Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Fit for the job

It is standard procedure nowadays for prospective employers to require would-be employees to undergo medical checks, the results of which would determine whether the employee would be offered the job, or if already employed, to be confirmed in his post. I have worked at so many places and the requirement of each employer is different. No doubt, the most basic of such requirements is the standard chest x-ray, urine test and vision check. Many employers today also ask for a blood test.

I remember when I first got a job in 1984, I had to take the medical check-up at the government hospital. Those days, the hospitals aren't as well-equipped as now and we had to wait quite a long time to go through each of the tests. Chest x-ray images required a week or so to be developed. Same goes for urine samples. Forget about blood samples... it would've taken weeks to get a result.

Nowadays, many private hospitals and some private clinics have the full array of diagnostic equipment to carry out whatever tests the employer wish to check, with most results being made available within a single day. The more complicated blood tests may take a day or two longer.

Earlier today, I went to a private clinic to do a medical. I had to pee into a small container, had my body zapped with x-rays and my arm pricked with a needle to draw blood. The clinic could've given me the result by tomorrow except that my employer wants my blood to be HIV-tested. That would take a few more days. I guess they want to be sure that I am not immune-deficient, have not been taking illicit drugs and be as healthy as I can be while in their employment.

10 comments:

eddy said...

New job Bro?

Anonymous said...

Oldstock
Tahniah! Nanti belanja kita taw..

CikSom

Oldstock said...

Eddy,

Yeah, moving on bro...

Oldstock said...

Cik Som,

Sure... just find a convenient place and time :-)

zafi said...

I think it a must procedure to ensure that you are fit ....
student have to do it .. before get the scholar
people have to do it .. before get a job...

Modern technology makes everything from complicated to become easier...

Azwan said...

Still changing job at your age. Interesting. Nowadays, kat clinic swasta aje and you don't need to go to hospitals for the check up.

Oldstock said...

Zafi,

Yes, medical checks are mandatory for all new employees and for students entering college or university. Only that some employers require more comprehensive tests than others.

Oldstock said...

Sdra Azwan,

The job change is because of personal request. Selagi ada orang nak offer kita jawatan, it does not matter about the age. Hope this job works out.

Wan Sharif said...

Sound like you have been taking care of yourself well..

Oldstock said...

Ayoh Wang,

I wasn't in good shape before and I still need some improving. The makan-makan part is what's causing me problems :-)