Another long overdue post but with INCREDIBLE news! 😀
I GOT A JOB!!!
- Part Two – A week ago, I got a call about having a second interview on March 31. So I was doing well with my part-time job. It kept my mind off the nervousness about getting the job. I also went to the second course of MyGo’s MyPath. It was all about interview tips which I found very helpful for my second interview. We did mock interviews where we got to interview and be interviewed by our peers. We also discussed the do’s and don’ts before, during and after an interview. Interestingly, non-verbal actions are the most important way of communicating which means that the body language and facial expressions must coincide with your words; otherwise, the interviewer will get the wrong impression from you. I enjoyed this session a lot more than the first one because, I picked up quite a lot from it.
So here’s the thing: Praying works! A lot has happened in the past 2 weeks and I would like to think that these things would be the stepping-stones to my accounting career.
- Kitchen Duties.
I finally had the courage to be productive instead of moping the whole day about not having an accounting job. So, I applied as a part-time Kitchen Assistant at a nursing home in our town, which is a 5-minute walk from home. I started working last Monday and I found it quite challenging because there is a lot to remember. From placing the equipment and utensils in the right cupboard to memorizing what the residents want for breakfast and to remembering the duties during each meal time. Nevertheless, I love how busy it is in the kitchen. You never ran out of things to do which makes the time go faster (LOL). The only downside is obviously not having a chance to sit down (except for the 15 minute break) because we need to walk around all the time. My feet hurt at the end of the shift but it’s still good exercise. Overall, I’m really glad that I decided to do this as it keeps me very busy, plus the pay is good!
Before I got the part-time job, I have started to learn driving theories (I’m so excited to drive!) and also, practicing advanced MS Excel skills. These used to be my “trying-to-be-busy” attitude. I usually go to the public library to do some studying. I really wished I knew about the library when I was in high school. I could’ve done my studying over there (HAHA).
These three words pretty much sums up my life right now. It’s been 8 months since I graduated from college. It’s been 4 months since I got my Philippine CPA license. It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve started sending out my CV to potential employers.
No progress since then…
I’m so confused. I feel frustrated. I feel I’m falling behind. What the %@&! do I do now? I know it’s only been two weeks and you might think I’m over reacting.
I can definitely say that my situation is as unique as it can get. I graduated from the Philippines then migrated to the UK hoping to find work. I know that the Philippines is not a very much recognized country. I know by heart that I was an average student in school. I’m aware I haven’t got any work experience. So chances do I have here? Seriously? I reflect and think about my friends and classmates who have been working for 4 months now, learning and earning, and here I am: on the verge of giving up. I kept feeling that I made the wrong decision to move here. I got very excited and eager, hoping that I could get a job right away. Boy, was I wrong and reality hit me hard. But going back to the Philippines is not an option. Not right now, anyway. But I do know I have to stand by my decision. There’s no turning back.
A positive attitude will help me get through.
I have to keep going.
Hey self! It’s been a while now!
So I totally forgot that I have this blog. I’ve been away for a month and a half because I went back to the Philippines to fetch my things and say goodbye (temporarily) to my favorite people. Last year, I’ve already sorted out my CV and Cover Letter, ready to be sent to prospective employers. Let me just tell you the struggles that I have encountered while writing my CV and Cover Letter.
- Guide – I was told to never use a template while writing them, but to rather give you an idea and use them as your starting point to get ahead. After searching for a decent guide, I found an informative website which I was able to use (link below). It is undoubtedly helpful and complete. It also gives you advice on how to tailor your CV and Cover Letter to a particular job you are applying to, do’s and don’ts during an interview and it is a job finder website itself.
- Continue reading
“Where do I start?” I kept asking myself this question the minute I got off the airport in London. I felt a bit uneasy and quite scared because I took the first step of doing something different. Most of my college classmates have already started working at the top auditing firms in the Philippines. And here I am in UK. I’m unemployed and haven’t got a clue on where to start. I knew this was a risky move, but I took it anyway. I convinced myself to be brave and not think about how other people are getting on with their lives. I should not feel pressured. I told myself to focus on the positive side of my decision: I have the means and opportunity to go to UK. So, I said, “why not give it a shot?”
Days later, my mom and I went to a certain university near the town to inquire if my qualifications are enough, so that I can start working straight away. I knew the system here in the UK is different. I expected that I still need to study before I can properly work here as an accountant. Anyway, we were advised to visit UK Naric; it is a website where overseas qualifications are converted into UK qualifications. After submitting the necessary documents, I waited 10 days to get the results.