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To the twentysomething who wants to change the world

 

To the twentysomething who wants to change the world 

MANILA, Philippines - Dear Fresh Grad,

I think I saw you yesterday along Makati Avenue, wearing the most smart-casual attire your closet will allow, waiting for the traffic light to change to red. You were clutching a brown envelope — they contained your résumés, right? But you looked a little flustered. Did your job interview not go so well? It’s your fifth interview in six weeks, I hear? Don’t worry, they say “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” to almost everybody. Hindi ka nag-iisa. Oh, your best friend nailed her interview on the first try? And your other ka-barkada, too? Well, good for them. Wag ka lang inggitera.

I know, I know. You’ve imagined yourself to be in your dream job immediately after graduation, getting paid (a lot), and doing what you love to do (so “it doesn’t feel like work at all,”). You saw yourself changing the world, while live posting it on Twitter.

I must say, your imagination’s pretty impressive, and you must’ve been reading a lot of Steve Jobs. Darling, the real world doesn’t work that way, and definitely not that fast. So your two friends who nailed it on their first try? I’ll bet you’ll spend at least one Friday night with them at a karaoke bar, singing your angst away. Alanis’s Hand in My Pocket is a good first song, by the way.

Buying Starbucks

You’ll find a job yourself soon. It won’t be your dream job, but hey, at least it will pay for happy hour. You will be asked to buy Starbucks for your boss’s guests, and while walking out of the office, you’ll tell the universe, “Nag-graduate ako ng cum laude para lang bumili ng kape?” When you return, the boss will be angry to know that you forgot to put Splenda in his coffee, and the universe will tell you, “E kape nga lang hindi mo mabili nang maayos, cum laude ka pa nyan ha.” You will print the wrong report. You will be yelled at for a lousy job someone else did, and you will be yelled at for a job you put your whole heart into. You will be told you’re stupid, and if you’re lucky, the whole office will be there to hear it. You will cry in your cubicle. You will lose the promotion to the boss’s son, or to someone less hardworking than you. You will learn about dirty office politics, and you will be frustrated to know that you can’t do anything about it. You will figure in office tsismis, and you’ll make your Twitter account private. You will see your friends going to Boracay, Bangkok and Europe, having the time of their lives, while you’re left here, living paycheck to paycheck, wishing you were born an Ayala, a Gokongwei, or a Gosling. You will think about quitting. You will lose the sparkle and the passion. You will forget about your ultimate dream when the real world crushes it right before your eyes.

But please don’t.

Make Passion Last

The truth is, you will never be as passionate as your Fresh Grad self ever again. Make that passion last as long as you can. I don’t want to be dramatic, but really, that sparkle? Once it’s gone, you can never take it back. Oo, parang virginity lang.

So while you have it, savor the moment. Go make mistakes, while you’re still expected to be imperfect. Go cry in the cubicle, while your age allows it. Go sing Hand in My Pocket and You Learn at the karaoke bar, while you’re still “young and underpaid.” Go chase your dreams and change the world. The best time to change the world? It’s right after college, when you are f*cking sure you can.

See, you will become 26. Then 28. Then 30. And you will be busy looking for money to pay for the bills, or yelling at your assistant who printed the wr ong report, and you will just forget about the world you badly wanted to change before.

How old are you again? Actually, I don’t really need to know. You were glowing from where I saw you, and that gave away your age. So stand up straight, clutch your résumés, hold on to your dreams, and stay glowing as long as you can. Make the most of your youth. I swear, you’ll miss it when it’s gone, and by that time, you will only be able to write about it.

Best regards,

An Ex-Fresh Grad

(via thejerrynation)

DON’T DATE A CPA

thejerrynation:

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While trust could be given, accountants still tend to validate things. Just in auditing, it’s essential to have a professional skepticism. (Professional skepticism is an attitude that includes a questioning mind, being alert to conditions which may indicate possible misstatement due to error or fraud, and a critical assessment of audit evidence.) If you are planning to lie, just make sure you have the evidence to corroborate your statement. CPAs are good in finding the truth. So if you want to date a CPA, just don’t lie. It doesn’t work.

CPAs practice the full disclosure principle. The full disclosure principle states that you should include in an entity’s financial statements all information that would affect a reader’s understanding of those statements. Surely,It will eventually bug you if CPAs keep on questioning your whereabouts such as:

"Why did it take 7 minutes before you replied?"

"Who’s that girl in the photo?"

"Please give me the list of names of your company tonight". 

