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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Two Decades At Work

This year marks my 20th year at my current job. I work for a public utility company, specifically in the water industry. If you asked me on my first day at the office if I saw myself here twenty years from now I would have said no. I can’t believe I am still here, to be honest. It is not where I had envisioned myself to be in the long run, but at the same time, I am grateful for being where I am today.

Despite what people would say are my “connections” in terms of this job, I take pride in the fact that I worked for this job: I took an exam, did the interviews, and was selected from among fifty candidates. I started as a contractual employee before I was hired full-time, at a salary that was lower than my previous job. I was a clerk, then I moved my way up to a computer operator, a liaison officer, then to human resources, and to the management position that I hold today. It was a long and slow climb and it was a lot of work, but I am grateful to be in the position I am in right now. 

I was not supposed to be working here. I was working in Manila for a multinational company and had only taken a break to be with family in the province because I was recently hospitalized. A relative told me of a job opening in town and my sisters asked me if I could stay with them. I thought to myself that I would, but just for a while. I ended up staying for good.

There were several opportunities for me to leave and move back to the city. I have had tempting job offers, one was as recent as last year before the pandemic hit. My previous boss often talked me out of it, arguing that while the opportunities may be promising, the cost of living in the city would be more expensive and would cancel out the higher pay I would get. Plus, I do not work weekends at my current job, as opposed to the other offers I was getting. I had to admit that he was right. So I stayed.

To be honest, more than ever I am grateful for staying put. So many people have lost their jobs during this pandemic, and some others had to take pay cuts to be able to keep their jobs. I have been able to keep my job with no reduction in pay so far. I can’t help but think that staying where I am was a good call. 

These past twenty years have allowed me to meet and get to know so many people, to travel to so many places, to learn and be mentored by people whose knowledge and experience I was able to use to my advantage. I have grown so much in my years at my current job and I am grateful for it.

So much has happened in the past couple of decades. Some good, some bad. Some highs, some lows. People have come and gone at work and the workplace is a whole new environment from what I had started in. I entered as the youngest at the office, and now I am one of the senior people in the workplace.

Things are not as good as they used to be. Things have become more challenging, and sometimes I feel like I cannot do it anymore. Still, I feel like this is where I will stay for the next couple of decades (at most) until I retire. Well, unless another opportunity comes along that would be both appealing and practical for me. As much as I would want to venture into something else on my own, the times are not good for it. 

Twenty years. That was such a huge chunk of my life. Time flies by so fast. I hope the next twenty years will be even better.


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