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5 Productivity Hacks for Funemployed Fresh Grads

One of Twitter’s coolest new features is that you can see what your friends are favoriting; a fast and easy way to see what everyone’s into or what’s happening around you. In my case, I see a lot of my fresh grad batchmates liking each other’s tweets about being unemployed, going to their 20th interview, and revising their resumes for the 15th time. And it’s been about 3 months after graduation.

 

Since everyone seems to collectively agree that not having a job 3 months after graduating warrants a freakout, (even though it’s completely normal), I decided to pull together my favorite tips to tell my friends and underclassmen on how to maximize a long break.

Because that’s what the pre-first-job unemployment period is: your last long break.

As someone who tried, tested, and still follows these time maximization tips, used these tips to line up job when I graduate in December 2017 as a UFLP at Unilever, and writes a blog about what college students need to know about careers here in the Philippines, here’s what I did during my vacations and free time to help prep me for the ~real world~. I can safely say that these tips on how to spend free time productively are what gave me a head start over my much more impressive batchmates. My greatest regret is not finding and following these tips when I was even younger and had more free time to devote.

So, to the recent grads still freaking out that you didn’t have a job lined up before graduation, and you still don’t have a job yet, just relax. Take a deep breath, and know that you’re not alone. There are hundreds, if not thousands of people, who are still taking their time in search of their dream job, just like you. Your story isn’t the special hopeless case you think it is. It’s just the beginning of the story you’ll tell people about how you found the great career you’re living out.

But before we get to that lovely future, here are 5 things you can do to maximize your time in between job hunting.


1. Get an (unpaid) internship

Maybe you keep getting rejected from jobs because they want someone who already has real world experience. Or maybe you want to break into an industry but you don’t have any relevant experience, and no one’s willing to take a chance on you. Whatever the reason, don’t worry. You’ll be fine in the long run. But for now, your best bet is to take an unpaid internship.

(Bonus points if you take an internship that gives you real projects and teaches you hard skills needed for your chosen industry. I’ll write in the future about how to find out in advance about what kind of work you’ll be doing through the interview. Sign up here to keep informed when I post it up.)

A lot of companies aren’t willing to hire a fresh grad who’s never done a day’s work outside of his university. The stereotype of job hopping, entitled young millennials inspires fear in local companies here in the Philippines. Especially if that young millennial comes from one of the top universities.

No one wants to invest time, money, and resources to teach someone who’ll leave at the first sign of higher pay.

To prove that you’re not the entitled job hopper stereotype (even if you possibly are), prove your worth by working for free. For now. But then again, that’s easier said than done. You’re having a difficult time job hunting as is. Where would you intern that’ll teach you real life skills, with a flexible schedule that lets you go off to job interviews every now and again?

The best options are:

  1. volunteering at a coworking space as a part-time space manager,
  2. volunteering at a local NGO whose purpose is in line with yours as (my fave is Teach for the Philippines), or
  3. reaching out to a small restaurant or business you enjoy and offering to work for free remotely as social media, marketing, procurement, or whatever they need (that’s not waitstaff).

Nobody would reject free labor, especially when they have lofty goals and a small, overworked staff.

But if you’re still scared of doing any of the things above, for whatever reason, I recommend applying to Blogapalooza, a Filipino startup that deals with influencer marketing. I interned for them for almost a year, and it’s easily one of the biggest growth experiences in my life. And I’ve done a lot.

I count the CEO, Ms. Ace Gapuz, as one of my greatest mentors, and honestly, I can guarantee you’ll learn a lot and have a good time with Blogapalooza. (I guarantee it so much that, if you’re interested, at the end of this article, I left instructions on how you can apply to them.)

Obviously, this tip only applies if you can afford to work for free. If you’re trying to conserve money, then read on and follow the other tips instead.

Related: 14.5 Things You Didn’t Know Had Resume Value

 

2. Network network network

I hate the misconception that networking is about going to events, introducing yourself, and trying to sell people something (in this case, yourself). Networking is so much more than that. It’s a learned skill, stemming from listening, asking, and giving back. Not just asking, asking, and asking.

But I understand as well that it’s so daunting to go out purposefully just to make friends that will help your career. That concept isn’t normal here in the Philippines. We tend to rely on our parents’ network more than our own, but unfortunately for me, my parents’ entire network is comprised of banking professionals and entrepreneurs in the province. I had to learn how to network the hard way.

So, let me save you some time by telling you better methods on how to network as an anxious 20 year-old college student.

Start by reconnecting with professors, mentors, upperclassmen, friends, and other significant people in your college life. If you felt like you learned something from that person at any point, put them on your reconnect list. Take a deep breath, shoot them a message, and don’t think too much about messaging them out of the blue.

If you haven’t talked in a while, and you want to be more personal in your initial message, go through their profiles and find something to ask about in your reintroduction. Don’t just ask “How are you?” because the reply will be “Fine, you?”

Ask about something specific: what they’re up to, for life advice, or update them on your life, like how something they said before affected you and brought about this series of events.

I don’t recommend asking anyone right away if they know of any opportunities they can recommend you for, especially if you haven’t kept in constant contact. (Being Facebook friends doesn’t count.) You’ll come off as a user, desperate, or as an arrogant upstart, particularly if you’re asking for a recommendation from people who don’t know your work well enough or worse, don’t remember you at all. Not only will your contacts be unable to provide you with relevant leads, but they’ll also think badly of you in the long term.

Since we live in the Philippines, a culture that’s characterized by high power distance (aka we as a society look down on people who act too aggressively), be careful about how you come off while networking. A random guy you met at a startup mixer for freelancers and a professor counted as one of the greats in her field are 2 very different people.

Cultivate the relationship, be deferential if you have to, and provide some value back before asking for something, especially if it’s to someone you look up to.

Protip: Make sure people have a good impression of you before you ask for anything. And if they have a bad impression, try to pivot that perspective slowly over a long period of time. Nobody’s going to believe that your personality did a 180 overnight.