The interpretation of this principle is highly judgmental, since the amount of information that can be shared is unlimited. To avoid such conflicts or misunderstanding, you should both set a standard of materiality as to what information that must be shared to each other. If you don’t want this kind of hassle, just don’t date a CPA.

Your date is under a strict budget. Everything is already calculated. If you are a just-spend-if-that-makes-you-happy kind of person, then just don’t date a CPA. CPAs always go with what’s in the budget. CPAs may spoil your excitement.

The Matching Principle. The matching principle states that each expense item related to revenue earned must be recorded in the same accounting period as the revenue it helped to earn. Or simply, an expense must matched with related revenue. CPAs tend to seek compliment or appreciation of the things they have put in a relationship such as time, effort and money. An effort should be rewarded by compliment, a kiss or a warm hug. Just don’t neglect their efforts. If you can’t match their efforts, then just don’t date one.

CPAs are conservative. No. This is not the opposite of being liberated. This is a principle that tends to encourage the record of losses earlier, rather than later. The conservatism principle is the general concept of recognizing expenses and liabilities as soon as possible when there is uncertainty about the outcome, but to only recognize revenues and assets when they are assured of being received. Simply stated, CPAs recognizes the worst case in a situation. They always foresee the worst scenario in order for them to be more prepared and to already set options if shit really happens. For CPAs, this can be really useful but for some, they will regard this trait as being pessimistic. If you see this as a  negativity, then don’t date a CPA.

Financial statements of one accounting period must be comparable to another in order for the users to derive meaningful conclusions about the trends in an entity’s financial performance and position over time. This is Comparability Concept. Just expect that at some point, current situations will be compared to things which already happened in the past relationships. While this could be constructively helpful, it may become annoying. If you don’t want to get benchmarked, then don’t date a CPA.

Actions seem enough for you but CPAs need reassurance by translating it into words. CPAs also follow the law principle “Don’t assume unless otherwise stated”. Actions must be supported by words. CPAs must be regularly reminded that they are loved. If you’re not the type of person who expresses through words, then just don’t date a CPA.

CPAs are highly competent. May it be to career or relationships. If you can’t keep up, don’t date a CPA. 

 

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Disclaimer:

This does not represent all CPAs. 

Accounting Student:

debitnash:

  • Still uses Calculator in solving simple arithmetic. (So dependent to Calculator).
  • Read the book for 6271891times and still says “I haven’t studied that much”.
  • Computes. Gets an answer that has decimal places. Panics. Recomputes.
  • Absent for 1 day. Feels absent for a month.
  • Finishes the exam first. Still waits for a person to pass his papers first.
  • Solves a problem. Answer not in the choices. Works back from the multiple choices.
  • Finds the problem easy. Then thinks that some information has been neglected to be considered.
  • Cheating is not an option.
  • Hates memorization but learns to love such because of Law.
  • Drops a ballpen during exam. Thinks that they wasted a couple of seconds on getting that pen.
  • Knows the grade before the professor gives it. 
  • Still loves Accounting even it makes their lives stressful.

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BUS RIDE

debitnash:

   As a yuppie (Young Urban Professional) I take the public transportation as means to go to my workpace. I think, I would still consider taking such even if I have my own car someday. I ride a bus almost every day of my life now. I believe it’s the most convenient mode of transportation. Of course it’s cheaper. Also, I don’t want to take the LRT because I am compelled to fall in line. I just loathe falling in line. And I don’t want to dole out to things which is not practical just like taking a cab. Don’t underestimate EDSA most especially during rush hour. It’s a big no to take taxi. As a yuppie, I must become more responsible especially in handling my hard-earned money.

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Riding a bus, makes me realize some things. You can see almost different walks of life or scenarios like a mad passenger arguing to the driver, couples cuddling like nobody’s around. Just like you, every person inside the bus has its own story. You’ll witness unexpected scenes. Scenarios that might change your views in life. Riding a bus, would make your eyes be more open to reality. 

It’s also an awkward time to reflect. Suddenly you become more reflective. You would reminisce the past. Nostalgia. Maybe this is what you get when you stare on a blank window with fast-moving images outside. Everything’s so fast that your mind decides to slow it down. You would think of the decision you’ve made. There would be regret. Most of the time, there would be acceptance. 

