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Ways to Survive College

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Sooner or later, you’d find yourself transitioning from the four years of high school and into the four years college. The life of a college student is challenging for nearly everybody. You’ve got to set meal plans, remember to pay your utilities and rent, balance extra-curricular events and organizations, keep being nice even to the terror professor… all of that, plus NOT FAILING any of your currently enrolled subjects.

For those who are struggling in college or preparing for college, here are some tips to an easier college life.

Believe YOU CAN
The moment you start having doubts and you keep entertaining negative thoughts, everything that would come out of you would be negative. Negative scores, negative paperwork, negative attitude… Well, need I say more? The most dangerous word is “CAN’T” because you’re subconsciously putting barriers from reaching goals. Always say “YOU CAN”.

It’s saying NO to procrastination
When a professor asks you to work on something such as a term paper, don’t let yourself be tempted on postponing the task and do it when the deadline is near. Not only do you potentially get to stress yourself, but also you’d be submitting a paper that just might be worth an F.

Take better notes, or if you haven’t been taking notes… START DOING SO
You remember what you write. So write everything that your professor says that is note-worthy. By doing so, you’re not only scoring those A’s but also… you’re putting information into your long term memory. Make sure your notes are also clean. If you’ve scribbled hurriedly at some point during discussion, find time to rewrite your notes. It’s easier to study when you yourself are not figuring out if what you’ve written is actually a ‘j’ or a ‘g’.

It’s working on a schedule
And be strict on yourself when it comes to following it. By doing so, you program yourself into good habits that will also serve you by the time you start working. Plus, you’re also getting the advantage of tracking whatever you have finished and what you still have to work on to.

Make setting goals a habit, so that you’ll be tracking your progress and you’ll be able to know what you want to do in life and career. And to further motivate yourself… Find a way to reward yourself with something you’ve wanted when you’ve reached a certain goal.

Pace yourself
Every big thing comes true via tiny steps. Learn to crawl before taking leaps. Make sure to enjoy what you do. When you’re enjoying something, it’s most likely that you will never get tired doing it. By enjoying, there’s lesser chances of you feeling burned out.

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
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
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!

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)?


Yes  No

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


Yes  No

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


Yes  No

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


Yes  No

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


Yes  No

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

Business conflict

Yes  No

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


Yes  No

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


Yes  No

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


Yes  No

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


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)
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)
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)
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)
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!
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!
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!
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!

OJT Songs: Because you need to Rock through the Day!

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Most OJTs treat their program as such a chore, that they can’t perform at their best and optimal performance. It’s such a shame, actually, considering that some fail an otherwise-simple program. Worst, others create a negative impression on the general workplace, that it’ll be hard for them to look for an actual job in the future. Don’t let this be the case for you – simply rock on! Listen to these choice tracks to make you get through your OJT grind:

Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd)
Yes, you can listen to this – we don’t need no education – as a way to fight the system you’re currently in (ironic, isn’t it?). It’s a healthy exercise, listening to Pink Floyd that is. You wouldn’t need to dwell into negative activities just to show you are against your current situation. Besides, the song’s beat is mesmerizing – making you get into the flow, and get things done. You wouldn’t notice that time flies by with this song!

Welcome to the Jungle (Guns N’ Roses)
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As a welcome entry into the corporate world, listen to this hard-hitting song. As cheesy as it may sound, Guns N’ Roses can actually help you conquer you OJT woes. It’s a must as well, since that song’s so catchy – you and probably your work colleagues may soon be screaming your lungs out with this one! And as an added stress-reliever, try to air guitar Slash’s guitar solo. You just know that you want to!

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
Sometimes, all it takes to get through your OJT sentence (I mean program!) is comedy. With a healthy dose of laughter, and a sprinkle of one of history’s best rock acts, you’ll be laughing and singing through the pain! Channel the Freddie Mercury out of yourself, and you’ll soon find yourself invincible against any OJT hurdle.

All it takes is some simple rock music to take your OJT pain away. Heck, it’ll help speed up your hours – you’ll be done in no time at all! Another Brick in the Wall introduces a healthy alternative on rebelling against a system. Welcome to the Jungle helps you psych yourself up to face the different problems that you may encounter. And the Bohemian Rhapsody will not only bring in the laughter, but let you sing – with the entire office – that you’re all champions. Rock on, young OJT! And have a productive day at work!

How to manage job stress effectively

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

It’s that ugly mess in your head. Or it can be that crumpling feeling in your chest. Whatever its manifestations, job stress can sure be a handful to deal with. But don’t fret. You can manage and potentially overcome job stress! Let’s check out some of these quick tips to help you deal with it:

The Clock is Ticking
It sure is ticking and you’re scared. You’re anxious because you’re nowhere near a complete report!Regardless of your line of work, having – and sticking – to a schedule will greatly help you out in finishing tasks. And if you do finish tasks at a much faster rate, you’re bound to have a stress-free day! Make sure to set your priorities in your schedule, though. You would never – believe me on this – want to rush any of your tasks!

Let’s talk things Over
Sometimes, simply talking with a work colleague can help you get through this vile, desperate state. After all, stress needs to be released. And what better way for you to get rid of that vile energy than talking? Also, if you do plan to share your troubles with a colleague, you may want to make this activity productive as well. Ask for advice – you never know, your friend just may have been through what you’re in, and can give you the best thing to do to fight stress!

Because you’re the Best!
It takes more muscles to frown. So smile instead. Having a positive outlook in life can effectively turn things around. Optimists often take and look at threats and other challenges as opportunities, making them fight stress in different kind of level. Try looking at a half-full glass for a change – it doesn’t hurt to try, doesn’t cost anything at all, and really works as well!

