After I graduated from high school, I did not pursue a four-year course because my objective then was to find a job. My parents could not afford my education for a four-year degree. So, I enrolled in a two-year course and graduated last 1997 for a course of Associate in Computer Secretarial. At age 18, my first thought was to gain an experience.I never thought about what job I will obtain.I submitted dozens of resumes, went to different companies, attended interviews, took exams, and waited a whole day for my turn to be interviewed.
I landed my first job as a secretary to a bookstore company.I was contractual for three months and my salary was $4.00 a day. From that experience, I got to know the boss, my colleague, and the equipment like a photocopier, typewriter, the working papers, customer relationships, the product and the work itself.
After a while, I was able to find a better job. This was in 2000, I was a project manager’s secretary for an engineering firm (Samsung Construction Company) a 5-year project. Right now you are seeing it along Ayala Avenue in Salcedo Village, Makati which is the PBCOM Tower beside SMART Communication.
Having only had a two-year course, I felt intimidated by my colleague who graduated from universities taking up BS in Engineering, BS in Accountancy, BS in MassCom and other dignified courses from UP, De La Salle, Ateneo & other schools.
Last 2000, I enrolled for another two-year course.I became a working student.I came to the office from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm then ran to my first subject at 6:00 pm and arrive home at 11:00 pm.I did my homework, studied my lessons and slept at 1:00 am then woke up at 4:00 am.For two years, I did that for the sake of my dream. I graduated last 2002 with an award of best in typing.
During that time, there were serious circumstances in my life.My father had to stop work because he needed to take care of my two young siblings who were five & six years old because my mother was very ill and died from cancer. Imagine a daughter supporting her family at the same time studying!
I was given an opportunity to fulfill my dreams – to study and earn my degree.
When you start looking for a job, don’t be scared to say that you’ve graduated from this school. Because it’s not about what school you’ve graduated but it’s about you, the person they will hire.Remember competition is strong. You are selling yourself so that company will “buy” you.Show confidence! See yourself as the company’s asset.If you show a lack of confidence, they might not consider you.
Let me share with you the Giants I faced in my life:
a) Lack of resources:my parents could not afford my education but I was determined to study. I became a working student& achieved my dream to have a degree.
b) An opposing group or individual: during the time I applied for a job where I just finished a two-year course.There were people who discouraged & criticized me on why I had not enrolled in any of the universities.Why did I enroll for a secretarial course?
c) Intimidating circumstances:these were when my mother got ill and when my father stopped working.
I defeated my Giants because I believe that God would help me. Never run from the giants that stand in front of you.Because facing these giants is to bring the very greatest glory possible to God!!!
Let’s remember that dreaming big is your objective, your goal. Leaving your comfort zone is about you, on how you struggled with yourself, your own self-talk, and your own beliefs.You have to choose your dream over your comfort zone.Find a mentor and expect opposition when dealing with others.
You have potentials, abilities, and skills, all you need is to use and develop it. But remember; do not forget this because this is real. God created you for a purpose, it’s only with God that you can become what He intends. God’s gift to you is your potential.What you do with it is your gift to God.
The real world is there! Waiting for you to be challenged. Some will take advantage of your innocence, and some will make your dream happen. If you succeed do not forget to turn back to the people who had to help you during those times you have nothing because without these people you are not there right now.
I remember after I graduated, I promised myself I would not go back to school anymore, because I’m tired of doing homework, memorizing, and taking exams. But because of the fast pace of our world now, with technology evolving, the knowledge I learned from my school is not enough anymore. I need to equip, study, read books, learn to be competent in more areas.
Don’t stop learning, read books or if you have a chance to study again, do it because through this you are earning your legacy.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)