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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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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!

 

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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The first step in solving a problem is to be aware that really, there is one. Sure, all organizations encounter problems and challenges and it takes a tough manager to overcome those.

Information Technology is but an important part of every function today. Fast food chains, hardware, and grocery store have systems that monitor, holds and process the activity of a specific outfit. These entities and establishments also face issues, most especially on the production of goods and services, which frequently arise in the workplace. When this happens, it’s the manager who calls the shot.

Critical thinking is necessary for a manager when taking part in Information System decisions. One can’t just make a decision just because it is the easiest or the less risky procedure. An efficient manager is able to realize and determine better options quickly without compromising the desired output. One is able to determine and understand the logical connections and ideas. It is but a very substantial part in every sound decision.

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When one manager is able to think critically weighing objectively all the options present, it would be great if it is complemented with excellent leadership skills. Leaders, in nature, are always liable of the decisions in a company or an organization. Leadership skills would mean accountability, positive influence, motivator and of course, a firm decision-maker. In this case, a leader is a team player who uses the power to encourage people to support his motive.

Communication skill is also a course in the table. Managers are expected to let their subordinates understand the decision taken or be engaged in the process of choosing between choices that would benefit the company best. It is always necessary for a manager to communicate with his line and subordinate staff- to lobby and ask for further ideas in order to maintain the same level of thinking. Through communication, better relationships are created, deriving at increased teamwork and better decision making.

Information System has nothing but convenience to each and every entity. It only differs, however, on the way it is managed by someone who’s got the skills to fully maximize its potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How is IT Helpful?

Posted: January 20, 2018 in Reflection

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Gone are the days when our grandparents were used of sending telegrams just to communicate with their pals. It is also almost impossible to remember the exact date when we last used our floppy disks to save our academic projects that meant everything to us. It was precisely a rough time moving on from the typewriter machine when data software were introduced. Indeed, lots of convenience were brought by IT not only to institutions and organizations, but also for every significant individual.

In my existence, although IT has its own weakness, it has a lot to do on how quickly I can go about my life. IT has given so much substance in terms of wireless connection. There is the presence of social media, where everything is possible. Through Wireless Fidelity, there is an ease in communicating, transferring, monitoring and processing of matters that are necessary to the function and sanity of a person or an organization. If it takes a couple of months to receive snail-mail documents before, electronic copies can always be generated now-in just a click away.

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Above other things, IT has saved a lot of resources. The human resource and financial resource of an organization are greatly affected. A machine is one of the best examples that can illustrate this scenario where the work of two people can be done by just one machine. Not only that money (salary) is saved but also the amount of time is conserved. That would mean, not only that workers are effective since they know what their specific work is, work efficiency is increased.

In my field of public service, IT has become our tool in making decisions for the Commission on Population. Because of our Management Information System Unit, data are used as benchmarks as we program our next projects and services. Since now is the time that evidence are needed to tell a story, I can say that IT plays a very significant role in today’s whereabouts. Also through IT and its platforms, our demand generation function is strongly executed.

Some people would still think what’s in it for them when they explore and invest in Information Technology. Sure, with proper usage and knowledge how to manage these, They can go further. IT only gets better.

 

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As I sit on a table surrounded with my housemates, I can see all of them struggling to comply with all of the requirements they need to have in compliance with their graduation. I can see myself on them as I was fighting against exactly the same things a year ago. With that, I can see that most people, if not all are doing all means to achieve his/her own goal. I’ve been seeing the same scenario in this table for the past months and it made me look back on the things I’ve had after complying all of these—GRADUATION, A DEGREE!

The day after graduation, I was torn between statements of “No, you must reward yourself first for working too hard for your degree” and “get up, find a job, pay your parents back for all the sacrifices and achieve your life goals”. Apparently, it is never wrong to reward yourself of some good treats for working your butt off in attaining your degree. On the other hand, it defeats the purpose of graduating on time if you make reasons of delaying your life goals, doesn’t it?

In a perspective of my young mind and experience in 21 years, here are some of my realizations after graduation:

1. Not figuring your life out just yet is natural. During youth, you are at the peak of your curiosity, exploring possibilities of doing this and doing that and the consequences of this when you do that. It is just natural not to know what you want to settle for in the future, exempting the fact that you graduated with a degree you really want to practice. So, it is definitely fine at the age of 20 or 21 not to know where you are going, just do not totally lose control of what you aim. Chill.

