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ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT TBC

Throwback to last Sept 2, 2017, when I (aka Justine) gave a talk at iBlog 13 on “Creativity and Authenticity in Blogging”. I don’t know if you can see it, but I’m shaking in my sneakers on stage because this was my first time giving that talk.

I talk a lot and to a lot of people about resumes, interviews, and careers here in the PH but this was the first time I spoke about the platform I built this all on. Continue reading “ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT TBC”

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On Ateneans, Unemployment, and that Rantbox Thread

Last night, my timeline was alive with my friends’ reactions on a topic I feel strongly about. Atenean graduates and the difficulty they have of getting a job.

For those who need an update, someone posted this into ADMU Rantbox, some anonymous confession site thing. Then a friend posted this status prompting a debate online about entitlement and jobs, with comments and perspectives coming from the Philippines’ startup scene. And somehow, this rant’s opinions on BPOs blew the topic wide open for everyone to comment on.
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5 Productivity Hacks for Funemployed Fresh Grads-The Border Collective

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.

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I Went To RISE 2017, Here’s A Rundown of What It’s Like

I got a free ticket to RISE 2017 (I’ll talk about how I did that in a future article) 3 days before it kicked off. So, I took it as a sign from the universe and in 18 hours, I moved everything in my life around so I could fly out for a week and attend RISE, since this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A free #RISEconf media ticket for a 21 year old college student from the Philippines? How many other people can say they have that? Continue reading “I Went To RISE 2017, Here’s A Rundown of What It’s Like”

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How to Fix Your Resume in 1 Hour – The Border Collective

I’m serious, it’s that easy; you can fix up a working version of your resume in an hour. But you have to listen to the timer and not procrastinate. Sit down with pen, paper, and laptop and be fully present for this. Preferably your laptop should just have Google open, not 1 million tabs, because those tabs will siren call you. Don’t listen to them. If you don’t listen to this preface, then this won’t work. Yes, you’ll fix your resume, but most definitely not in 1 hour. Continue reading “How to Fix Your Resume in 1 Hour – The Border Collective”

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Applying For Internships through YouthHack as a College Student? – #DearTBC – The Border Collective

I like ask.fm because it’s a simple, anonymous way to get questions which remind me that not everyone thinks the same way as me. Like on the purpose of YouthHack.

Answering these questions often forces me to broaden my perspective on topics I already have a solid opinion on. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about say, email subject lines or paid vs unpaid internships, but when a question about it pops into the ask.fm, I have to actually look at as many possible answers to the question before choosing my answer. While still detailing the other answers. Continue reading “Applying For Internships through YouthHack as a College Student? – #DearTBC – The Border Collective”

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Using Horoscope and MBTI to Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses || #SaturdaySpecials

I realized I ingest way too much information without really unpacking it or sharing it with others, so, to remedy that, enter #SaturdaySpecials! A weekly video series from me on some tip, trick, tool, trade secret, or text (usually a book, sometimes an article) that taught me something vital and that I’m now sharing with you! I’m doing this to reflect and absorb all the stuff I’m reading, and I read somewhere that the best way to do so is to teach it to others. Ergo, here we are! Continue reading “Using Horoscope and MBTI to Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses || #SaturdaySpecials”

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Resume Consultations & Testimonials

Job + internship hunting season’s already in full swing, but if you were caught off guard by that, don’t worry! The Border Collective’s got your back. Check our services out and sign up on this Google form if you want to be ready for the future way before anyone else!

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Why You Should Be Attending Conferences – like what Harvard’s having at UP Diliman – The Border Collective

(Updated Oct 6, 2017) I love going to conferences. They’re the most productive way to spend your day, even if some think it’s a waste of time. And it’s only a waste of time, if

1) the conference is badly run,

2) the speakers are terrible, or

3) you’re uninterested in the topics. Continue reading “Why You Should Be Attending Conferences – like what Harvard’s having at UP Diliman – The Border Collective”

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4 Ways Joining a Competition Benefits You and Your Resume

So, we reposted the 14.5 Things You Didn’t Know Had Resume Value on Facebook the other day, with no edits at all, and it got more than 2000 hits in the last 48 hours. And because it’s out there floating around, we got a question on our ask.fm, that I found very interesting. It goes,

“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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Specific skills you picked up at your internship? – The Border Collective

I like today’s question because it’s so specific. Not many people bother asking about the skills picked up during an internship, they’re more concerned with the skills you need to get one. Smart question, anonymous asker, smart question.

