Sunday, April 26, 2015

Listening is my best skill

Hi! Thank you for writing this letter. I am INFP, like listening, and hate talking. I will be a lawyer on Tuesday but am also job searching like you. When I wrote to Penelope for advice, her first concern was money.

If you have student debt, my suggestion is to find work where you listen to clients who can pay you well. This can be in advertising, business development, consulting, finance, research, sales, tutoring, etc.

If you have no debt like me, you can work in more fields. Here is a web page listing the jobs that need active listening skills:

Elephants have big ears and can listen well. :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Clear, close, celebrate

I tried to get my barangay clearance today, but I failed. I decided not go get it from Southside, Makati and I did not wait for the afternoon shift at Gate 3, Western Bicutan. My Land Bank savings account was closed even though I had more than the remaining balance. So tomorrow I will go to the Western Bicutan barangay hall for my clearance and community tax certificate.

April 13: Go to Supreme Court for my clearance. Inquire in restaurants in Makati. Talk to the Judge Army Advocate. Hear mass.

April 12: Talk to Manong. Offer mass at Divine Mercy Sunday. Eat at Italianni's.

April 11: Mother drives Ading to Colegio San Agustin. Buy at McDonald's and inquire at Max's.

April 10: Go to Market and get school ID at Makati. Get mother's birthday cake.

April 9: Prepare food. Hear mass. Eat at church basement.

April 8: I can't remember.

April 7: Celebrate my birthday and feast day of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Hear mass. Eat at Amici's.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Thank you

Today is my birthday. I'm just grateful for everything that has happened in the past year. I passed all my academic subjects, had an internship at the Office of the Solicitor General, submitted by supervised legal research, and graduated from law school. I reviewed within five months and took the bar exam.

I spent my holidays, namely Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, with my mother and brother in the United States. I was moved by the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines. I took a rest at home, exercised my body, organized things in the house, and taught myself to play the piano.

Last month, I passed the bar exam. I learned from the career fair and reflected during Holy Week. Yesterday, I had an interview with a law firm. Today, my family and I celebrated my birthday with good food and good company. Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings you have given us.

Reflect on what you want to do

Yesterday I had an interview with a law firm. First, I had to write about their vision and mission and my five-year plan. Then I listened as they interviewed a classmate of mine. They were happy.

Then it was my turn. Four partners were in the panel, two men and two women. All of them are litigators. They asked me about what I wrote. Then, they talked about my grades of 4.0 and 5.0 and my participation with alternative law organizations.

I appreciate their honesty in talking about lawyering for the other side of the fence and describing their typical day in a law office. They told me that in litigation, they have to write one to two pleadings per day. They handle the corporate work for the rich and defend clients that are famous.

When I asked them for advice, they all said that I should reflect and think about what I want to do. They  also said that practice in a law firm is different from government service. They even added that the Office of the Solicitor General gives good training.

I was just grateful for the interview. The partners and associates were happy and some were laughing. A partner even congratulated me on passing the bar exam. I talked to my classmate after the interview. I saw her office and told her about my interview. 

While the work is great, the people are friendly, and the pay is competitive, I don't think I want to work there. While I can do the work and handle the personalities, I'm bothered about defending clients whom I don't believe. It's hard for me to fake something if it's not for the greater good. It's not a good lie. I really appreciate their honesty and insight even if I cannot join their law office.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Friday, April 03, 2015

He died for us

Today is Good Friday. We walked the way of the cross, venerated the cross, had communion, and went on two processions: Santo Entierro and Soledad. Walking so much made me realize that Jesus sacrificed everything for us so that we can all be saved. Thank you, Lord.

When we got home, we got a message from my brother that he got in an accident. We called him and everyone who can help, but there are no tow trucks today so my brother will go back tomorrow. May God help us.

Love one another

The gospel for today is to love one another as Jesus Christ has loved us. I planned to send resumes today but did nothing for work at all. We walked to church, heard mass, walked home, watched Ekstra and Himala. God bless for tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Write just one sentence

I read that we can just write one sentence per day. Here's my one sentence for today: I applied for work, met my friend, and heard mass.

Here are lessons that I learned: 1. Include your experience in business. 2. Exercise even just one set everyday. 3. Think before you speak. Speak slowly. Think of how you will explain something before you explain it. 4. Review what you write. You might still find mistakes. 5. Plan for tomorrow today.

Write just one paragraph about a bar subject from Monday to Saturday. Here's my paragraphs:

Taxes are the lifeblood of government. However, taxes should be proportionate and reasonable. In the Philippines, we have some of the highest income taxes and corporate taxes.

In economics, we studied demand and supply. Higher prices tend to decrease demand, while lower prices allow more people to buy the good or service. Incentives like lowering prices can increase demand, while costs like higher prices reduce demand.

If we impose taxes, we increase the price so that government can have some revenue. However, taxes create some loss of efficiency, known as the deadweight loss. The bigger the tax, the bigger the deadweight loss. In the Philippines, higher taxes can create bigger deadweight losses. I just don't know the deadweight losses of the various taxes in the Philippines. That's a job for economists to research.