After finishing my PhD study in
Then I looked at the employment section of a local newspaper, in which a storeman vacancy in a nearby warehouse attracted my attention. I made an appointment with the manager, and went to see him the next day. When I got there, I filled out a form which contained sections such as applicant's address, phone number and education background. As this job required little education, I loosely put my education as graduate diploma. The manager described the duties of the position and showed me around the place. Afterwards, he told me to wait for notice in the next day or so.
Right in the next day, the manager rang and told me that the job went to someone with more experience. I told him it was not a problem, and I would simply keep looking for others. A few days later, that manager rang again and asked if I was still in for a job, as he had another temporary vacancy available. I said yes, and started to work the following day.
The job involved issuing steel pipes (of both round and square shapes) and long beams, loading and unloading trucks with hand-controlled cranes and driver-operated forklift. For the first week, I mainly watched and assisted a more experienced guy doing the job, and learned to recognize various types of pipes and beams. Then I began to work independently. Apart from keeping a close eye on things so as not to get hurt, the job was relatively simple. With the weekly pay coming as cash, this job gave me an impression as easy dough.
A typical day started at , and the first thing was to open the big roller door which was controlled by a hand-pulled chain. By that time, some pick-up truck drivers might have already waited outside, and they would back their trucks inside the loading bays. Truck drivers tended to be poorly educated (with no better than year 12 certificate). When they talked, rude words came out of their mouths just like a shaken coke can, so natural and so uncontrollable. They would grin and laugh if you also shouted rude words to them. In fact, the ruder words you used, the happier they seemed to be. If one day, you did not use too many rude words, they would think something was wrong with you. By , the pick-up drivers would all be gone. And after a short coffee break, some delivery trucks might begin to arrive, and unloading would take place. Fortunately, the normal knockoff time was , and we could have a long afternoon and evening rest.
Like the society in general, the workers in this warehouse came from all parts of the world. Some migrated from
As in other parts of the society, the management was dominated by earlier migrants who originated from
There was another guy whose ancestors also migrated from
On the other hand, migrants from other countries tended to take their jobs more seriously, and it was not surprise that they formed bulk of the remaining workers in the warehouse in the end. I stayed there until I gained another job that was somewhat related to my training.