05th December, 2014. 3:36pm
Today, the Daily Prompt’s Make It Anywhere asks:
“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.
This is ridiculous because I’m just going to repeat a tale here, but it’s one story that I’ll never get tired telling anyone. It’s the time I was given the chance to work for my favorite magazine and TV station in college.
*What, that story AGAIN?!
Yes, THAT one. To those who doesn’t know yet, let me tell you a story about how I scored those internships in the first place. During my junior year in college, I met one of the magazine’s contributing writers after exchanging messages over Friendster. Her name was Nica. Nica and I became fast friends, so I showed her the dummy magazine that me and my group mates did during our second year when we visited the magazine’s office for an interview. It was then that Nica read my article and showed it to the (then) Editor-in-Chief.
A few days later, Nica texted me and told me that the EIC said that they wanted to publish my story. I was ecstatic! It was one thing to dream about seeing your name on your favorite magazine, it was another to make that dream come true. I thought it was gonna stop there, but it didn’t. I was even more surprised when they asked if I could help Nica with an assignment. I said yes, of course! I’d be an idiot not to.
After doing that first real assignment, which we finished in one day, by the way, it was then that I was officially welcomed as an intern. I spent about two months working for the magazine, but I continued contributing until after I graduated in college.
As for the TV station, it all happened with a little help from a friend who was working there. She could’ve influenced the HR department about me and my friend getting hired, but if there’s one thing in common with this and my MEG internship is that it all happened without anyone (from my family) helping me. It was all me. That’s when I realized that if I managed to score these jobs with these awesome companies, then I can do it anywhere else.
Then why did I stay where I am? Why did I not continue working for them? One thing: salary.
As a bread-winner, I just can’t afford to spend so much time doing the tasks and being under-compensated. Even if I love working for the publishing industry, the amount of the salary is just so not acceptable. That’s why I chose this path instead. It may not be my dream job, but at least I still get to do what I love and get a higher compensation at the same time.
And if one day I decided to go back to publishing industry, I know I can make it again on my own. Yes, I believe that. I shall.
**PS: I always choose these tales because in my 29 years of existence, I only worked for four companies—MEG Magazine, ABS-CBN/TFC (the TV Station), my former employer, and the one I currently have—but those two are definitely the most memorable workplaces I ever worked for.