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How being a COVID-19 Swabber Inspired him to Switch his Career

Stories 31 Mar 2023

Despite climbing the corporate ladder, Abdul Razmin Abdul Razak did not feel fulfilled in his career. The 34-year-old started his career in 2012 as a Train Officer with a public transport operator and subsequently moved on to an office-hour job as an Assistant Engineering Executive in the public sector five years later to better manage his time between work and pursuing a diploma. Soon after, he was promoted to the position of a Property Executive.

Although he was progressing in his career, Razmin began to feel stagnant in his job. When the pandemic hit in 2020, he took the opportunity to re-evaluate his career and left his job to become a Covid-19 swabber. While initially motivated by the desirable remuneration of the job, Razmin quickly became enthralled by the domain of safety. Nevertheless, he was also aware that the role of a swabber was temporary. As his new job granted him some extra time that he previously did not possess, Razmin set his mind to pursue the Workplace Safety and Advanced Health course at NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB).

Over the course of six months, Razmin diligently managed his time between his dual jobs as a swabber and food delivery rider and eventually completed the programme. Keen to now pursue a career as a safety officer, he began to apply for numerous job roles. However, he was only invited to less than ten interviews. Yet, he dogged through and eventually secured a role as Safety Coordinator, where he currently puts his newly minted skills to good use.

Razmin’s tenacious spirit could be a result of his life experiences. Having battled depression at one point in his life, he credits his mother and two sons for being his pillar of strengths, enabling him to emerge stronger from what he describes as a dark period in his life. Now fully recovered and thriving, he wants to be a role model to his children.

Commenting on his experience, he shares, “Every day is a learning journey for me as a freshman in this industry. I am loving every part of my job. Afterall, they say if you love your job or any part that you do, you're able to excel! Never rest on your laurels. Always continue upskilling yourself, even if you think you have secured a good job with good pay.”

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