College life had been one of the challenges that most people have struggled about. Most especially when these students juggled work and school requirements just to support him/herself to get a degree. I acknowledge the fact that it was difficult in every way possible but let me tell you why it is beneficial to pursue a master’s degree-may it be a year later, 5 years after, or even 10 years right after college graduation.

1.You’ll learn. Yes, the human mind is always capable of learning new things. While there was a study in the United States that the brain sometimes only filters what it wants to retain, one can’t deny the fact that knowledge is always power. Your 4 or 5 years in college will never be enough to learn how to maintain relationships at work and how sound decisions are made overnight.

2.You’ll gain connections. This part is interesting. You will be shocked when you meet your classmates on the first day of school. It will be amazing to meet doctors, lawyers, scientists, entrepreneurs and government employees that inspite and despite of their career achievements, they still have the time and passion to study and learn more about things around. You can have free check-ups and legal advices, how cool is that?

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3. You’ll understand how precious time is. Since graduate school is something that your parents will seldom fund, you need to work for it on your own. So, working is a must for those who really wanted to gain that glory of being a Master’s Degree holder. In my case, I work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and have the whole Saturday for my classes (though I sometimes miss whenever I am on official travel), and I only have Sunday for myself, the church, my family, socializing and maintaining relationships and of course my dogs. It’s a struggle but I am loving it

4. You’ll be a critical thinker. Graduate school is way different from getting your Bachelor’s degree. Gone were the choices of A,B, C,D, and E on exams but rather, you’ll be asked a matter of 1-3 questions and you have to defend it, back it up with facts and sources and this will really rock your brain cells. Although this is the case, any challenges you will encounter in life will just be easy because you will be trained to really think before you act.

5. You’ll enrich your documents. Even people who have gained their college degree are having a hard time finding for a job that suits their taste really well. Sure, a college degree will take you to places but it’s a master’s degree that gives you an edge. Most of the high positions in the government (most especially in the Philippines), are requiring a Master’s degree. In short, if time comes that an item for the next section head has been opened, you’ll be confident enough to apply.

6. You’ll have more confidence. To those who have been doubting themselves, pursuing a Master’s Degree could be one of the answers. This will give you the entitlement not to feel insecure over that newly-hired officer who graduated Magna Cum Laude. You can tell the world that regardless of the age and superiority, learning and studying is for everyone. Plus it earns you respect.

Graduate school is not a monster journey that everyone gets to experience. It’s just one of those many goliath you need to conquer in life to fulfill your purpose. After all, you also gain suffix/es in your name.

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Civil servants or moreso your government employees are expected to do their jobs efficiently and effectively. They should be reliable, fast and accountable of all legal transactions that are left with them. But they too, are humans, and there are times that they will not be able to meet your standards but I tell you, we are trying.

 

  1. “Tax namin ang sinasahod niyo” (We pay your wages thru our taxes)– you might go back to the basic principle that we are paid through workers taxes but we, ourselves also pay taxes out of the salary we are making so technically, we are on the same boat. Stop this mindset.
  2. “Ang tagal ng serbisyo, ito ba ang tamang gobyerno?” (Your services are taking years, is this the right government?)– Your transaction is not the only job we have for the day. We also have backlogs and you are only one of the 105 million people of the Philippines asking for our assistance. We prioritize things (although public welfare is always a priority), but we have this so-called ‘due process’ and ‘protocol’ within the organization, not to mention that we are struggling due to lack of human resource.
  3. Waldas lang sila nang pera, wala namang napupuntahan dahil marami parin ang mahirap” (They’re just wasting money for nothing, there are still poor people around)– Believe me, we are burning our midnight candles for numerous planning, assessment and simulation of the projects and activities that we are going to partake everyday. Although we acknowledge that it is one of the challenges to give every Filipino a quality life, it is not our fault that people will remain poor until they die. It’s not like we told them to go and multiple so that we can feed your family. It still boils down to responsible parenthood and family planning.
  4. “Ay government employee, laki ng sahod” (Wow, government employees have a big amount of a salary)– this is one of the funniest jokes I have ever heard since I entered government service. The amount of money that we receive is not even halfway of the workload and accountability to the Republic of the Philippines. The only things that hold me to stay are summed up to the kind of happiness that my work is giving me and of course some benefits and security of tenure.
  5. “Ilang taon na sa gobyerno pero parang walang alam” (They work for the government for several years already, but they seem to be foolish)– although I admit that there are some who are just it, you can’t always generalize. I worked for my program for 2 years already but I still can’t memorize the pattern of behavior and the dynamics of adolescents. Simply because the world is evolving and everyone has to adapt to change. That is why I look into several different strategies.

