It’s been so long since I had a proper holiday so this period is somewhat a time of rest…
Hall trial camp was right after finals even though it was on the weekend. The bus that brought us to the beach freaking crashed into a car at a traffic light-there was this shuddering and a rather jarring bump. The driver was probably travelling too fast to stop in time and the road was wet due to the rain. Incredibly, only the number plate was slightly damaged but the poor car in front had a utterly ruined rear. The car driver was trembling when he was taking a photo of the damage. This didn’t really affect us for the beach games as we had fun right before it started to pour.
As a proggie, we tried out the games for the hall foc, including the infamous NG100. We managed to complete it (sort of) lmao. I was in charge of an ‘escape room’ station where the people had to find some clues first before using them to solve the question. Somehow, I had to reveal where I hid it since nobody could find it. I was also assigned as a proggie for pool games, and it was the first time sitting on the back of a lorry…for a moment I felt like a foreign worker lulz. Other than that, it felt like a waste of time, especially when I had to move out of hall that day.
The next week was spent looking for a job/internship, which have me some amt of stress as no one had gotten back to me. Fortuitously, I was contacted by Prudential on a Monday, but I was only aware of it on a Thursday lmao. After sending my resume and etc, I was told to come down for an interview the very next day. It turned out to be a very chill session and I agreed to go for the internship.
The first day was rather cringeworthy, with a rather failed cheer leading session and an amazing race. My reaction was one of disbelief as it felt like a joke. I quickly realised that the internship was more learning than doing work, and that the pay was shit–one only gets a maximum of $1000 for passing 3 exams and the extra amount was only when you sold products to people. I did not forsee myself selling anything, and thus the net amt is less than $500 per month wtf! We had to take 3 papers: M5, M9 and M9A which were all MCQ type papers luckily. However, the amount of content was very dry and intensive: it was like learning 1 sem of content in 3 freaking days. We were given chapter reviews and 4 mock papers for each subject. I have no idea how I managed to pass all 3 in one attempt as some papers were rather tedious. We had different trainers for each paper: M5 was done very factually due to the sheer amt of content, M9 was more interesting and M9A was sth that I found rather relevant as it was about derivatives and options. I admit that these papers were really useful as I learnt about the insurance industry and financial terms that finally made sense to me when I come across finance related news etc.
The internship ppl were split into groups so that everyone would be more motivated to do well for the various activities, which leaned towards the entrepreneurial side (business pitching, talks). We played darts as part of team bonding on the first week, where we had free flow beer and a darts competition. Somehow, I managed to hit 3 consecutive bulls eye but still I busted like srsly?! For one of the talks, we managed to see Irene Ang wew! Our group pitched the idea of adjustable and detachable heels, even though many patents already existed. I was rather nervous during the pitch (based on feedback given), but I really appreciated the chance to do sth that I had not done before. We also did quite well surprisingly. I would say that the ppl on my group are a bunch of wonderful people: each of us has our strengths to complement each other eg talking well, idea generating and even slide design. However, given that we are from different unis, it would be hard to keep it going once the internship ends.
We also have our own agencies to report to ie superiors who are in charge of us. In a company like Prudential, various groups/agencies exist. All of them are working under the makn company, but each agency differs according to the remuneration and benefits. Even their office layouts and amenities are different.
I still think my agency isn’t too bad even though I heard that it didn’t get as many interns previously. On the first week, one of the leaders treated us to lunch. He drove us in his BMW and brought us to some Japanese restaurant, where the 3 of us had a $20 meal each. We were a bit surprised by his generosity but concluded that it was normal for them to do so given their wealth.
Of course, being in the company, they would try to convince you to join them etc. I admit that being in sales is very lucrative but it is rather hit-or-miss: it really depends on how you are able to sell the products to ppl. For every successful individual, there are many more that fall by the roadside. For some reason, many ppl become insurance agents without any financial background, showing how versatile this industry is. The agency contract that I signed was rather lengthy but it allowed me to get a basic pay every month if I were to make some amt of sales.
We went to Desaru Tunamaya Beach Resort at the end of June and it being my 2nd time to Malaysia, it was really refreshing. The best thing there was setting off fireworks late at night at the Desaru Fruit Farm and taking a boat to watch fireflies along the river. Us city bumpkins really felt out of place with this rustic life and it felt really good to destress for a while. We returned to the bar for some drinks before retiring to XM’s room for a HTHT of our relationships lmao. Even after the whole internship was over, I still miss the times when we opened up to people we only interacted for about a month–it was surreal and amazing.