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Fresh Graduates' FAQ Part 2

Wong Shu Lee  


  February 17, 2022

We have collected some frequently asked questions from fresh graduates and published an article last month to discuss some of these questions: https://www.zom-in.com/spice-in_landing.php?url=Fresh+Graduates+FAQ+Part.1


Here are some other questions that we’ve received over this month. Let's read this if you are experiencing similar problems in your career. 


Q1: What Should or Shouldn’t I Share With Colleagues?


There are some things you should avoid discussing at work because bringing up these topics could make your coworkers uncomfortable or influence their opinions of you and your ability to do your job. Awkwardness in the workplace can affect its functioning and ultimately the employer's bottom line. Nobody wants to be the cause of that. 


Here is the list of topics that you should never discuss at the workplace: 

  1. Your religious view, especially your negative opinions towards a religion. 
  2. Your political view. Politics is a volatile topic that causes tempers to flare and has ended relationships, even between close friends and family. 
  3. Your sex life. If someone feels intimidated or thinks you have created an offensive work environment, he or she may have grounds to file a sexual harassment complaint
  4. Problems with family members. Discussing problems you are having with family members may cause others, including your boss, to wonder if these difficulties will distract you from doing your job. 
  5. Your career aspirations. Talking about your ambitions will, for good reason, make your boss question your loyalty and causes some coworkers to resent you. 


So, if you can't talk about these topics, what can you talk about? Try sticking to safe topics that allow you to get to know your coworkers but are less controversial like movies, music, travel, and food. 


Q2: Should I Call in Sick When Not Feeling Well?


Your sick days are yours to use when you need them. However, excessive use of sick days may catch your boss's attention and could lead to you getting in trouble. Keep in mind, when you call in sick, it is usually on short notice and can leave your boss scrambling to cover your duties. 


So, only take a sick leave when you’re really sick. For example, when you’re having flu or stomach virus. Both a stomach virus and the flu can spread through a workplace like a wildfire, taking down everything in its path. If your eyes are red, swollen, and crusty, you may have conjunctivitis—also known as pink eye—which is highly infectious. In these cases, you have good reasons to utilize your sick leave. 


However, if you’re only feeling tired because you stayed up too late, that isn't a good enough reason to take the day off. Suck it up and head to work. Take a quick nap during your lunch hour and plan to go to bed earlier that night. 


Always remember, do not take advantage of sick leaves to tend to personal matters or vacations. 


Q3: Can I Do A Part-Time Job While Working Full-Time?


Whether you’re saving for a wedding, paying off a student loan, or struggling to put food on the table – you’ve probably toyed with the idea of getting a second job. The prospect of earning two incomes is certainly an attractive one, but it also seems like a lot of hassle. 


If you choose a job that’s in a completely different industry, you’re less likely to upset your main employer – and you’ll also get the chance to develop new skills. However, second jobs are not appropriate for everyone. 


Thus, if you’re considering the possibility of taking on a second job – first take a look at your employment contract. Many job contracts will include a ‘non-compete’ clause. Some non-compete clauses forbid you from taking on any other paid work, whereas others forbid you from working in a job where there might be a ‘conflict of interest.’ 


If you want to raise some extra cash and your current employer is happy for you to work elsewhere, it probably is worth getting a second job – at least in the short term. However, you should view your second job as a temporary solution, rather than a permanent one.


Even if you’re a high-energy, optimistic type of person, juggling two jobs for more than a couple of years may lead to burnout. To sustain a high income over a long period of time, you could try some alternatives. Applying for better-paid jobs is a good place to start, but reviewing your spending is equally as important.



Are you a fresh graduate too? Let’s write to us at admin@zom-in.com if you are facing any issue or problem in your career. We will try our best to cover your problems in the upcoming FAQs. 


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