Having to work in a diversified environment would be a joy to me because meeting different people with different background is what I envision for my future job. I believe that working with people with varied principles is not something that would hinder my self-growth, instead, it would open up new doors for me to rediscover myself. Like a manager, I can use other people so that I can grow through them. As an aspiring accountant, I must have a professional judgement and skepticism towards my task but that doesn’t mean that I would change my attitude towards my colleagues and intimidate them all the time. What I want to become when I start working is someone who is easy to be with. I want to know my place at work where I am someone who needs to be taught to grow, and I am also someone who can speak up when needed. At work, it is better to get along with most of the people you work with for hours in order to feel good even with tons of work ahead. Having a diversified work environment may not be always calm for there would be discussions and debates from here and there but I can deal with that as long as we all learn from each other. Having debates is not a bad thing. Having different principles that may clash is not bad for the company as long as we all know when to listen and when to give up an argument.
I am not someone who looks for trouble when it comes to voicing out my opinion but I would like to be someone who is acceptable to what others perceive even though I don’t agree with it. I want to look at someone without building walls and indifference just to act professional. I know that in the future, the Philippines would also improve its standards and I will not be shock to see mixture of cultures and ethnicity in one place. By then, I would probably be excited internally to see foreign faces at work and learn not just work-related things but also the things that they usually do that I am not familiar with. I am genuinely excited to encounter various ages and races at work that would add excitement to my life just by being able to interact with them. I want to eat at different restaurants that cater different taste buds, hence, Western, other Asian cuisines and many more that would expand my tastebuds’ knowledge. I want to learn more languages just to be able to interact with other people at work because I feel like English may be the universal language in the corporate world, it is still nice to learn new things and make other people feel comfortable and talk the way they usually talk in their homes.
I am also stern to improve my attitude when it comes to understanding people with disability and meeting them halfway so they won’t have to feel like a burden. I want to work well with people with disability and show genuine care to them at work so they can feel at ease and comfortable. Also, when it comes to gender, I have no problem working with anyone, I have a lot of friends with different chosen genders and I enjoy hanging out with them and I see no reason to discriminate them. They are equally skilled, talented and intelligent as straight people. Working for me should not be tiresome when I could do something to spice up my work life. I can enjoy little interactions with my future workmates and enjoy after work bonding with them.
Overall, I am up for the diversity in the organization because I truly believe how valuable it is that when I work, I would also work my personality development and expand my circle with various people that screams diversity. I believe how important it is to know my place which means, I have no right to look down on people who look, dress and think differently than me. I work for the company and the people I work with are valuable to help be become better.
Evolution of South Korea’s Corporate World
South Korea has been one of the fastest growing economy in the world; their diverse culture and great contribution when it comes to technology and modern inventions added up to this. I have been an avid fan of their dramas and music, Kpop, that I can say that I know a thing or two about their modern corporate world as I have watched tons of K-drama that happen at an Office/Work set up.
First thing that noticed when it comes to their workplace culture is that they have this hierarchical culture that is really relevant in every workplace wherein younger people or freshly hired employees to the company really respect their Seniors or “Sunbaenim” One example is even during their ‘team dinner’, newbies act obediently to carry out their sunbaes’ orders to them. I really admire this kind of respect to someone with longer experience but I can see that it can become toxic and other Senior employees could take this culture to bully others. In the past, South Koreans who work under an employer cannot really turn down the invitations to after-work drinking sessions or weekend hiking expeditions with the boss but nowadays, as I can witness in the new K-dramas, millennials are already trying to show strong point that they have their own private lives that they have the right to decline even their boss’ invitation if needed. This is really significantly different in a way to our country and even western countries because of the amount of respect and effort Koreans give when it comes to their work just to get promoted although I cannot explain it enough.
Second thing that I can notice to South Korean’s culture is their Workplace now has women who work in the office. Up until now, Korea has always been a patriarchal country where women are supposed to get married to take care of their children, however, this generation showed a great improvement in how they view women. Human Resource should not focus on personal details regarding marriage and children especially for working women.
Last and the most significant, it is really hard to get a corporate job in Korea. It even takes them years just to study and review for national exams to work for the government, years of studying for a degree, that getting a job there is cutthroat. I have seen so many dramas where the protagonists have a hard time getting or keeping a job that I can say that it is easier here in our country to get a decent job. That is why millennials now prefer freelancing instead of getting a corporate job. One thing that I can say is that pursuing and trying to build your own brand is such a risky but dignified thing not everyone could do. Building your own name from scratch may take years but still fail, but the reward of growing from almost nothing must be liberating that I admire those who quit their jobs to pursue their passion in life. I am lucky now that Polytechnic University of the Philippines ranked 1 as the Top Choice of Companies in the Philippines and I actually carry this kind of reputation to the university I go to which makes me more confident to enter the corporate world with a grateful heart.