A few days ago, I celebrated my 29th. My birthday has become rather ordinary. No fancy dinner with family and friends. Literally none. I have become more practical nowadays (more like broke every time!).
The 26th of June has merely become a validation that another year adds to my age. Seriously speaking, I’m not getting any younger and because of that fact, I’m up to a different start.
Career-wise, I’m looking farther ahead. I love doing my job. I do my best in everything I do (Personal love department is an exemption to that rule! hahaha… I’m miserable in that aspect.) There’s nothing more satisfying than capping the day off without worrying about the things I didn’t do. If I can be a few steps ahead to avoid conflict, I try to be.
I realized that my love for the work that I do and the time and effort I put into it demand a reciprocation in a professional sense. Personally speaking, as an employee, it’s really important to be reassured that you are supported by the institution you work for, that you are presented with a clear blueprint of what they can offer aside from the commissions or monthly salary you are entitled to receive or the opportunity of establishing connections with clients, superiors and co-workers.
In my case, I put a good number of hours (12 hours or so) into my work-Not a big deal for me. What probably turns off some if not all employees the most is when the company cares more about the hours they spent or didn’t spend rather than the output. Hours bring in money-this I understand clearly. However, there should be more to a company than counting the amount of time an employee puts in for them and the profit they generate.
Career pathway and growth opportunities. What are the chances of elevating through the career arc in the organization? How long will it take? Will it benefit me when I leave work for a different organization? I’ve considered these thoughts early on. Clearly, the work culture and values are different for every company. Some would say they do offer such opportunities but later on employees realize that the conditions surrounding it exploits the workforce and disrupts work-life balance. Just wanted to point out that good-earning companies must be able to provide killer perks for their staff. It doesn’t hurt much to be able to extend care to your workforce beyond the benefits they enjoy mandated by law.
What I am trying to say is, I crave professional growth. There are those that I can do but some things only the company can provide. If there is one thing I dislike in life the most, that would be not growing in my career while meeting expectations. I am meant to do more and I don’t intend to stagnate in my career. There is no other way for me but to move forward.