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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!

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
ojt must-have attire
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)
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
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!)
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!

3 Movies to Inspire Your OJT Life

Friday, January 6th, 2012

In a fret dealing with the OJT program you’re in? Don’t be – it’s temporary after all! But regardless of it being temporary, you need to make a good and able impression to pass it. So if you find yourself of some needed pick-me-ups during your OJT, try watching some movies to boost up your mood! Check out some of these choice flicks:

500 Days of Summer
It’s a must, when you find yourself in a drag, to watch this movie. Tom, a young, under-accomplished postcard writer, fell in love with the vibrant Summer. Chaos – typical of any romantic relationship – ensues, leading into Tom to review his life’s stand. What makes this movie so appealing for OJTs is its approach – artsy, yet popular at the same time, just right for the young, underdog crowd. Also, OJTs can learn how to prioritize what they need in life, that they would need to separate the “real” from the “ideal”.

Almost Famous
If you feel like being the new – or youngest – guy in a company is a curse, then watch this movie. William Miller, an accelerated student (at age 15, about to graduate from a University), feels the pain and struggles of being the youngest guy in a group. Age is such a matter for him, that most publishers (William’s a good – yet aspiring journalist) reject his work when they find out how old he is. Having to land a chance to write for Rolling Stone (by faking his age), he then gets an assignment to write about a rock band. What follows is a coming-to-age story, of has-beens and dreams. Almost Famous would resonate well with OJTs mainly because of William. Sometimes, age can be a factor. But that doesn’t mean you can’t live and love your dreams because of it.

Yes, the epic movie! OJTs will get a thrill on relieving Leonidas fight with the Persians. It’s like work, actually – no matter the odds, if you plan and face problems head on, you can accomplish anything. No Persian magic, assassin or army will defy you in your work! Plus, the line, “THIS IS SPARTA” is a good way to boost one’s ego!

Inspiring yourself to finish your OJT program can be done by simply watching movies. Make sure to watch these movies to pull yourself up – if you’ve dug yourself a hole! Good luck with your OJT program, and hope you have a productive day!

How to Appreciate Your OJT

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

It’s a part of life, a necessity in order for you to grow. Heck, it’s a requirement needed for you to graduate from college. I’m talking about your on-the-job-training! Depending on the course you’ve enrolled to, you’re bound to complete a certain amount of hours in a certain firm or company. And, if you’re as lazy as that rock you’re stepping on when you head out to school, you’d need to step up your game to get through the OJT program. Here are a few tips to help you out on just that:

It’s as elementary as it gets, but having an open mind – and ears – will help you finish your OJT program in no time at all. This will help prevent your bosses from repeating the same instructions to you all over again, making you finish tasks needed to be done. Make sure to listen and follow all directions that were given to you. If needed, write them down – there’s no shame in having a handy sheet of paper and pen ready. You need all the help you can get to get through the program.

Help Where You Can
Just because you weren’t asked to do something, doesn’t mean you can’t help out. If you do have a skill or talent needed to help out your work colleagues, then offer it. An extra pair of hands to finish a given task can help get things done in a much more faster way. It’ll also help you build rapport with your work colleagues, and hopefully get you a good word from your superiors.

New Friends
It’s just work, nothing personal – wrong. Just because you’re working in a firm for a certain amount of hours only, doesn’t mean you can’t get to know the people working there. Creating and building up new friendships will give you a good idea on how working in the real world is. It’ll also help you to create a future career network, which can potentially help you out in looking for an actual job.

Appreciating your OJT can be easy, if you allow yourself to enjoy it. Make sure to listen to avoid wasting other people’s time. Help out when and where you can, to show how sincere you are in working. And make sure to create new friends, to lighten up your mood in work. Hope you have a successful and productive time in your OJT!

How to Get a High Grade for Your OJT

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Practicum is a requirement for almost all colleges. Without it, you cannot graduate. However, even if you finish the hours at your respective company, that doesn’t necessarily mean you pass. In fact, before you actually finish your on-the-job training, you need to have a grading sheet. You’ll have to have the manager or your supervisor sign the form, so they can grade you based on your performance during your stay there.

