Last Friday, I woke up 6 AM and left home 9 am because I'm excited to meet the students from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and for me to see also the Intramuros for the first time. But turned out while driving, Waze lost its signal. I get lost in the center of Manila and after a few hours, I didn't notice that I am already at Bulacan.
I was planning to back-out for the said event since I'm lost and don't know where to go next. But I believe it happened for a purpose. Thank God, I arrived just in time at the university for the event.
When it's my turn to speak after the host introduced me to the audience, I shared to them three things they need to remember when choosing a career path.
1. Discovery: Where you should be?
Discovering which career path you will take is not limited to the field of study you are in right now. I sympathize with the students I met last Friday na ayaw nila sa course nila and di nila gusto ginagawa nila.
If you're in that situation, I advise not to quit. I have met a lot of people who graduated but eventually became successful sa field na gusto nila. I believe the process of discovery started in childhood. Ano bang mga madalas mong ginagawa? Ano ba yung childhood dream mo? Because a child wasn't yet affected by his or her circumstances. I wanted to be a teacher, but I became an I.T professional but God is good, I am a teacherr not by profession nga lang bat by passion and I get that through speaking and teaching Bible to Kids in Sunday School. I shared to them what Steve Jobs said below:
“Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
- Steve Jobs
Don't make decisions quickly. Mahirap magdecide kung saan ka ba tutungo. I don't recommend to just follow your heart, lead it.
Develop your character and attitide, that's very important. Because in the end as what my friend said in his book Career Crossover:
“Choosing a career is a critical decision. You can go places and succeed or make your career worse than what it is today.”
- Venchito Jun, CEO at 22
You may choose entrepreneurship, self-employment or employment. Yung iba sinasabi maging entrepreneur ka na lang.
But I say, what do you really want? Not everyone is called to become enterpreneurs. Pano yon? Sinong magtuturo sa mga magiging anak natin? Sinong gagamot satin? Sinong mamumuno sa bansa natin? Iba iba calling natin sa buhay and God meant it to be in harmony with one another. Iba iba man tayo ng tinapos, ng trabaho, pero all of those work together for the common good.
Not everyone are called to be entrepreneurs. Some are called to be employees, others teachers, scientists, doctors, soldiers, and etc. And we all need is to be happy and fulfilled doing what we do. No career is better or above the other.
Thank you PLM in partner with Devcon Philippines for having me. It was an awesome day with you and sobrang na-inspire ako sa dedication niyo to aspire higher and become even greater in your field!
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