job…

This is my typical day.

Alarm rings at 7:55 a.m. Why? I don’t know. It seems like it’s 7 but it’s close to 8. Psychological reason. So I still manage to hit the snooze button a couple of times before dragging my lazy ass out of bed.

After the usual male morning ritual of brushing teeth, shaving (if needed) and putting on anything clean, I head off to my 15 minute walk to the office. My journey would be a nice walk through a field, cross a road and straight on till the Nokia building. It could be a nice stroll in the snow, windy 200 km/h winds or stepping on a fresh pile of dog poo; depending on my luck.

By the time I reach the doors of the building, it should be 9-ish. I can come and go anytime I fancy, as long as I finish up my 8 hours per day or when my job is done. Gotta love those flexi-hours. Then the usual Malaysian habit of clocking in and loitering in the cafeteria kicks in. I should then be at my desk at about 9.30 or 10 depending on the company at the table or the thickness of the coffee.

The good thing about my desk is it’s literally inches away from my manager. So work it is (or acting busy). No wasting precious company time and bandwidth laughing my ass off at Myspace profiles or surfing for porn.

Then comes lunch. The time I look forward most. Usually about 12-ish or when I feel hungry. The food on offer is nothing to shout about but good enough for the price. Great selection though, no complaints there. Then it’s back to work till I feel like stopping or when sleepiness kicks in.

Oh yeah, about my work. Well, I don’t know how much I’m suppose to keep under wraps but I guess my job is insignificant (and so is this website) enough to actually not get my ass sued if I reveal too much here. (Warning: Non-technical persons and females stop reading now!) I work with this Mechanical Simulation Specialist guy (I’ll name him GG for the sake of his privacy and my sake of not having to type his name) and use mainly Finite Element Methods and Analysis to simulate tests on mobile phones which are still under development. He’s a great guy (Woot, GG!) and helped me a great deal. I guess I could call him my mentor. Besides that, simulations on the parts, parts under consideration, supplier parts etc are done as well.

My specific job so far is pre-processing of a whole mobile phone for drop test simulations, pre-processing, solving, error analysis and post processing of phone mechanisms under different loads and some odd jobs like digging my nose. (Well, someone’s gotta do it).

Overall, the work atmosphere is sorta relaxing with a pretty flat hierarchy, no cubicles, open spaces, flexible working hours and ample parking space. But the workload I see being piled on most people here are simply inhumane. It’s true Nokia is connecting people, but I think they are disconnecting families.

I guess no job is perfect. But I wouldn’t say my job sucks per se. I get to experience and learn a lot what I wouldn’t get from just studying. I get paid handsomely, play around with gadgets, free flow of caffeine and a good view from my desk. But most importantly, I get to meet and to know lots of successful people from around the world and widen my network of contacts. What more could I ask for? (besides that LCD TV and Playstation 3 I talked about.)

P.S. If your Nokia phone breaks because it fell on the floor, do not blame me. This is because 1, your phone might have nothing to do with me since I just started there a couple of months ago, 2, it’s bad luck and 3, serves you right. Go get another one so that Nokia has more money to pay me.

Posted By: Kelvin
Last Edit: 04 Jan 2009 @ 10:29 AM

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