These are just some of the misconceptions that are heartbreaking for every government employee to hear. I guess not all people will understand until one has actually become a civil servant.

Para sa Bayan. (For my country)

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Information Technology must be one of the most unexpected innovations that has been discovered. Life has been pretty easy before, but with IT, the world became more amazing and it’s shocking how it eases life.

To be honest, I have enjoyed the glory of information technology since I was in 1st year high school. I knew how Friendster worked, how vulnerable it is to be in Facebook, what I can get from Twitter and Instagram. I started my blog when it was required of us in college and I ended up liking it since I get to post my expressions and knowing the fact that it can be accessed by whoever in just a click away.

As I grew older, I understood how important it is to secure your safety and privacy. Although information technology can operate, it couldn’t if you don’t wish it to. In short, it is only operational whenever it’s being fed with commands. I must say that it has been a really beneficial aspect of my life since then may it be personal and professional.

My enrolment at University of the Philippines Visayas under the Master in Management Program has deepened my knowledge in IT. It taught me how complicated yet useful IT is, how it can make or break an organization, its good and bad sides, and how people can maximize the benefit out of it. I realized that all these years, I have belittled what IT can really do in every individual and an organization. With the presence of social media and the internet, nothing is impossible, if it is used in both the right and wrong way.

The world of IT has continuously improving as time passes by. Believe me, everything is made for the motive of making life easier to live. Time will come that innovations will be present at times we didn’t anticipate and it will only get better.

Most people in the world already have social media. May it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or so on. But what’s really in it that makes life easier or complicated?

 

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Filipinos are known to be resilient to any changes that happen in the environment. They are innovative, wise, creative, and resourceful among others. They are fast learners and they have the ability to adapt to change quickly, most especially in technological advancements.

There are a lot of computer-based activities that Filipinos are good at. They can do just anything what you tell them to do. However, the software that they are using are not all the time licensed so the issue on software piracy is always on the plate. These soft wares are very expensive and are unaffordable to many users.

Although Filipinos have the liability of using these softwares without license, they can’t be blamed for using pirated software. Since the Philippines is one of the developing countries and it offers relatively low salaries, people will not mind getting everything from the web for free rather than paying for it which will eat up at least 50 percent of their monthly salary.

Software such as MS office has been a part of the everyday living of every Filipino. Its features such as the Microsoft Word are necessary for students Microsoft Powerpoint and Excel for professionals and Access for organizations. Photoshop for businesses who are in the corporate world and other editing software are always in demand for Filipinos.

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Since these softwares are in-demand in the Philippines, lowering the cost of these products could everyone most especially he Filipinos is a win-win situation. More people will be able to use the softwares while owners still make a profit. Mitigating the software piracy is a handful of job and making such measures of lowering the cost could be one alternative to minimize if not totally eradicate it.

Along with the technological advancement is also the risk it goes with. The beauty of digitation in this world is going to be a subject for abuse and doing initiatives to lessen this will preserve bot customer relations and organization profit.

 

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Management is said to be one of the tools that determine the success and progress of an organization or a company. Surely, tasks, people and resources are managed to achieve efficiency and reach goals. But sharing knowledge and managing it in the people within the organization fuels productivity and one’s development.

Being in public service, I believe that our organization will benefit much from Knowledge Management. In an organization, people come and go- most especially millennials of today who choose to leave and quit their jobs in just a snap without sharing their tacit knowledge that can help the organization grow. Same goes to those employees who take their retirement.

Knowledge Management involves strategies and processes designed to identify, capture, structure, value, leverage, and share an organization’s intellectual assets to enhance its performance and competitiveness and eventually gain more profit for that matter. Not only will the good practices be adopted by the new employees, but people will also have the chance to innovate and explore more on the knowledge shared most especially on how to ease day-to-day challenges.

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Truly, knowledge is power but knowledge sharing is empowerment. When a person is knowledgeable of the skills on how to survive a drowning boat, that person will be able to save himself. Sharing and teaching others of the skills that one hse will also save other people who are on the same boat. The process will go on, leaving everyone with skills to do a better job of saving one’s self and others. This is also applicable to any organization.

Without knowledge management, organizations will have a hard and rough time investing on their human resource.

 

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Being wired digitally is one of the common things that are rampant nowadays. Everyone has the ability to connect to the Internet and other software through gadgets for personal reasons-maintaining relationships online, communication, business affairs and even just out of curiosity.

