On My Third Year As A Young Professional

Saturday, June 27, 2020


A happy weekend to you, dear reader! It's Saturday today, and it's right before lunch time as I write this at the moment. This morning, I finished my work at our garden, and after which I proceeded to cleaning my room. With all the plants watered, pechay seeds planted, floor mopped squeaky clean, and fresh new bed and pillow sheets installed, I'm ready to take a break through writing.

Today marks my 3rd year of being a young professional, and together with the same firm. To put it simply on what it is I do exactly, I work in Recruitment. I remember when I first started, I would be secretly excited for whenever the 27th of the month would come rolling in. It's funny when I think about it, because it seems like such a small thing now; I think my then more tenured colleagues would've thought the same. But now looking back, I'm glad I allowed myself to get excited over such tiny milestones because they all added up to what they are now, 3 years.

I have to admit I wasn't excited all the time though, and I may have lost that magic of anticipating the 27th of every month. With every work, there will come challenges, and most days aren't always smooth sailing. Work after all was never meant to be walk in the park; it's always filled with the opportunities to challenge ourselves in the ways we solve problems, make things more efficient, maintain good working relationships with global counterparts, and to make sure we're continually developing our skills while at the same time, learning new ones.

Over the months and years, I would say that my perspectives have changed a lot, and that is a good thing. I used to worry a lot about my lack of knowledge in a lot of things, but I learned that we don't always have to know everything. I failed to give myself grace for when I was still learning, and I was so hard on myself whenever I would make mistakes (I still am from time to time, as I am a human being capable of feeling unpleasant emotions and thinking destructive thoughts, but I am working on this daily!). This made me break out of my shell to be more confident in asking more questions, and to literally exhaust all of my resources to get the knowledge I needed.


Being in the firm and collaborating together with different cultures has made me more culturally aware, most especially with my approach in sharing ideas and in communicating. While there will always be differences, and my need to adapt and be flexible is applied daily, coming into an agreement that works for both is important. I have to keep in mind that this is a collaboration, and my ideas matter. Getting my message across in a proper and well thought manner is a skill that I've learned to develop, and I'm still continually refining!

With effective collaboration, I've learned to be resourceful and creative in exploring ways to connect. While I belong to a team in Manila, my work revolves heavily around working with global counterparts. I used to connect with them through phone calls, in which I felt that there was a wall, or a barrier; I found that I work better when I'm able to see who I'm speaking with. Pushing for a videoconference proved to be more effective, and made us connect beyond work. They'll never know your preference, and they'll never know that connecting in other ways can be way better unless you let them know and you're both open to seeing how it works out. : - )

What is integral as well in my journey was with how I learned to engage with my team leaders. It's a given that they are there to guide and to ensure I'm working well, but the initiative to craft the experience I want to have in the firm comes from me. I have to admit when I first started, I had no idea how such a thing as making my own experience should look like, and that admittedly scared me.

For a while, I had no idea on how to go about things, but in time, it slowly took shape and form. It took a lot of self-navigation, a lot of constant reflection, and eventually an openness with my team leads to get to how I am now. I say "how" instead of "where". I'm looking at myself as a person, as a working young professional, and how my role impacts others and myself. Sometimes when I think about "where", it can get overwhelming, because I start thinking about an end goal or destination..


Growth takes time. I repeat this to myself a hundred times. I realized how I pressured myself so much to figure things out right away, but in the grand scheme of things, it all works out and falls together. We just have to put in the work daily, on our own pace, and at the same time we have to check in with ourselves.

My personal view on my work during the start was that this was a blessing given to me by my Heavenly Father. As time went by, it was easy to be clouded by my thoughts and be easily consumed by them. But each time I'm reminded as well that I have what I have, I am what I am only by God's grace, and He helps me to do that 'good' work each time. So I continue to rest my thoughts on Him and trust He guides me daily in what I do.
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What's next for me in my career would be.. to simply continue working hard. To focus on the things I love about my work, and also to share my knowledge to my junior colleagues. I want them to feel that they can approach me to ask any 'basic' questions without fear. I want to learn even more and expand my knowledge, to further leverage my strengths and skills to bring positive impact to my global counterparts and colleagues.

What's next for me today would be.. eating lunch, picking up some pastries from the bakery, then doing my laundry. Let's take this time to slow down and enjoy every activity this weekend, my dear readers. It's a time to refresh, to restore, and to refill ourselves from the week that has passed. You have done so well in whatever good thing it is that you poured your efforts to, and please know I am proud of you. :")


Thank you for your time with me on here. I started becoming really consistent with sharing more of myself on here when I started working full time, and I'm truly grateful for your presence here with me. Much, much love.


