Top: Antonio Melani | Culottes: Stradivarius | Bag: Celine (same as here) | Heels: SM Parisian | Bangles: Hermes, Cartier, Ettika | Watch: Gucci | Necklace: H&M | Earrings: Bvlgari | Ring: Tiffany & Co
I’m seriously so envious of youngsters who get to enjoy their summer breaks in full blast—wouldn’t it be so perfect to just lounge around the beach and sip coconut juice the whole day? If I could, I would definitely do that. The most I can get away with now is a weeklong break and trust me, it’s not much. For the past 10 years, I haven’t had a decent summer break—except for when I graduated college and when I quit my job but even then, my days were interspersed with small errands; ever since I was 17, I’ve been taking additional units to supplement my minor back in college, not to mention, various short-term internships before I went straight ahead to work.
Then again, I don’t really regret any of it. Enjoying summer is wishful thinking for me—I like to complain about being overworked but if I were given the chance to take a summer sabbatical, I would most likely turn it down. I mean, my minor and internships were voluntary after all. Plus, I am where I am today, career-wise, because of all the small sacrifices I’ve made, like trading in the sand and waves for books and reports. On hindsight, yes, leaving my childhood prematurely was a big struggle but I don’t think I’d be able to gain the same wisdom on the real world at my age had I opted to forego career-building opportunities.
Again, it’s all a matter of your priorities. There is no right or wrong option, it’s dependent on your wants and needs. For me, I felt like I had nothing to lose back then—living in Cebu, I’ve had my fill of beaches and suntan lotions so I figured I might as well go ahead and do something else. If you’re anything like my teen self, then you’re most likely looking for other options—and if studying for additional units isn’t your cup of tea, then I suggest you try to go the other route by taking an internship just so you get a sneak peek of how the other half lives (ie: the workforce) and earn a bit of cash while you’re at it.
The key thing to getting an internship is to make sure that it’s aligned to your interests, it’s a career path you see yourself possibly taking in the years to come, and it’s in a reputable company. I took my first internship when I was in my sophomore year, if only because I was already able to settle in Freshman year and wanted to see if what I wanted to do would match the college major I was about to take in as a junior. Of course, anything past sophomore year is still acceptable—no matter what field you’re in, taking an internship is always beneficial.
Here’s a quick secret tip, for the competitive and driven go-getters reading this post: check www.inkompass.global. It’s basically an internship opportunity for ambitious college students who want a foot in the door in a reputable multinational company. You basically get a preview of how corporations work and see for yourself what a working environment is like.
This program was actually done in Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Australia last year and is now undergoing a second run in those countries; due to its success, it’s now being brought to the Philippines and 16 other countries! Plus, it’s going to be a highly-paid internship, giving you more than pocket money for leisure activities!.
So what are you waiting for? The option is ultimately yours. Relax for the summer, study to beef up your knowledge, or gearyourself up for the future by taking an internship. If I had a choice, the option would be clear but I’m leaving it up to you.
Anyway, this was an outfit I wore today, real-time! Yes, it’s Summer for most people but unfortunately, the most leisure I can partake is by going to a park during lunch break. All else, it was a pretty manageable Friday–a rarity, to be honest. Here are some more photos: