Hey there! I’m Justine LT Chua and I write about internships, careers, and my experience with both here in the Philippines for college students who hate how there’s no clear process or guide for it.
My mission’s super simple: to demystify the whole process of college to career by talking about it in great detail and looping friends, coworkers, and strangers to talk about their experiences too. And to build the guide that teaches you how to go from classroom to career in a snap.
Think of this blog as the last class you have to take before graduation: Careers for College Students 101, with a special focus on the Philippines
Roughly, I show you guys that anyone can find and choose a career that they truly want with the questions I answer (all sourced directly from you!!) and with the stories I feature here on the sight.
But this 2018, I’m getting intentional about it. So, post-rebrand, everything on the blog is centered now around resource guides and actionable steps anyone can take to have a better career. You can do whatever you want with this info, run with it, scoff at it, but it’s all yours for the taking.
I don’t want you to go through the hassle I had to.
If the blog still looks the same like it did when I first started it in 2016, then it hasn’t been rebranded yet. Thanks for the patience, as I fix everything!
Things to Know about Justine LT Chua
- She talks fast, frankly, and filled with excitement, so much so that most friends liken her high pitched voice to a machine gun. They can also recognize that voice in a crowded room, and up to 100 feet away.
- She is also a self-aware airhead, an everyday commuter, and is willing to try everything at least once, which is why she’s never gotten food poisoning.
- Her motto in life is “Ask for forgiveness, never for permission.”
- Being the founder and writer of all things on The Border Collective fulfills an old childhood dream of becoming a writer.
Graduating this December 2017 from Ateneo de Manila University, studying BS Management, major in Communications Technology, Justine will always be the first to admit that she’s not a very good student. Her transcript can back up this claim. (She’s only hit 3.something once in her college life.)
So for those with average GPA’s, it’s not the end of your world. Justine LT Chua is out to prove that it’s not just amazing grades that get great opportunities.
Last April 2015, Justine was the first sophomore to ever intern for Citibank Philippines, with only 5 lines in her whole resume and 0 actual experience. In June 2015, she was part of the first batch of INKOMPASS interns in the Philippines. Out of 4500 applicants only 17 made the cut.
When school started in August, Justine worked part-time as an Accounts Manager for Blogapalooza, the Philippines’ biggest business-to-blogger event, on top of joining Barefoot Philippines, UNICEF’s arm in ADMU, and Microsoft Student Community, Microsoft’s arm in ADMU.
Her stint with Blogapalooza ended in November 2015, but she signed on as an Accounts Executive again in January 2016. That stint just ended in May 2016, but once again, Justine signed with Blogapalooza as a Content Writer from June til December 2016.
During June-July 2016 though, Justine returned for her second stint at INKOMPASS, traveling around 12 provinces all over the Philippines while redesigning an integral job in PMFTC’s supply chain. Still as an intern.
Justine is also a Unilever Business Week 2016 alumni, P&G CEO Academy 2015 alumni, and P&G CEO Challenge 2016 alumni.
Without realizing it, Justine ended up in problem solving project management because it combines her favorite things. Chaos and quick thinking.
If you like my writing and are contemplating hiring me, here’s a repository of my work.
Connect with Justine here.