Yuppie Diaries – Megaworld Employee Review

Hi! Since there are a lot of you lovies asking about Megaworld – I decided to create a new blog about the company. Here we go!

Just a little update after the interview:

July 2016

After 3 weeks of dreadful waiting for Megaworld to call me, they finally did! One of the assistant of the Senior Assistant Vice President (SAVP) of the Contracts and Procurement Department – Purchasing called me up and scheduled me for the Final Interview. I was interviewed by my manager-to-be since the SAVP was at a meeting that day. It was a quick introduction on what my job would be and disclosure of the final offer of salary and benefits.

After 3 days, HR called to inform me that I got the job (Yay!) and scheduled me for job offer signing. After signing, I went straight to take the Medical Exams since I was still staying in Cavite and it took a lot of expenses just to get to Makati. It also didn’t take too long to finish since they only need you to take the exams and they will be the one to pass your results to the HR partner. If you have no problems with it, then expect HR to call you after a week for your 1st day of reporting to work. In my case, I got delayed for about 2 more weeks because they found minor problems with my urinalysis and I got my monthly visit (you know) so I couldn’t take it again that soon. Once the Doctor declares you’re fit to work, then you’re good to go!

August 1, 2016

First day of work! Yay! Basically, you will have a New Employee’s Orientation this day – with free breakfast, snacks, and lunch courtesy of Mcdonalds. No workload yet – relax lang muna he,he. 

 

 

MEGAWORLD EMPLOYMENT REVIEW (A Fresh Grad’s First Job Perspective)

  • GROWTH

The company provides opportunities where you can really grow and discover your full potential. Speaking from a Fresh Grad Perspective with 0 Experience other than OJT, you will be faced with real-time challenges which you wouldn’t really know what to do at first but you will be surprised you got through it – and be called an expert on it. This is where your growth will begin. Everyday you have a diversity of tasks to get your job done – a lot of approval and comments from different people (almost all the time from the big bosses)  who will give you perspective from Architectural to Engineering to Purchasing to Budgeting. No minute is boring and idle – this I promise you.

  • PEOPLE

The people in Contracts and Procurement Department (CPD) – where I currently am part of – are people who brings the relaxation in stress, the sunshine on the rainy days, and the joy on the sorrowful days. (For all my officemates reading my blog, lam nyo na ah. Turon lang okay na hahaha) Really, they are the most friendly, bubbly, and crazy set of workmates and I’m glad they’re part of my first job experience. Mr. Andrew L. Tan himself and the big bosses are very much approachable especially when it comes to helping you finish the task (both individual and as a group). We even got the chance to party with the President of the company last December with a special celebrity guest singer. (who is my faveeeeeeee of all singers ♥)

  • COMPANY ITSELF

Have you seen Megaworld townships? Have you seen the beauty of the extravagant and artistic Italian design of Venice Canal Mall, Mckinley, Taguig? Have you felt the cold breeze at Twinlakes, Tagaytay? Have you went shopping in Uptown Mall, BGC? Even before I was part of this company, I have numerous moments of losing my breath just by looking at their masterpiece townships. Eastwood City is what made me say ” Someday, I’m gonna be part of Megaworld.” and then Venice Piazza, and then Twinlakes, and then Uptown Mall – which is now our second home. When you become a part of MW family, you will feel the feels of how it started to how it has become to this day. Amazingly breathtaking, always.

  • BENEFITS

Megaworld is generous to its employees. There are so many – by so many, I mean SOOOO MANY – perks available to Megaworld employees and its subsidiaries; from Hotels to World-Class Food Chains to Cinemas to Properties.

  • PROMOTION

This I am not familiar with since I am just starting my career in the company. In our department, we are performance-based measured through KPI. This is the basis of moving up the career ladder.

That’s it! Overall, my (almost) 1 year stay in MW has been great and it has helped me grow holistically since Day 1 up to now. I know they will provide me platforms to improve myself also as long as I am there.

PS,

Thanks for all the readers of my previous blog about MW. I hope this blog answers some of your further questions and give you an idea on deciding whether to go for it or not. One thing’s for sure, you won’t regret if you do. Best of luck to all of you and I hope to see you around! ♥

Yuppie Diaries: What to do after Graduation

It has been exactly 1 year after I graduated; 365 days after my so-called “Big Day”. It was the biggest achievement I could ever be proud of back then. Para sakin, may napatunayan na ako. Well, for all kinds of families, it was just the start.. (of hell).