I say this, because a professor-mentor of mine confided that when his sloppy students ask for recommendations, he sends them to jobs he thinks will fit them, instead of letting them pick and try for the best opportunities he knows. He never recommends students he thinks will embarrass him to high-potential opportunities his trusted inner circle shares with him.

On the other hand, he started a group chat of all his best students so that he could send them a mass text to tell them that a new opportunity he highly recommends exists. (If you see this article sir, thanks for adding me to the group chat.)

Along the way, who knows, your network might offer you a job without you even asking.

Other places that are great networking opportunities are conferences and online communities. Search Eventbrite and Meetup for things happening in your area or if ever, just start a meetup of your own. Type into Facebook search what you’re interested in. “digital marketing” “startup” “dog walkers”. Then engage. Have conversations with people, talk to them about what they’re doing and their dreams, then share yours. You never know who you’ll meet out there. So, go out and talk to everyone you can.

What I’ve learned is that the key to successful networking is to be present, be curious, and to try to provide value without being an annoying feeling-know-it-all to the recipient.

Related: How to Edit Your Resume in 1 Hour

 

3. Take classes and expand your skill set

I have a friend fresh out of college and already studying for the CFA exams in between job interviews. She needs 2 years of work experience before taking the final exam. Everyday she reads 15 pages, and everyday she makes comprehensive notes that are incredibly beautiful to look at, though they’re complete gibberish to me.

I have another friend who’s learning how to cook by testing out recipes online that claim it only takes <10 minutes to make. She’s doing this because she wants to be prepared for when she moves into a condo by herself in Makati or BGC. To compound the skills she’s learning, she’s chronicling her cooking capers via video and a blog to sharpen both her videography and writing skills. Her cooking demo tapes are part of her portfolio.

They’re both holding out for workplaces that’ll click and feel like home to each of them. But they’re not wasting their time while searching for that new home. My friends are teaching themselves something to keep productive in between applying and interviewing for dozens of jobs. So, be like them. Don’t waste this time by moping around or watching subpar TV shows. Figure out what you’ve been dying to learn and just do it.

What classes did you want to take but couldn’t while you were in college? (For me, it’s PR and visual communications.)

What life skills haven’t you learned yet? (Driving a manual without crashing.)

What #adulting hacks have you been keeping in a folder on your laptop, waiting for when you can test them out?

Now’s the perfect time for you to try out and pick up those skills, while figuring out what your first job will be. It’ll also be a perfect place to meet people different from you, but with a common interest.

But don’t box yourself in by only taking classes that have ~resume value~ (i.e. digital marketing or social media marketing). Take any class you want, because in the end, those classes help broaden your perspective. Remember the Steve Jobs story, of how he took typography and how that became a critical part of the Apple business. No one knows how the dots will connect today, or what dot to connect to next, so don’t even bother. Connect everything when you’re about to give a college commencement speech.

Another benefit from taking classes you’re interested in is that you can bring them up during your job interviews, as part of the “Tell me about yourself” question. I promise you’ll come off as a more interesting and happier person that people will want to work with, when you talk about what you’re genuinely into.

Protip: Don’t go for seminars or certifications that aren’t recognized by most employers. Especially if it asks you to pay a lot of money for their program. I’m not saying it’s a scam, but I am saying that spending money to learn something should be accompanied with researching on how competitive the graduates of those seminars and certifications are. Are you learning something tailored for the Philippines’ setting or something you could have googled and read in an hour? Be critical. Ask questions before paying.

[Easiest way to check is to ask them what are the alumni of their course doing now. And if you can talk to some of the alumni to help sell you on taking the course. If they’re nervous or not at all ok with that prospect, that’s a warning flag for you.]

If you don’t know what courses to take or you don’t want to spend any money, but you’re eager to learn, I recommend taking the Hootsuite Social Media Courses so that you’re qualified to be a social media manager. Or head to edX to learn Excel Basics, something that should be mandatory for all college students. I’ve taken both courses and learned a lot that I still use in my day-to-day. And it was all for free.

 

4. Work on a passion project or side hustle

(This is my personal favorite because it’s how the blog started.)

The key to a great passion project or side hustle is that it teaches you something while being an interesting endeavor. You don’t know exactly how to do it yet or how to do it well, so you’re figuring it out as you’re going along. Usually, it involves putting yourself out there or in an uncomfortable place, and that’s totally ok because those are growing pains. Your future self will thank you.

And the easiest passion project – side hustle is to make something and then sell it.

I have a friend who hangs around Manila Polo Club in his spare time to talk to the rich uncles there about fixing up old cars, while also selling them a classic fixer-upper for ‘dirt cheap’. Every time he sells 1, he makes 6 figures as his commission. While making that insane amount of pocket money, he’s also learning how to soft sell an incredibly expensive item to a niche audience, which is a rare life skill.

Another friend makes crossover digital art from 2 giant fandoms, posts it subsequently to Twitter and Tumblr, and then sells digital prints of it as her passion project – side hustle hybrid. She routinely gets thousands of likes, with a small fraction of them buying a legal copy of her art. Even if she only sells 20 copies, that’s still 400 USD into her bank account, which is incredibly lucrative if you live in the 3rd world Philippines.

Side hustles and passion projects are different for every person. This free time is perfect for you to jump into whatever project you’ve been putting off, because you never had the time back in college. Or for you to figure out how to automate and monetize digital assets you already have. You’ll know this is the side hustle for you because if it’s a lot of work, and you still enjoy doing it, that’s it. Plus, the money you make from it is more painful to part with.

Whatever it is you do though, make sure it’s something you can and want to talk about during your job interviews. It’s a great conversation piece for “Tell me about yourself” and can lead to a steady second income stream you can keep when you get a full-time job.

Protip: Making your own money also stops you from becoming desperate for cash and a high salary. It also keeps you level headed when job offers come in. You won’t be running after the first person who pays you; you’ll be clear-headed enough to weigh the job based on its workload and opportunities rather than just salary.

To find out about some sample passion projects or side hustles you can undertake here in the Philippines, read up on it here.