Focusing on tangible results & setting expectations for yourself pre-internship is a great way to structure your experience, an idea I had very late in life. Having an idea of what you should know by the end of your internship helps you structure a simple learning plan to follow at work, plus preps your transferrable skills for your next venture.

Everyone should have a concrete idea of what they want to know//not be a complete novice on before the midpoint of their internship, so that you can set aside time for both self-assessment and for performance reviews with your manager, boss, and//or coworkers.

BONUS: A simple, concrete way to get quick, and (more importantly) actionable feedback is to ask, “How am I doing on [this certain skill that I know I suck at] and what’s 1 thing I can do right now to get better at it?”

Asking a general “How am I doing?” will get you a generic “Doing great!” + thumbs up reaction, which is useless since you’re an intern. You’re not supposed to be doing great. You’re supposed to be learning and growing and slightly failing but always pulling through at the end. If you were doing great, you should be getting paid the equivalence of those people.

Remember that no matter where you go or what you do, people love giving you their opinion on how you can do better//be more like them as long as they feel like you’re seriously asking them for it. Use that to your advantage in your quest for self-improvement.

To help you get an idea of what kind of skills you can and should be picking up at your internships, I broke down some of the skills I have that I attribute to interning into the table below.

It’s too difficult to break down everything per internship since I can’t pinpoint the exact moment a task started becoming easier to do. So instead, I divided the skills into 2 broad categories, Technical & Soft. From there, I broke it down into narrower subsets based on the kind of tasks I did.

DISCLAIMER BEFORE YOU READ:
This isn’t even close to everything I learned, it’s just what comes to mind.

In other words, this is the trauma that haunts me if I let myself randomly reminisce.

Don’t compare your internship learnings to mine because a) everyone’s learning journey is different. And b) this is just a quick skills recap out of the many, varied internships I’ve had. This is by no means an exhaustive list nor a “things to pick up at your first and last internship” list.

But to help provide you better context, I chose work that was usually full time, for 8 weeks, in high-pressure environments where I was well taken care of by HR. I had a clear line of command, and a coworker near my age to guide me. There was a project with parameters, and a senior executive who wanted my project to push through and succeed.

Translation: I volunteered to be thrown into environments where I was expected to pick up everything thrown at me within 36 hours, and succeed.

But I didn’t succeed; more often than not, I didn’t even come close.

There were a lot of lectures, on talking too much or not talking enough, on not delivering on time or not delivering what they wanted to see, on being too simple with my solutions or on thinking of too complex a system. The moment I thought it was getting easier was the moment before I’d get another lecture.

Truthfully, now that I’m in full on reminiscing mode, I realized I spent too many lunch breaks either
going for a solitary walk around the nearest mall, with my earphones playing really aggressive music or
crying in a bathroom cubicle or
sitting at my desk, staring at the screen and typing sporadically while screaming in my head.

But the benefit of hindsight shown me that I’ve never hated my internships for causing so much unwarranted stress in my life; I chose to do this after all. What it does mean is that a good internship can and will kill you, in its quest to make you into a stronger person who can deliver actual results in a real work environment.

Just be open to the struggle.

And please, don’t compare yourself to other people. There’s so much better things to worry about. Like how climate change will kill us all, so how should we change human habits to mitigate that incoming disaster.

Before you go off into that worry spiral though, here are the specific skills I have that either made me tear my hair out or made me tear up in the process of gaining them.

