Does a school’s name have a bearing in job hiring? Have UST, UP, La Salle, and Ateneo become brands?

A school’s name can really ring a bell. As Thomasians, we are really quite fortunate to be bearers of the name UST. Admittedly, it is an added badge in the game of job seeking.

Enrolling in UST is a form of portfolio investment and graduating from this institution is a form of profit sharing. All students are one way or another stockholders, and if the stocks are performing and well-managed, they earn big profits.

But numbers or name does not guarantee, even work or admission to one’s chosen field.

Paradigms in job hiring among big companies have shifted from grades-and-record selection to skill-and-attitude criterion . Of course, grades and academic records do matter in the selection process but recent trends indicate that skills, experience, and “attitude” are now the main points for qualification.

It is what you can do and what you can not do that matters now. Summa cum laudes and “debarrables” have become equals in job seeking. The greater the number of services and skills that you can use in a company or an institution, the more you will become valuable or indispensable. Reinvention is the key and high emotional quotient is an advantage. Be different, be universal, and equip yourself with good interpersonal skills. Networking is the key.

Excellence in action in an organization or workplace can be achieved when employees pay attention to details, do things right the first time, and practice good human relations.

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To all job seekers, Ralph Waldo Emerson has this to say, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

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Everybody has a corresponding duty in the workplace, even here in the Varsitarian, whether one is a clerk, secretary, janitor, encoder, manager, supervisor, trainee, or the boss. At the same time, proper work ethics and good attitude should be followed. As Sir Benjamin Franklin said, “To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals, courtesy, (and) to inferiors, nobleness.”

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Obviously, Filipino soldiers have much to learn from their American counterparts. Aside from their technologically advanced warfare, the American soldiers can have a thing or two to say about discipline.

One glaring instance of the far-fetched disparity between the American soldiers and the Filipino troops, sans the technologically advanced gadgets and equipment, was when Brig. General Marciano Ilagan jumped on the back of another Filipino to get a lift to avoid getting wet, while the American soldier braved the water with his boots and fatigue on. It was shown in a picture published in most dailies, which earned the ire of both pro- and anti-Balikatan Exercises.

It was really unbecoming of a Filipino general to be seen in such a ridiculous light. He looked like a helpless baby. But to be fair, maybe the General just wanted to be presentable before a meeting or an affair, which called for a dry look? Or maybe it just shows how the Filipino soldier is maselan and how the American is a true “cowboy”?

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