Sure, some employers would just check all the “Excellent” or “Very Good” status on your grading sheet but there are some who actually care. If you feel that you’re stuck with someone like that, remember that you’ll need more than just to make them coffee or photocopy a few documents. You need to win their favor and to do so, you need to work hard just like a regular employee does.

How can you get a high grade in your OJT? Some students actually don’t know the answer. They just keep silent and do what they are asked. However, by acting more like an employee, you’ll get better results. To be more specific, companies who take their interns seriously base the criteria usually on these two things:

Performance – Some bosses actually ask you to do something based on your field or something that actually has a relevance to the company. When you have one of these important tasks, go all out! Some bosses like it when you have an initiative. Don’t settle for anything less. Treat the project as your brainchild.

How to Get a High Grade for Your OJT Work Hard

If you have extra skills (like abilities in Adobe Photoshop, Photography and many others), you’ll be very useful in the company. Any firm can use the extra hands. Be sure to mention this during your internship job interview.

Attitude – No. Your grades aren’t only about the quantity and quality of work. You need to get along with your supervisors, colleagues and fellow OJTs. Your every action is also monitored – if you come to work on time, if you’re polite towards your superiors, if you dress well and so on. Other things such as time management skills and work ethics will also be in the criteria. Remember, these will all affect your final grade.

Attitude is as important as performance. This is because, you wouldn’t be able to work well if you don’t mesh well with your colleagues. Work ethics can also get you far. Even if you’re not as skilled as the other OJTs, your employers will give you great respect because of this. In fact, if you impress them with your hardworking and professional attitude, you might possibly have a slot for them in their company.

How to Get a High Grade for Your OJT Success

In summary, getting a good grade for your practicum is not difficult. You just need to work hard. Take your OJT seriously for this is an avenue for you to learn more about the workforce.

Work Ethics for OJTs – Which of These Mistakes Are You Committing?

Friday, June 11th, 2010

One of the most important things that OJTs can get out of their internship, more than the technical skills, are work ethics. These are as essential as any of the other skills you are going to learn. Without these, your internship will be in vain, and you will not have learned anything at all after two or three months. To those who will be having their OJTs in the coming semester, and to those who are still having them, here are just some of the most important OJT blunders that you will have to avoid for you to learn the proper work ethics.

1.Being late and not informing your direct supervisor about it. A lot of college students get away with tardiness in their college classes, partly because some professors are more lenient to their attendance. But that doesn’t mean that it is allowable in the workplace. Being an OJT means that you are accepting the role of a regular employee, and forgetting about being a student, if only for a few months. That means that you should adhere to the office rules, and not act as if you are going to get away with your tardiness just because you are student. Naturally, the same goes with absences. We all know that in college, excuse letters are not required because depends only the professor. However, during the internship, you are not just going to the office for the sake of completing your hours. You report to the office to have work done, and being absent (and not informing your supervisor about it) will affect the work of everyone else in the office.

Work Ethics for OJTs late

2.Not adhering to dress codes. Some students think that they will look cool dressing like a teenager in the workplace because they will standout from everyone else, but that’s wrong. Your internship is a perfect place for you to learn how to dress properly for when you’re already working. Following the dress code in the office not only creates a good impression to your superiors but also gives you a sense of being professional, puts you in a good mood and lets you do your job better. In short, it’s win-win situation.

Work Ethics for OJTs  dress code

3.Using social networking sites in the office. It’s unbelievable but there are some interns who actually think it’s okay to log in to Facebook or use Yahoo! Messenger while in the office, even when the bosses are around. It’s not ethical by default, even if your boss doesn’t call your attention because of it. You have to take it upon yourself to know these things because there is no superpower dictating that these are wrong. It only takes logic to realize it.

