Job Hunting 7.0

Job Hunting 7.0

 

Think globally, but act locally.

 

These are the words that my former teacher told me after I had a nice conversation with her today. A conversation; that I may regret in the future, or just a sign of how idealistic I am. The world of today’s generation is about globalization, and while you act nationalistically, it may kill or give you a living.

 

I head off the metropolis today, as I had my job interview for airline ground support staff. At first, the thought of working in an environment such as in airport made me shivers. Reasons? First, I have to embrace the reality that I need to wear make-up, stand and maintain proper posture, and of course – smile… J Second, conversing to other people is one of my hobbies, as they say. Talk, talk and talk, I can stand a day just talking, but be sure that you won’t fall asleep! J

 

Pessimism over Optimism

 

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. – Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

I’ve read an article actually few pages of ‘the science of getting rich’, in one way or the other, it practically discusses the importance of having the good thoughts over the negative one. To quote “like causes produces like effects” so if we think that we can land to our dream job, definitely, we can, just a thought in our mind that we can! I think the reason why we don’t get what we want is that, we ought to think that the world is bunch full of both pessimist and optimist people. It is just a matter of choosing where you want to belong.

 

I would admit that I am not a good looking one, but I can assure one, that I can be as flexible as doing what is the unconventional. To admit, one, I used to wear mascara for the first time, yes! Today, I think, it is both a learning experience and a challenge for me. How to reconcile the idealism (again) over what is reality.

 

During our mini-UN gen. assembly, (at home); we used to discuss that:

 

1. In the real world, you can’t assert who you are. Companies don’t want applicants who brag about their degree, what they want is those who of course make them profit. (Remember, companies are emotionless entities, they do have a name, a reputation like a human being but at the end of the day, they are just as apathetic as a machine would be).

 

2. It is who you know, not who you are that rules the world. One of the reasons, why this world is soooooooo apathetic is because, we were trained, indoctrinated to be as apathetic as companies. Of course, there are people who work for companies, but at the end of the day, we all exist to survive, to survive would mean, creating connections and having connections means survival in the game.

 

3. A four year degree course would mean establishing your own shell of pride and over confidence. This is what I’ve learned for the past few months and counting. We were trained (indirectly speaking) what we should be after our 4 years of mental training. But the reality would speak for itself. The market wants people who can do the work, in precise and fastest way as it could be. Why hire newbie if you can increase the salary of an employee? Why hire a newcomer if it would mean, a word war and ideology war and ending in vain? (Remember: they would want those who can provide them the most number of work – increasing the production rather than minimizing it.)

 

4. A mediocre work is a not as bad as being unemployed

 

Mediocre means not very good or great, an ordinary according to my phone’s pre – installed dictionary. Working in a job that is not that related to your work is permissible rather than staying at home, without income and still a member of welfare state, who wished to be employed but time came that the market no longer wants his service.

 

One dilemma that a graduate faces in today’s generation is that, most of them, thinks that they should not work in a mediocre job. Here is my point, weather it is related or not, nor as tough or tedious as it is, do the job. The globalize market needs people who has the experience, not the bunch of idealism in their heads. Really, allow me to quote from my favorite political analyst and a former UP professor (Winnie Monsod): “the journey to a thousand miles starts with a single step”. It was lately that I realized about that. A lot of people wants to work in skyscrapers of the metropolis, and wants an above average wage, but all they have is a bunch of idealism in mind.

 

We are all service oriented

 

Imagine, a world without the gadgets that all of us enjoys. Imagine a world where there are no drive-tru stores, no internet connections, and even there is no potable water to drink or a wide variety of foods to choose from.

 

Companies work because there is a demand for a particular product. They produce what the people needs. They benefit from such demand by means of profit. Such profit will be shared to the number of employees in terms of experience, the nature of work, the position held in the company and that is what we call – salary/income. A portion of this income will be used by the employees to buy such commodity or service. Then it is a ripple effect. What we do affect others, what a company does has an effect on other company or industry.

