We spend most of our lives working and inside the workplace that it’s only natural that it will eventually contribute to any change or growth in our lives. For people straight out of the university, exposure to their first company can be even more impactful as it is a different experience to academia. Miguel Burgos (Analyst Programmer) recalls how he has developed as a person since joining Orbium.
I really am different now from the “me” back in 2014, when I joined Orbium. My colleagues back then can attest to me being a very quiet person – I would go to lunch alone, I’d barely talk to anyone unless I really had to, and I didn’t drink or go out for socials. I was very introverted.
Now, I still am quiet but not in the way I was back then. Orbium’s culture pushes you to heavily collaborate and share information with your peers, have constant communication with your onsite colleagues, and be able to utilise networking opportunities such as the Summer Event (Orbium’s annual APAC event), and of course, participate and enjoy drinking together.
Orbium’s culture has always revolved around giving its people opportunities to learn and develop. The company allocates annual external training budget for all employees, conducts internal courses and brownbag sessions on top of a constant stream of international opportunities. For Miguel, the exposure has helped him progress both professionally and personally.
The different opportunities Orbium has given me has made a huge change to who I am now. As I said before, I’ve presented brown bags and workshops. I also organised and hosted internal office events, joined the career fair to present the company to potential candidates and faced clients on site. These helped me learn how to present myself: To be more open, to network, to give presentations when expected to and just become more approachable in all areas
On the personal side, we have seen Miguel trying out different hobbies partly because of the lessons he learned at Orbium and how he developed as a person. On top of playing the piano and bowling, running – just like Orbium – has had a profound impact on him.
Running was one of the most daunting tasks I have tried doing, but it is also one of the most satisfying. A friend invited me to join in a 10km run. I was confident as I had been cycling and playing badminton, so I figured I was fit enough. So why not try it out. After doing my first event, which was a 10km run, I thought I couldn’t do the 42km, knowing the full extent of the distance and endurance.
That’s why running has been the most significant hobby I have taken part in. I can say it is 80% mental rather than it being physical. Running teaches you discipline – to stick to your morning routine, to your meal plans, to your training schedule. That discipline bleeds into your daily life where you properly plan everything and execute without fail. Another thing about running is it develops your tenacity and teaches you to keep pushing forward against difficulties.
Yes, you may encounter problems at work – sudden changes and deadlines you need to work on – but no matter what, you know you have to be prepared for it and you are ready to tackle it head on, because you know that you are only finished when you are done, so you deliver.
The harder the battle the sweeter the victory