Building a career that I love
Grab driver Nelson Chang, 24, credits the job for giving him motivation and renewed purpose in life.
“Driving a GrabCar has helped me turn my life around.”
Since I started driving a GrabCar in February 2016, I’ve become a livelier and happier person. My friends have said I’m more motivated and driven in life. My mum has commented that I’m more cheerful and relaxed.
Well, the saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”, is true! I love driving and seeing my passengers arrive safely at their destination gives me great satisfaction.
I’ve also become an early riser. Previously, when I wasn’t reporting for NS duty as a full-time NSman, I would be waking up late around noon or past noon. When I first started driving a GrabCar, I would wake up around 5am, in order to catch the morning peak driving period, which starts from 6am. Driving during this period helps me gain extra incentives. I would usually drive till 10pm or 11pm, with breaks.
I’ve now started to drive from 2am or 3am to 10am. Then, I take a rest before starting again at 3pm. I would then drive till 9pm.
My goal now is to be financially independent. Besides growing my savings, I also would like to own my own car.
Daily, I earn between $180 and $190, after taking into consideration rental, fuel costs and commission charges. This means, I earn at least $5,000 per month. I also save on my expenses because I don’t have a lot of free time to fill. Previously, when I didn’t work, I would be going out with friends a lot and spending money on various entertainment options. Now, while I make sure I get a good meal and breaks, I would not spend time on unnecessary activities.
Driving a GrabCar has also been very positive for my family. I usually take some time off during the weekends to spend with them. I feel great being able to bring them out in the car and we can all have a comfortable ride to our destination, be it a shopping mall or to a restaurant.
While I used to rent the car that I drive, I have enough savings now to join a lease-and-own scheme. This means that I rent the car for a contracted number of months and thereafter, the ownership of the vehicle will be transferred to me.
I am looking at driving a GrabCar as a long-term career and I am serious about building it. One of the most important – and also, easiest – ways to make sure it is a good and well-paying job is to maintain a high rating. I’ve learned to smile, be polite and friendly to passengers. Yes, be patient with them, even if some of them may not be very nice to you. Furthermore, you never know what troubles or problems they may have.
From my personal experience, being patient – and even offering a listening ear – does make a difference, and not just to the passengers. I’m proof that with the right career and mindset, one can live a happy and fulfilling life.
– Mr. Nelson Chang, Full-Time GrabCar Driver
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