About Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila:
I studied Physical Therapy at Emilio Aguinaldo College. It was a big decision for me to move from the province (Angeles City) to Manila; having this mindset that education is always achieved best by those who studied in the Metro. Coming from a private Catholic School to enrolling in a Nonsectarian College, everything seems to be in chaos; I was continuously looking for the convenience that my previous school offered and how people treat each other with much respect. EAC (Emilio Aguinaldo College) did not have this so called private campus. Some buildings were situated across the streets and there were even residential houses in between. The College runs this “no big bag policy” or “transparent bag policy” inside the buildings which for me is sickening and pathetic. There is also no way to delineate which students are taking this and that course because all students wear the same white uniforms as if everybody is taking up medical courses. On top of my rants, I would never forget seating in a classroom with 80 to 100 agents in it. I don’t find the school conducive to learning because of jam-packed set up. If there is one thing I would rave of, it’s the Professors who knew what they were talking about. They were good in their craft that they were able to train us on how to go about / what to do when time comes that we are to take the board exam. And for all of these, I give back all the praises for doing a job well done.
About my college education:
The course was pretty boring at the start; mainly because of 2 reasons - First, it was not me who chose Physical Therapy and second is I already had this connotation in the beginning that it would be a difficult course. However, after passing the screening exam during my second year, I felt that it was the right course for me. Everything went well that I did not fail any of my subjects during college. I can say that the most memorable, enjoyable, challenging and mind-boggling part of studying Physical Therapy is when I reached Internship. During this phase, being a subject matter on every aspect of Physical Therapy is a must. You get to test your knowledge with other Physical Therapy students from other schools, especially if your “destination” is a well-known hospital like PGH.
I don’t want to discourage other students especially those who are confuse as to which course to take. For those who are brave enough to dissect a frog, cat to a human being, those who can withstand “few” sleepless nights for exam preparation, for those who have “photographic memory” and are able to somehow finance the costly part of Internship, then, without second thoughts, this course is for you. I would strongly suggest this course especially if what you’ve been dreaming to is going for a greener pasture.
My current job:
After 2 years of not earning as a Physical Therapist, I decided to try my luck in BPO Industry. I currently work as a Quality Assurance Analyst in one of the call centers here in Clark. My job description is to review calls of agents ensuring that each and every one of them follows the legal and ethical standards and policies set forth by the company/client.
I have been working in a call center for almost 7 years now. I started as an agent and moved my way up to being part of the Quality Assurance Team. I enjoy my job because it pays me well. Aside from the grave yard schedule wherein I have to sleep in the morning and be awake at night, I don’t have regrets or rants having this occupation.
Am I using what I learned in college:
The things that I’ve learned back in college benefit me in 2 ways. First, I get to treat myself and other members of my family especially those that need Physical Therapy intervention. That alone saves me from paying 500 pesos for every session that I have to undergo when I needed a back treatment. Second is, the interpersonal skills that I’ve learned from dealing with patients. These are the same skills that I use to interact with members/clients/customers considering that I work in BPO (call center) Industry.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Since I was not able to find a clinic or hospital who would give me allowance for treating their patients, my parents finally decided to set up a clinic for me where I will be the one manning it. Working on my clinic took approximately 2 years after I graduation.
Do I recommend studying BS in Physical Therapy:
I am a registered Physical Therapist for 10 years now. I have tried manning my own clinic few months after I passed the board with the help of my parents. 2 years after, I sold every piece there is at the clinic because aside from me not earning at the end of the day, I would end up broke with nothing left to pay the bills. It was never easy being a Physical Therapist in a country where some would mistaken you as a plain “manghihilot” without taking into consideration the 5 years that you’ve studied every muscle in human’s body. Bottom line is, if there is a way for you to go abroad (I am not an advocate of this) after passing the board exam, then, welcome aboard!
Being a Physical Therapist can be both satisfying/gratifying and depressing course. If you have family members abroad or you think that there is an easy way for you to go to greener pastures, then, that is one factor that you can greatly consider. As long as we are talking about migrating and practicing abroad, Physical Therapy will be able to sustain you financially. However, if you are planning to stay here in the Philippines, I urge you to take Radtech or Medtech courses as these are more promising here in country.
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