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Reminders on why your OJT is Important

Monday, February 27th, 2012

An on-the-job training, or commonly called as OJT, can more or less be termed as the defining moment of your college life. Even more so than your thesis, or actual grades, being in the right OJT program can make – or break – your bright career future.

If you are about to have your first step into the OJT world, or are already in it, you may want to check these 3 factors – just to remind yourself why you’re doing it in the first place:

Basic Skills – Not so Basic after all
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Most college students (not all though) live a sheltered, carefree life. The typical college student schedule would revolve around waking up, attending classes and partying. Still, most students would already have all the necessary basic office skills (such as typing, researching, some special computer program manipulation) to get school work done.

But as you would first notice working as an OJT, everything may not seem to be that basic at all. What was taught at school may differ greatly at work. Typing up reports may seem to be a hassle, especially if the firm you’re having your OJT at follows a strict styleguide. Creative input, which is especially needed for graphic artists are now bound by deadlines and client preferences. Nevertheless, an OJT equipped with the most “basic” work skills may only find them further enhanced, after being exposed to real office or work protocols.

Real Office Life
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And speaking of real, nothing comes as close to work reality than being in your OJT program. There would be no late night parties, no more waking up until it’s noon moments. You’ll get to experience being in a grind, of being part of the corporate rat race. You’ll also get a fresh breath of professionalism, on knowing what real office etiquette is. It’s real, after all – you have to get used to it, for you’ll be in working in a few months or so!

Future Perfect
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It may sound grim, seedy and pessimistic; but your OJT program may be the ticket to your future success. You may even be culture-shocked or frustrated. But you don’t need to worry, for everyone does!Instead of sulking and wishing that your OJT hours are already up, take into consideration the time you’re working as an opportunity. Learn the best and know the worst things in working.

Your OJT program is important because it offers you an opportunity to grow. Make sure to learn from it. Hope you have a great time at work, and good luck!

Helpful Tips in Choosing an Online MBA Program

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Masters in Business Administration is one of the most sought after degrees today. The reason behind this is that as the world moves forward to a more corporate economy, company qualifications for their employees become more competitive. An MBA-holder is likely to be what they are looking for. So as an eager young adult who wishes to have the edge that all companies seem to be looking for, you take the plunge and earn yourself that degree. But how? Juggling your full time work and responsibilities at home doesn’t give you the required time necessary to enroll in a business school. Not to worry. More than half of all MBAs granted in the United States over the last decade or so have been to part time students.

An online MBA Program allows you to finish the degree in the limited time that you have. And considering it’s online, all you need is a good Internet connection and you’re all set. However, the next step here is choosing the best online MBA Program for you. This requires much attention and keen selection because you wouldn’t want to invest your time and money to a fly-by-night scheme.

1. Decide what is best for you
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Consider the situation you are in right now and what sort of program you are open to. That way you will know how to eliminate unnecessary ones and focus on those that would meet your needs. Some students prefer the occasional “meeting program” in an actual school setting, whereas others may not have the time for it. Some need to accomplish their MBA as soon as possible, whereas for other,s they can only allot a limited amount of time a day. Understanding your needs and knowing what you want will help narrow down the choices.

2. Look into its History, Background and Accreditation
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You will know if an institution is offering high quality education if the programs they offer are accredited by legitimate accrediting bodies. A look into the school’s background as well as its faculty members and their qualifications can help you in determining your choice.

3. Check your financial status
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Sometimes, employers take it upon themselves to financially aid their employees in their continuing education. If that’s not the case, review your finances and find a program that is within your spending means. Although better career opportunities await you once you finish your degree, remember that it is not something that will happen instantaneously. Try not to be overwhelmed by your unseen future and focus on the situation at hand. Be realistic and don’t overspend on what you cannot afford.

Your continuing education shouldn’t be something that you take for granted. With the slight difference of it being online, you should treat the MBA Program with the same enthusiasm and seriousness you would in a classroom education. Remember that you are exerting this much effort for your own professional growth, so take it seriously and soon you will reap the rewards.

