What is your message?
My college alma mater is doing a profiling of all of its alumni. A student sent me a template to fill out with the usual stuff – employee profile and then some message. At siyempre kinarir ko pagbibigay ng message. Pero dahil prinessure nya ako, hindi ko na na-organize masyado yung thoughts ko :p. I’d like to share it still with you though so here goes.
To the students of CICS, while you are in our Alma Mater, make the most out of it. Learn what you can, seize all opportunities to be the best of what you can be, and of course don’t forget to have fun.
- Proactive – one of the key words you’ll always hear from companies. It simply means “magpakabibo” and yes, that doesn’t only apply to kids. Employers will appreciate colleagues who can contribute to the team. Don’t be afraid to voice out your opinions.
- Trainings – some companies have, some don’t have. But you should not rely on companies to give you opportunities to learn new things. On your own, you are expected (YES, expected) to learn the skills needed for your job or any other skills that you want to pursue. Besides, trainings, even the advanced ones, only cover the basics still :).
- Fear of the unknown – don’t be afraid to ask questions or admit that you don’t understand the project requiremets. I always say this to my subordinates. It’s ok to ask questions. Asking questions doesn’t mean you are not capable. Understanding is the key. You cannot successfully finish the next phase of the project unless you have a solid understanding of the requirements. The absence of it will always lead to reworks at the end.
- On project assignments – here’s one from my former boss. The mere fact that you are given projects to work on means that the management still trusts and believes in your ability to deliver the project. And so I say, don’t frret if you need to extend work hours just to meet the deadlines. It’s just like staying up for the night just to complete your school assignments really. Don’t fret if you are given more tasks than another colleague. That’s actually a good sign. Besides, it won’t always be the case. There will always be days or seasons that you’ll be idle to the extent that you’ll be bored to death. So a little of those “I’m so busy I can’t go out to gimiks anymore” moments wouldn’t hurt. 🙂
* Image from here.