 

5. Figure out what you want to do with your life

WARNING: This is honestly the most difficult. Only those willing to have honest and difficult conversations with and about themselves should attempt this.

Take this time as the blessing in disguise that it is and have an intentional reflection about yourself and what you want out of life.

When I was in sophomore year, I took a class that was absolutely useless but every cut was a drop in your grade, so I forced myself to attend. Usually, I’d spend the 90 minutes reading, but on that particular day, I finished my book in the middle of class and forgot to bring another one. I had 45 minutes to kill and nothing to do. I don’t know what possessed me to try to think about my future in more solid terms. But I’m thankful I did.

Back then, I hadn’t read any books or research on how to intentionally reflect yet. Present Justine has read at least 6 books on how to properly reflect in a step-by-step manner, with a prepared questionnaire to fill out, so I can recommend books on it for my friends’ reflections. But Past Justine’s reflection in class was based on doodling mindlessly in my notebook. That I now know was rudimentary mind-mapping.

The gist of what I wrote was I wanted to get into marketing; it was my major after all. So, to make sense of my future in marketing, I listed down my interests, strengths, and weaknesses. Then I matched it up later on with research I’d done on the marketing landscape and interviews with my professors about the kind of marketing jobs and people they’d seen in the Philippines.

The results were terrible. I remember crying at my conclusions.

I like talking to people in small groups, solving specific problems they’re currently having using data-centered decisions, then moving on to a related problem in that same field. I dislike meetings with more than 5 people, conceptualizing everything based on theoretical ‘what if’s’, and decision making through instincts. My strengths were in initiating projects and critical candor; my weaknesses were details and long-term payoffs that weren’t tangible. I wanted to work in a multinational, make a lot of money, and have time to see my family at the end of the day + weekends.

In other words, I didn’t match the standard marketing stereotype here. And I was devastated.

Fast forward 3 years later, and I’m glad I realized that marketing wasn’t the life for me before I started interning. I decided not to take any marketing related internships and focus instead on other skills and interests I had lying around.

I’ll be graduating with my marketing major, but I’ve changed my elective focus to communications rather than marketing. I’ll be working as a project manager for tech solutions in Unilever come January 2018. My present is nothing like I could have predicted that 2014 afternoon, but it most definitely is in line with what I realized I didn’t want to do.

Since I was on the lookout for a better method to reflect when I’m in a thinking mood, I’ve read more than 6 books on the topic. The clear stand out (as of this time) is Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Filled with practical tips on how to use the design principles on the greatest project of all, yourself, I recommend it to all my friends, who are trying to figure out what’s the right life to live.

The book’s filled with stories, case studies, facts and figures, and most importantly worksheets and exercises that’ll help you figure out what you want to do with your life. Or at the very least, what you don’t want to do. If you want to do the exercises in the book with a friend but your friends are lazy, sign up for my email group where we’re going to do all the worksheets and exercises together. (That’s part of the book’s assignments: finding a group that acts as your career support tribes.)

But reading a book isn’t the only way to figure out what you want to do with your life. Informational interviews are also a good resource for the extroverted.

Reach out to people on LinkedIn who are working at your dream company or industry, and ask them for an hour of their time. Be prepared to be seenzoned or rejected. But don’t take it to heart. Eventually you’ll find someone who wants to talk, because people love talking about themselves. It’s helpful to them too since they’ll reflect on their journey and connect the dots.

When you do find someone, make sure you maximize the hour by asking as many questions as you can about how they got to where they are now.

What have they learned that they wish they knew as college students?

Where else have they worked and why did they work there?

What did they like about it? Hate?

What about their present job makes them happier?

What do they think could make them even happier?

Questions like this help you learn more about the different kinds of jobs that school never talks about. Be curious, be persistent, and be charming at all times. Reflection doesn’t entail rudeness.

Protip: don’t ask for a jobThe informational interview is purely a way for you to learn more about certain companies and jobs, not to beg random people to give you a job.


[INTERNSHIP INSTRUCTIONS]

For those who are in Manila, Philippines and want to intern for a startup through remote work, here are the step-by-step instructions to becoming a Blogapalooza intern.

Email info@blogapalooza.ph with the subject line “TBC Internship Referral – [department you’re going for]”

I already talked to Ms. Ace (the CEO) and she’s looking for people interested in Account Management, Event Management, and Content Creation (particularly graphics, blogs, videos). If you fit any of those departments, or are willing to learn on the job, go for it.

Attach your resume to the email. Then the body of the message should roughly go,

“Hi Blogapalooza,

My name is blah, applying for [department] because [a simple reason in <1.5 sentences, not 7 sentences about how you were born for this role]. My past experience with this is through blah [cite 1, and add a link if you can] // I have no past experience with this but am willing to learn on the job.

I can meet you on [times you’re free for a meeting in real life or online, indicate whether it’s online or offline].

Thanks”

And then your email signature that contains your name, number, and the email you sent this with. If you want to add more details, write your year level, course, and what school you’re from.

That’s it. You’ve applied for an internship with one of my fave employers and are hopefully about to have a great growth experience. I wish you luck, and if you ever need help or advice, you can reach out to me for a chat.

Warning, don’t apply to other internships like this. You can only do so now, because I’ve pre-empted the #Blogafam for possible internship applications from this post.

[END INSTRUCTIONS]


If you’re still reading until this part, thank you for your incredible patience and I’d love to know if there are other things someone can do to maximize his free time productively. Leave your thoughts, criticism, and commentary in the comments below or email me about it at justine@thebordercollective.com. Always game to have a chat.

Related: 14.5 Things You Didn’t Know Had Resume Value

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Thanks for reading and hope I wrote something useful for you!

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“Hi guys! Just curious, where can I find solid experience to talk about in interviews??? :((( I don’t feel like just talking about my orgs or acads all the time since I think i look boring to the recruiters.”

