Highest Paying Jobs for Fresh Graduates

You wanna know what the highest paid jobs in the Philippines are?, which is perhaps the number 1 jobs website in the country today, released five sets of infographics back in June 2013. This set of statistics may be a little old as things online tend to be, but it’s still a good indication of the stronger industries in the country today.

Jobstreet has access to the level of salary of every single job being uploaded in its database, these averages are reliable. They are a good indication of what you can expect from the market.

Take these numbers as one of your considerations in building your career. As I said in my book, Start-up, money should not be the primary goal of a worker, rather it is in offering services and making the world a better place.

Highest Paying Jobs For Fresh Graduates


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Recommended Podcasts for the Pinoy Yuppie

I’m a big fan of podcasts. They help me beat boredom, especially if I’m commuting. They help me learn so many new things. In fact, I’m such a big fan of podcasts that I’ve written my 5 reasons why you should listen to podcasts, too.

If you want to listen to podcasts, too, you can start by subscribing to the following:


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5 Reasons Why You Need to Listen to Podcasts

Podcast what?!

That’s the usual question when people hear the term podcast. For some, it kinda evokes some techie stuff that can induce nosebleed.

But don’t worry. The short answer is that a podcast is an audio program broadcasted not on the radio, but on the Web.

FM Stations broadcast different programs. In the morning, 93.1 RX has The Morning Rush, Jam 88.3 has the Morning Breath, and 90.7 Love Radio has the Tambalang Chris Tsuper & Nicole Hyala (not sure of the spelling. ugh).

Here’s the long answer from Wikipedia:

Podcasting is both a converged medium bringing together audio, the web and portable media player, and a disruptive technology that has caused some in the radio business to reconsider some of the established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption, production and distribution. This idea of disruptiveness is largely because no one person owns the technology; it is free to listen and create content, which departs from the traditional model of ‘gate-kept’ media and production tools. It is very much a horizontal media form: producers are consumers and consumers become producers and engage in conversations with each other.

I’m a newcomer when it comes to listening to podcasts. But once I started, I got hooked. So far, I listen to 10 podcasts regularly. I mention some of them below.

So why do you need to listen to podcasts? Here’s my five reasons.


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How to Look for an Apartment to Rent: Getting Leads

Living with your parents has its benefits. You don’t have to pay for monthly rent. Electricity and water bills? It’s Dad and Mom who takes care of it.

But there comes a time when the boy becomes a man and the baby girl turns into a lady.

Yes, going solo has a lot of benefits, though it would be more expensive for you. But that’s another blog post for another time. If you’re set to go solo because your family is in the suburbs and you don’t want to suffer the slower-than-turtle Manila rush hour, then go ahead, look for an apartment to rent in the Metro.

Here are some ways that will help you get a good apartment to rent.


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Ten More Life Lessons I Learned after College Graduation

As promised, here is Part 2 of the Life Lessons I Learned after College Graduation.

I don’t know what possessed me to write something about the lessons I’ve learned in my 31 years on the planet so far. But the thought that it’s been ten years since I graduated from College kinda hit me in the gut and set me to writing this, sort of, Desiderata, Mighty’s version.

Dreams sometimes need to be put on hold.

When you are young and idealistic, you’re just full of dreams—not just for yourself, but for your family and your society, too. There are times, though, that you’ll need to put your dreams on hold because of some circumstances you have to deal with. A friend of mine had to let go of her dreams just to help her siblings go through College. She even helped her elder sister finish law school! But, no matter what happens, you should always remember those dreams, otherwise, you might become an empty shell when you grow older.

If you believe in a dream strongly enough, it will hound and knock back at you.

It’s funny how sometimes, you thought you have buried a dream or a passion six feet below the ground. And yet, there comes a time that it haunts you and knocks at your heart again! It’s like an old friend coming back, a dog gone astray but coming home. Either way, your dream will come knocking back at you when you hold it in your heart.

To make a difference in the world, you need a jumping board.