2. Your first job is not your forever job. You might have attained a degree in education or journalism and practice it in the first six months of getting that degree. It rarely happens that you practice your degree in profession, I congratulate you if that’s the case, but there will always be something in you to think over the box and have the urge to try other profession and savor how it feels like. Quitting your first job is not a crime at all.

find20job20logo3. You want to do so many things but you lack resources. It is like a norm in the Philippines that your parents are supporting you every step of the way towards your goals. However, most parents, if not all, assume that fresh graduates can support themselves right after. But that is just not the case. After graduation, you will still long for the things you do when you were in college such as hanging out with your friends, going out on a pub, buying these stuff and all. And it will kill you every time you want to do so but you can’t because you don’t have money. And it sucks.

4. Romantic relationship will be the last item in your life. This may not be applicable to all but you will be at the lowest point of your life because of confusion in priorities. You will not know how you will be able to start in achieving your wants. It is very difficult to be in a relationship without knowing your own sense of direction. So do not expect those relationship goals just right after graduation because reality in life slaps real hard.

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5. You will have the worst feeling of inferiority. It is awful to be belittled by other people but at some point in other people’s life, they feel inferior, especially fresh graduates when it comes to job application. You must acknowledge the fact that you are not the only person who graduated Summa, Magna of Cum Laude in this universe, you’re not the only fresh graduate with that degree from that university. However, you must trust yourself and everything else will follow. It is completely understandable if you will be rejected a couple of times. What matters most is that, you tried.

6. You must plan your future. It really pays if you plan your life. Not just a general plan but a detailed one. When you plan a house, you just don’t decide when to build a house but you also must consider where to get money to build a house and what materials to be used. In short, you must plan what is gonna happen in your life and what you want to achieve 5 or 10 years from now. To make it more effective, list down the things you want to do or achieve yearly. Just a little piece of advice, take a look at that list first thing in the morning.

7. Failure is delayed success. It is inevitable that you compare yourself with your batch mates right after graduation. You will have the tendency to compare their success to your success and you will realize that some of them are already ahead of you in the race. Maybe that is because they are so eager and so driven not to be left by time. The extra amount of effort and hard work made all the difference. Maybe, it is no just your time to shine like they do, or maybe there are better things ahead of you that God made you wait for. Just always remember that the best things come to those who wait but better things happen to those who chase them. You’ll shine when you least expect it.

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Things do not always work the way you want them. They happen in the most candid way, in your least expected timing. You do not expect these phenomena to happen but I surely that if they do, just trust yourself and trust God, you’ll be perfectly fine. These things are better in their right timing. Just relax as you witness magical objects in your life unfold. It’s okay to stumble down, it’s okay to be confused, it’s okay to be rejected. Don’t rush, enjoy your life with purpose!

There are feelings that have been lost, feelings that have faded away, feelings that have been deformed by the circumstances, feelings destroyed by conditional terms, and feelings ruined by another stronger destructive feeling. Whatever feelings those maybe, feelings are still feelings demanded to be felt no matter how you avoid and deny it.

The heart never says to stop loving. It’s the heart that opens your mind to the reality and finally it’s one’s decision to take it or leave it. Some feelings do fade away, falling out of love as it is called, and it’s during one’s moving on process that one realizes that life is too short to be anything but happy. But, can two broken hearts find comfort in each other?

No one have fathomed the possibility of finding comfort and love in one person who’s broken. Broken by love, by the cruelty of life, consequences of bad decisions made before, and loss of hope thinking of no chances to win everything back again. Persons who thought that they do not have any more right to be happy, to love and to be loved, persons who thought their world has ended. Yes, it is possible for two different jagged hearts to fall in love and start anew.

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Love doesn’t require couples to be perfect. As the old, probably most cliché, saying goes- ‘You don’t need to find the perfect person to love, but you have to accept a flawed person and love him/her perfectly”. Given the fact that it’s like once you’ve been hurt, you’re so scared to get attached again, like you have the fear that every person you start to like is going to break your heart. It is as it may seem, but that isn’t how love works.

There comes a point in our lives, always, when we do things or mistakes, ones we thought we would never capable of doing. That doesn’t mean that we are bad people, it only means we are not perfect. In those moments, everything is put to the test- our friendships, our relationships, who we are and who we can still become. In the process, we wonder, who will accept that we are only human and we admit to making mistakes, who will forgive us and who have enough faith in us. In those same moments, we begin to find the real ones, the best ones, the ones who, no matter how tough and crazy it gets, will always love us enough. Just enough to stay and start over with us. We may choose to let these mistakes consume us and then define us but we can always choose to forgive it, own up to it and rise above it. We should always know that in spite and because of these mistakes, we can become better people and that making mistakes happen-even to the best of us. No matter what, we should never stop having hope, keeping Faith and believing, that one blessed day, we will redeem everything and right there we would know as maturing individuals we finally got our second, third, fourth, fifth chances,

Moving on is a tough process. You need to be real strong in order to get over with it. It happens to everyone as they grow up, you find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.

Yes, it is possible for broken hearts to be restored to a place of health and emotion again, demonstrate love, and forgive.