Three years.

13 Jul

94,608,000 seconds. 1,576,800 minutes. 26,297 hours. 1,096 days. 157 weeks. 36 months. All equivalent to three years. That’s the amount of time that I’ve surprisingly stayed committed to a corporate entity, my job.

After graduating from the top university of the Philippines, I felt entitled to land a job meant for the best. With four years worth of lectures, business case studies, financial exercises and presentations, one can’t help but feel equipped to face the “real world”.

Three years down the line, I can’t help but laugh at how unequipped I was for the supposedly glamorous corporate world. Here are three things to keep in mind especially for those who have just landed their first jobs or are still in the search of a job that they will love…

Don’t get discouraged but learn when to let go.

Work will not always be your cup of tea. There were numerous times that I was faced by mundane tasks, extremely challenging problems or inconsiderate timelines. Don’t be discouraged. I realized that these were the moments that I learned from the most. Always remember that every effort exerted counts and every challenge is an opportunity to learn. Keeping the end in mind will motivate you to push harder, always have a set of short-term and long-term goals.

However, there might be times wherein you’ll take your job too seriously that you’ll begin to place too much stress on yourself most especially over things that you could no longer control.  If you find yourself burnt out, uninspired and even unable to sleep or eat, maybe it’s time to reevaluate why you’re working so hard. Are your reasons reasonable? Are your expectations realistic? If not, learn to let go. There is a fine line between being the best and being your best.

Find your balance — make time for every thing. 

Working your way up the corporate ladder will require you to invest a lot of your time in the office. Especially when you love your job, clocking in about 10 – 12 hours a day is not unfamiliar. However, one of the things that I learned is that when I take the time to care of myself — physically, emotionally and spiritually; the more inspired I am to go to work and do a better job.

Whenever you feel that you are starting to be burnt out, take a reset. Be inspired at work from spending time with your love ones, having fun with your friends, treating yourself well with exercise and good nourishment, reading inspiring literature, watching entertaining shows and pursuing your passions.

Have your support system.

They say that you will not find real friends in the brutal corporate world. Luckily, for me, they were wrong.  In fact, the number one reason that I’ve stayed in my job is my GWM slash my “great work mates”. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by great individuals that have pushed me to do better not just in my professional life but also in my personal life. Most of the major changes in my life happened when I started working and without a great support system, I would have not been able to survive.

Happy anniversary, H!

I cannot separate my work anniversary from my anniversary with my work wife, H. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for being such a great best friend.  If I were to count the people in the world who I know would only wish the best for me, you would definitely be part of that list. Despite being so different, you always take the time listen to my life concerns and crazy stories without any judgement at all. I really believe that one of the reasons that I landed this job was to meet you.  I want you to know that I will always be here for you as you are for me. I will always be ready to listen, to support and to “process” everything from work to life. ❤ Cheers to more anniversaries? #chosonly #agingstocks

In the course of three years, a lot of people would ask me on how I’ve managed to stay in my company with a follow up question of am I happy. My answers would vary, depending on the time that I’d be asked. Situations constantly change and sometimes, life is a matter of perspective.

What are the things that have kept you in your job? 🙂

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