Business intelligence could be one of the best innovations in this century that is converting the over-all process of a business or an organization a competitive one. However, its state of being available doesn’t mean it’s going to be compatible and will be an interest to all companies. There might be specific reasons as to why they avoid using one but utilizing even just one of these will surely be an advantage.

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Fear is a relevant assumption that can be associated with people avoiding using business intelligence tools. In this case, I agree that offering rewards to employees who are knowledgeable in using these will become effective. A simple recognition will do, a certificate or a citation that will really leave importance to the employee where one can conclude that doing better can go a long way. In this way, employees will be inspired to explore on the said tools given that there is something for them at the end of the process.

On the other hand, paying a performance-based fee on using business intelligence tools will also be a good bait to force employees to try these innovations. Not only will they know the latest trends in technology, but they will also offer quality and efficient productivity to the organization as a whole. It will give them a feeling that they are well-paid for a job they are doing beyond the usual, knowing for a fact that they have been doing tactics the old way for decades.

Business intelligence tools are making their way to be mainstream to all companies. It gives not only convenience to ease processes, but it does more accuracy thus, lessens human error.

With the existence of the internet, mobile application, mobile banking, and of course smartphones, everything is possible. You can watch a movie, download a series of drama and even buy things online. Whatever it is in your mind, e-businesses have it. Let’s digest how internet and shopping have paved the way for better living.

 

 

Online shopping will just get better through time. However, along with this innovation is the requirement of being a wise customer. Happy shopping!

What’s on wireless?

Posted: February 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

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Gone are the days when people have to wait for a number of months to receive their mails. More often than not, it will take several days for documents to be processed in offices and be acted upon. The new millennium has brought about so many beneficial creations that maybe some of us didn’t see it coming. Let us call on wireless technology.

According to studies, most of the millennials are already digitally wired. Sky is the limit to those who have internet connections as one can do anything that is wanted at any given time. If we try to dissect, wireless network connection is offering a number of opportunities.

For companies, wireless network technology has caused economic opportunities. It allowed the companies to save a huge amount of money since all transactions can be possibly done online nowadays. Information sharing that is usually done through meetings can be effortlessly done in just a click away without really appearing in the concerned party- spending for the fare and all means just to get the business done. Associated with opportunities is the opportunity for the organization to increase productivity. With wireless network technology, mobility of work will always be available so employees will have the chance to maximize their freedom of operation. Added to this is an avenue for these employees to collaborate with their co-employees easily in their own time, if they wish. Files that are necessary for the procedures of an organization for an instance are stored and can be accessed by all employees as long as it’s stored in a network- more like of a central file.

Although wireless network technology is a big catch for a company, it should be treated with care. Guidelines such as only employees of an organization are allowed to access that local network of an organization to highlight confidentiality of data is a must. Also, all data and information is restricted to the operations of the company and organization to ensure that security is controlled.

With proper management and usage of the wireless network technology, all organizations and companies will gain. Generally, this kind of technology saves time, human and monetary resource, and even maximizes opportunities for the better performance of the organization.

 

Information technology is undeniably one of the tools that guards all necessary data to the function of an organization or a company. Once you’ve got the skills to effectively and efficiently run programs, you’re gonna go a long way.

For employees, there is the fear of totally adapting to the glory of IT. Let’s admit it-it takes guts and talents to really master all the pieces. In my humble opinion, it is going to be fair for the organization to outsource IT Security. Given that there is no one capable of handling such within the organization, it would be better to turnover the security to a trusted partner rather than sacrificing and compromising the whole thing.

In IT, risk will always be identical to it. Danger is present whenever one company decides to outsource IT security. One is confidentiality of information, most especially if it contains assets and identity of people. All data that is obtained by a company could really be used for and against them. Other issue could include access to IT itself. Since one have entrusted it to a third party, the organization will have no quick access to their information-needing the aid of the people in-charge that could probably take heaps of time. Another thing could be miscommunication at some point. Since an organization have many data to store, there will come a point that one data is more important than the other- and this is going to set a different level of perspective from the manager and the IT-expert. What is important to you as a manager will not be as important to the IT geek.

Should IT outsourcing be done, certain provisions in the service legal agreement must be highlighted. If the instance come that there is already tampering and exploitation of the data and information, one needs to realize his liability. All passwords and access shall be made confidential and turning over of these things must be done if the third-party decides to separate from service. He should also be made aware of the scope of the intellectual rights of the organization.

Although it is fine to outsource IT security, it is best if the company can invest in their employees when it comes to this. But whenever they should, the manager may have to find good people to do business with – preferably through referrals – and trust instincts.

 

 

 

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