JOURNAL

Dear ex-trainees

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Photo 1 (L-R): Elgene, Tessa, Joel | Photo 2 (L-R) Tessa, Kenneth, Genealle | Not in the photo: Jea

This may come a bit late since you completed your immersion in our company a month or so ago; but come the following days, you will be facing a new chapter in your life: for some, college, and for the others, the “real” world.

Let me just put into words the things I wish you learned since you started your training.

NAMBAWAN:

In the coming days, you will be faced with a new course that may seem too technical or too complex – I hope you are reminded how you managed to get by with zero knowledge in Adobe Photoshop at the beginning of your immersion. But hey, look at you now! You know how to crop an image, add text, change color, and even remove unwanted wrinkles off your photo!

I hope you remember how you were able to control Photoshop by listening, asking questions, and trying things out. Never be afraid of making mistakes! CTRL+Z it and learn from it.

As Elgene said, “Akala ko nga po no’n mahirap ‘yon eh, ‘yun pala ‘pag pinag-aralan mo po talaga, madami kang matututunan.”

NAMBATU:

There will also be days when things will seem monotonous and boring – I hope you are reminded how you spent hours gathering receipts. How that process was an essential part in putting together a series of booklets that, if not delivered properly, will cost the company a satisfied, happy client.

I hope you remember to look at the bigger picture. It might not be obvious at the moment, but your tasks, no matter how small and boring, will matter in the long run not just to you — to others, as well.

NAMBATRI:

Above all, I hope you remember that the technical skills only come second. What will help you survive in your chosen field is your attitude.

I (and I guess I’m speaking in behalf of my workmates here at ‘Im-Press Enterprises) might forget how good your skills are.

What I will never forget is the time I saw your initiative to learn. When I gave you free time, what you did was watch YouTube tutorials on Adobe.

When you went out to the bindery section and asked your kuyas if you could be of help to them, it proved your compassion to the company and to your colleagues.

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I also appreciated when you showed enthusiasm to learn how to operate an offset machine even though it is totally unrelated to the skill you are trying to hone.

PINALLI:

Elgene, Genealle, Jea, Joel, and Kenneth, I hope you remember that I am looking forward to see you grow. I hope, whatever you learned in your 80-hour stay in our company, you will carry in your lifetime.

Sincerely yours,

The Untrapreneur

Note: “Nambawan” means “number one”, “nambatu” means “number two”, etc. in the language of these kids. Also learning from them!

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