Benefits and Drawbacks of a Summer Job

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

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When summer rolls around, most likely a summer job isn’t at all an entertaining idea. It’s something you haven’t really pondered with, unlike what you’re going to do when you’re with your friends, where you’re going to hang out… You’ve spent a few months in school studying so hard (I’m assuming you’re a good student, alright?) and of course, you’d want to spend the whole summer sleeping in late and doing all those television series marathons that you’ve missed during the school days.

But you should know that sacrificing a few meet-ups or gatherings with your friends to accommodate a summer job would yield a lot of benefits:

Summer jobs allow you to earn more
Just imagine all the great things you’d be able to get. You won’t be relying entirely with the money your parents are giving you so it just might be so possible that you’ll be getting that amazing phone you’ve been goggling  on the mall sooner than you’ve thought.

A learning opportunity
You’ll learn a lot, not only when it comes to the different work you’ll be exposed to, but also on the expectations of your boss and colleagues. You’ll also learn a lot about yourself; giving you the advantage on knowing what part of yourself needs work and what part of yourself you should be proud of.

You gain confidence and stronger people skills
Your job will most likely expose you to a new environment and different sets of people. You’ll have the advantage of learning not only befriending other people, but also managing conflicts that may arise.

Helps in the smooth transition into the professional environment
If you’ll take a summer job, you won’t be entirely clueless as to how the professional environment works. Treat it as slowly introducing to yourself the life that you will be living until you’ve reached retirement.

It’s another feather in your hat
Employers will most likely be happy to see that you’ve spent your summer in something worthwhile.

If after reading this article and you still aren’t convinced into taking a summer job, then do not worry. I am in no way pressuring you to do so. Maybe you’re just not ready yet, but do give it time to think about. Summer jobs do not only give you extra money, but will also help develop your skills and ease you into the transition into adulthood. It’s a possible stepping stone and training ground to step in today make you ready for tomorrow’s success.

Resume Pitfalls Fresh Graduates Should Know

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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Fresh graduates will often find it difficult to get a work fresh out of school. You see, companies’ as much as possible refuses to invest in training employees, so they would rather get someone with a job experience already. But do not worry, there is actually a lot of work here in the Philippines, the challenge tough is with the hiring process.

If you’re a fresh graduate, it’s most likely that you are trying to figure out how to make a resume. You’re lucky if your school teaches you to sell yourself with the use of a resume, but some other schools don’t and you end up having to figure things out on your own.

If you’re confused as to where to start, well… first Google resume samples. But do not copy them. I repeat, do not copy them as you see it and just edit parts of it. Don’t be lazy like that, okay? Just follow their outline, such as what they look like the indentions and things like that.

A resume is something that will summarize your skills and is the one that’s going to market yourself to your employers. You have to make it good. There is no one size fits all resume, because a resume should always reflect your personality. And of course, everybody has a unique personality hence your resume cannot possibly be exactly the same as someone else’s.

Since you’re a fresh graduate, your resume will most likely fit in one page (unless you’ve been active in a lot of organizations and attended a lot of seminars during your stint in school). Do not worry of how short your resume will be. Your future employers won’t be expecting pages long resume from you since you are a fresh graduate. You do however should avoid these resume pitfalls:

Resume Pitfalls

Avoid cutting out pictures from somewhere
Guys, do not be lazy. I mean, how long will it take to have your id picture taken and developed? Believe it or not, there are some people who actually cut their picture from another picture and paste it on their resume. Do not imitate these people.

Change your email address
If your email address is something like [email protected]… Guys., never even think about putting it in your resume. Submitting a resume with this email address would make you look unprofessional. Make an email that would comprise of your first and last name as a safe option.

Typos
Always review your resume in case you may have missed something. Re-check and edit bad grammar or spelling mistakes. It will reflect badly on you if your employers would find a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes on your resume.

A College Survival Guide

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

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College is definitely one of the most exciting time in someone’s life. It is a period of greater freedom compared to high school. Your time in college is truly a great way of learning about your real interests, discovering your strengths and weaknesses, determining your life goals, making big mistakes, meeting some of the best people you will meet in the world, and achieving things you didn’t know you could do.

