Building a career in remote work can be fun, exciting, and everything in between. On the other hand, it can also be agitating and filled with mixed emotions. In the process, you may encounter instances where you may be dazed and confused, unsure if you’re doing the right thing or otherwise.
It’s safe to say that these are normal, and you shouldn’t panic if you encounter them. However, it should also be noted that you can breathe a sigh of relief if you’re in the right company that nurtures respect, trust, and thought-sharing. In other words, being at the right place at the right time can do wonders for your career.
This is what happened to Viel, a Magic employee whose success story may act as an inspiration for those who want to jumpstart their careers.
It starts with making the right decision.
I was a fresh graduate at the time Magic reached out to me on Kalibrr. To be honest, what got my attention was the high pay for a fresh graduate role. I was young and up for any challenges so I decided to apply as a creative solution specialist or in house we call as “Magician” which basically means being a personal virtual assistant for Magic’s clients.
Also, what really made me decide to join Magic was that it’s a start-up company. Reading everything about start-ups at that time made me excited to be part of Magic, and I know that I made the right decision since I’ve met a lot of young and like-minded individuals who I’ve learned a lot from.
(Viel with Mike Chen, Magic’s CEO)
I started in February 2017 as a Creative Solution Specialist (Magician), and after 1 year and 6 months, I had the opportunity to apply for a project-based recruitment associate position within Magic. The move was only a lateral growth opportunity at that time, but I gave my best and exceeded expectations, and I was mentored by my manager as we were only two people in the team.
Lucky for me, I got absorbed to be a full-time recruitment associate, and after 1 year and 4 months, I got promoted to become a recruitment specialist and was tasked with handling more challenging requisitions and even took part in the dedicated hiring project.
Right now, as a recruitment manager, what I enjoy the most is being able to lead a team of like-minded people who have the drive for growth and quality. At the same time, having a senior manager who doesn’t only help with our career development but also supports us in our personal development.
The workplace environment is crucial when it comes to professional and personal career development.
Magic has paved the way for my professional and personal career development. I’m happy that Magic invests in their people and, as much as possible, promotes from within. Specific to my experience, Magic allowed me to hire my mentor, my current senior recruitment manager, who is now showing me the ropes of the recruitment industry, processes, and even workshops and seminars.
Oftentimes, work-life balance is the deal breaker.
With Magic, I was able to achieve work-life balance since the company encourages its employees to clock out on time and avoid doing overtime. I appreciate the opportunity that Magic was able to adapt to a hybrid setup in 2018 and go fully remote in 2020, as they have proven that we are more effective and efficient working from home. I’m able to do the things I love after work and even spend time with my parents, who are both senior citizens. I’m thankful for the fact that I can take care of my loved ones while being able to finish deadlines on time.
The most unique experience I’ve had balancing my work and personal life was taking a “work vacation,” where I was working from a beach in the Philippines while creating a project timeline. The moment was surreal for me as I was watching the sunset while making my reports.
In a nutshell,
On the one hand, having exceptional skills as well as knowledge can help you reach great heights career-wise. On the other hand, being in the right company that nurtures your talents and at the same time aids in helping you tap your full potential can be beneficial and can do wonders for your career development.