On-the-Job: Get the ball rolling

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

WORK, work and work: can this world get any better? As we have been exposed to different agencies on this on-the-job training program, I get to know more people and myself.

Before, it was always like, what’s it like out there? How’s it gonna be?”

Our previous agency, SSS, felt like being in stagnant water; having papers around doing some office work progress, yet, I was going nowhere. I mean I was just there, seated, but I was already expecting it anyway.

On the other hand, SunStar Davao made a different impression. I don’t know what to expect honestly. I was confused whether we will stay in the office or we’ll get the chance to see some action and in the field.

But upon talking to the editor in chief of SunStar Davao (wow), my foggy brain was cleared.

Task No. 1 – The fault finder. When we were told to find mistakes in a newspaper, we realized that even published prints have mistakes in grammar, spelling and whatsoever. As ma’am Stella Estremera has explained, we must understand that even this industry, there will be errors. According to her, even books have errors so we must have a good grasp of the English language and recognize where the mistakes are committed, even if these are published materials.

As for now, I am always excited to what’s next. Whether arrange stuff, talk to people, read papers, find mistakes, listen to news or even write; it doesn’t matter what’s next. I care not. This is a different exposure and a different kind of work and I am just excited to get the ball rolling. (Jocel Mempin Siglos)


(On-the-Job are essays by interns from the University of Mindanao AB English.)

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