You may also find a person which you think could be the partner you’ve been waiting for. You would stare at him. Memorizing every detail you can. You would hope that he’ll smile at you and introduce his name. If you just got an extra guts to come closer, you will but you just can’t. Your fantasies suddenly pops up anywhere. Right that moment, you know you found your partner. When you think, he might be the one, fate would just say no. All of these, would end when the bus stops. Your world would stop as well. Yes. It’s not gonna happen yet. It’s not your favorite flick. It sucks.This just teaches us that, not all the time, we get what we want. Most of the time, the script we want to happen, just don’t happen. It’s quite disappointing. It hurts to think that he’s completely gone. From cloud 9 to ground zero. But you can not do anything about it. All what’s left is a little hope that someday your roads would cross again. 

Move on. Just like a bus. That’s how life works. 

Every bus stop reminds us that people come and go. You may choose to chase them or continue the ride. 

(via thejerrynation)

CAREER TALK

thejerrynation:

I have come across many people who do not like their jobs and as a result become negative about life. So the question is how did they get to that point? Often times it’s natural for us to be swayed towards a career that carries a lot of prestige, and pays a hefty salary. Individuals pay little attention as to why they want to get into that specific field, and run towards a career idea that seems to be right in the eyes of the public. The idea of being wealthy, pleasing those around oneself becomes awfully too tempting to pass up. I have heard of many stories of individuals in prestigious careers who are miserable in their lives. Here are three career tips:

1. Know yourself:

It is important for individuals to know themselves before they jump into a career or academic program. It is important for us to understand what we are passionate about.  Graduate programs often ask for applicants to submit personal statements. These personal statements contain information about why the individual would like to enter the program. The individual is forced to have an interview with themselves about the authentic reasons that they want to get into the program and to enter the career. If you can not think of strong reasons as to why you would like to enter the program or career, other than things like the material wealth you should take a step back and reevaluate what interests you. Knowing your interests, your passions, and your talents will give you a good start in understanding which career you should choose.

2. Do not put yourself in a box:

Many people take upon many different roles within their lives. It is important for us to stop limiting ourselves to a single role. We need to understand that as humans we are always growing, and evolving. Thus, we may have outgrown our old career or job as we have already mastered all the roles that it offered. Thus, it becomes important to move towards something that challenges us. Progress can only come with change, and without progress we will be unhappy. 

3. Do not be afraid of failure:

On the other hand there are individuals who are stuck in a job they clearly hate, but can not think of leaving because of the fear that they would be leaving their safety net which ultimately becomes their trap. Moreover, individuals are also fearful of becoming failures. Once again, we must remember we are always growing and as a result it is only natural for us to be making changes in our lives, even the changes that involve our careers. 

URBAN GEEK. URBAN GEEK. URBAN GEEK. URBAN GEEK.

URBAN GEEK.

Slangtionary

debitnash:

PHONECRASTINATION (n.) The act of letting the phone ring twice or thrice before answering it.

Hey! quit phonecrastinating and answer the phone.

FOOD BABY (n.) Used to describe the abnormally large belly of someone after having a heavy meal.

Person1: Are you pregnant? Ohhh. How many months along are you?

Person 2: No, that’s a food baby, dimwit.

BOREGASM (n.) The event of reaching the peak or climax of extreme boredom.

Dude, this class is so boring that I boregasmed several times already.

TWITTERHEA (n.) A condition afflicting people who have too many “tweets” for a short span of time.

He had twitterhea last night. 48 tweets in an hour. It was very annoying.

HIBER-DATING (v.) Not keeping in touch with friends and family because you have been dating someone.

She’s hiberdating. That’s why she has been absent for a week already. I smell the word “dropped”.

GIRLFRIEND BUTTON (n.) A button guy uses in a computer, Xbox or PS when a girlfriend arrives, calls, or wants to talk to him. A.K.A. the pause or the quit game button.

” Alright, alright, I’m pressing the girlfriend button!”

TEXTUALLY-FRUSTRATED (adj.) A feeling you get when you’re waiting for a text message to come and it is taking a long time for you to receive it through your mobile phone  Usually caused by malfunctioning networks or texters bipolar tendencies. 

“Ok, I’ve been texing you nonstop for three hours already and I’m sooo, textually frustrated right now. If you don’t press that girlfriend button, I swear, I’m going to break up with you!”

MANSTRATION (n.) Any moment when a man is unexplainably grumpy for no apparent reason.

Whatsup man? Chill! Do you have manstration right now?

DEFAULT POTENTIAL (adj.) used to describe pictures of yourself which are great enough to be your profile picture in facebook.

OMG! This photo has such a high default potential. This is gonna be my profile pic yo.

(via thejerrynation)