 

Diplomacy – Customer service relations

This is my answer to one of the questions raised in my interview. When we talked about diplomacy, it is usually associated with negotiation, with communication, how one handles a certain level or degree of communication with someone of higher or lower status, regardless of who he or she is. It is associated or has a connection in the aviation or tourism industry, since, such industry deals with a variety of persons with diverse cultures. How to handle one person may be as effective or not that effective as handling another. We should take into consideration the cultural background a person has. It is as important as signing a bill into law.! J

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日本語 で 話します

日本語 で 話します

今日、私の せんせい と どうきゅせい は 日本語 で 話しました。ときどき 私は、ふたり で、その ことば の いみ を わかりません。でも、少し、ことば の いみ を わかります。

毎週、私の 先生 は 日本語 で 話して ください と 言うました。

でも、私は 日本語 は ふ勉強 が あります。そして、私は、しゅみ の 日本語 を 勉強します。しゅみ の べんきょう は、じんだい が ちがいます。私は べんきょう が ある、いつも むずかしい を 考えています。

しかし、たこくせききぎょう は、日本 会社 に とくべつ は、 大臣 の 日本語 を 話します。私の 大学 の 専門 は、国際 関係 でした。専門 葉、外交 の、 たいへん です から、仕事 が、 みに さがしません。

ほうか の ひと は いつも 日本語 の して すごい ですね。 しかし、 ほうか の ひと は もし しれば 私は 日本語 を べんきょうして、私は すごい と 考えて います。私は、しんぱい ですから、私の 日本語 は まだ じょうず では ありません。

多い 人 は わたしの にほんご を れんしゅうと 言うました。そして、今年 私は 日本語 の 勉強 を つずけたい と 思うています。

がんばります!!!!!!J

Job Hunting

 

Real life starts when you finally leave your own comfort zone and accept that life is not as utopic as what the Republic by Plato suggests.

I am having a dilemma; I need to consolidate in my mind the idealism and realism that keeps popping in my head every time that I will drop my resume in HR department. There are jobs, there are a lot of jobs, waiting to be filled and companies are willing to provide their employees the perks and privileges that will make them stay.

Job hunting is like an investment

Job hunting is much like investing in equities, in real estates to name a few. Your four year college degree is also a kind of investment. Your parents spent thousandths if not hundreds of their precious salary to send you in a good and reputable university. Your degree of specialization will determine what kind of asset you will be when you finally leave the four corners of your classroom. Companies will hire those who is profitable, those who can make money for them, while on the job hunter’s perspective, they are looking for companies who can provide them career growth, and of course experience and benefits.

Degree of specialization determines your asset

Like any other fresh graduate in the country, I am one of those graduates with a multidisciplinary degree. Meaning, I can work in any field of study, weather in sales, marketing, admin, research, public and labor relations, outsourcing and among other industries which may require both critical and communication skills.

Like any other graduate, finding your own niche in a competitive market will be a big problem. It is because, first, you want to maximize what you have learned in the university and apply those theories in your prospective job. Second, since you have this thin paper called “diploma” you don’t want other people to underestimate your capabilities and even your intellectual capability. You might tell yourself, “ I made policy papers when I was at the university, I made presentations and researches about the global politics and economics, I analyzed the trends in both emerging and developed markets internationally, I made comments, argued, draw perspectives and even conduct a thorough research for persons of high value in society,  I formulate and synthesized events in history according to theories of International Relations and  even International Political Economy yet I will work as if I am not a qualified person?”

Let us define what qualified person is. Well based on my experience, a qualified person has what it takes to be on the position being offered by the company. Going back to my list, the third will be your idealism vs. realism mentality.

In an emerging market like the Philippines, there are actually four industries that pushed for the economic growth namely: the Business Processing Outsourcing industry, the Tourism, the Agribusiness, and the Manufacturing. If you studied hard when you were in the university, you will have a hard time to decide which industry you will fall. Why? Basically because, at first, university education plays a lot in propagating the “ideal”, the standard, the norm of how to decide on things. Do you think if you will apply the standard meaning of democracy what might happen in the Philippines for the recent decades? If the concept of merit and bureaucracy (ideally) applied would you think that there will be consul generals that will be recalled by the foreign ministry because of falsification of documents? Would the Philippine democracy wont be as elicit democracy as it is now?  

Think again buddy, the life you and I had for the past 20 years are just as ideal as it was. But the real world needs more aggressive, flexible individuals that will make profit for them. What is the reality? The majority of the population in the country is living below the 2 dollar per day as a standard definition by UN on poverty. How do they able to measure poverty? Do they have any idea how does a poor lives with a hundred pesos in his pocket? While the majority of the Filipinos read in the newspapers that the recent upgrade by Fitch is a good sign of development, the question of inclusive growth remains a cloud of doubt. Who benefits from such upgrade by the Fitch? Those who invest their excess money in equities, time deposits and even in bonds; but the ordinary “Juan de la Cruz” won’t benefit from such good news because he has no idea about banking and finance. He even has a little or no knowledge on how banks make profit out of his money, nor the role of banks and financial institutions that may affect his own job.