Technical
Soft
Research
Survey & Questionnaire Design
Collecting Data
User & Consumer Interview
Constructing a Representative Sample for Whole Population
Database Management
Ethnographic Consumer Research
Observation-Based Consumer Research
In-depth Process Interviews

Presentation Skills
How to present a 15 slide PPT in 5 mins
How to present a 15 slide PPT in 30 mins
How to build a 43-slide deck in 10 mins because my boss suddenly said we should have a ‘catch up’ meeting aka he wants me to do a full presentation on what I’ve been doing the last 3 weeks but all I’ve been doing is mucking around
How to edit a deck in 5 mins because you asked what should be in the PPT and they said 4 sections you didn’t add in and 2 sections you haven’t even started on yet

Analysis
Simple Statistical Analysis
Multiple Hypothesis Testing
Insight Generation
Pivot Table Analysis
Comprehensive Quantitative Analysis of Qualitative Traits
Data Visualization & Presentation
Conclusions Proof Using Consumer Stories

Communication
Talking to higher ups, especially when they’re not my direct boss
Writing short, to-the-point emails
Writing long, professional emails in a formal voice
Not using exclamation points in emails because I think I’m being too serious in this email and I need to lighten the mood
Cutting out my bad habit of nervous laughing, talking too fast, and not talking at all because people are weirded out by me.

Project Management
Setting & following your own deadlines
Breaking down your deliverables into smaller, more manageable tasks
Placing those deliverables into Gantt Charts (then explaining why you didn’t follow it)
Updating teams and stakeholders involved frequently
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Fire Fighting
Dealing with unhelpful stakeholders

Personal Traits
Punctuality, especially to meetings, but usually for work because traffic.
Initiative in asking questions about expected output, about what not to do, & about possible hypotheses because you don’t want to build the wrong thing. For the 3rd time.
Creativity in volunteering new solutions, adapting them to the project, and pilot testing them yourself so that they like you better.
Detail-oriented, especially with documentation for transitioning the project because you don’t want them to call randomly during a school week because they don’t know how to implement your recommendations

Fun fact about my punctuality skill. Because I hate how bad traffic and commute lines at the MRT are, I was usually in the office before 7am everyday. The boss of my boss saw me sitting in the pantry one time, and was so surprised that a 19 year old awake that early, that he invited me to have breakfast with him everyday.

We started having morning chats where he usually asked me about what it’s like to be a teenager, and how he as a parent can help. Roughly, how should he prepare for the incoming angst and anger from his teenagers. And I asked him about the things that scared me about my future and the future of work. What it’s like to just upend your life to go abroad, to constantly have to learn new things long after you left school, and to spend your entire working life in 1 company. A mutually beneficial partnership.

I wouldn’t have had this once-in-a-lifetime experience if I hadn’t been such a cheapskate about commuting. How many times do you get to sit and chat for prolonged periods of time with an executive director, old enough to be your father’s older brother? For me, I doubt it’ll ever happen again. And I’m ok with that. Once is enough.

So, again, be open to the terrible realities of your working life because for sure there’s some silver lining in between everything we have to endure from working in Manila.

Other things I learned that aren’t really a transferrable skill but are still pretty relevant life skills:
How and where to find cheap food in Makati and BGC (whole meal < Php75),
Always wear comfortable work shoes (because I walked once from Forbes to my office in Paseo, thanks to airport traffic, and I don’t think I could have done that in flats or worse, heels),
The words needed to operate an Italian coffee machine (and that I really don’t like coffee),
How to survive working in Makati and BGC using only Php1000 a week

Also, I got to sit in during a lot of job interviews and conduct quite a few myself, so I know what we look like from the other side of the table. We look terrible, we make nonexistent eye contact, and whether we realize it or not, we fidget a lot. Something to work on pre-interview.

My boss ghosted me, what do I do? – #DearTBC – The Border Collective

*From the archives of old posts and questions, specific situational questions are now answered in a more complete way (because ya’ll deserve that) through #DearTBC. Today’s episode comes originally from 4 Specific Questions about Interning. 

Read on to find out about 1 anonymous reader’s problem with a boss that stopped replying, and what to do if that happens to you.

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I Sat Next to James Bruce, EVP at Unilever, for 1 Hour – Here’s What I Learned

I don’t graduate until December 2017, but back in February 2017, I signed with Unilever to become a Unilever Future Leader (UFL) once I finally finish school in January 2018. While my batchmates hunted for their first jobs and hit fresh grad milestones (like first paycheck, first overtime, and other symbolic rites of passage), I get to enjoy being a student a semester longer. Cracking open history textbooks, writing papers on the impact of the Catholic Church’s encyclicals, and debating on what Plato meant through his discourse on ‘existence’. Fun.