You don’t know real pagod (exhaustion) until you have that monthly KPI with 95 as the passing grade but all the delays will be against you. You don’t know real stress when all the living things in your office pressure you – yes, kahit pati plants (even the plants) and the shoppaholic rat that comes after stealing your things. The transition to undergrad to working gurl real quick was a big blow for me. It was exciting but at the same time scary and frustrating. It’s true what they say, it’s more tiring to work than to study. At this state, I belong to the working class who always say ” if I can go back to studying, I will just study rather work. ” And I’m hella proud of it.

Saying this not to scare off all my yuppie readers but to be the Ate you never had who will guide you through the scary world you’re going to face after your G Day. 

  • Take a transition vacation. When I was graduating, some of my friends who were already working kept on advising me to take 2-3 months vacation before starting corporate life. They told me it’s gonna be hard to take a vacation again once you start. I spent almost 2 months being just a palamunin in the house after I graduated. Some people were against my actions, but I’m glad I did. It will help you realize what you really want to do in your life and the time off will really make you think about your life and excited for the next chapter you’re going to have. 

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  • Apply for work but don’t stress. Apply still for work. That time off won’t require you to be always outside party-ing. There will be lots and lots of tambay days and that is when you should pass your resumes. Spend atleast 3 hrs a day just sending resumes and applying to companies online so you are still on-track. Sayang degree bes kung di mo magagamit sa corporate kahit 2 years lang.  

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  • Prioritize your interviews. You have all the time to go to the beach sunbathing or being a couch-potato managing to finish 5 episodes per day of Kdrama but if someone calls you for an interview — don’t miss it. Even if it’s not the company you’re aiming for, still go to the interview. Not only will you have the chance to gain connections from those companies, but you can also practice what and how to answer to interviews so when your desired company calls, you surely are ready to kill it.

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  • Sleep. Sleep more than most! Trust me when I say you won’t be able to catch enough sleep when you start working — even when you try hard. Even when your future workplace is just minutes away from your house. It will not secure you a goodnight’s sleep. I didn’t get enough and still not getting enough sleep even when I just have to cross the street to get to the office. Take all the chances to sleep all day sleep all night – you will be missing it when you start working.  

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  • Keep your stand. Don’t be intimated by your colleagues posting about their 1st payday, payday treat to self, paycheck, workday, work work work status. Don’t mind them. Remember, you’re the upper hand because you’re still on your vacation mode. Take your time. Enjoy the momentum. Good things will happen, you just have to be ready when the opportunity comes. 

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Congratulations to all graduates of 2017. You are now officially unemployed on vacation mode. Enjoy the best of it and hoping for your success in finding your dream job in your dream company soon!

Best,

Elli

57/365 – One Day A Teacher

First, I am not a teacher. For my babies (readers), you all know that I major in Business Operations Management and being a teacher has never ever collided paths with my dream board. I appreciate all the teachers and professors I ever encountered in my life but I never had a full or even a little understanding of what they actually do — until my Dad became one. My Dad always aspired to educate the young minds of the Filipino people and now that his kids are growing, he has all the time in his hands. He became a professor at his age now – 49 years old. Better be late then never! I always admire his courage to persevere and pursue whatever he dreams of. I am proud he is finally doing what he actually wants to do in life.

On the other hand, he still needs to provide for us so he can’t let go of his current job – the reason why he’s doing his passion of teaching part-time. Since I am the only offspring around and also the only offspring to have much time, I am obliged (and payed) to do some of his school works — specifically checking papers (I’m actually just taking a break from checking -heh heh). This is where I gained full appreciation of all the teachers everywhere. It is not a joke what they do. We should really not take them for granted. Hell, they do more than facing you and teaching!

  • They have to stay up all night just to check all your papers
  • They have to balance their time to teach you in every way they know.
  • They have to convince themselves that it is not their fault that you did not review for your exams
  • They have to control their tears while they read your answers – which far from the lesson he discussed over and over again – maybe farther from Earth than Pluto!
  • They have to teach you the lesson one more time again even when you seem not to listen.
  • They have to face your parents – do you know how scary and frustrating it is!?
  • They have to control their anger and hurt when you bully and talk things behind their back.
  • They have to shoulder accusations even when the one to be accused is you yourself.

