Switching tracks from what she majored in, and worked hard to learn all the new sets of skills she needed to excel in her new job, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…
“A woman of liberal arts major, barged into the male-oriented engineering major world of semiconductors, put in the overtime until four, five in the morn, and within four hours, then started back up in work again, too much stress, and need to seek out treatment from the doctors, asking me, had I thought about quitting? I don’t want to, there’s too much here for me to learn still!” Jenny who has a master’s in education, out of the liberal arts majors, barged into the semiconductor industries, and, she was tried harder than the engineering majors, but Jenny had made it, she’d believed, that it’s not impossible, for the liberal arts majors to get into the semiconductor industries.
Jenny graduated out of the education department of Chingwha University, the graduate studies of National Taiwan University of Education. In the time of her studies, she’d gone to the schools to intern, and felt, that the learning atmosphere in the schools are too shut in, she didn’t want to become a teacher, after graduation, Jenny started working in human resources for an enterprise, the interior designing firms, and worked as a case manager’s assistance for the food industry too.
Jenny’s best friend worked in the IC of Semi-Conductor, and, there was an older schoolmate of Jenny’s working there, and asked her if she was interested in working as an assistant to the engineer? Jenny had enjoyed learning new things since she was younger, and was more than interested in the new offer, and, as her best friend taught her the programming skills during the off hours from work, and her spare time, she got accepted to the firm to work, and ever since, she’d worked in the semi-conductor industries.
Jenny stated blunt, the programming skills are only tools, there’s also the need for knowledge in the electrical engineering fields, but, nobody teaches you that, she’d learned by doing, six months after she got into semi-conductor industries, she was interested in managing the cases, and fought hard for it with her manager as a case manager, and she got it.
Jenny told, that although she’s very good in setting up schedules, and working according to the plans, but, she’s still a rookie in the field, starting out, lacking the professional knowledge of electrical engineering, and sometimes, the coworkers from the designs department spoke in jargons she couldn’t understand, and they’d made fun of her, “you’re only a rookie, what makes you think you can manage the cases?”, it’d made her too anxious she’d become, insomniac.
The workload in semiconductor companies is quite heavy, she’d told, that at the end of every year and the start of the next, she’d always worked overtime every single night, to four, five in the early mornings, and after no more than four hours of sleep, she’d begun working the following day again, she felt tried in her body, and her mind. And because she’s not from the engineering majors, even with the same master’s education, she received the payrate of lower than the master’s, and she’s a temp too, not a formal employee yet.
“Every time I wanted to quit, there’s that voice inside telling me, I don’t want to quit!”, Jenny gritted her teeth, and buckled down, after she got through the hardships of learning the skills, the husband of a friend worked in another IC designs company, asked her if she wanted to work as an application engineer for the firm? She’d gone to interviews, and got in, her wages rose to about $1.3 million N.T. to $1.5 million N.T. per year.
Toward the switching tracks from the liberal arts into engineering, Jenny believe, that unlike the engineer majors, who only can focus on the work at hand, the liberal arts majors knew how to interact with others better, “When you’re in a place where nobody communicated with each other, this skill set makes you stand out”, this is, the advantage of the liberal arts majors.
And so, this woman worked relentlessly, to hone up on the skills she needed, to help her succeed in her line of work, and, she’d not begun as an engineering major, but she’d, found her success in engineering, and it’d shown, that switching tracks isn’t at all difficult, so long as you’re willing to work really hard, to acquire all the needed knowledge, the skills you are required to have for your new line of work.