So, I was surprised when Unilever called the other week with an invite to have lunch with both my future department and the EVP of Enterprise & Technology Solutions (ETS), James Bruce. I never expected that the company would include me for something as important as a luncheon with one of the global management team. But that’s the culture of Unilever: inclusive to all on opportunities for growth and fun.

Unluckily, all my classes happened at the same time as lunch. But my personal philosophy is I don’t cut class for anything but once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. So, I didn’t mind missing school. That much.

My first hour at Unilever’s office was spent talking to the older UFL’s and managers of my department. I got a lot of great advice and insight on how to approach the job once I start in January, which I’ll someday write up and share since I think it’s great advice anyone starting a new job can apply.

The rest of my stay at Unilever was for the luncheon, and being the youngest, the group sacrificed me to sit right next to James Bruce himself. I’m glad they did that because I got to listen closely to the discussion, while still enjoying my roast chicken.

A bit on James Bruce from my perspective as a random college student at the luncheon.

He’s funny, gregarious, a fantastic story teller, and sharp as a whip. His insights on the future of tech, project management, and Unilever cemented that I made the right choice in choosing Unilever over everyone else. Working under the leadership of someone both compassionate and capable will be a fantastic growth experience, not only for me, but for all of us in ETS. I can’t wait to start work and see where we go as a division, from 1 hour of listening and engaging with him.

Here are some favorite key insights from my hour sitting next to James Bruce:

 

On the future of AI and its impact:

It’s coming whether we like it or not, and the ones who aren’t preparing for the change will be its first victims. The best way to future proof your jobs and usefulness is to constantly study, not just the new technology but also the new practices and processes in your field.

Stay sharp and keep refreshing your knowledge, even if what you’re studying doesn’t seem that useful today. Somehow some way, it will come in handy. Skills nowadays have a lifespan of 3 years, meaning we can’t rest on our stock knowledge if we intend to have a long career.

Life is constantly changing and those who don’t change with it are going to get left behind.

 

On the best trait to hone:

Be analytical. Don’t just prepare the data, run the numbers, and make the obvious conclusions. Take the analysis further by posing questions your stakeholders would have. Get into their mindset and practice, practice, practice. Never have we had so much data at our fingertips and each passing day, people are working hard to organize it for intuitive use.

We need to learn how to use all that data to make better choices, more comprehensive analysis. Yes, sometimes it’s best to trust your instincts, but it’s better to back up those instinctive choices with historical data analysis.

So, get comfortable with using data to make smarter, better decisions, especially in the wake of the coming AI revolution. And start analyzing.

 

On covering your weaknesses:

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses, (and being completely realistic about them), are how you position yourself for a successful career. If you know your strength is in telling stories, in connecting raw data analysis to overall business impact, or in outlining for others how their work can change how the company is run, then you need to leverage that. Volunteer for work that lets other people see that this line of work is your strength. That you are the rising expert in it.

But don’t abandon your weaknesses. Work on them as well, but just enough to ensure that they’re not pain point beacons people can use against you. If you can, partner with people who can cover your weakness, and you theirs. Train with them; learning how to amend your weakness while teaching them how to copy your strengths.

Being open with your knowledge, share freely, and keep a realistic view on how much you can improve.

 

On feeling attached to your past work in a VUCA world:

James Bruce used to be the CFO for the UK & Ireland before transitioning to becoming EVP for ETS. Recently he spoke with the new members of his old team and he commented that it was like they were speaking in tongues. All the work and processes he enacted as CFO were gone; the team’s reaction to his inquiries were closer to “Oh, we used to do that?” rather than “Yeah, we phased that out last year.”

Someone a bit more self-centered might have felt hurt that their hard work was relegated as obsolete. But James Bruce was accepting about it, explaining to us that all this change is for the best.

Don’t get attached to the old ways. New processes are only introduced if they make the company better, and that’s the end goal for all our work. To make the company better.

Another great insight from this was, the organization is filled with young people, who are constantly bringing change and improvements with them. Embrace the young people and what they bring, because that’s how your company will survive.

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.

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#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 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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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 – The Border Collective

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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The 15 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Interning – The Border Collective

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, with good grades, good orgs, good everything. And yet, they were nervous, curious, and questioning me nonstop about interning. Me who has none of their good things. How did it end up like this? Continue reading “The 15 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Interning – The Border Collective”