10 Years!

Today, I celebrate 10 years in the office. Wow, I can’t believe it!

When I first started here in April 1, 2004, I told myself I’ll stay here for just five years. This was (still is) my first corporate job and I didn’t plan to stay long. But God has a different plan for me. Something better, something grander!

This job, only second to passing UPCAT, remains the biggest blessing in my life.

So, in celebration of my 10th year in the office, here are the top 10 things I learned.

1. The personalities and values of your work colleagues matter. REALLY matter.

2. If you take care of your company, the company will take care of you. The most important stakeholder will always be the people that pay your salary.

3. You’re always needed somewhere. Help is always needed.

4. Respect is important.

5. Under-promise but over-deliver.

6. It really is possible to work for a company that seriously wants the best for its employees. No wonder employees here are happy. 🙂

7. Don’t be afraid to learn new things.

8. Work should always be a combination of tasks, food, and laughter.

9. Change is always good. At first, it may not appear to be but it is always for the good.

10. Trust in God.
In 2008, I seriously looked for a job. I wasn’t happy with work then and I felt it was time for a change. I just finished my MBA and I thought that it was enough license for me to look for a new job.

I received a solid job offer from the academe and I was ready to hand in my resignation. On the very same day I planned to inform my boss, he called me to his office for a short talk. 

I thought, “Okay, timing yung pagtawag sa akin.” When I sat down, my boss reached out his hand and said, “Congratulations, Roche! You’ve been promoted!”

Waaahh! Imagine my shock when he said those words! Naloka ako! I left his office and thought that this is no coincidence. God was telling me to stay put. Imposibleng coincidence yun, the timing was so perfect!

Five years later, I fully understood why God let me stay here. On the financial aspect alone, I was destined to pay for that legal procedure. The money I earn from the company helps me pay the bills for that (incapable and well, financially irresponsible kasi yung other party).

In all other aspect, the company has molded (and continues to mold me) me to become a better person. From handling internal communication, I was exposed to other facets of corporate communication. And now, I’m in digital and social media.

Big blessing to celebrate 10 years. Is this where I’m going to retire? Crossing all my fingers!