Gasp! I’m a working woman now

And here we go. Probably another reason to my irregular posts (which I need to stop apologizing for :/) is this clear distinction I made of myself and who I was, when I started working to who I am now.

Here is an article I wrote recently which really made me think about how I have manage to hold a steady grip of who I am in this crazy world of careers and work. The audience for this piece, primarily college students who need a small introductory picture to what we think working is going to feel like, as to what it is, actually.

Today feels like one of those reflecting I-don’t-feel-like-working, and sit by myself in a coffee shop and write type of days. Sighs.

Let me know what you think!

The work life: Expectations vs. Reality

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As the seniors approach graduation day, and as the juniors move on to their next year, all of us at one point have thought about the biggest step we can take in adulthood.

Getting a job.

I know what you must be thinking. We should simmer down and get serious about our future. We should bid goodbye to the freedom and frolic college used to give us, and now narrow ourselves into this big, (maybe) bad world of careers and positions, pay packages and  incentives, we should tone down this vibrant dressed college student into a grey suited corporate individual and act more stringent about what we would consider, work life attitude.

Woah. Let me stop you right there.

Hi. I work in an advertising agency, and I’m not going to lie, but it’s anything but boring.

I listen to EDM music, sip on green tea, eat a lot of chocolate, twirl around in my chair and oh, I occasionally work too.

I write ads, think of visual concepts, pitch a few marketing strategies and recently took a swing at digital media campaigning.

Sounds like a pretty picture? It’s not.

Reality is, it does have its downfalls; the timings, the monetary scale, the creativity blocks, the ego clashes, insecurity of your skills, and the feeling that your little bud of an idea will never work, why pitch it?

You find days where nothing works out, you have no reason to be here, you think your entire career move in this company will be for nothing, you don’t belong, this isn’t you… resignation is just a step away…

And you don’t know what to do.

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Honestly, all jobs are going to make you feel this way at one point. They are going to seep out this cheery college student persona and your surroundings will force you to become this glum individual who churns out mediocre results just like everyone else, with enough force.

Even with a job as creatively demanding as mine, there will be days when you feel like your career doesn’t make sense right now and graduating college did not prepare you for this life of monotony and silent despair.

To that I say, put your foot down, and tell it to STOP. And, Chill. Out.

Who said getting a job means chaining yourself to a desk, working hour after hour, day after day, going home to find some quiet time, rinse and repeat?

Who said working means that you would have to lock away your most lively you and carve out this mechanical being that would answer to a boss and consider coffee a staple diet?

No. Not when you find yourself in a job that suites you so well, it doesn’t feel like a job, but second nature. Or, what you make of the job given to you, and how you furnish yourself to make that career choice a meaningful one, a better one, and most importantly, a fulfilling one.

Keep on doing what you do and don’t ever stop; read, listen to music, wear colorful shirts, watch movies, play video games, socialize, make new friends, watch endless you tube videos, eat, and do everything that makes you a happy, radiant individual, with this zest for more than a work life.

You want to live life.

And enjoy the benefits of work, the excess allowance, the recognition, the smiles, the learning, the feeling of being young and energetic with dreams and aspirations that have no limits…

It’s up to you to mold what you have into the best experience for yourselves as no one else can do that for you. Don’t let the monotony of it all get anywhere close to you. You weren’t meant to be like everybody else. You were meant to be different, to stand out.

So start acting like it and results will follow through. Keep yourself true and collected, manage the harder days and brutally drag yourself out of those blue, muddy days if you have to.

Live on the principle that there is so much to do, see, learn and achieve in life and when needed console yourself that the future will look as promising as you wish it to be and you cannot wait to see what more life has in store for you.

And you know what the best part is? 

This is just the beginning.

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The Updated Update

So this is odd…

I’ll be honest, the idea of this blog was to capture my last few months of summer, the whole transition of the job hunting phase, how to apply for one, how to get one, and most importantly how the kick start of my career follows. And really… I havent done a thing. Why?

Because my summer was SO busy!

I kid you not, from my last exam, to my sister fashion show, to the relatives that came to stay, to my graduation, to comic con, to my birthday… till now. Which helped me realize something very important about myself. I like being busy. I like having something to do. I am not the girl to go around, lounging about doing absolutely nothing. Wow. I like being busy.

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Which is why when I was stuck at home, job hunting, and all my friends were either in a job of their own, or in college… I was slowly losing myself. I had no set objective, no goal, well.. Yeah my goal was to get a job but all I did was wait for things to happen… (which wasnt my fault! You give in resumes and wait, and I really dont like waiting =|) And… I really didnt like the way I felt.

I felt low, dark, unproductive, colorless if I may. And I’m a creative person! I thrive on ideas, dreams, wonder and magic. I wanted to get this waiting thing over and…. THANKFULLY, after a month of being covered with the weight of waiting (see what I did there :D) I. Got. A. Job.

This entry, I am writing at MY desk (because I finished my work for the day and its only lunch time!) and so far, work is good. I’m a copy writer on probation in an advertising company. Sighs.

I cannot WAIT to see what the future holds for me, considering (believe it or not) this is my FIRST job! Yes, I am a graduate fresh out of college, working, and getting accustomed to the work life, and culture and all that jazz…. so I thought,

Wait a minute.

Why now make my blog about my work like but still retain that part of college student-me that loved summer. I can be the fun working woman… and this blog will help me keep the thing I treasure the most.

My Creativity. 

Ohmygosh, my boss just popped in my cubicle and I was typing out “my creativity”, he gives me the heads up of my work, when the client reverts back. Anyway. =\

So here we go.

To the infinite warm feeling you get when you realize summer is about to come to an end and a new chapter in your life is about to begin,

To the uneasy,nervous,anxious yet excited, adventurous, optimistic you,

To the start of a new phase of my life, if you want to hope along for the ride,

The Last Days of Summer.