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Intern-view: Nicole Wong on Christian Dior

A while back I stopped posting here on TBC because I felt like it was becoming a chore and it just wasn’t fun anymore. So, I took a break. A long hiatus that gave me time to reevaluate my life, what I wanted to do, and more importantly what I didn’t want to be doing.

And I’ve realized that I (aka Justine) like doing the blog. But only when it’s answering questions and giving out info that I think is relevant, it’s on my free time, and it’s not me feeling obligated or pressured by some readers to start disclosing everything I know willy-nilly.

So, to get back into the groove of things, I’m going to start posting the huge backlog of Intern-views and #WorkLifeGoals. And a few other things, like my recent trip to Hong Kong for #RISEconf.

I’d appreciate it if you guys gave constructive criticism: what works, what can be improved, and most importantly, what are you struggling with. What companies do you want to see an Intern-view from? What’s the hardest part of internship and job hunting? What do you wish you could just google the answers to?

Drop your answers to that in ask.fm/thebordercollective or in an email to me at justine@thebordercollective.com if you’re willing to start a conversation on it. So without further ado, almost a year late edition of Intern-view with an intro by Bea Pelayo.


Hey guys! It’s been a while since we featured a girl here on Intern-view, so tonight it’s going to be an estrogen overload as we get to know about a super girly girl who interned at Parfums Christian Dior (how amazing is that?) during Ateneo’s long summer break of 2015. Her internship was really cool since she helped launch the first ever Christian Dior boutique here in the Philippines (sorry for spoiling!), and in a bit we’ll get to learn more about how she did it.

“What’s with the female hormones?,” you might wonder. Well, when I was talking to Nicole most of what I saw were the stereotypical girly things, and I mean this in a good way. Her friends would always describe her as “fashown”, and she’s the type of girl who talks in a high-pitched voice whenever there are dogs or other cute things. She’s also passionate about fashion and art, and she dreams of becoming a fashion designer someday. Check out her IG for some #ahrt! (@nicyannawong)

When I asked her to describe herself, Nicole said she’s an empowered woman; she’s career-oriented and independent. When she was still in school, she was that classmate you’d want to have in your group because she’s always the reliable one. Her orgmates also dubbed her as their org’s marketing goddess not just because of being so good at getting sponsors but also for training her colleagues.

And when I asked her to give five random facts about herself, she just made me conclude how girly of a girl she was.

  1. I underwent my school’s study abroad program and I had the time of my life studying Luxury and Fashion Management in a fashion school in Paris!
  2. I want to become a fashion designer ever since I was a wee little girl.
  3. I am obsessed with doggies!!!
  4. To beat typical touristy photos, I make paper dolls (which I call as Paper Darlings) and take photos of them in the landmarks, instead of me being in the photo. (omg gets ba? Lol if not, check attached photo or my IG or #PaperDarling lol)
  5. Almost everything I own is pink, except for clothes. I only have a few pink pieces.

Girl power wins tonight, was I right? Anywho, I won’t keep you waiting too long. Ladies and gentlemen, here comes tonight’s Intern-viewee, Nicole!


How did you find and pick this internship?

It was internship-seeking season where everybody was scrambling to find an internship so they can put the 4-month summer vacation to good use. One day, I just received a phone call from my blockmate, inviting me to apply to this beauty company. She felt bad for turning them down, so she was looking for a replacement. I researched the company and found that they house many of my favorite brands, so I applied right away.

 

Why did you choose to intern?

Internships aren’t required for my course, but we had a 4-month break thanks to the calendar shift. I might as well gain some skills and experience, rather than just bum around.

 

How was the experience of applying and being interviewed for the internship?

I was on a family trip when I received a call from the HR manager, asking me my availability for an interview, so imagine my surprise! She said that if ever, she is assigning me to Make Up For Ever. Ok cool! Fast forward to the interview, I got the biggest surprise of my life, when the receptionist informed me that the brand manager of Dior was the one who was going to interview me. I panicked a little since I was so not prepared! But of course, I got super excited also because OMG DIOR??!!! And I finally get to apply (and show off) what I learned in Paris!

As soon as I met the brand manager, all the panic instantly disappeared. She gave off a strong sense of familiarity that it feels like I was meeting my twin. The interview itself went pretty well. We instantly hit it off! It felt like we were just chatting. The questions were pretty standard – personal information, questions from my resume, etc. She also took the time to inform me of the busy calendar of Dior that year (which doubled my excitement).

But that’s not the end of it. Coincidentally, THE HEAD of Dior Philippines just came in and said he also wanted to interview me. So the panic arose again. This time, my interview was done very professionally and with utmost seriousness. Although that is so, he gave subtle hints that he was already going to get me, saying things like “… a valuable candidate such as yourself…” (or something like that), which spurred a rage of excitement once again (but I maintained my decorum, of course).

 

What would you say were the skills you needed when you applied? Did you pick up any new skills throughout your internship?

During both interviews, the bulk of the questions were about my past experiences. Some people, especially parents, think that you only have to study hard to get a good job, but in reality, hiring managers look at experience. They want you to show them what you’ve done and how capable you are.

Throughout the internship, I did learn new skills such as handling employees, store merchandising, Excel tools, Photoshop, events management, PR and day-to-day operations.

 

What was your expectation for the internship? How did the actual experience compare?

I knew from the start that it’s not a glamorous job and that I was going to do all the dirty work. And I did. But they also trusted me with important tasks, which I really appreciated because it made me feel like I was not just some lowly clueless intern. It made me feel like I was really a significant member of the Dior team. There was even one time when both of my superiors were out of the country, so that technically made me the temporary head of Dior Philippines! LOL.

 

What did you do during your internship? What kinds of tasks and projects were you given? Did you volunteer to take on a task yourself?

I helped out with PR events, like a product launch and more importantly, the opening of the first ever Dior boutique in the Philippines! Apart from that, I did operational activities like managing stocks and testers, sales reports, press kits, and so on. I also revived their Instagram account, creating content and significantly increasing its follower count.

 

How would you describe the working environment you were in?

