Thursday, November 29, 2012

Writing is a Life Skill

Dear Juliet,

Do you have friends, relatives, or workmates who repeatedly ask you to write something for them, like, say a resignation letter, a letter of intent, or even a Facebook status? Then, it's too bad for them. Perhaps they weren't very attentive to their English Language teacher when they were in elementary, high school, and college.

WRITING IS A LIFE SKILL. ENGLISH IS THE LANGUAGE OF GLOBALIZATION. These two are things I recently re-learned from Ms. Nancy, a co-applicant at MAPUA. After taking the MELT [MAPUA English Language Test], this was something we talked about in passing. She mentioned that English is definitely important in the workplace. And unfortunately, it's also something people are afraid of. "Kapag may English-only policy sa isang lugar, pansinin mo, ANG TAHIMIK," she quips. LoL! I can't help but agree because I, myself, am scared of this policy as well.

But, YES. Writing in English is something you need to know, if not master by the time you finish college. It's your tool in the corporate world. How can you find a decent job if you can't even write your SKILLS and CAPABILITIES in your resume? How can you pass an interview if you can't answer in straight English? So as early as elementary, it's really important that you try to learn the English lessons. Master the essentials, especially your subject-verb agreement. Try to speak in English frequently, even if you're not very good at it. Exercise your tongue and learn the difference in pronunciation between fit and pit; band and bond; fun and fan, beat and bit, bane and vein.

I am lucky I have great teachers who educated me with the acceptable English I am capable of right now. I'm not saying I'm the best, I'm just saying that I'm equipped with the right weapons in the war called job hunting; in the foreign land called corporate world. I guess what I'm trying to say is: 

KIDS, LEARN YOUR ENGLISH. Hayaan nyo nang dumugo ang ilong nyo, wag lang kayo mahirapan makipag kumpitensya sa mga aplikanteng madaming bala.


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