However, your time in college will end eventually and at times you wouldn’t even notice it. The next thing you know, you’re wearing your toga and receiving a rolled up piece of paper on stage. Making mistakes and having several regrets are definitely part of the whole college experience. However, these following guidelines may just help you do better in this life of greater parental freedom.

In dealing with terror professors, there is really no one answer or one path to take in order to pass a class. Terror teachers are different even if all of them are basically – terrorizing. One of the best things that you can do is to attend class on time and never miss a session as much as possible. In this way, this teacher will realize that you at least make an effort to go to her class every time. It also wouldn’t hurt if you try to do well in the requirements that this teacher give. Believe this, sometimes trying is one of the greatest things needed to pass.

No matter how you prepare well for all the requirements you need, procrastinating will still definitely be part of your college life. There will be days, weeks, and months when all your teachers seem to have agreed to make all their requirements due on the same time. Do not fret, because once your adrenaline and stress levels are up, you will be typing and studying away like you never thought you can do before. You will however, rely on a lot of caffeine or different energy bars or drinks. You will learn how to survive with two hours worth of sleep just to recharge your mind and body. Do not worry though, this is the reason why you have friends to count on to and sembreaks to look forward to.

Budgeting your allowance is important especially if you receive a limited allowance from your parents. You will be spending not only for food, but depending on your lifestyle, commuting fare, gas money, photocopying fees, even clothes and alcoholic beverages from time to time. You can budget by bringing food to school, riding with your parents to school, and limiting unnecessary spending.

Dealing with useless group mates is a difficult thing to do. There are those who are very much willing to help in projects but produces work that are entirely useless and insignificant. There are those kinds however who will not really show up but get the grade anyway. While they may be frustrating, talk with all your group mates who are exerting real effort to produce good work. Concentrate on finishing the work needed even if there are just only two of you working your butts off out of five people. In the end, you can just inform your professor about this problem and let him deal with the others.

In college, you will experience a number of failures and successes. However, remember failures will only serve as a reminder to keep trying even better and that no one is really perfect. Everyone will eventually experience this. Just try again and remember that effort always counts. In achieving success, remember not to be too complacent but keep in mind to also reward yourself appropriately. Hopefully, these college survival tips will be a good way of easing your way through this time of your life.

Burned Out? Find out with this job stress checklist

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

So, it’s happening again. That burning feeling in your chest, like a massive black hole that seems to suck all joy in. Oh, right. It’s job stress – burnt out, and crashing down from work. But how exactly do you know if you’re suffering from job stress? Make sure by having this checklist ready:

1. Do you find waking up a chore (mainly because you have to go to work)?

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Yes  No

2. Do you find it difficult figuring out which of your daily tasks you need to prioritize?

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Yes  No

3. Do you see each job task as a useless routine?

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Yes  No

4. Do you feel like you’re getting nowhere?

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Yes  No

5. Do you regularly drink alcohol, just to forget and sleep your worries away?

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Yes  No

6. Do you find it difficult to talk with your work colleagues?

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Yes  No

7. Do you feel irritated whenever your boss asks you to do something?

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Yes  No

8. Do you feel like going home whenever you head off to work?

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Yes  No

9. Do you just want to lie down and sleep?

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Yes  No

10. If given the chance, would you want to work some place else?

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Yes  No

If you’ve answered yes to more than 5 questions, then more likely than not, you are suffering from job stress. Don’t worry, there’s always a chance to turn things around.

Dealing with job stress begins by having a positive state of mind. Remember why you’re working in the first place. Is it for the money? Or perhaps for learning something even greater? Whatever the reason may be, always try to recall why you’ve signed up for it in the first place. It’s a great way to motivate yourself through the bad days – it’s a goal that you may want to achieve someday soon.

Also, job stress can effectively be managed by simply talking about it. Ask your HR department for help. They’ll be more than glad to help out troubled employees. If you are shy of asking, you can always go to a close friend or a family member. No matter who they may be, nothing beats having someone to listen to your frustrations and troubles in life. The important things is letting go of that pesky, pent-up feeling – in a productive, constructive and healthy way.