I really like the culture there. Everyone’s friends with everyone. You can even crack jokes and chat with your superiors. Even the interns from sister brands would definitely attest to that. But of course, there are still professional limits.

 

In school, luxury brands are not typically made a focus of discussions and cases. What insights did you gain from working for one? What are some similarities and differences it has, especially in terms of marketing, with the usual FMCGs, F&B, etc.?

Luckily, since I took up Luxury and Fashion Management, I was already familiar with how luxury brands work. However, I found myself still completely surprised when I actually interned for one. I didn’t realize that luxury brands require more work than usual. Because of their tight focus on brand image and customer experience, I had to learn to be anal and OC. Everything has to be perfect and “Diorific” in the customer’s eyes.

 

Would you consider working for Christian Dior in the future?

Honestly, no, because I plan to pursue my first love, fashion. And I want to build my own brand in the future. But I consider myself very lucky to have been exposed to the secrets of a very prestigious brand.

 

What would you say were the best parts about your internship?

The people, most definitely. I had the coolest boss, who is still one of my dear friends ‘til today. The Dior general manager is also a total sweetheart despite his tough exterior! And I got to work with my close college friends, who interned in sister brands. (Their bosses are also so fun!) Truly, without these people, I wouldn’t have loved my stay in Dior as much. They made all the difference.

 

What would you say were the worst parts about your internship (or interning in general)?

Traffic! I live around 1.5 to 2 hours away from the office by car, so it was a struggle. Not to mention those awful moments when I got stuck in the infamous Friday pay day rush hour traffic in the Makati area. Not cute.

 

If you could go back in time to the first day of your internship, what is one piece of advice you would have given yourself?

I’d say to myself, “The people here trust you. They will assign crucial tasks to you because they know you can do it, so stop doubting yourself.”

 

What was the most interesting thing you did at your internship?

The highlight of my internship was the Dior boutique opening. It was a grand launch and I saw a lot of famous celebrities, personalities and business moguls, whom I got to mingle with! It was such an amazing event! Everything was spot-on. The regional executives from Singapore were also quite pleased. And to think that I was part of those who helped make it all happen, now that’s something incredible.

 

What would you say was your greatest learning from interning?

I’ve learned many things about running a brand that I can never learn in school, but the most valuable learning that I’ve gotten was about myself. In working for Dior, I’ve gotten to know myself better – my capabilities, limitations, mindset, tendencies and even my dreams for the future. And this has led me to find myself and to gain self-confidence.

 

What advice would you give anybody who wants/is about to start interning?

For all starting to intern, don’t forget to make the most out of it! Don’t just complete tasks. Observe how the business runs. Observe how your superiors deal with things. Ask questions. It will be a short stay, so maximize all opportunities to learn and grow.

 

Anything else you want to share with the readers?

One last note, as early as the application process, ask about the company culture already, because no matter how fun or amazing your work is, if you don’t fit in the culture, then I wish you all the luck in the world.

Hit me up on Instagram (@nicyannawong) if you have any more questions or simply want to see some cute fashion doodles! =)))

Thank you all for reading!!!


And that’s one down from the backlog, and what an interesting one. I never knew Christian Dior had a real office in the Philippines. The things you learn from running Intern-views lol.

If you’re still looking for stuff to read, or you’re still thinking “who the fuq are these people”, read 10 Things We Learned at Unilever Business Week or Why You Should Be Attending Conferences.

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Thanks for reading and hope Nicole wrote something useful for you! 🙂

#WorkLifeGoals: Francis Simisim on Startups, Business Partners, and How to Get Up from Failure

What’s it like to have, not 1, but 3 (I think. I’m not sure. There’s just so many.) full-time jobs in the startup world while being a partner in a venture capital firm? Find out in tonight’s #WorkLifeGoals post with Francis Simisim, multi hyphenate pillar in the Philippines’ startup community and one of my bosses at Blogapalooza!

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Fast Facts about Startup Weekend QC

Startup Weekend (noun) – A 54 hour event that brings together people in the area to experience the same thing: validating an idea and seeing if it can start a business in 1 weekend.

Startup Weekend does the same thing in different places all around the world, being present in more countries than Coca-Cola. You learn how to build a working startup the best way: experience.

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Fast Facts about Woman Up 2016

A quick post this morning before I and 200 other people head off to the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business UP Diliman Campus Ambassadors’ event later today: Woman Up 2016! I got to chat with the 4 amazing HUWIB-Asia ambassadors about why we can even go to this event and how they became the Harvard Ambassadors (I didn’t even know that existed before they emailed) for 2016.

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Intern-view: Earl Viray on Nestle Philippines

Internships are a great way to find full-time employment afterwards, whether it be with the company you interned at or anywhere else for that matter. It’s why people intern in the first place: to grab transferable skills you can bring with you wherever you go. Today’s Intern-view, Earl Viray, proved that little fact in the best possible way. With his combined experience of interning at Nestle and competing at Brandstorm, Earl is one of the enviable L’Oreal Management Trainees for 2016! Continue reading “Intern-view: Earl Viray on Nestle Philippines”

#WorkLifeGoals: Michi Ferreol on 3 Internships, Interview Tips, and Why Education Is Her Calling

I have a tendency to not listen to people who give advice about things they’ve never done. It helps filter out unnecessary opinions and in keeping my ears open to advice I’d take seriously. So, finding out that Michi Ferreol, with all the amazing life experiences she’s had, would be dishing out her opinions on interning and why she’s headed into education, bowled me over. I was speechless. Which is rare, if you know me. Continue reading “#WorkLifeGoals: Michi Ferreol on 3 Internships, Interview Tips, and Why Education Is Her Calling”

#WorkLifeGoals: Michi Ferreol on Starting CAMP as a Harvard Freshman

Betina: Hello readers! I’m back!! After a summer of being MIA and working behind the scenes (blame my super intense internship at Unilever), I’m finally ready to get back to TBC (at least until my next internship starts HAHA)!