When you’re young, inexperienced, and unwise in the ways of this world, you may not know what to do with your idealism and your dreams. But what I’ve learned is that if you want to make a difference, you need a platform from which to launch your idea or pursuit. What do I mean by a jumping board? It can be a set of friends (and financiers) who are willing to help you out, a safety net that would catch you should you fail and fall, and a system to help you accomplish what you set your mind, too. Through all of this, you need a source of finances to help you do it! Continue reading “Ten More Life Lessons I Learned after College Graduation”

Ten Life Lessons I Learned After College Graduation

I started working right after my College graduation in 2003. So many things have happened since then. I used to have a Nokia 3210 phone. (Ugh, remember those simple yet sturdy phones that just won’t die no matter how many times you drop ’em?)

Ten years. Wow. I feel old. But a little wiser, at least. Here are ten life lessons I learned after College graduation. Let these lessons guide you as you start or go on with your career and life.

career-mistakesGrades do matter. But not by much.

I should know, because my grades in College were colorful. By colorful, I mean to say that I have had all sorts of grades—1, 1.5, 3, INC, and even the failing 5! I had to take Math 17 (Trigonometry and Algebra) twice. I also had to take Introduction to Calculus twice! But I didn’t let that deter me from getting a good job from Citibank and IBM Business Services, two of the top multinationals in the Philippines.

Education doesn’t stop after graduation.

A lot of young people feel that graduation is the end of education. WRONG! It is but a start. That’s why graduation is called “Commencement Exercises.” You commence a new kind of learning in the University of Life. What I love about graduating from the University of the Philippines though, is the training I received in terms of researching, confidence in my analytical abilities, and of course, the ability to establish networks and contacts. Continue reading “Ten Life Lessons I Learned After College Graduation”

29 Lessons for New Graduates

If you are graduating, recently graduated from College, or have been working for less than two years: Welcome to the real world!

Here are several insights and lessons you would do well to remember as you embark in your search for a job.

On Life

1. You will not use most of what you learned in school. The best part of college is not the diploma you receive. Rather, it’s the training for you to think for yourself and learn how to be critical plus the network of friends and people you have accumulated through the years.

2. There is no perfect job. Even if you were the cum laude or Summa Cum Laude of your job, there is no such thing as a perfect job! You may get the job you love but it will not pay you much. You may be offered a high paying job but you may have to compromise some of your views and convictions.

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What to Do with Your Life Plan


Having a plan is good. But a plan is just a plan until you start building it. Can you really say you have a house based on the blueprint or plan you possess?

Nope. So after writing down your life plan and working through your timeline, here are several things you need to do with your life plan.

Be constantly reminded of your plan.

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Book Review: Your First Job by Nelson Dy

When I graduated from College, I didn’t really know where to start. Some of my friends applied for work right away. Some to government positions, others to call centers, and a handful of us wanted to take some time off and figure out how to start this thing they call ‘career’.

I could’ve kissed anyone who gave me a book on starting my job on those first weeks of my being unemployed. (I was no longer a student, so I was probably one of those who are unemployed.)

Sadly, I didn’t have any book on starting a career. But don’t worry, here at we’ll feature books, lots of books, to help you in finding a job and in becoming an awesome worker.


Here’s the first batch of our Book Reviews. A book on how to build the right foundations when you start working:

Your First Job: A Practical Guide to Success
by Nelson T. Dy

196 pages
Published by OMF Literature
Available at major bookstores nationwide
PhP 195


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School for Christian Youth Development: Recommended Subjects

The School for Christian Youth Development is an annual project of the Board of Discipleship of the annual conferences. In several annual conferences, it is the Council on Youth Ministries that implements this program. It is a three-year school meant for the development of Methodist youth so that they would be equipped for ministry in their respective local churches, districts and annual conferences.

The SCYD usually runs for two weeks. In several conferences, it is implemented for three weeks. Still, others do it for only a week! The students for each year level goes through around 6-7 subjects in a year. After attending the school for three years, the SCYD graduates will then be recognized by their annual conference as official youth lay speakers. This school is more than just a camp. It is a formal school being run by the church with classroom instructions, field work and extra-curricular activities for young people.

A number of pastors and deaconesses from all over the Philippines have decided to become full-time church ministry as a result of their exposure and training in the SCYD. The SCYD, however, is mainly implemented by annual conferences in the Baguio and Davao Episcopal Areas. Only two of the conferences in the Manila Episcopal Area do implement this program.

The School for Christian Youth Development is a three-year program implemented by the Board of Discipleship of the Annual Conference. It is meant to equip young people for ministries in the church. It usually lasts for two weeks during the Summer (April or May).

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