Aiseyman! Thumbs up to kind makcik who encouraged depressed graduate through job search

encouraging-makcik

I wanted to write a note thanking everyone for all your encouragement.

I took a job as a cashier at a supermarket near my home. It wasn’t a job I had in mind, but I just needed a reason to wake up everyday and do something.

I took on the night shift together with a Makcik. The first night, she looked at me and asked why a university graduate was working in a supermarket.

I said I wasn’t having much luck with a full time job and that I was just recovering from my struggle with depression. She looked at me and she said, “Oh, it’s okay lah. Good to hear you’re doing better.”

Over time, I got to know her better. She kept assuring me that one day, I was going to find my lucky break and to not give up.

Well, I got my lucky break.

After three rounds of interviews, I finally got a job offer at an MNC. I thought I screwed the final interview. But when I got the call yesterday telling me of the job offer, I was just so happy.

The first person I told wasn’t my parents but that makcik. She was happy for me and said she’d miss having someone to talk to on the night shift. I didn't tell my parents first. Though they supported me financially during treatment, I felt that they didn’t understand what being mentally ill meant. I didn't feel like I could talk to them without having accusations thrown at me. Often, they thought I was just being lazy or faking the depression.

I’m so happy to start work next month. I feel like I’m finally getting my life together. Strange as this might sound, I will miss the cashiering job, the night shifts and the encouraging makcik.

 

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