Friday, January 2, 2009

美國留學路( end )

北美自由貿易協定我現在記不得多少, 記得的都是玩樂部份. 人家說拉丁美洲的人熱情不是開玩笑的, 在墨西哥一星期我喝的酒比我任何時候都要多, 跳舞也多, (其實只是搖屁股而已). 不過學校是在墨西哥市, 當地教授還跟我們說晚上最好不要單獨行動, 一定要跟墨西哥同學結伴. 加拿大印象最深的就是Calgary附近的國家公園, 跟月曆一樣美, 不過就是太冷了, 四月還要穿長袖.


我去墨西哥和加拿大前又去考第二次托福, 沒有準備就去應戰, 果然環境影響語言學習很大, 差兩分破250. 轉學申請工作機會比較多的達拉斯德州大學分校. 因為要去墨西哥和加拿大所以還特別跟學校延了一個學期入學, 最後證明決定是對的, 因為這校外課程讓我認識不少朋友. 也是碩士課程最特別的回憶. 回來後把所有家當放在我的小豐田車就這樣開五小時從聖安東尼奧搬家到達拉斯.

去達拉斯前和實習的國貿中心主任聯絡, 知道達拉斯也有國貿中心, 所以在達拉斯第二學期也在達拉斯國貿中心實習. 此國貿中心主要的服務項目是對各大私人公司進出口部門做研討會, 參加的公司大部分是大頭譬如易利信, IBM, Fedex, 等只要有國際貿易部門都可參加, 因為幫忙準備研討會所以研討會的資料和證書也就這樣免費到手, 算是實習的所得”. 因為這實習也是不給錢的.

之後第四個實習是幫半導體協會做翻譯和找資料, 這是我第一個領錢的實習, 會聽說讀寫中文真是不錯. 最後一個也是第五個實習透過學校教授在一間奈米科技公司上班, 奈米科技一定好賺, 這是我到現在唯一一間公司飲料可以隨便喝的公司, 可不是那種一般公司的咖啡, 是可樂 , 果汁, 汽水, 運動飲料不用錢的.


就這樣五個實習, 沒有正式全職工作經驗, 我在畢業前受聘於Panda Express經理訓練, 這公司是全美最大的連鎖中餐集團, 等於就是把中餐當麥當勞賣, 講求供餐快速, 整齊清潔, 衛生可口, 還有得來速. 我學到最基本的客服, 並從洗廁所, 洗碗, , , 炒菜開始學起, 一直到記帳, 點貨, 招聘, 訓練全部包辦. 你問我為什麼一個成大畢業頂著MBA的人要做這事, 說穿了我也不知道, 但是我知道當一個人在美國沒有身分(綠卡)的時候很難做到所謂大顯身手, 加上自己沒有工作經驗, 要在異地成長就是要能吃苦, 從我不計酬做實習還是有所得的經驗, 以及都憲兵退伍了沒啥辦不到的想法我在那總共待了….六個月.


因為之前很多國貿實習的經驗, 我之後加入西屋太陽能做產品開發. 其實就是一間貿易公司, 所以之前的經驗大概讓我有機會進入公司, 並跟著公司老闆去大陸出差, 看看大陸熱到底是怎樣. 世界果然是平的, 美國人普遍要便宜貨也要好貨我也領教了. 在美國若要長期久居, 一直拿工作簽證也不是辦法, 因為最多只有六年, 而且不能夠隨便換工作, (美國工作簽證爭議很多) 所以找了律師辦綠卡, 律師說請之前雇主寫個推薦信錦上添花一下, 我就去聯絡之前實習的老闆們, 很高興拿到四封推薦信, 然後我花了七個月拿到綠卡, 律師助理說還沒碰過這樣快拿到的. 不知不覺在西屋也兩年半, 上班之餘我也看了很多理財書籍, 也讓我後來莫名奇妙的轉換跑道.


我在學校的求職網站找到一個獵人公司聯絡方法, 通常都是公司付錢找人, 加上獵人頭公司在學校網站刊登美林投顧的資訊, 不過已經過期了, 抱著姑且一試的心態寫信去問還有沒有其他公司在找人, 並附上簡歷. 上天注定, 隔天人力公司打電話說美林還有一次說明會, 當天還會考數學和總體經濟, 我就去當地的圖書館( 我真小氣連書錢都不想付) 借了一本傻瓜經濟學(Economics for dummies) 並在週末努力回想大學和碩士念的經濟, 仗著亞洲人就是會數學信心應考. 皇天不负苦心人, (雖然就是周末而已) 美林通知面試.


事情當然不會一直一凡風順, 第二次面試我遇到了不是每個求職人都碰到的事, 西元2008年九月十五日早上八點美國銀行宣布併購美林投顧, 同時間我這緊張的面試者在美林經理門口等面試. 經理用很抱歉的眼神看著我說我也現在才知道併購, 請回家等候通知, 今天面試先暫停各位看官假如面試求職有比我更賽的請留言. 老天有眼, 我最後還是順利進入美林投顧, 展開我另一個職業階段.

六年前我只提著一個行李(再多一個會超重收錢)來美, 再過一個六年我不知道會是什麼樣子, 還在美林? 還在金融界? 還在美國?


感謝爸媽老婆!


(我還是想創業的, 現在工作因為有算績效, 所以我想要把它當公司經營的, 希望不要等六年後分享)

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