Why did I choose this course:
I basically chose the course for three major reasons :
1. Potential for Good Career
Industrial Engineering is a course with very high potential for a good career aside from giving it's graduates the chance to land a supervisory or managerial position in any kind of company or business. During my time, the course was not as popular or known as it is today because it was definitely “new” to some and it's significance wasn’t much felt but eventually, over the years, it has become a very in-demand course that a number of industries, not only here in the country but also worldwide, are looking for. I took Industrial Engineering because based on it's history and background, it's graduates have that greater advantage in getting high-earning jobs since in Industrial Engineering, the engineers don’t always stay in the same position but tend to get promoted or are assigned to bigger departments and plants.
2. No Board Exams (there is a certification exam now)
About my college education:
I learned a lot. It would probably take me a day to tell everything but if I have to make it short, I’d say I learned how to become a learner and not just a student. I've learned that how important each member of the business is, from the worker or employee to management, everything must be working together to meet a common goal and succeed as a business. I've learned also not to be traditional when it comes to seeking answers; we were taught to always think "out of the box".
Out of all my major subjects, I would say that Engineering Management is quite difficult because it is a subjective kind of topic. We are given cases to analyze and it is up to us to provide recommendations. So if we are not very much familiar about the company being studied and how they operate, we wouldn't be able to answer as best as we could. But the most difficult for me was my Physics class. I really didn't like it from the very start because it was so scientific and we always had to memorize the formulas and do problem-solving all the time (which really didn't appeal to me as useful unless I was planning to be a physicist).
I saw great significance in my IE subjects such as Statistics, Ergnomics, Quality Control and Labor Code.
The subject I enjoyed the most was Systems Study because it was so different and most interesting from the rest of my subjects.
One can have an easier time studying this course if he/ she makes use of "common sense". I'm not trying to be mean or arrogant in saying so but that is a sure fact. In Industrial Engineering, we are taught to see the "obvious". It just means that you need to be practical and a critical thinker. It would be very useful too if you are keen and observant like always having an eye for detail. For company studies, every detail, no matter how small, is important to get the whole picture. Best of all, always invest on your own hardwork, passion, curiosity and creativity.
My current job:
My current job is being a Sales Supervisor in San Miguel Corporation. It is one of the Philippines’ most diversified conglomerates, generating billions of pesos for it's annual net income through it's highly integrated operations in beverages, food, packaging, fuel and oil, power, mining and infrastructure. I've been with the company since 2003. As my position implies, I am responsible for overseeing the sales (including selling and marketing) operations of the company.
Am I using what I learned in college:
I really believe that the kind of education I received in Ateneo gave me an edge in my journey of finding a good career. I was able to use the knowledge I had in Systems and Marketing in an Abaca factory I conducted a study on before my current job. I was able to recommend improvements to make processing and production of abaca more efficient and profitable.
Another very practical subject in my course is Time and Motion Study which I applied on a particular study I did in Davao Doctor's Hospital. In this study, I used the concepts and methodologies in Time & Motion study to determine how long it would take for each patient to have his or her X-ray exam processed; after which, I suggested ways on how to improve the process and eliminate unnecessary steps so the people in the X-ray department can become more effective and so that patients could be happier with the kind service the hospital gave.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
In 2 months after my graduation I had my first job in Franklin Baker, a company in Sta. Cruz Davao as a warehouse man. A warehouse man's duties include receiving, shipping, transporting, and all activities related to handling and managing inventory and supplies and organizing them in the warehouse. I also was in charge of maintaining the inventory of the company's products in good condition while it is kept in stock in the warehouse.
Do I recommend studying BS in Industrial Engineering:
Absolutely yes. It is a very good course where opportunities for work and promotion is high. There is also a lot of companies nowadays looking to hire Industrial Engineers because of their wide range of capabilities in the work place.
For salary concerns, a junior IE can get somewhere around P12,000. The salary is highly dependent on the size, nature, and status of the company you'll be working with. The prospects are great if you get hired in a company which caters also to the international market, though the challenge and competition is quite tough.
Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Do not underestimate this course just because it doesn't have a board exam. If you do, you'll be up for a big challenge all throughout your college life. Well, when I graduated I realized that having the following skills at hand is very vital to succeeding through the course, and the profession, in the future:
Math Skills - definitely if you don't have this you'll probably get stuck in just your first year of college. Though math subjects in 1st year only include algebra and trigonometry, it is important that you master these basics because as you move up a year, the math just gets more complicated and that would be the case for calculus subjects.
There's no way you are going to pass through an engineering course without going through any problem-solving activity. 90% of the time, you would be required to analyze a problem & provide a solution regardless if it's a math subject, physics, or a case-study. The key here is to know how to dist
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