Welfare State

I will admit I am a beneficiary of the welfare state. What is welfare state? Allow me to give you an idea what is a welfare state. France is my primary example. In France, an individual who is born is entitled to social services, education, livelihood, and health. The French government subsidized these services to the people. Meaning, those who are both working and non-working French citizen is entitled to such services.

In the case of the Philippines, the government only subsidized those who are living as poorest of the poor under the 4 P’s of the current administration. They will provide an educational assistance and maternal assistance to those who qualify for the program. Quite interesting, is that, those who are beneficiaries of such programs owns a dvd player, an aircon at their abode, 2 cell phones and you might think that they are not really poor. While those who are newbie in the real world, doesn’t have a penny in their pocket to print their resumes, and to shoulder transportation costs. I may sound unrealistic, that I am proposing an unemployment voucher for those who are fresh graduates and this can be used for their job hunting game.

Job hunting is not an easy game. Neither surviving the game is not an easy one. I guess, it is just a start of something new (with ♪ background music of HSM: Start of Something New).J J J

 

 

Yasumimasu

Yasumimasu.

No class, suspended, because of monsoon rains

Rains that started last Monday

Rainy days in Mondays like the classic “The Carpenters” song

Making me feel sleepy.

Father arrived with bad news to say

As usual, the conference has started.

We talked about the work – his work

And found out that he will take  a leave for pete sake!

He will take a leave, not to say that he will retire,

Retirement is different from taking a 5 days leave

He will take the leave, so that he wont see

How problematic the office can be

I envy those who are educated,

They know how to make lies the truth

In the eyes of the majority he will win

In a battle of ideas that is inevitable of him.

I envy those who can make things worse,

Making a simple life in a catastrophe world;

I am not in the position to write this things,

But surely  I am entitled of my freedom of speech.

To speak needs to think,

Of what to say and how to say,

In this society that my family is in,

We are not entitled to make criticism

Over the big boss in front of me.

I am afraid that I might encounter,

Person like her weeping me in vain.

I hate those who see me, not as who I am,

Capable of doing things that can turn

Their lives in upside down.

Tipsy curvy life is what I want

For those who bought my father in tears,

Not because I want revenge,

Not only because of my father

But because of millions of  people who are also in vain.

I am sick of this life, making moves on how to advance,

Personal interest over public interest,

Which  keeps me inquiring,

Is there really a concept of justice

In country like this?

Viewing in international arena, we live in a capitalist- democratic society,

Free – flow of goods, services and even ideology,

But it is inevitable in a society

To have a contraction between the burgeosie and the proletariat.

Which  makes things worst; proletariats clamors for democracy and equality,

But let’s face the reality, egalitarian will never exists,

Since each individual personality has it’s own realistic mindset

That will advance it’s interest over the other.

We want to advance the human rights,

But certainly we can’t do that,

As long as disparity exists

No one can exit.

How to prove that I can make things better

Is what my parents told me

You’ve seen the status quo,

What is you antithesis for this?

You want change?

How will you make one?

How will you participate?

How will you make things better

If people like them still in this world?

All I could do,

As I said to them, is to study

Learn the basics of the game,

Make the most of the strategic planning

As deeper as it can be.

I will enter the game,

Not now but in the future let’s say.

I will make different strategies,

Not to lose in the game.

I remembered  what my professor said,

You are in an intellectual journey,

You need to become the philospher kings and queens.

To make life a better .

Since to govern needs intelligence,

But what if, the intelligence corrupted

Our  society that we should make a living?

A Closure to Japanese Culture

 

A closure to Japanese Culture

 

 

 

It has been three years and almost five months since I studied Japanese language. In that span of time, I learned a lot, and as I said in my paper in my university that, there is much more to learn, much more to experience in the Japanese culture.

 

 

 

I studied the language by force not because I like J-pop, anime, kabuki nor Noh. I studied the language as part of my university’s curricula. No foreign language no graduation. Among the languages that I could choose from are the following: Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese. Unfortunately there was no available professor in my former university otherwise take it on the metropolis; I was forced to have Japanese instead of French.

 

 

 

During my early days as a college student, I took the words of my professors as the truth; it was as if I am indoctrinated to follow this, to accept that Marxism is good and other stuffs. It turned out that, religiously I studied well in my academic subjects but, it did not paid off in my foreign language. I got an almost failing grade in my Japanese 101; suffice for me not to be qualified for the academic scholarship.

