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Tue, Apr 27, 2010
The Straits Times
Same company for 38 years

Mr Daniel Goh can still recall what he and his peers were looking for in a job, when he applied for his first job with Garuda Airlines in 1972 at the age of 21.

'During our time, it was all about getting a job first, then you look at the salary base, and third was the industry that you wanted to work in,' says Mr Goh, who is married with two children.

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He adds: 'In those days, if we managed to get a job at the age of 21, it was something very grand, especially if you were working for an airline.'

After 15 years as an airport officer and 23 in the sales department, he has no regrets about staying with his first and only employer.

He says: 'Garuda is like a family - we know the culture and the way they do things, and most importantly, we work as a team. There is no reason for me to ever think of leaving the company.'

He is far from being the only long-serving employee there. Some who joined the company before him are still there and many of his peers are still around, too.

Looking at the young people in his industry today, he sees a marked difference.

'There is no loyalty nowadays for young people, whereas loyalty was the word for us. In our industry, if another company offers them a bit more, they will just go,' he notes.

Nevertheless, he finds much to appreciate about the young people he works with.

'Young people today are so IT-savvy. The ones I work with are respectful, cooperative and helpful, and they are willing to work whenever they are required.'

He also has one thing in common with the Gen Y workers - a zeal for the job.

He stresses: 'After some years, the passion for the job grows. You must have passion for what you are doing to stay around.'

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

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