What to do when your career takes a detour?

In July 2016 my company experienced the unforgiving floods ever that almost turn the factory upside down, many types of equipment and machines were destroyed by floods. raw materials in the Defrost Chiller, Vegetable chiller was turned into mud. work in progress products scattered in the production floor. Finished products in the Blast freezers and Holding freezer destroyed. to sum it up it was a catastrophe. No one can tell this story better other than the pictures.


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I was hands-on in helping to clean up and sorting the place to get back to normality. this answered the question of what to do when your career takes a detour.

My quality Manager set-up the team tasked to assess the products that can be saved from this mess. I was part of the team. It not like I didn’t have an option. Some of my colleagues chose to stay away until operation got back to its normality. I was also a part of the operation clean-up team. I realized that my career took a mini detour. However, I cannot just fold arms because it was not my field.

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I realized the nature of the company I was in, that it just a small family business they cannot afford to hire external people to sort out everything. However, there were some hired specialists to clean up but they were not enough.


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