As another year comes to a close, I wanted to take the time to list down a couple of items I am thankful for covering the period December 14, 2013 to December 13, 2014. This is Part 3 – Numbers 14 to 19.
14. Working Arrangement. For four years now, I’ve had a very ideal working arrangement with J&J ASPAC. I work from home mostly, and I go to the office only once every two weeks. My role is also ideal in that I do not have people directly reporting to me and I don’t have to engage in any office politics. I am a contractor/consultant, and although there are risks, I enjoy a sense of freedom and flexibility.
15. Since I am a part of the regional ASPAC team, I have been able to travel quite a lot in the region, during key parts of the projects, and most of my travel firsts I experienced through this job. I am able to see new places, experience diverse cultures and meet a lot of new people.
16. I have also grown close to some of my work colleagues and the travel to other countries and/or their visits to the Philippines have allowed us to bond outside of work. I gained 2 Indian brothers (one Aussie-based and another US-based) and a Hongki Mum/Sis. I have encountered an Aussie dog to my Filipino cat. I have travelled with two girlfriends to Bali. And in almost each of the countries of the ASPAC region, I can count on at least one person to be there when I visit. Of course there are the local J&J people, especially Pinky, as well as Jeni, the one who got me this gig through her company, PeopleMatters.
17. The work is challenging, just the way I like it. Projects with almost impossible deadlines and expectations – but then I thrive better under pressure. I also get to do a lot of the work no one else does—documentation—which I, as a documentation nerd, just love to do. I have a good team of people around me and I report to a very, very nice guy.
18. What really makes me feel good about this job is that I can genuinely help and make a difference in people’s lives and the projects as a whole. Sometimes I am interpreter, consolidator, sounding board, understander, explainer and anything and everything I need to be in order to ensure everyone is on the same page and the project moves forward. I think this is also why I grew close to some of the people I worked with, especially when the going got tough, we helped each other get through it. Sometimes, what is required in order to support the local countries is just a lot of patience, understanding and the honest intention to help and make things better.
19. I am currently looking into the possibility of a more permanent position, but whether this happens or not, this is still one job that I cherish and I am thankful I am able to do it for this length of time.