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

*From the archives of old posts, things we forgot to answer, or didn’t answer really well, now answered in a more complete way (because ya’ll deserve that) comes #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.

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

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”

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

I’m serious, it’s that easy; you can fix it all up 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”

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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Applying For Internships through Youthhack as a College Student? || Q&A with Justine #2

I like the ask.fm because it’s a simple, anonymous way to get questions which remind me that not everyone thinks the same way as me. 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? || Q&A with Justine #2”

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”

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

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. It’s only a waste of time, if

1) the conference is badly run,

2) the speakers are terrible, or

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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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#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”

How To Get Your Resume Edited By The Border Collective

Hey there, dear readers, Justine here, with some news. (Spoiler alert: You can avail of resume consultations with us. Find out how at the end.)

The Border Collective is closing free resume consultations permanently.

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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

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”