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Avoid getting late in your internships

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The best way to get the good side of your bosses in your internships is to always make a good impression. People hate employees who always come in late. It would be unfair to the other workers who woke up earlier than you just to be able to get to the office on time. Bosses also hate it when they are busy working on something and then you suddenly arrive behind schedule. If you continue doing this, you’ll surely get scolded for your lazy attitude. Here are a few tips to improve your punctuality.

  1. Alarm clock

When you are not used to waking up early in the morning, be sure to set your alarm clock. If you move slowly, you can set your alarm clock 30 minutes or an hour before you expect to leave the house. Always check if you set the time right because you might have exchanged AM to PM.

 

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2. Move fast

Always be in a hurry. Do not relax because time flies by so fast without you noticing it.

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3. Be aware of the time

While doing your daily routine, always check what time it is so you will be aware if you will be late for office.

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4. Avoid night outs

If your work requires you to wake up very early in the morning, avoid going out to parties and staying up too late. If this happens, it will be hard for you to get out of bed the next morning.

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5. Prepare stuff you are going to need for work

Before going to bed at night, it is advisable to prepare the things you will need for work the next day. There are instances when you misplace your things and it will take you so much time to look for it the following morning if you do not organize your things beforehand.

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6. If it also takes a lot of time before you finally choose an outfit to put on, it is best to prepare what you want to wear the night before you go to work.

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7. Be mindful of your time

Do not spend so much time putting make up and fixing your clothes.

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8. Quick breakfast

Before heading out to your office, grab a quick breakfast so that you won’t starve when you start working. Noodles or bread will do as long as it will give you enough energy before lunch break.

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Everyone hates being late and no one can be able to help you but yourself. If you want to stay longer in a company that you like, you have to start improving yourself and try your best to come early always. Follow these steps and you’ll surely learn how to be an early bird in no time.

Mastering Effective Leadership for College Students

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Being a leader in school can be really tough and cruel— you get to work with inconsiderate team members or you might be the one who gets reprimanded if your group is not able to finish a task or project that has been assigned to you. But you don’t have to curse your classmates and walk out on being a leader. There are some things that you can do to become an effective leader in school. Try to remember these tips when you are faced with the challenge of leading a team of young individuals like you.

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Know how to listen.
It is important for you to know how to listen to their worries and concerns especially if it is related to your studies. Learn how to relate and empathize with them. Put yourself in their shoes so, you’d be able to know how to properly decide for the team. Also, see to it that you offer them advice as to the possible things that they could do about their problems.

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Make a connection.
School is a place to gain lifetime friends— not enemies. No matter how hard-headed a person may be, always practice patience on him. Think first before you speak words that may hurt your team mate’s feelings and would cause you to regret those things that you said later on . Make sure to get your message across in the most effective way possible. When you are able to do that, you’d be able to encourage your team members to become more productive and eventually  gain respect in you as their leader.

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Know your team’s capabilities.
To become a good and effective leader, you need to know the particular strengths and weaknesses of each of your team mates. Doing this can greatly help you assign particular tasks to them that they are really good at. Give them a task that you know they can accomplish and trust that they’d be able to finish it. Showing trust and respect for your group mate’s skills and capabilities is another way of becoming an effective leader.

When you become a well loved classmate and leader while you’re still in college, your peers will more likely be able to remember you, long after you’ve already graduated. Know how to listen to their needs, how to effectively connect with them as well as learn what your team mates are capable of doing. Follow these tips and you’ll definitely be able to master effective college leadership that you could use even when you’re not already in the academe.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Set GOALS
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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
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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.

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.

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 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)
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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)
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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!