Job stress can burn you out. But that doesn’t mean you can prevent it from happening. Fight back this condition by having this checklist out in the open. And start being happy by making a big smile on your face. Have a great day at work!

Life in Transit: Songs that make me Move my Feet to Work!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Having to commute daily to work, I encounter several things that I just need to get by with. From the heavy and unpredictable Manila traffic, inconvenient excuses as buses and sometimes irritable people – I just need to keep my cool and move on. And to help me do just that, a simple play-list will push me across the highway and into my office. Check out my choice tracks, for an idea on how I get to work.

Sugod (Sandwich)
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Roughly translated as “Charge” in Filipino, this upbeat song makes me brave the crowded streets of Manila to get to work. It’s cool and catchy, a must when you need to distract yourself from the noisy chatter by that couple fighting across the bus chair in front of you. Plus, it brings a positive message as well – no matter how hard or stressful life is, all you need is rock and roll to survive!

Banyo Song (Razorback)
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A must for me, if I need to get up from bed. Banyo, which means Bathroom or Comfort Room in English, generally depicts a Filipino stoner getting out of his bed to do his daily grind. Though it can be considered as a junkie’s anthem, Banyo Song’s heavy metal riffs and tough-guy Filipino lyrics will give you the jolt needed to speed up to work.

Magasin (Eraserheads)
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Sometimes, any song from the Eraserheads will do the trick to get me to work. But I particularly like Magasin, since it deals with a person leafing through a magazine, somewhere in a crowded part of Manila. It’s a bittersweet song, which can serve as a helpful distraction from the ensuing chaos of commuting to work.

Mahal Kita Kasi (Nicole Hyala)
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Laughter is the best medicine, and what a drug Nicole Hyala’s hit song is. Mahal Kita Kasi (which means Because I Love You) shows many of the Philippine’s popular pick-up lines. Funny and cheesy, with a catchy tune to boot, it always makes my commuting trips such a hassle-free affair. Try to listen to it – it’s great!

Commuting to work is as easy as it gets – if you’ve got the right tracks to back you up. Sugod will let you up and running to your office. The Banyo Song will let you out of your shower in no time at all. Magasin will let you notice your surroundings even more. And Mahal Kita Kasi will always bring a smile in your face. Create your own play-list as well, to have a stress-free commute.

Sweet Things to Do as an OJT

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Your OJT program may just be a phase in your life. But regardless of how short your time may be at your chosen company or firm, it’s best to make the most out of it. After all, you may learn some of the best skills needed to survive the workplace in here! So, it’ll not only mean good, but appropriate, to pay the right respect and dues to your employers. Check out these sweet suggestions, so that you can have a sweet OJT life:

Greet your Work Colleagues!
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A simple hello can lead to a whole lot of good. Always remember that! Even if you have a slob for an office colleague, or if everyday seems to be a holiday for stress at your workplace, always make sure to greet your colleagues. Not only will greeting people lighten an entire office’s workplace, it’ll also leave a positive impression on yourself. Plus, it takes more muscles to frown, so smile and say hello instead!

Don’t Flaunt, Share your Talents!
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Never – and I mean never – brag about your talents in your workplace. Chances are, you’ll pay for what your big mouth did. If you do think you can do things in a better, faster and more efficient manner than what your office is currently practicing, it’ll be better to share your ideas than flaunt it all around. You’ll no only help on getting the work load done in a faster way, you’ll help each other have a stress-free outlook as well.

Go for Ice Cream!
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Spend some time with your work colleagues. This can be as simple as eating lunch together, or having some ice cream together. Creating a bond with your work colleagues effectively helps on creating a network, which can help you land actual jobs in the future. Plus, it won’t hurt to win a friend – it’s free, fun and can introduce you to a bigger and more beautiful world!