Speaking on the side of the teacher all over the world. I was once a student and I’m thankful I respected all of them – even the most terror ones.

 

18/365 – Why You Should Love a Business Major

Who does not want to be loved? Whatever your major is or whoever you are, you deserve your forever love. I’m a Business Major (and also dating a Business Major) and this is a little biased but let me just tell you 5 reasons why we are also worth your love. 😉

  1. We just don’t plainly do it, we strategically plan it. Forever is feasible with us because we don’t just do whatever we want to do – we don’t love just for the sake of loving; We analyze every situation, consider every detail, and we plan and schedule every move (through Gantt Chart) to make you insanely happy and in love through all the times we’re going to be together. tumblr_oizi4xGDFu1vc125zo1_500.gif
  2. We just don’t plan, we make it happen. In business, trial and error has always been the best practice to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the company – what to change, where to improve, and when to implement. Dito palang evident na na we make do of something out of nothing. We turn something (successful or not) out of scratch and we always focus on its winning and losing points (SWOT Analysis) for focal points of improvement. tumblr_o2eflejUxA1twh39ho1_500.gif
  3. We just don’t make it happen, we strive for innovation and improvement. We always, as in always, seek for innovation and improvement in our work. We determine our weaknesses and turn it into strengths. We focus on continuously making ourselves the perfect fit for you (Kaizen). Dude, expect to receive the craziest, wildest, sweetest (the world will be jealous) efforts for you because we always strive for innovation.tumblr_njkmf5nIi81svl1j1o1_500.gif
  4. We just don’t make it fruitful, we implement and evaluate. Business majors will make do of every way possible to capture your heart every moment of your life. But we just don’t make it possible, again, we always pursue for continuous improvement.tumblr_o1br42w8mY1qj4315o1_500.gif
  5. We strive for perfection. We are trained to commit minimal defects per million opportunities (dpmo) (Six Sigma, Lean Management). This says it all. We want everything perfect and best for you – we WILL make ourselves like it; we WILL be it.tumblr_o1n5bisQap1smqfiko1_500.gif

PS. You don’t have to worry about us meeting all the important people in your life – we know how to deal with people – whatever their personalities are and how we should market ourselves and showcase how much we deeply feel for you (all yours, baby! Heart, Mind, and Soul!)  (Business Ethics and Good Governance, Human Resource Management, Human Behavior in Organizations, Marketing and Advertising Management) 
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Why not love a business major so you can have your forever – defined, measured, analyzed, improved, and controlled? 😉 (DMAIC Approach) 

 

4 Ways to Earn Money & Make Ipon in College

We hate Mondays. They are the evilest among all of the days of the week. This is when never-ending paper works and assignments are to be passed and the most horrible duty of the day is waking up early in the morning after 2 days of pure succumbing to the four-foot, square-shaped, soft-cushioned best friend of all – the bed.

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Monday is also when half of our allowances are spent. Some of us receive our baon monthly, weekly, daily – depende sa trip ng magulang mo [depends on the mood of your parents]. Well, for me I receive it weekly so I always feel rich on Mondays and a beggar on Fridays. My crazy bunch of friends always invites the whole gang to eat in fancy restaurants on Mondays and because everyone haaates Mondays, we are always convinced to go – no justifications needed. That is why on Wednesdays, we are limited to only one meal a day (those P50 value meals in the University Cafeteria) even though our classes end at 5pm every day. For Thursdays and Fridays, we would just end up buying 4 pcs. kwek-kwek and large buko juice for our lunch. Pity on us, right? Ha,ha.

However, if I was saving up for something I really really wanted to buy but my parents won’t for me, I had my ways. 🙂 What’s the use of majoring in Business if you don’t have the urge to start a business every single day of your life? [ I major in Business Operations Management so maybe this was only for me and all of the Business Majors but of course this is all applicable to all Kolehiyala and Kolehiyolo[? YOLO! Hahaha] out there! ]

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  1. Selling Notes

There are really those annoying lazy classmates who doesn’t write even a single letter on their notebooks and when there will be exams, they’d go to you and photocopy your notes a hundred times. And you think to yourself, “all those inks I’ve spent, dizzying board-to-notebook (repeat several times) eye exercises, building calluses on my fingers, and they would have my hard-earned written knowledge without any effort? NO! I demand a talent fee! That is genuine talent, you guys!”

