By. Mariechi Balerite
I am Mariechi Balerite, a graduate of BSBA Human Resource Development Management at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. I am currently working with Star Mobile as HR Generalist.
HR-Human Resource, people might think that this is just an easy profession. Administrative works, routine work, support works and employee relations/engagement. But this is really a stressful job. Keeping in mind employees’ interest and benefits, grievance handling, recruitment work, job matching, job fairs and controlling attrition rate. However, when you love what you’re doing you will wake up every day happy and filled with joy.
“Mag shift ka na” they said, “walang pera sa HR” they said, phrases that I always hear. Yes, I am working for a living (which is enough), but the thing is I am not working for money. I want to follow my heart and work with passion, I want to work where I can talk directly to people, help them, assist them and support them and earn at the same time. Maybe this is really my calling. Ever since, when I was a working student, studying in PUP and working in McDonald’s at the same time, I have this fulfillment inside my heart (same with today), serving the people and at the same time supporting myself to finish my studies. I will never get tired working where God leads my feet. I can say that I am successful working where I really want to be. Yes, I am not in the limelight of my career YET. But I will not worry because slowly, I will get there and when that thing happens, I will write again and prove to you that good thing comes to those who wait and persevere.
Let me share with you my back story. Back then my family was not stable financially and since I have 2 siblings and we all need to go to college at the same time I decided to become a working student, McDonald’s in the morning (5am-12nn) and school in the afternoon (1pm-9pm). I needed to wake up 3 in the morning to start my day, and from school I arrived 11:30pm in our house. I slept for 3 hours maximum. There were times that I needed to run from the school gate to our classroom just to be on time. There were times (many, many times rather) that I passed my destination because I slept inside the bus/jeep, I was really burned-out. I was very, very tired back then, but I guess I really have a strong and healthy body, for 2 years and 6 months that was my routine. After that I worked as an English tutor for Korean students in Dunamis for 9 months, and as an intern at Robert Bosch Inc. for 9 months. I sustained and finished my studies with these jobs and with the scholarship I have from ABC Foundation. Before graduation, I was hired as HR officer by Paramount Human Resource Manpower Cooperative (more in recruitment end to end process), and Team OnGround Inc – A Below The Line Advertising Agency as a Talent Acquisition specialist, mainly I hire people and I love what I am doing. I can say that I and my family are all successful now and that my life today is far better than those earlier difficult years. My siblings and I are all graduates and working with our chosen career and now paying off on our parents’ sacrifices. I can say that hard work really paid off!
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
PUP Class of 2015