Four years ago, I Joined a company as a new employee right after I graduated from university. I had not needed to work for my tuition or entertainment and I told my father that if he paid for my education before I got a Job, I could concentrate more on my studies. At that time, I didn’t know how hard it was to make money! However, making money by myself taught me about the value of money and the loving efforts of my parents. Before I got a Job, I thought that getting money from parents was reasonable, but I know now that this was wrong.
When I got a first project in another province, I ouldn’t do anything other than work because I was working about 16 hours a day without holidays for two months. I got only 2 days off for my sister’s wedding ceremony in Taiwan! At that time, I wasn’t only in charge of supervising procedures of construction but also in charge of the delivery of equipment. So I worked outside for a long time everyday in harsh cold weather. I felt that this was harder than military service and I missed my parents’ faces. I realized how much they struggled, tried, and did their best to bring up their children and I appreciated their effort.
In addition, I also learned about the value of money. Before I got a Job, I Just had used money without consideration because money came easily from my parents, not my own effort. However, after I started work, I couldn’t use money easily especially for me. For 1 year, I couldn’t buy anything special for myself. Actually, I really wanted to buy a good car because I had never had my own car before and had waited for a car about 27years! Also, it is possible for me to buy a car using my salary, but I decided to wait and I Just used the money for my family or my girlfriend because I felt ncomfortable when I tried to buy something for myself.
After these experiences, I learned about the value of money and how to spend money wisely. Becoming an employee with hard work was quite different from being a student. I didn’t learn only the value of the money but also how much parents tried to bring up their children. Since I got a Job, I haven’t taken any financial help from my parents, even in my marriage. Parents’ support was good enough when I was young, and now it is my turn to return some of their efforts as much as I can. Working Hard By dongheebyun