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  1. "Growth takes time. I realized how I pressured myself so much to figure things out right away, but in the grand scheme of things, it all works out and falls together. We just have to put in the work daily, on our own pace, and at the same time we have to check in with ourselves."

    This was so, so healing to read. I'm always so blessed and inspired by your words, Anna Jo. It feels so nice to hear from you today. <3 God bless! Have a great weekend.

    xx, Joanne


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    1. Hello Jo, thank you, thank you for being here and leaving such a sweet message. Definitely great to hear from you as well. God Bless you more, and hope you have a great week ahead :)

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  2. Congrats on turning the big 3 with your company, Anna! It's so seldom nowadays for our generation to last a couple months in a company, but look at you, beating the odds. Always here for you to lend an ear, and proud of you and your small wins <3

    xo,
    Sher | simplysherlyn.blogspot.com

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    1. THANK YOU Sher for hearing me out and for taking time to listen to my work stories.. and likewise, I gotchu, and I'm always proud of you !!! Let's keep doing our best!!!

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  3. Congrats on 3 years in your company! Such a lovely post! I loved all the points you made, about growth taking time and how you want to help your junior colleagues as well. Also it was so inspiring to read of shifting your thinking to how you are instead of where, something I will definitely keep in mind. Have a great weekend! :)
    Epsita

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    1. Thank you, Epsita! :) Thank you for your time, and I'm truly glad my words have resonated with you. Thinking about the "where" gives me anxiety sometimes, but the "how" somehow lifts that unspoken self-inflicted pressure off my shoulders... :") thank you again, and hope you have a great week ahead!

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  4. Congrats on 3 years! I've had a rollercoaster of three years... working in a company straight out of uni where I wasn't appreciated. Finding the dream job in the dream company, working so damn hard and having the best time, and then my boss closed the company. And now I work for an old client and having the best time again... I'd love to have a bit of consistency now!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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    1. Thanks Katie! Wow, it seems you've had a variety of experiences; I think it's great that you were able to explore a bit :) I guess it's all about finding the place for ourselves where we know we'll grow professionally yet enjoy at the same time, and sometimes it may take time to find it. Thank you for sharing with me, I truly appreciate it! Have a lovely rest of your day. <3

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  5. Congratulations. Enjoyed this post.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Rue! I surely hope it resonated with you somehow. :) Hope you're having a great week so far.

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  6. Congrats on 3 years! Think it's really important to allow yourself time to grow when joining a company and its natural that you'll progress and become more comfortable with it!

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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    1. Thank you, Tash! I was impatient with myself, for sure. But I learned that it truly does take time to grow in a role, and I'm glad I've stayed and learned as much as I can.. and I still am. :") thank you for your time with me on here!

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    1. Thanks Kinga! I'm happy to be sharing with you my experiences. Have a lovely Friday!

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  8. Congrats! I love to see how you're growing and am looking forward to wherever the future is going to take you! ♡

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    1. Thank you dear ♡♡♡♡ wishing you all the best as well :) let's keep doing our best.

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  9. three years that is amazing. growth takes time, be proud of your longevity in your career
    shy - https://www.shyyshianne.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Shy :) I'm simply grateful for 3 years, and perhaps more to come.. ! have a lovely Friday ahead ♡

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  10. Congratulations on 3 years, dear Anna! Keep it up and have an amazing day! <3
    Ann xx

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    1. Dear Ann, thank you!! Hope you're having an amazing day as well ♡♡♡

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  11. Congratulations on getting down 3 years into your career. Pretty cool that you work in recruitment. Time flies, huh! I used to get excited over monthly milestones. I still do, but it is hard with the pandemic. It is great that you experienced growth within yourself and learning the tricks of the corporate trade. Sometimes, it takes mistakes to grow. It be that way sometimes hehe. Keep on doing a great job!!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thank youuu Nancy! Indeed, time does fly. Entering my 3rd year reminded me of that same excitement I used to feel during my first months.. haha! Yup, it be that way sometimes, but that's life and sometimes we have to go through it. All the best as well in your career ♡♡♡ hope you're having a great weekend!

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  12. Congratulations Anna! Yes indeed, growth takes time. Celebrate your milestones and keep on doing a great job! Hope you are having a great weekend my dear! 💕

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    1. Hellooo Ann!!! Thank you so much :") I've missed you! hope you're doing well. Let's continue working hard! :D

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