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Friday, April 23, 2021

The Career Journey So Far

In a recent post, I shared that it is now my 20th year at my recent job. Given my age, most people would probably think that this is the only job that I’ve had since I graduated from college, but that is not the case. I have tried several other jobs before I settled into this one. And when you find out the types of jobs I’ve had in the past, even you would feel like me and be surprised that I ended up where I am now.

As part of the college graduation requirement, I had interned at two places: an ad agency and a magazine marketed for teens. There was not much to do with the teen magazine, but we did learn a lot about the process of making the magazine and what goes on behind the scenes. With the ad agency, on the other hand, there was a lot of sorting files and making phone calls. Nothing exciting. But I did like that our superiors gave time to get to know us and share what life is like doing what they do.

My memory is a little fuzzy about what my first job was because I tried to do freelance work at around the same time that I was hired as marketing staff for a retail company. I remember my freelance work involved writing scripts for events and for quiz shows that were conducted in malls.  I think I only did a couple of those because I already had a regular job.

First regular (and paying) job doing marketing.

I had a lot of experiences that I can still remember today doing marketing for a retail store. I helped make sure that window displays for all the branches were according to our standard/plan. I had proposed a marketing budget for a major project and had even helped with ad placements and did a radio ad. I also had the chance to meet several celebrities and see several TV shows because of our sponsored endorsers. I even worked on a fashion show!

After all that excitement, I had moved to train for a bank that my aunt had recommended me for. It was a learning experience and I met some good people, but it just was not for me so I left after my training period. 

My next move was to a Singaporean company that had an office in Manila. They dealt with a lot of things: software, education assistance and they were also one of those companies that pushed for e-commerce when it was not yet a thing. I was only there for a year but I am very proud to have worked for a company that was ahead of the curve at the time. 

It still feels weird how different my current job is compared to the types of work I used to do. Part of me wonders what my life would be like if I had stayed in any of those companies a little longer, but I am happy that I made my move when I did. I’ve learned that the retail company, the bank, and the Singaporean company have all closed since the time that I left. One had diversified into something else, one was bought and absorbed by another company, and another had its owner retire and decide to stop his business endeavors. 

I don’t know where I will be years from now. I have been at my current job for two decades, and I don’t know if I can be here for two more…or if I will try something new elsewhere, or take the risk of going for something on my own. 

Still, looking back, I have no regrets. What a journey it has been. I look forward to seeing what the future will bring.


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