Annicka actually handled this interview, but since Michi is a good friend, I wanted to take over the introduction. Continue reading “#WorkLifeGoals: Michi Ferreol on Starting CAMP as a Harvard Freshman”

Intern-view: Charles Lu on Toyota Motor Philippines

Tonight’s post is extra special because the spotlight’s on Taft today with our first ever Intern-view from De La Salle University! And not just any kind of internship, but an engineering one that took over 11 months of our Intern-viewee’s life! I’m not going to spoil anything else from today’s Intern-view, so I’ll just do the introductions and then get out of everyone else’s way. 🙂 Continue reading “Intern-view: Charles Lu on Toyota Motor Philippines”

#WorkLifeGoals: Pat Feria on Teach for the Philippines, NGO Work, and Coming Home

We hear a lot of stories about people deciding to dedicate their lives early on to purpose-driven careers, like Delfin Villafuerte of Teach for the Philippines. But we don’t hear as many stories of people who left the Philippines, and then came back home to dedicate themselves to a purpose-driven career here. Or at least, I don’t see a lot of stories like that on my news feed. And that’s why today’s #WorkLifeGoals post aims to bring a story just like that to you, dear readers.

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Intern-view: Milbert Capistrano on Oceanagold

I’ve been on an internship that lets me travel around the country for weeks at a time, but I’ve never been to one that completely transplanted me away from home for 2 months. Today’s Intern-viewee has. In tonight’s post, Milbert M. Capistrano, a BS Mining Engineering graduate from UP Diliman shares about what it was like to move to Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya for his internship with Oceanagold  last June – July 2015! Continue reading “Intern-view: Milbert Capistrano on Oceanagold”

#WorkLifeGoals: Abbey Sy on the #ABCsofHandLettering, Freelancing, and being a Savvy Social Media Creative

When TBC’s editorial assistant, Annicka Koteh, said that she contacted Abbey Sy for a feature on #WorkLifeGoals, I was excited but cautious. Abbey Sy is most definitely #WorkLifeGoals, so of course she has no time to answer questions from a small blog about interning. Continue reading “#WorkLifeGoals: Abbey Sy on the #ABCsofHandLettering, Freelancing, and being a Savvy Social Media Creative”

Intern-view: Anissa Villaverde on Ogilvy & Mather

For us mere mortals, advertising is a mythical world full of beautiful people, whose day job is to find ingenious ways to sell us things we don’t need. Or at least, I think it is, thanks to Mad Men. But because we’re The Border Collective, we decided that it’s time for everyone to find out the truth about ad agencies the best way we know how. Through an Intern-view! Continue reading “Intern-view: Anissa Villaverde on Ogilvy & Mather”

#WorkLifeGoals: Ceej Tantengco on #CoverTheAthlete, Writing, and Battling Sexism in Philippine Media

What happens when a three-time Palanca awardee meets The Border Collective’s editorial assistant for a chat about what it was like to go from being a Communications student at Ateneo de Manila University to being a multi-hyphenate #worklifegoal? Specifically, to founding a Philippines-centric travel magazine, a foodstagram extraordinaire aka @ceejtheday on Instagram, a millennial journalist, and a copywriter for the branding agency that started Hole in the Wall, Bad Bird, and Wrong Ramen. Continue reading “#WorkLifeGoals: Ceej Tantengco on #CoverTheAthlete, Writing, and Battling Sexism in Philippine Media”

First Batch of Fan Mail!

13575471_10154304859759320_2079641765_oA few week ago, we asked you, our dear readers, for some feedback on how we’re doing. We were expecting feedback regarding how casual our tone was, or how much I, aka Justine, talk too much in run on sentences. Yet you, dear readers, delivered warm, fuzzy feelings instead to us here at The Border Collective. 🙂 You guys are the reason we keep doing what we’re doing, so keep telling us what you need and we’ll do our best to deliver. 😀

Thanks for reading, and The Border Collective will be back next week with regular posts as I will be returning to Manila for the whole July 4-9! See you then!

Intern-view: Sophia Tayag on Globe Telecom

Hey there, dear readers, Justine here, with tonight’s Intern-view brought to you by one of the newest additions to our team, Bea PelayoThis will also be the last post for the coming week, as I will be flying out around the Visayas-Mindanao region for my internship with INKOMPASS! More news on that later, but for now let’s get started! Continue reading “Intern-view: Sophia Tayag on Globe Telecom”

Intern-view: Shane Lim on Cebu Daily News

Hey there, dear readers, I’m excited to introduce our very first Intern-view from outside NCR! She’s an intellectual threat, being one of the smartest and most well versed on both political and pop culture here in the Philippines. Shaneika Edryce T. Lim, an incoming senior under BFA Major in Creative Writing, pursuing the Nonfiction track, interned at Cebu Daily News. CDN falls under the Inquirer Publications umbrella and for May 2015, CDN had the pleasure of hosting Shane as their intern. Continue reading “Intern-view: Shane Lim on Cebu Daily News”

Intern-view: Rico Tiongson on Kalibrr

Hey there, dear readers, Justine here, and I’m excited to introduce today’s Intern-view because it took forever to get him to sit down and write for us. He’s one of the busiest people I know, and his name is Jose Enrico B. Tiongson from Ateneo de Manila University. A double major in Computer Science and Mathematics, and a former double major in Applied Physics and Computer Engineering, Rico interned in Kalibrr, Inc. last April-May 2015 as a Data Science intern.  Continue reading “Intern-view: Rico Tiongson on Kalibrr”

The Border Collective is Looking For An Intern

Hey there, dear readers, Justine here, and it’s exactly like what the title says. The Border Collective is looking for an intern. Or executive assistant. Up to whoever gets the job on what job title they want for this particular work experience. We will refer to you as minion though in private conversation. (B: She will refer to you as minion. I’d prefer ‘padawan’.) Continue reading “The Border Collective is Looking For An Intern”

Why You Need To Read Smartcuts by Shane Snow

For starters, its name is so intriguing??? Hey there, dear readers, Justine here, and welcome to the very first book review post! A lot of you asked us for book recommendations through ask.fm or through email for some unknown reason. So, since Betina and I both believe that growth comes from all aspects of life, we decided to start a new section completely dedicated to books we recommend you read! This section has no name yet, it’s working title is Page Turners; so if you can think of one, do tell us! (Because I suck at naming things.)