Managing stress isn’t an overnight affair. You need to work and will yourself to change. Being more conscious of the time allows you to set a feasible and more practical schedule to accomplish your tasks. Talking with colleagues can be an outlet for your stress. You can also learn a lot more from other individuals as well. And just by simply smiling, and looking at your good sides for a change, can create a brighter and more positive outlook in life. By having these tips in mind, you can be assured of managing job stress properly. Have a good one at work!

Standing Tall – 4 tips on dealing with school bullies

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Standing Tall - Bully

School bullies are a worldwide phenomenon. No matter the school or country, there’s always this mean kid who gets away with everything. These bullies either physically abuse other kids, or surprisingly even worse, taunt, tease and threaten others. That in effect results to the loss of self-esteem issues, moral rules are forgotten and social standings are shown to be just as bad and distorted for the victims.

Yet all is not lost. If you think you are being bullied, there is still hope for you. The common adage “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” may not ring true to you, but you can take a stand against these school monsters.


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Here are a few tips to help you stand tall against school bullies:

If bullies taunt and tease you all the time, try to always consider talking. Don’t talk back to them though! School fights are commonly started by misunderstandings and misinterpretations. If a bully teases the way you wear your hair, explain to them why you wear it like that in the first place. Or if a bully talks you down every single time you meet, explain to them that you don’t appreciate him doing that. Sometimes, a simple explanation on how things work may show wonders.

And in dealing with bullies, try to literally stand tall. Body language is a direct reflection of one’s personality, or what he or she is currently thinking. So it really wouldn’t help if you keep a slouched posture all the time. Standing tall will not only help you on standing up to bullies – it’ll help you to build up confidence needed in school, and most importantly in life.

If the words – and worse, beatings – won’t stop, ignore them. Simply walk away from the bullies. They may not stop shouting hurtful words at you, but stand tall and walk away. Ignoring the words and running away from beatings may seem like you’ve lost a battle. Actually, it’s not. Always think that there’s more to life than what you’re currently in right now.

Most importantly, share with a friend – preferably an adult – that you’re being bullied. This will help you relieve all the pent-up anger and frustration you’ve kept in your chest for so long. Talking and sharing the hurtful events in your life will prove to be one of the best things you’ll ever do.


Standing Tall No bully

It’s a hard phase and place in life when you need to deal with a rock such as a school bully. But by standing tall and never giving up, you’ll soon get past this stage in life.

Getting the best out of your Journalism Course

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Getting the best out of your Journalism Course Notebook

If you are a journalism student, you know how hard and stressful your course may be at times. From having to churn out a large amount of work in little time, to the various projects and trips needed to accomplish in order for you to pass, it’s actually quite normal when you feel like giving up. But don’t worry. Here are a few tips on getting the most out of your otherwise harsh journalism course.

It’s what you want
You took this course to accomplish something. For some, they want to be a writer. Others want to be behind the scenes on media-related jobs. Whatever the reason is, remembering why you’ve signed up for this course will help you accomplish your goal. It’s a dream worth all the trouble for. Believe me, all the stress, hardships and disappointments you’ll be facing in this course is all for shaping you into a good, journalism graduate.

Learn from the best
If you’re in the dumps, try talking with journalism graduates and experts in the field. Simply searching online for famous journalism graduates and personalities can also help you, if you can’t or don’t have any access to these people. These journalism individuals’ stories and experiences will help you emulate and resonate on your studies. More often than not, they’ve been through on what you’re currently doing. Knowing their success stories and how they managed to reach their dreams can motivate you on achieving your goals.

Just do it
Simple to say, yet hard to execute. But by just simply doing the task at hand and making the most out of your resources, you’ll find that you can accomplish anything. Nothing starts from nothing, so it’s best to get things started, no matter how slow you may feel. Think of it this way: it’s a work in progress. You’ll be one of the best journalism graduates soon by simply doing what is asked from you.

Getting the best out of your Journalism Course reporter

Journalism can be a hard course to accomplish. But by following these tips, you can get through it. Putting into mind why you’ve decided to enroll for this particular course will help you strive on achieving your goals. Seeking role models and looking up to journalism graduates will assure you that hard work will result in success. By just simply starting things, you can see things through the end. Remember why you’re in journalism in the first place, and everything will soon follow.

Achieve Your Career Goals with a Career Coach – Your Path to a New Playing Field in Your Career

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Do you want to invest in your current job and achieve greater heights time after time? Are you looking for a good option to take your career goals further? If you’re in a supervisory position and would later be inducted into a much bigger responsibility one day then you’d better review your abilities and skills to upgrade your career goals, one catalyst that can help you attain that is by getting a career coach. The landscape of work is changing drastically over the past decades and what better option is there than to grow in a company where you’ve started and then achieve a position not just with a top salary but also with increased skills because of added responsibilities and duties.

Achieve Your Career Goals with a Career Coach path

Do you want the push for your current career? If you have that kind of drive then better have a career coach to guide you along the way, it’s like a personal trainer but more focused in you and your careers development.

Achieve Your Career Goals with a Career Coach

An individual focused on fast tracking his or her career goals can utilize the skills of a career coach; this will ensure effective empowerment and having a workable strategy in rising up the ladder, gearing up to be one of the area managers one day? Do you want to channel your aspirations into a channel of knowledge for your career? A career coach will show you the ropes and understand your drive in the long run! Just keep in mind to have a sound budget and get the right person for the job. You can take a look at reputable firms most especially from academic institutions tailored for business or management; you’d also like to take a look at that career coach’s track record so that you’re insured in having quality advice and guidance. Now you’ll be able to level the playing field and path your career to success!

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