Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Webpage to close.

Just thought I'd mention, my webpage (link to the right as I write...) will be coming down tomorrow. I have decided not to renew.

This project is dear to my heart, however, I cannot justify the renewal fee.
Such is life.
To put things in perspective, I was in Malaysia when 9/11 occurred and was about to present my Training plan to the Local Lotus Management team.
During my time in the Auto industry, I met some very ambitious people who are not necessarily very helpful if they don't see you or your aspirations as being in sync with theirs.
In this instance, I would have to say my personal relationship had broken down with an influential member of the Management team.
I could have come up with a fully funded plan that had huge potential, and he would have been less than helpful.
Since that point I have been trying unsuccessfully to get approval from outside of the organisation. Unsuccessfully.
Weirdly, I have enjoyed the process, and still think this will bear fruit in some form, in the future. Hopefully, I'll be part of that future!
In the meantime life goes on, and I'm enjoying it... nothing wrong with that.

Lastly, on a sad note, I hope that the wounds of 9/11 heal. And for my Muslim friends, Happy Eid.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hyperloop Potential for KL to Singapore High Speed Rail Link

Some years ago I was invited to attend (not present or speak) at an ASLI (Asia Strategic Leadership Institute) conference that dealt with Malaysian infrastructure projects. People presented ideas rail/bus/taxi on how best to improve infrastructure within Malaysia. It was interesting, but... Nothing that was a little outside the box. I like this idea. Obviously, the powers that be have to have the ability to do something others haven't... and risk their reputation should it fail. People often talk about thinking and acting outside the box... few execute.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The End of my Quest

This week I put out my own video for my Project (job interview) it was in place of my cancelled TV appearance!
I can only surmise why Channel 4 did not show the emoov interviews. They filmed more than they needed on purpose.
The other interviewee left the interview room whilst I was waiting, he explained to the receptionists that he had broken down again whilst reading his poem in the interview room... He was obviously aware this was being filmed... He was looking past the receptionists towards a CCTV camera, he was incredibly theatrical.
I actually made up a bad poem which caused some laughter during my interview. It was not intended to be taken seriously, nor was it.
Apart from the political questions, which I can't imagine are typical HR approved, I had a really good interview.
Maybe, I could have answered with a bit more gusto, when asked 'What would I say if I was offered...'
I have to think the previous interviewee may well have been considered not to be a normal (whatever that is) applicant. That was out of my control.

Anyway, back to my own interview. It unlike the Channel 4 programme has received 36 views in 3 days!

Oh well. I have had some feedback. I would like to make a few things clear:

This project is not a driving school. There are many of these already. Lotus runs them, as do others.

I do not have any qualifications that would qualify me to be a University Lecturer. I do not intend to become a teacher.

When I say over a decade ten years, It would be more precise to say 14 years. I first proposed this in 2002.

I have had a lovely time since. However, I am not independently wealthy, and I am looking for work.

My webpage will not be renewed when it comes up for renewal in September.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The TV interview...

Last night I received a call from Label 1 regarding the Channel 4 interview programme I participated in.
The emoov interviews were not going to screened.
I was disappointed.

I would be lying if I said that working in a call centre for an estate agent is a dream job.

However, having the opportunity to appear on free to air TV and raise my profile was something I was hoping to market my self with...

I thought I would share a few thoughts on the Interview process as it happened, as best I can allowing for my memory playing tricks on me. I have left out my answers and most of the chat...

My Interviewer was Russell Quirk a Tory Councillor and Estate Agent, his head of Sales, Lauren was his wing girl.

They were both very friendly, and it did feel more like a chat than an interview.

Being a politician, Russell asked me:
Who I would vote for Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton?
Jeremy Corbyn or David Cameron?
Next, How would I vote on Brexit?

The interview progressed to Estate Agents. Do I feel they are ethical?

How much is the average house price in England/ Basildon. What percentage of the Market did I think the Hybrid (Call Centre based) Estate agents commanded.

Following this we had a practical. I sat on a sofa, Russell pretended he was a client... We had a pretend phone conversation (I didn't do well).

Next Lauren asked if She made an offer of £20,000 per year would I take it...

Next I was handed a piece of paper and asked to do with it whatever I liked...

Lastly, I mentioned that the front desk had said the previous interviewee had done a poem.

I offered them a Corporate poem. They said go ahead...

Here it is (  I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream)
I moov, You moov, we all moov, with emoov...

This caused some amusement. We all shook hands, and wished each other well.

The next day, I had the TV crew around. Lauren said she didn't think I really wanted the job, and wished me well.

I am not sure the political questioning is a normal thing in an interview. The rest was OK.

I know that a lot of Companies are wary of peoples politics. In Malaysia, I worked for Proton, a Bumi Putra company (People of the Land). Peoples race and background were an issue.

In America, at General Motors being a Conservative politically was generally the way to go.

When I was at Fords, on Staff if you were a local Tory Councillor it probably would have been more of a plus than a minus.

But I'm not sure they would grill you in quite the same way as Russell did in an interview situation...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I am hopefully Marketing myself via this TV programme

It is not 100% certain that my interview with emoov will be aired. Channel 4 have yet to make that decision. It will be 2nd August onwards if it is aired. The first in the series airs next Tuesday 9pm (GMT)
Here is the trailer for the series of programmes I may appear in.
I enjoyed the process, I have no control over the post production, and so this could turn out to be good or bad...
Lets see.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Media Trade Show, London

I appear on the opening shot, a small figure on the balcony. I watched the preview of the show. It will not be called the Job Interview, possibly, 'Don't call us'/other when it is aired on Channel 4 next month. I must say it looked contrived. It was... The interviewer collapsed against the door very dramatically at the end. Having sat in on interviews in real life I found this a little bemusing. Anyway, if this gives me some national/international exposure in my quest for a meaningful career move, I'll take it. I hope post editing, I appear employable.

Day 2 MPS web from The Media Production Show on Vimeo.