Jobs are good. They’re also necessary unless you have a huge trust fund waiting for you. But is it always just a means of survival? Surely there must be more to life than that, right?Ideally, the monetary benefits of your job should be good enough so everyday necessities are addressed while a good amount is left over for savings and some recreation. Another ideal is that being in a job should give a sense of achievement and fulfilment aside from the usual monetary benefits. Somewhere along the way, though, you get that feeling that you should move on, that your present job isn't for you anymore and you should start packing your bags. What are the signs that it may be time to start polishing that résumé of yours?
You hate Mondays—too much. Mondays are the start of the workweek and if you start that stretch always having to haul yourself to work, that’s obviously not a good sign.
You always have this itch to do something else and you feel you’re being held back somehow. You know this isn’t what you really wanna do or you're not able to achieve exactly what it is you want to achieve.
It seems your pay is the only real reason you’re still working where you are. A sizeable pay cheque is always good but it only goes so far. When a salary is quite good but a person is not happy with the job itself, there are many instances of vacation and medical leave being used up as well as instances of tardiness.
If you experience all these, there may be a need to look at other options. If you’re not happy where you are, it may be time to move on. You aren’t even alone in thinking about what else to do with your life. A Forbes article says more and more Americans are quitting their day jobs to do stuff they really wanna do. That talks about Americans, of course, but shouldn’t you also be doing what makes you happy?
There are steps to consider before you just decide to jump ship though:
Have a look at all your material and financial obligations. Food, rent, transportation, education, insurance, and the daily needs of all humans should be considered. You can’t go all gung-ho without looking at the practical side of things. Dreams should be pursued but not at the expense of having real-life nightmares in your waking moments simply because you didn’t take stock of your responsibilities.
Define for yourself what you really want to do. Set your goal and make this as clear as possible. This will provide you with the direction you need especially when things become difficult, and they will. No change is without challenges. These challenges will come and you will need a lot of power to push you forward. That usually comes from the goal you set for yourself and your determination to get there.
Study and do some research. You don’t get into a new career or job ill-prepared. You have to know what you’re doing. You won’t know everything in one go (though you never really end up knowing everything anyway) so keep an attitude of always wanting to learn more. The best of the best in any field will be a constant learner. Be like that.
Commit. Commitment isn’t just telling yourself you’ll do something. You look at yourself again and plan your steps. This is nothing short of a life decision and a working plan is important and necessary while keeping in mind that plans still need to be tweaked as you go along. That’s all part of true dedication—realising that you might not have known future situations and being humble enough to make adjustments as needed. What's important is that you're committed to an end goal. Any adjustment made is toward that goal.
Look for the right kind of help. Today’s world has made it easy to find and connect with the right people to help you. It makes no sense to try and do everything on your own. There’s help out there; go find it and maximise your time. You can certainly speed things up towards success and your goals if you have the right kind of help. For one thing, there are people who can help you become better as a professional and give you accreditation while you look for paying gigs.
Getting to your dream career or career path is not necessarily an easy journey but it doesn’t have to be all that complicated or difficult.
Please have a look at the GIGCO website for ideas in how you can jump-start your job journey. Start doing your research so you don't need to feel lost or afraid. There are ideas and opportunities for training with GIGCO and we're all just waiting for you.
The moving image has always been a fascination for many since the birth of this art form. There's a sense of magic when images on a screen are seen moving. The availability of digital technology and all its advantages have made film-making accessible and attainable for the amateur and aspiring professional.
GIGCO organised a workshop on the basics of videography for budding film-makers with GIGCO's resident video expert, Jay-R Del Mundo.
Things began slowly in the classroom session with Jay-R discussing gear, camera settings, video formats, exposure--the usual concepts even photography enthusiasts will be familiar with. He then took the whole group outdoors and discussed basic shot types and camera movement for video. He made sure to clearly differentiate shots for photography and those for videography. The fundamental difference here is that photography deals with the still image while videography deals with the moving image.
The shot choices are all based on these ideas and Jay-R focused on how movement is best captured using a camera and what kind of equipment and techniques facilitate this. He went on to demonstrate how to do shoots especially using a gimbal to get stable shots regardless of a videographer's movements.
The whole group went back indoors to the GIGCO offices to talk about file handling. This is the digital age and the creative output is in the form of files on a memory card first. If one doesn't respect or appreciate this fact, a lot can go wrong. Jay-R chose to discuss how the whole process of organising files and doing basic editing on Apple's Final Cut Pro is done.
This is the first of training sessions with Jay-R. He will be doing more basic videography sessions and more advanced ones soon. Always check out GIGCO training opportunities. Also, --photography, videography, narration or modelling--we would love to know what tickles your fancy.
Upcoming Training Session: Engagement Photography Workshop
Allan Nacpil is back! Expect Allan to weave his magic using the ideas of thematic photography for another session on engagement photography on 02 December 2018. People have kept asking for it and GIGCO has made this session available again.Allan once again rides on "The Love Express" to give new meaning to conceptualising, planning, executing and editing photos. He will spend a considerable amount of time on setting a clear objective in the shoot and what it means to communicate with his subjects so that the shooting experience is enjoyable and fruitful for all concerned. Engagement photos are special because they deal with an actual relationship between the two parties in the photo. These are, in reality, not models and will most likely not know what it means to pose in front of a camera much less interact with someone else in a photo. Allan will go into different poses and how to get a couple to interact with each other as if they were professional models.
Is it actually possible for a real-life couple to act tense and awkward in front of a camera? Yes! This is one major issue that Allan will deal with along with the usual favourites of choosing the right settings, using the right equipment, file management and doing the necessary post-processing.
On 12 January 2019, a session on architectural photography will be given by Wesley Loh. Find the details here. Go to gigco.work and sign up now! Always check out the GIGCO website for our training offerings. Also, do let us know what you would like to learn so that we can endeavour to organise such a session for you.
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