4.Not being courteous to superiors. There are OJTs who don’t greet their superiors good morning or even say hello when they meet at the corridors, on account of their being shy. But that shouldn’t be the case, because, believe me, no one should be shy enough to not even greet someone good morning unless it’s a pathological condition, in which case should be reported to the supervisors to be dealt with accordingly. Another courtesy issue is OJTs saying “no” to work given to them. While we are not perfect and cannot do everything that will be assigned to us, a little effort in trying wouldn’t hurt. It could actually go a long way, instead of rejecting the request of your boss flatly. Even if you can’t do the job, tell your boss that you are not sure if you can, but you will still try. That way, if ever you really can’t accomplish it, at least you gave your boss the heads up, and if you do accomplish it, then you learned something new.

Work Ethics for OJTs uncorteous

5.Not having respect for office property. You are going to work in an office and going to use some of the office equipment. It is just proper that you take care whatever you use in there because a) it’s not yours, b) you will be liable for anything you break or lose, and c) it’s not a good impression if you do.

6.Badmouthing the company after the OJT experience. Not all OJTs will have a wonderful experience with their internship, that’s the bitter truth. But that’s not an excuse to tell all your friends how much of an annoyance your boss had been, or how your office life had been like a concentration camp where all sources of happiness have been sucked dry. Not only will this reflect a bad reputation on YOU, but it might also be a cause of bad karma for you in the future. Moreover, even if you did have a bad experience during your internship, it still doesn’t follow that you didn’t learn anything. Every experience, may it be bad or good, is a learning experience. So if you can’t look at your internship any other way, at least look at it that way.


There are more things to learn during your OJT, so don’t neglect the simple office rules because they will come in handy in the future when you’re already working on your full-time job. So better keep these things in mind to help you cope with office life easier in the future. You may not believe it right now, but it will help you later on.

First Job Dilemmas – What to Do When Your First Job Isn’t What You Thought It Would Be

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

As a fresh graduate, you set out to the world of job hunting, ready to share to the world what you learned during college. There is that unmistakable eagerness that all first-time job seekers have; that special glow in their eyes that tell you how driven they are by their own expectations.

However, not all graduates are fortunate enough to land in a job that they can grow personally and professionally in. There are a lot of cases when new employees are downright disappointed within the few weeks or months that they are working for a company. But is there a way to work things out to somehow match the reality with your expectations?

If you just started with your first job, chances are you have been culture shocked by a certain regulation or an office trend since you first started working. Most of the time, the easiest thing to do is just quit and never look back to that miserable experience. But you can also try some things to somehow work the situation out. Find out if you can recognize yourself being in these situations:

What You Expected: A lot of client interaction
What You are Doing: A lot of paperwork and staring at a computer screen

First Job Dilemmas stress

If this is the case, evaluate if the job position you read and applied for really says that you are going to be involved with a lot of interaction with clients. There might just be a misunderstanding between you and your supervisor. If you feel that you will not function well in a desk job, communicate your concerns to your boss properly.

What You Expected: Enough time to do your job efficiently
What You are Doing: Working up to your neck, barely handling all the things you need to finish

First Job Dilemmas paper work

If you aren’t finishing what you need to finish, ask yourself if it’s really because you are given too much load or you are not just managing your time correctly. Remember that it’s always easier to blame other people for our frustrations, so think over your dilemma and think things through first before you go berserk and blame everyone else but yourself.

What You Expected: The friendly and approachable boss
What You are Dealing With: The personification of hell

First Job Dilemmas – Boss

If your job doesn’t concern you dealing with your boss from hell directly every day, think of a way on how you can focus on your job more. Think of the situation as half glass full, or even a quarter full, rather than entirely empty. It won’t hurt to think a little more positively if you really like your job. Otherwise, give a two months notice to your boss about your resignation, communicate your concerns properly, and follow the due process so you won’t be penalized for anything. Make sure that you leave the company with a good reputation, even if you didn’t really enjoy the job.

The bottom line is, you have to find out and understand eventually how it works in the real world. The most important thing that you can get out of the situation is that your job shouldn’t define you. If you really feel that you are not fit for the job for one reason or another, just remember that there are other jobs out there that will fit you better and which you will enjoy more.