As promised, I’m writing a blog about my work. I haven’t posted anything for a while and some people have been nagging me to update my blog. I think this is a good topic to talk about so I can start being an active blogger again–by active, I mean posting almost every day.
Oh, have I told you guys that all new OpEx specialists in this batch for our company were my batchmates in Ateneo? How cool is that? I heard there are two more from Ateneo joining us in the next few weeks. Can’t wait to see them! It’s been a week of hectic and chill work, both at the same time. Of course, we’re still relaxed compared to our well-experienced co-workers because we can’t start with the real work yet, but we’ve been busy, trying to catch up with everyone else through the mandatory online trainings and several overlapping meetings. It’s definitely a busy start for all of us.
Before, I’ve always thought our job to be simple, yet in demand. When I got to our workplace, I just found out that we are doing one of the most important roles in the company. As what the others say, we are the “heart” of the company. I’m not sure if I should feel happy or scared about it. I mean, should I get inspired or feel the pressure? What should I do with all these high expectations that are being thrown to us? After all, it’s not an entry-level job and, here, being a fresh graduate isn’t an excuse. Sometimes I feel “kilig” because they believe that we can do the job, but most of the time I panic because I’m not sure if I’ll be able to live up to everyone’s expectations. To make things a little more nerve-wracking, all my co-workers are smart. It’s a good thing, I guess, but this means that this is not something I’ll be able to “wing it” easily. I’m so afraid to screw up, I don’t feel like moving anymore. Thank God someone reminded me that this kind of thinking won’t get me anywhere. Like what my boss said, we, newbies, have to jump into the water and drown for a little to really find out what our capabilities are.
So here are a few things that help me survive work on a daily basis:
This notebook is very important because it is the one I use to take down notes in our meetings and take note of the important things I learn from online trainings. This newbie doesn’t want to miss any detail that will screw her up. My BPO OpEx lanyard always reminds me to bring my company badge because if I don’t, I won’t be able to access any of our workplaces. It’s pretty cool that our team has its own lanyard considering we’re few compared to other departments.
You see that pin? Yes, it’s the Mockingjay pin from Hunger Games. Ange gave it to me days before I started working as a good luck charm on my first job. In the book, Katniss received this pin from the mayor’s daughter of their district to wish her good luck on the upcoming games. Does this mean I’ll be part of the games as well? : O HAHA! I hope not–well, I hope it won’t be as deadly as the hunger games.
I really regret that I didn’t pay attention to any of my OpMan classes. In fact, it is one of my most hated subjects back in college. I’m not sure if it’s because of the subject or the professor. Usually, I like looking at details and ensuring that the quality of the outputs are good, but for some weird reason, I’ve always hated that subject. Unfortunately, our job is pretty much the same with OpMan–only more complicated and [thank God] useful. I hope the Mockingjay pin will work on my luck and weaknesses. I’ll need it in my upcoming process trainings. I know that it’s going to take a lot of effort and patience before I can call myself an expert in this field–same with Katniss winning the games–so I guess I better hold on to this pin.
I’ve never seen my planner like this before. Usually, I run of space to write on, but this time, I ran out of space to stick my post-its on. Schedule was fully loaded last week and pieces of information kept on coming. I had to write down everything if I didn’t want to forget them! Wait ’til you see the page a week after this–it’s a mess.
So far, I’m having fun at work and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the perks. I’ve never imagined myself working as a specialist in Operations before because I always thought that I was going to end up in Marketing and Events. I know. They are two totally different fields. I really hope that I turn out loving this job not just because of the perks, but also because I appreciate what I’m doing. May the odds be in my favor, pretty please? : )
**OpMan = Operations Management