Having a sweet OJT program can lead into better and brighter opportunities for you. Greeting people from work will effectively lighten up the mood, whether it’s needed or not. Sharing your talents lets you show that you’re an asset, and not a show-off. And spending some time to bond with your work colleagues can help you create a career network, which can prove to be a big thing for you in your life. Have a sweet day at work, you OJT star!

Gear Up: 4 OJT Must-Haves

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

So, you’re up and ready for your OJT program. Now that’s a great way on having a good view on the real corporate world. But how sure are you that you’re ready? Check out these essentials, just so you won’t mess up your OJT experience.

Proper Attire
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This should be a given! Depending on the company you’ve applied form, there may be a dress conduct you’d need to follow. Don’t be a rebel and wear something that would stand out. It’ll be better to keep things safe, than be noticed for the wrong kind of attention.

Writing Material (Pen & Paper)
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What? You may ask that question – it’s normal, after all. But never underestimate the humble pen and paper. Aside from listening to your superiors tell you your designated tasks and responsibilities, it will never hurt to write down what they said. It is always good practice to have something to refer to, just so you won’t make the higher management repeat themselves. Also, it shows good and sincere appreciation on taking work seriously – after all, you do want to work in the future, right?

Water Bottle
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Again, what? Just because you’re all grown up doesn’t mean you don’t need to drink water. Simply drinking water can help your body’s system circulate properly, making you move and do things in a much more proper manner. Plus, carrying your own bottle assures you that you’ll be saving time – no matter standing out to drink out at the water fountain to have a sip of water.

Yourself (Your head, that is!)
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Not more whats! Think about it – bringing yourself (being conscious of your thoughts and actions) will not only let you pass your OJT program in a hassle-free manner, it’ll help you develop an even more responsible manner as well. Most OJTs take their programs for granted, that some just drift by in work. Don’t be dazed during this crucial period of your life, so that you won’t end up confused when you’re looking for an actual job.

Having the right tools for your OJT program can help you pass in flying colors. Wearing the proper attire shows that you respect the company. Having writing material ready shows that you’re interested in learning. A water bottle will always do the trick, and focusing on the matters at hand will help you get things done. Make sure to have everything listed in this article, to assure you of a hassle-free OJT. Thank you for reading, and hope you enjoy a productive day!

OJT: Become A Golf Writer Now

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Still not sure where to do your On the Job Training this year? If you are an avid fan of sports particularly golf, then you might consider applying for an internship as a golf writer at GolfPH– the number one online golf resource in the Philippines. Don’t worry about not being enrolled in a sports-related course because all you need is an interest in golf, a passion for writing and of course– a drive to be the best at whatever you’re doing.

WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES NEEDED IN A GOLFPH INTERN?

GolfPH is looking for dedicated and responsible college students who are ready to take the challenge of writing about golf. Like any other sports, mastering the game of golf requires discipline and patience. So, if you can work well even without anyone watching your back and can accomplish quality articles even under extreme pressure, then this job just might be suitable for you. In golf, you also get to meet a lot of people. That’s why the company is seeking for someone who has a good personality and can establish a lasting rapport with the possible clients of GolfPH.

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A GOLFPH INTERN?

As an intern for GolfPH, you will be tasked to write various articles regarding golf. These articles include golf news, tournaments and press releases. You may also be asked to write comprehensive reviews on the different golf courses in the Philippines, especially those that are affiliated with the company. Aside from that, whenever the need arises, you will also be required to represent the company in different golf gatherings such as tourneys, conventions, etc.

WHAT ARE THE SKILLS REQUIRED IN A GOLFPH INTERN?

Since you will be mostly writing for GolfPH, it is necessary for you to know the basic computer skills and various applications such as MS Word and MS Excel. The clients of the company are usually people from other countries that’s why proficiency in both written and verbal communication is a must. And of course, since you will be dealing with golf most of the time, it will be a plus factor if you have a firsthand knowledge of the sports or better yet have an experience playing the game.

Golf is a highly-rewarding sports in the Philippines, so why not consider a career in that? If you think you have what it takes to become a golf writer intern at GolfPH, send your resume to [email protected] now. Never pass up the chance to become part of one of the biggest golf resource companies in the Philippines!