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I did this and priced my work of art P2 per page (if it is not a major subject) and P5 per page (if it is a major or math subject). It’s really up to you how you’re going to price yours; lazy and needy people will come anyway!

PS. Sometimes I’m one of the annoying lazy class mates also. So, no hate on everyone! Heh heh 😉

  1. Online Business in Instagram or Facebook

Since I’m a Business Operations Management major, almost all of our subjects require us to sell something on something. Like for our Technical Application subject, we were required to sell whatever we like on Facebook and we should be able to accumulate a profit out of it. We sold various clothing like skater skirts, corsets, statement shirts which were trendy back then. Our customers were mostly inside the campus because it required no shipping fee and holding fee which was easier for us. This was the start for me – after this experience, I built an online shop together with my best friend and another one with my boyfriend – now ex. I earned almost P10,000 for both shops during the 3 months of its existence. Sadly, these two worked out a little bit but didn’t managed to reach its peak because every time I or my partner would get busy on something in school and the management of the shop would be the first to be given up.

Instagram and Facebook are both great platforms for online business venturing (my thesis is about this: Instagram: A Platform for Online Business Venturing). Of course, as a student, we would not have enough funds for a capital – luckily, there are so many suppliers in Instagram and Facebook who allow you to use their photos for your display and supply you with their products if there are orders from you. I met great suppliers from Instagram (I used Instagram more often that FB for my online shops) and they allowed me to use this trick. You just have to be careful to choose who your supplier is going to be. You should choose someone who is near you and is a direct supplier. There is a great risk that you’d get a pricier one if you get your items from an indirect supplier. And yes of course, you can personally message me and I’d be super happy to help you start your own online shop! 🙂

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  1. Network Marketing/Direct Sales

You can join in some of the accredited Network Marketing in your place and there’s a great chance of you earning money fast if you will be able to manage it properly. There are advantages and disadvantages joining this and you just have to weigh it for yourself. Unlike online business, this requires money for capital (or as they call it: pay in). I have some of my closest friends earning huge amount in this kind of business.

For my case, I joined a Life Insurance Company here in the Philippines. But before this, I was a member also of Network Marketing but I figured out that it was not for me. I was able to weigh the pros and cons for me; did try to work it out to the best I can but it really was not what I wanted to do. So then, I ventured into another type of business – the financial consultancy area. To be honest, it was too much for me – I was really the most newbie of all the newbies. When I attended my Basic Training Course, I was the youngest and my age difference to everyone was 5-20 years. But then, when I finished it and learned the basics and most of the complex details about the company, I was really astonished of the capability of the company and the importance of Life Insurance Policies. It was life-changing and I’m an earning member for a year now! 🙂

  1. Selling last semester’s books to lower years or selling last year’s clothes

In our University, we have annual book selling and there you can sell books you will not use anymore. Almost all of the students purchase books here because it is cheaper and sometimes the book has answers on it already! If your university doesn’t have this, then why don’t you start your own? Advertise the book you’re selling to groups or pages of your batch, classes or the student councils’. You just have to let the buyers know what you’re selling then eventually someone out there will message you and buy from you! 🙂

Same goes to the clothes you want to sell because it’s already outdated. But I suggest you advertise it on Instagram and Facebook also – nobody will pay attention to that on your school pages – Feeling Rich Kiddos and the Truly Rich Kiddos don’t want any of that, we both know that. You will see a lot of Preloved Items offered in IG & FB and you just have to create your own strategy on selling them – you can have promos like: 2 for the price of 1, freebies, free something for every P200 purchase, the craziest you can think of as long as you will still have the profit you aim for! 🙂

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And this is how I managed to earn and save up in my 4 amazing years in college! How about yours?

I know it’s a bit scary starting any of these ways and I would always be one mail away to help ya! Let’s discuss about strategies over my favorite, cupcake and tea!!!! 🙂

Talk to you soon! ❤