It has been a little more than 5 years ago since I joined STMicroelectronics, a European semiconductor and electronics company, after some time working with American multinational companies (Intel, Delta Design).
Well, I would say I enjoyed those first 5 years and they were productive years in my career journey. There were some challenges but more rewards to ignite a person like me to go on. Indeed, time flies so fast if you are enjoying what you do. And I’m grateful to God for I believe He’s the reason of it all. I’m also thankful to STMicroelectronics and all who have been part of my journey.
Working in a technology company as an engineer is challenging and it keeps me from getting bored. Doing routine job is the least that I like. Ever since I joined the semiconductor industry, I have been part of technology R&D doing some exciting design and development work. I find fulfillment in being able to contribute to solving mind-boggling technical problems.
There are a lot of opportunities in technology companies for people who love to think out of the box. For instance, if you have an innovative idea you can submit an invention disclosure and get some monetary reward when it’s accepted for patent filing and when the patent is issued or granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Based on my experience, there would be frustrations along the way especially when what you think is a very brilliant idea/invention later turns out to be already existing or patented. But don’t give up. Sooner or later, you will come up with something that has not yet been out there.
And in all things, may God the giver of real wisdom be glorified. I believe all career achievements would amount to nothing without God.
I always desire to maintain work-life effectiveness wherever I am and whatever I do. Life is not all about work. But we work to live. And when we work, I believe we should not just work hard but work smart as well. So as much as possible I see to it that I optimize my office working time so I won’t have to render overtime work.
We work so we can provide food for our family. But let not our work be a reason for the family’s disintegration when we don’t have time anymore for those people we care for. We have to remember that work is just one aspect of life.
One good reminder in Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”