Review Thursday: Ruth Floresca reviews Going Up? by Yay Olmedo

Posted: March 31, 2011 in Review Thursday
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Ruth Floresca is a work-at-home mom and freelance writer who contribute articles to several magazines and newspapers here in the Philippines like Good Housekeeping, Smart Parenting, Money Sense, Manila Bulletin and Philippine Daily Inquirer. You can visit her blogs, and for more of her writing


GOING UP?: Not Just for New College Grads

Joining the workforce for the first time after graduating from college can be overwhelming. I remember feeling lost the first time I worked in an office. At the time, I didn’t know much about office protocols and how best to make a mark in the corporate world. All I instinctively knew is that I had to do the tasks I was told to do with no questions asked.
I wished there was a book then that I could have read to give me better guidance on the right things to say, what to do, how to make the right choices, etc. etc. inside a working environment back.
New graduates are given that chance now. Grab a copy of Going Up? Making Right Choices at Work by Yay Padua-Olmedo. It is something you should read even before you apply for a job or start at one. It is also a good read for those who have been working for a long time and who’d like to have a refresher on office etiquette. With this, you can gain new insights which you can apply in everyday work scenarios.
My copy of the book is filled with highlighted passages that really spoke to and inspired me. Here’s sharing some of them:
On putting value to a first job – “The working man has value, no matter how far down on the organizational ladder he is … All of us are learners, and work attitude is more important that a job title.”
On taking risks – “Whether or not you consider yourself in the league of extraordinary inventors when it comes to creativity, you can believe you are an inveterate problem-solver, because it has been hard-wired into your psyche.”
On being proactive – “But see, bosses can take things for granted. They may assume that you know. By all means … ask for the guidelines that will enable you to do the job well.”
On professionalism -“Your reputation for dependability grows a little every time you commit to do something and fulfill your promise … Your trust rating goes up or down depending on how you fulfill your superiors’ expectations.”
There are more nuggets of wisdom to be learned in this little, but fully-packed, book. Discover them for yourself and use them to your advantage whether you are just starting on a new job or have already been working for quite some time. You may also want to give it as a gift to a young friend or relative who will soon be transitioning from university life into the corporate world.
In Going Up? Yay Padua-Olmedo shares with you lessons she learned from 30 years of navigating through the pitfalls and highpoints of the corporate world. Going Up? is filled with nuggets of practical wisdom you can apply in your everyday work situations. Going Up? is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops nationwide
Price: P 195.00  (US$ 4.33)
ISBN: 978971009052-5
  1. riz says:

    I can relate with the author. I started working six years ago. I guess I also had to learn those things mentioned above the “long” and “harder” way… but God is good and faithful. it would be awesome though if the younger ones can have access to such nuggets of wisdom early.

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