 

 

 

My journey did not end with an almost failing grade. By summer of 2009, in our church plaza, I saw an advertisement, searching for Japanese students who want to learn how to write, read and speak Japanese language for free. It was a summer workshop on Japanese language; together with my classmate, we went to the address, and see for ourselves if it is worth to give it a try.

 

 

 

The outside university affair

 

 

 

It was an unforgettable experience for me. The outside university affair served me well for my Japanese class, and at the same time, gaining friends that I might never met if I did not pursue the outside university affair.

 

 

 

I had a Japanese sensei, who was a retired teacher in Japan, taught Japanese language in high school and a strict professor as I can say. He might be strict, yes, but behind those “ carrot and stick” principle, I know that he wants the best for the both of us ( me and my Japanese learning buddy). We are continuously studying the language and keep aiming high both for our careers and most importantly, our dream to go to Japan.

 

 

 

Why Japanese language?

 

 

 

It has been a perennial question that my classmates would ask me. Why?

 

Of all the languages in the world, why settle for Japanese language? The answer might be a tough one. Imagine, Japanese language is not an official language used in the United Nations, in ASEAN, perhaps, it might be used. But beyond those technicalities, I settle for the Japanese language not because of the fact that it may serve me well in the International fora, but because, there is more personal reason – I want to change the way Japanese people see the Filipinos in their country.

 

 

 

Too idealistic? I guess so………

 

 

 

I could still remember that, during my elementary days, I used to read in the newspapers about those Filipino entertainers who go to Japan, work and go back to the country with money.

 

 

 

When I enter senior high school, a good friend of mine, who has an elder sister working and living in Japan, used to send her Japanese textbooks and even mp3 players. One time, I borrowed her book, practiced memorizing ohayou gozaimasu, konnichiwa, the counting principle and a lot more. One of my teachers told me, why study Japanese? Do you want to work in Japan as Japayuki?? It was odd, yes, but as I remember it now, I can’t help, but to smile. Even our own ‘kababayans” has the same thinking as any other people that I’ve known. They looked down on their own “kababayan” without knowing that, in the first place, they did not want that kind of job, it was just that they don’t have any choice at that time, weather to take the job or starving to death?

 

 

 

Fast forward – when I enter university, I am lucky enough to have a professor who is a multimillionaire (I think) and he has a placement agency. His first client? – The Japanese. He used to send Filipina to Japan and later on, go back to the country. Sounds interesting.. ?? I guess so…J

 

 

 

The things that keeps me holding on to Japanese …….

 

 

 

First, I spent my 4 years studying the language, I invested my time, effort and of course money in going to my sensei’s house every weekend. I’ve learned from my friend who is an investor; “you’re investments should work for you and it should be compounding in interest”. J

 

 

 

Second, it is only the Japanese language that binds me with my mentors and friends that I may never meet if I did not continue this journey. Yes, they may serves as my mentors, my coffee buddy, my life coach, and of course, they are one of the reasons why I can’t let go of the rope. J

 

 

 

Third, speaking from the perspective of former Foreign Service student, the geopolitical mapping of today’s generation has shifted. We started from the industrialization of Britain, to the revolution and hegemony of US, to the balancer of International Relations – Asia (Tripartite relations). Tracing out the history of international relations; Japan, served well the region where it belongs and the international community.

 

 

 

Fourth, at the current status of Japan – Philippines bilateral relations, both countries are enjoying flexible and not so flexible agreements. To cite one, the JPEPA, where in, the Philippines will be given the chance and opportunity to send its overflowing number of nurses to the aging population of Japan, in condition, these nurses that will be send, should pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test – level 1 or 2 (mind you, even I who studied the language for the past four years struggled to pass the exam in my first try). Aside from the condition for qualifications of the Japanese government, they are also entitled to send their old rubbish to the country. (this is one of the explanations for the growing number of Japanese surplus shops in the country)- Benevolent Realist?? –  とても たいへん ですね!

 

Fifth, there are very cute toys and accessories from a cat with a very cute smile and face!  – Kitty chan!!! I can’t resist to look at it, smile, relieved my stress and voila! I am happy again!

 

 

 

Sixth, 日本人 の 恋人 が ほしい です!!Ehem! J I think this is a bonus? Of course, you can not dictate to whom your heat beats, but surely it will, and hoping it might be Japanese! J

 

 

 

Will I be able to end my relationship with Japanese culture? I guess I will have a hard time to do so, unless, they will close all shops that sells hello kitty, Sony, sharp, Panasonic and other Japanese brands. I will definitely let go of the rope, but as long as I can see those products, I think I will not let go of the rope yet. Mada. J