[Selected Submission] From Cashier to a Professional that Everyone Wants to Hire
From Cashier to Professional Designer
After the persecution started in July 1999, I was arrested and detained many times. I was also forced to stay away from home.
After returning home in 2006, I found a cashier job in a supermarket. Later, I thought this was not right since I had gone to college to receive specialized training, and I had done very well in school. Because I practiced Falun Gong, Communist Party officials forced me to quit college one year prior to graduation, and I did not receive my diploma. However, this was caused by the persecution. Since many of my classmates were already professional designers, I decided to apply for a position in my field as well.
I found an opening in a mid-sized company, but was not sure what to bring for the interview, so I took several of my college project designs with me. When the company's general manager, Mr. Gan, interviewed me, I told him, “Because I practice Falun Gong, I was forced to quit college a year before I finished and did not receive my diploma. But I did very well in school. Here are some projects I did.” Gan liked my designs very much and he was even more impressed by my honesty. He said, “I know Falun Gong practitioners are good people. You can work for me.” My family was very surprised. The employer decided to hire me after he learned that I was a practitioner and did not require a diploma.
After I started work for the company, I was very responsible and dedicated. I was soon able to complete projects from beginning to end. Within a year, I was able to take on major projects. I continued learning as I worked and could finish projects with high quality. The customers were very satisfied.
In the first month, Mr. Gan paid me the starting salary. Although I did not ask for an increase, he doubled my salary soon afterwards, bringing it close to that of the senior employees. He praised me and also increased my benefits.
Because of family issues, I had to take many days off to look after my family members, since the workplace was far away from my home. General manager You in the partner company was impressed by my performance and his company was near my home. He asked if I could work for him. After I discussed this with Mr. Gan, I began working for Mr. You, who allowed me to go home whenever I needed to take care of my family.
Mr. You’s company is a pioneer in the industry and I learned many things there. Furthermore, because his company was relatively new, I had to help him in many areas that went beyond my own area of expertise. Whenever I encountered difficulty, I always stayed calm and tried to understand the issue based on the Fa. Falun Dafa is profound and the deep meaning can help us with everything. I once did a project for Mr. You on a company’s development strategy. After a friend saw the plan, he was very impressed that I could finish it so well with no training in this field.
The company has many interns and new employees. I was able to help them, and I unselfishly showed them many things about the work. I also told them the facts about Falun Dafa. They were impressed by my kindness and some agreed to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as well as its affiliated organizations.
Many Companies Wanted to Hire Me
After working in this field for several years, I gained a lot of experience. I then had the idea to start something myself which would be more meaningful for me and other people. I thus left Mr. You’s company. He tried many times to keep me and said he would always leave the door open for me.
After hearing this, Mr. Gan and his human resources manager came to see me, and asked me to join his company again. They said that they were in great need of people like me. Feeling it difficult to refuse, I told them I would think about it and gave them some truth-clarification DVDs when they left.
Mr. Gan’s company and some other companies subsequently invited me many times. Quite a few company owners wanted to hire me and they all knew I was a Falun Dafa practitioner.
Falun Dafa is the Highest Science
I have a friend who is very knowledgeable. We talk about many things from art, education, society, to religion. Very often, he just sits there listening to me talking and feels that he learned a lot. In fact, I did not have any more knowledge than him. But because Dafa opened my wisdom, I could always see through the superficial phenomena and understand the essence of things.
Compared to my friend, I have read very few books. But there is one book that I always read over and over again. It is Zhuan Falun. The book was written by Mr. Li Hongzhi and is the main book of Falun Dafa. It covers principles that govern all professions and scientific fields.
I did not have a college diploma and I started to work several years later than most of my colleagues. It was the wisdom and virtue obtained from Zhuan Falun that allowed me to be an expert in this field and gain the trust of others. I will continue on this path and do things to benefit more people.
From the Call for Submissions to Commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of Falun Dafa's Introduction