I have been working for five months already. I started working in my classmate’s mother’s firm not too long after my application stint with ASYA. The factors in my decision making were
- Transportation / Location – The firm’s located in Pasong Tamo, a very convenient location. It’s a 15 minute speed-walk and a jeep ride to Greenbelt, where I get picked up by my parents. Or two jeep rides if I’m lazy.
- Size of the firm – Small enough so that I don’t end up as another cog in the system. Small enough so I get to see a project from conceptualization to construction.
- Work hours – NO WORK ON SATURDAYS!
- My boss’ program – My boss said that it was her personal goal to teach her apprentices how to start up and run a firm properly. She said she had a hard time setting up her own firm and wished to impart the knowledge that she learned during this period so that her apprentices don’t repeat these mistakes.
To date, I am part of a team working on a museum which will be located in a new high-rise building in Rockwell. The team is basically involved with the space planning of the exhibit areas and the conservation center–which I find more interesting. In addition, there are the sub-jobs of space planning: coordinating with the team designing the building and the Museum group, product research, and more research. I knew early on that I lacked training to be a professional 3D renderer; so I am fortunate that I landed a space planning project instead. The output is much harder to produce, not as pretty as making presentation drawings on 3Ds Max, but just as fulfilling.
The novelty of finally generating my own spending capacity that exceeds what I had with my college allowance has long worn off. Interestingly, it made me more stingy. I have no complaints about my current set-up. Maybe, save for one: College life allowed me more impulsive moments.