Hello, my name is Ting, CSO.

So, been a while since I’ve updated. It’s been fairly busy at work and I’ve been also trying to have a life as well outside of computers and paperwork. I’ve also realised I can happily drink red wine on a Saturday morning (I’d like to add that it was late morning…basically lunchtime…ish).

There was an internal job vacancy within my team for a Contract Support Officer role (Six-Month Secondment). I applied and it went to ‘competitive informal interview’. Do those three words even go together??

I never felt so nervous, you know when you really want something and if you fail at getting it then it’s the end of the world? Well it felt like that. 

I had the morning off work to prep; I ended up pacing around the house talking to myself trying to think of answers to possible questions. I spent all weekend researching and talking to colleagues for advice on how to approach it. 

I got to work. I started to hyperventilate and had to quickly get some fresh air and mentally slap some sense into myself. 

This is what I look like when I'm pensive. 

This is what I look like when I’m pensive. 

During the interview I realised how grateful I should be for my previous jobs. The experience I’ve gained has been great. They’re transferable skills and really broaden my portfolio. 

I didn’t hear by close of play on Tuesday 7th and I had five meetings to look forward to for the rest of the week.

Did I mention that I’m ever the pessimist. I’m all doom and gloom really – I’m really grateful to have my partner by my side and also my close friends – the amount of times they’ve had to listen to the doom and gloom…we’ve all lost count now.

The next morning one of my managers came into the office and let me know the news…


Hello, my name is Ting, CSO. 

And then I cried with happiness.

And then I cried with happiness.

I tell no lie, but I cried with such happiness. I practised my rejection face too – for a whole week I practised that face. Either way, it was going to be an emotional reaction.

Slight pay rise and great learning opportunity. Taking small steps to breaking away from an administrative role but I’ll get there. It’s a happy time at the minute and I’m looking forward to the challenges and learning that lie ahead.

Written by Yuen Ting Cheung