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Tell us about the best job
in the world: yours.
I've been jobless for more
than a year since I resigned
from my previous job. I
applied to several jobs
and had interviews but did
not qualify. My problem
arises during interviews
and I am sure that the way
I answer questions is the
main reason why I fail during
job interviews. Please give
me ideas on how to answer
questions such as: "Why
do you want the job?"
and " What can you
offer to this company?"
These are the questions
they always ask and I am
very confused on how to
answer these questions.
Letter to Patrick
By: C.K. Leung
A Filipino-Chinese friend in the
US showed me a letter from his
75-year old father urging him
to pursue MBA. I was so touched
by the old mans challenging
spirit that I asked for his sons
permission to reprint it after
altering his identity and editing
some personal details. For the
many Patricks among
our readers, I am redirecting
I am sending some materials for
you to consider in seeking a Master
in Business Administration (MBA).
Preferably, for diversification
purposes go for a general MBA
or a major in some specialty other
than Information Technology (IT)
(as you are well into IT already),
it is an insurance against any
future downsizing in your company
and against your job turning obsolete.
all know that as technology progresses,
less technicians and programmers
are needed. Take computer networking
for example. Now they have simplified
it to plugging adapter cards into
the computers port and interconnect
it through the houses telephone
outlets at a fraction of its previous
cost. Future operating systems,
starting with Windows XP, will
be self-diagnostic or diagnosed
online by logging on to a website.
In short, more sophisticated programs
will reduce the need for, if not
eliminate, technicians interference.
All these happen because of rapidly
reducing cost of hardwares, memories,
and storage devices. Side by side,
the quantum leap in processors
speed, logics, and technology
will reduce human intervention
to a minimum.
future need for technicians, of
course, will be greatly reduced
and human resources will be shifted
Physics-based design for more
powerful processor chips, computers,
and other hardwares
design for super self-debugging
operating system and less users
management team to tap consumers
needs, to market the product,
to communicate (i.e. act as
an interface between the users
and designers), and to coordinate
the scientists with the economic
reality of business.
Some experts mentioned that it's
the best time to pursue your graduate
degree while others are discouraged
by the lay-offs, poor job market,
and companies seeking bankruptcy
protection under Chapter 11. Only
the brave survives!
forget the realities of life.
Being a non-WASP (White, Anglo-Saxon,
Protestant), for the same job
you will have to show a better
qualification. Again, in life,
many things are not fair and will
never be fair. Not all the anti-discrimination
laws can assure you of a truly
equal opportunity. This is the
hard fact of life. But this is
also the Damocles sword
forcing the Chinese, Japanese,
and the other neses to strive
harder for the highest education
quote an article: Weighing the
value of an MBA -- is it worth
In today's competitive environment
you probably only have between
30 and 45 to earn the big bucks.
After that, if things keep going
in the direction they have been,
you'll be phased out for a younger
graduate. It will be presumed
that younger graduates will be
more up on what's happening then
than you will be after 15 years
on the job. A lousy assumption,
but a crude reality. You'll be
over the hill at 45.
more than the money when making
your decision. Going back to graduate
school can restart your engine.
It's hard work, but a different
kind of work than the daily grind
of the job. Besides, it could
Why do I have to spend long hours
researching, studying, and writing
letters and my memoirs? Simply
because I want to leave a legacy
to my children, grandchildren
and friends that there is no limit
to our determination, provided
we put our hearts into the task.
We have to continuously meet challenges
and age is never a constraint
to learn new things.
never underestimate your God-given
Republished with permission from
Power Principle: Influence with
the life-changing tradition of
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People, The Power Principle teaches
the core principle that affects
our careers and our lives. Dr.
Blaine Lee, an extraordinary teacher,
shows how principle-centered power
is the ability to influence other's
behavior, not to control, change,
or manipulate it. Power is something
other people feel in your presence
because of what you are as well
as what you can do, what you stand
for, and how you live your life.
When you honor others, they will
honor you. Lee shows you how to
overcome powerlessness, create
legitimate power and influence
with honor, and create a legacy
that will outlast you in the lives
of the people you care most about.