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Intern-view: Alvin Jason Bravo on PLDT

What’s up, dear readers, I’m Justine, and The Border Collective is back with this week’s edition of Intern-view. In the hot seat today is PLDT’s Best Intern for 2015! Alvin Jason C. Bravo from Ateneo de Manila University is a recent graduate of BS Management Information Systems, and interned at PLDT (Internet Protocol Backbone Planning Division) from April 6, 2015 to May 29, 2015. Continue reading “Intern-view: Alvin Jason Bravo on PLDT”

10 Things We Learned At Unilever Business Week 2016

Justine: Hello there, dear readers, we’re back from taking our longest hiatus yet to participate at Unilever Business Week 2016 and then to catch up on everything we missed at school because of BW2016. It was a profoundly wild ride that caused me, to not only be super behind in school work but also, dropped me to a 1.7 aka a D in my Theology class because my prof gave 2 quizzes knowing I’d cut.

10/10 would do it all over again though, because Business Week 2016 was amazing. Continue reading “10 Things We Learned At Unilever Business Week 2016”

Intern-view: Toni Garcia on Ayala HRMall, SGV, and The Spark Project

Hello, dear readers, it’s Justine again, and this week’s Intern-view comes from Toni Dominique P. Garcia, who interned at 3 different places and wrote about them all. Whew.

Fresh out of Ateneo de Manila University as a BS Management Information Systems grad, Toni has a way more interesting career timeline than anyone I’ve ever met. She’s worked for a corporation, an NGO, and an accounting firm. Specifically,  Continue reading “Intern-view: Toni Garcia on Ayala HRMall, SGV, and The Spark Project”

What To Do When INKOMPASS Calls

Hey there, dear readers, The Border Collective is currently on a short hiatus because Betina and I have to catch up on school work, but rest assured that we’ll be back before internship season starts to give you guys our tips and tricks for first impressions! The only reason I’m writing right now is because we received this question in our anonymous Google Form. Continue reading “What To Do When INKOMPASS Calls”

Intern-view: Giann Vega on Phinma Properties

Hello, dear readers, it’s me again, Justine Lara T. Chua and I’m absolutely sure you’re sick of me! Don’t worry though since next week Betina takes the reigns as we head over to Unilever Business Week for 4 days and 4 nights! We’ll be posting regularly the highlights of our day as we go through the business case competition. 🙂 So keep a look out for it! For today’s post, we’re having another Intern-view with a very good friend of mine that I’m excited to introduce to you!

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Intern-view: Rei Gonzales on INKOMPASS

Hello there, dear readers, it is I aka Justine Lara T. Chua, the shorter half of the dynamic duo behind The Border Collective, back with a second triple whammy: a solo post + an Intern-view + an INKOMPASS post! With only 7 days to go before signups close for INKOMPASS’ 2016 batch, I thought to run another INKOMPASS Intern-view in case you guys thought it was something only Chinese Ateneans only get into.

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6 Habits of a Failproof Pre-Interview Routine

Justine: Hey there, readers! While watching the Vice Presidentiable’s debate the other day, I realized something. “How did they become such eloquent, spontaneous speakers in front of crowds of thousands, while most people my age can’t do a presentation without faltering?”

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Intern-view: Charles Justin Lim on Saperium, Inc.

Justine: Hey there, readers! Missed us? 😀 It’s been a busy week for Betina and I, so I apologize for not updating The Border Collective sooner. Hell week, planning for our futures, plus our talk last Friday took precedence by accident, but we’re back. Sorta.

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What We Look For In A Company

Justine: Happy first day of freedom, dear readers, but the work never ends for Betina and I so we decided to start the week with Part 10 of the Internship FAQ’s series!

Today’s post deals with WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A COMPANY. How do you know that this is the company you want to dedicate a sizable amount of your time too? What are the things Betina and I look for when we’re interviewing with a company? How do you know whether to avoid a company? We’ve done everything by trial and error, so we’re pretty knowledgeable on the pitfalls millennials should avoid for a happy work life. I think.

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Intern-view: Greg Chua on INKOMPASS

Hello there, dear readers, it is I aka Justine Lara T. Chua back with a triple whammy: a solo post + an Intern-view + an INKOMPASS post! With only 24 days to go before INKOMPASS Philippines’ signups end, I decided to ask my co-interns for some time out of their busy schedules to talk about their different INKOMPASS stories too, partly because I think you’re all tired of me talking. 😀

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3 Answers to Is Interning Worth It?

Betina: Hi readers! We’re back to our regular programming and continuing our FAQs! Between rounds of internship interviews and career fairs, it’s been a busy couple of weeks, and we’ve still got one very long week to go until midterm break, but we had time to answer just a few questions for you 🙂

Justine: So, to recap my past week at least, I went to UP Career Fair almost everyday to support the INKOMPASS signups there and also to go check out the candidates for this year’s batch of INKOMPASS interns. I also went to drop off 8 people’s resumes, which was intense because there were over 100 booths there. I ended up getting calling cards to send my resume to since I didn’t bring a hard copy. What do you guys think about us writing a how-to guide to career fairs since Ateneo’s is fast approaching?

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YouthHack Fellowship Program: Spend Your Summer Interning At A Start-Up!

Betina: Hi Readers! If you’re interested in interning with a start-up this summer, then this one’s for you! 🙂

I’m a core team member of YouthHack Manila, a really cool org that is all about empowering the youth through technology and entrepreneurship. I get to work with a really wonderful and diverse group of students who are from different schools. YouthHack’s Fellowship Program is one of the major projects I’m working on this year. Essentially, the Fellowship program is an internship program, which pairs students with summer internships at start-ups! (yay!)

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Intern-view: Arby Cuevas on Globe Telecom

Betina: Hi readers! Tonight, we are continuing our Intern-view series with another guest contributor, Arby Cuevas to talk about her internship last summer at Globe Telecom. Arby is a 3rd year Legal Management major in Ateneo de Manila University.

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What’s INKOMPASS and Why You Should Apply For It

INKOMPASS is a winternship. That’s a word I made up to explain what it is in the simplest way possible. INKOMPASS is the combination of “winning” an “internship”.

Hello there, dear readers, it is I, Justine Lara T. Chua aka the mean one, interrupting regular programming once again! This time, I’m here to talk about the greatest internship in the world (in my personal opinion) and how you can also be one of the lucky few who take part in it this coming summer! To do so, you just have to win the internship!

How to win the internship is simple*: Continue reading “What’s INKOMPASS and Why You Should Apply For It”

9 Tips To Ace Your Next Phone Interview

Justine: Betina and I both finished our phone interviews with Unilever in the past 3 weeks, and because she wrote way back when that she had just finished hers, a lot of you sent in questions about how to go through the process! So, in the spirit of giving, which is what this blog is all about, we decided to write some tips down for phone interviews!

What we are not giving to you in a million years is the questions that were asked to us because that isn’t fair for both you, us, and for everyone else. (B: Preach!) If you get in because you super prepared for your interview like Betina and her hundreds of index cards, then good job! If you got in because you “cheated” by preparing only for the questions of the interview, then here’s a tight lipped smile for you. (B: Die.)

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Intern-view: Nikki Lucenario on BPI

Betina: Hi readers! We’re continuing our internship interview series aka Intern-view today with our 2nd guest contributor! Quite a few people have indicated their interest in a future in Finance, so I tapped a friend of mine to talk about her summer internship.

I’m super excited to introduce the next guest contributor because she’s one of my best friends in college and pretty much amazing at everything she does! Nikki Lucenario is an AB Economics Junior from Ateneo who interned at BPI AMTG (Asset Management and Trust Group), Investment Research Division last June-July 2015.

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5 More Answers To Your Not-As-Frequently-Asked Questions

Welcome to Part 7 of the Internship FAQ’s series here on The Border Collective where we answer the internship questions no one else has been answering! This is our first post since hitting 1000 likes on our FB page, so we decided to answer some of the hyper specific questions hiding in our inbox to clean it out!

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Intern-view: Alexis Collado on Jump Digital

Betina: Hi dear readers! Justine and I are working on the last of the FAQs (J: We’re taking our time because we really want to get it right. And also, we’re slightly busy hahaha. B: Yes, we do have lives.), but in the meantime we’ll be launching our new internship interview series this week!!

J: Unfortunately, we do not have any clue what to name this new series because Betina and I are not witty at all. “Real talk” is my favorite catchphrase when I’m about say something harshly honest. Sooo, we’re giving the chance to name it to one of you, dear readers! Turn in your best idea here about what to name the guest series, and if we like it, we’ll name it just that! 

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14.5 Things You Didn’t Realize Had Resume Value

Betina: Hi dear readers! Over the past few weeks, Justine and I have been giving out advice about resumes, interviews, and pretty much everything to do with internships. (J: Which you can find on the sideboard. If you want, start with Part 1 here!) A lot of the advice we’ve been giving out has been with the context of framing your org work and internships in the best way. But lately we’ve had a bunch of questions along the lines of ‘What do I write on my resume if I’m not active in orgs, have no internship experience, and have a mediocre QPI/GPA?’

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11 Things to Keep in Mind for Your Next Interview

Betina: Hello! I’ll be taking the lead on this week’s post. I’m assuming that if you’re reading this you’ve read our other posts, but quick recap if not: Justine and I are frequent collaborators and former blockmates who are unofficially 3rd Year BS Internship double minor in Orgs and Acads. I like people; Justine, less so. (J: I like Coke, if that helps.)

Earlier this week, I had a few internships interviews and I realized that Justine and I have been so focused on how to make a resume, that we haven’t really talked too much about what happens during the rest of the recruitment process. So we decided to tackle something that 90% of the people I know fear: interviews.

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3 Things You Need To Know Before You Go Off Internship Hunting

What should have been this Thursday’s post is coming out a bit late because

a) I posted the Blogapalooza one on Wednesday evening, thereby messing up the post frequency, sorry not sorry, and

b) Betina and I put a bit more thought on what we wrote here than we normally did.

For most of you reading this series, the Internship FAQ’s is the closest, and potentially best, source of information you will get about interning as an Atenean. Or at least, that’s what we’re getting from the feedback we’ve received so far.

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If You’re In College, and Looking For A Legit Part-Time Job, This Is It

I’m interrupting the regular Thursday and Sunday night programming of the Internship FAQ’s series to bring you this message. 

I had my version of a midlife crisis in early July 2015, which consisted of me realizing in the middle of my time at INKOMPASS, “What the fuck am I going to do during the school year?” Continue reading “If You’re In College, and Looking For A Legit Part-Time Job, This Is It”

6 Incredibly Long Answers About Interning

For those just joining us now, my name is Justine Chua, my co-writer’s name is Betina Ong, and we are currently writing the Internship FAQ’s! We’re on part 3 already, so when you finish this up, I suggest you go to the posts before this and read the rest too. 🙂 If you can make a wittier, funner sounding name for this series, we would be greatly indebted to you because I am not punny or funny at all, so the name’s kinda boring. My friend voted we name it, “How to Survive the Semi-Real World”, and I’m actually a little tempted to. What do you guys think?

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4 Specific Questions About Interning

I like the questions asked this time around because they were similar questions I was asking in my head too before I started interning. These are the nervous, unsure questions that go through every student’s mind before they intern, in my opinion.

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The 15 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Interning

Not everyone has the same opportunities, even if they’re in the same situations simply because everyone only sees what they want to see. That’s a fact I realized when the other day, 6 random people messaged me about interning. These were hardworking people, good grades, good orgs, good everything. And they were nervous and curious and questioning me about interning. Me who has no good anything. How did it end up like this??

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