A Look into a Programmer’s Life: Miguel Burgos Part 1 (Employee Feature)

Life at Orbium July 19, 2018

A Look into a Programmer’s Life: Miguel Burgos Part 1 (Employee Feature)

Finishing a degree is a cause for celebration but not long before we get into the celebratory groove comes the looming pressure of finding a job. For many fresh grads, it can be quite daunting to find their first employer. With so many companies claiming to be the right employer, how do you choose one? For Miguel Burgos (Analyst Programmer), it’s a matter of finding the company that suits his preferences but also presents enough opportunities to challenge him and push him to new heights.

As a fresh graduate who came to the company, can you explain a little bit of why you chose Orbium out of all the prospective employers during your time of job hunting?

Most fresh graduates have an ideal vision of how they want their first job to be. After I graduated, I received an offer from a company, but the initial package offer was not good. Their offices are also hard to reach, whereas Orbium offered a very competitive salary and much more realistic work hours.

What is it about the company that sealed the deal for you?

The company gave me a job offer aligned with my preferred working hours and employee package. Also, there are the travel opportunities not only for leisure, but for work as well. Lastly, it was the professionalism and discipline of the people. I personally like the culture of Orbium where people are generally fun, polite, and smart. For me, it was quite different from the usual Filipino company.

Most of the apprehension that comes with starting as a programmer (both in Asia and Europe) is that the skills gained from just working on core banking systems can limit a person’s market value when they go back to the marketplace. Do you feel the same way? Why do you think people should give the analyst programmer role at Orbium a chance?

First off, if you want to be a technical expert in mainstream technology, there are better choices out there for sure. But, if you are someone who sees themselves excelling at different facets of your career, then that’s what makes Orbium different.

This isn’t about being stuck in one technology for the rest of your career, it’s about having the best environment and different career opportunities that an average programmer would not have.

You will be given a chance to work with people, test your management skills especially your time and your relationship with others.

Orbium builds its employees as a whole – an exemplary, adaptable, efficient expert that is ready for anything they may face. And this is not an exaggeration, I have been involved with being an organizer and host for several office events and Christmas parties, a trainer for technical workshops, and a recruiter at a career fair – this is all the while I am doing my part as a team lead for an offshore delivery project.

Being an Analyst Programmer in Orbium isn’t only about programming, it’s about being a professional who knows how to talk to people, build relationships, conduct quality training and workshops, coach and be coached – all in a very active environment of collaboration and contributions.  

Being a part of Orbium for Miguel for the last four years has pushed to go out of his comfort zone and grow.

First let’s talk about comfort zones and how our careers and lives are usually hindered by staying in this small safety bubble of ours.

One of the most common reasons why we stay in our comfort zone is fear of failure. If you want success in your career then you must be willing to do things that you are not used to doing, face problems you haven’t faced before, and most importantly fail, get back up, and fail again

In the end, what gives you the stepping stones to achieve what you are capable of is learning from those failures when you go out of your comfort zone. Like the first one, we pass up on opportunities to stay in our comfort zone.

Here at Orbium, picking up on these opportunities and taking advantage of them is another skill you will learn. You will have a coach that will guide you in recognising these opportune moments beneficial to both your personal and professional life.

The last and most memorable one – and the thing I took most to the heart – is about procrastination. We will be spending most of our waking life inside the office in front of our laptops and desks. What you do in that regular 8 hours of your life will build your character as a person. Whether this is how you talk to your colleagues, how you compose emails, how you respect the office hours, how you respect the time of your colleague, how you deal with problems.

Just as Orbium helped him recognise professional opportunities, this has also extended to the rest of his life. Miguel has also been trying out different hobbies which not only interests him but gives him enough room to explore and learn more things. He has recently started learning the piano.

I was a gamer, I still am but not as invested as before, I barely even touch my gaming rig now, even on the weekends. It all started when I saw my statistics in the game that I played, and it showed me how many hours I have spent online playing the game. And what I felt back then was a mix of disgust and regret, seeing that many hours wasted. That was when I thought, if I had just invested those hours in something I wanted to do, then now I would be proud of myself for achieving something of real value.

When I see someone playing the piano, I wonder what goes on in their minds, how they can read sheet music all the while playing. It was the genuine curiosity and desire to try and do something that I previously can’t do. It’s about proving to myself that I can do it if I just wanted to.

This is the first part of our feature into the life of one our programmers. Stay tuned for the next parts as we explore his journey with Orbium, being a semi-pro bowler and marathon runner.

Explore the continuation of his journey with Orbium on the second part of his series.