Goal [1/20]

Get accepted into my target company’s actuarial division:

I didn’t want to post about this earlier because I was afraid to jinx it, but now that it has been confirmed by the division head, I’ll allow my pessimistic self to let my guard down and feel proud for once. 😀

Why is Manulife DS my first choice? First, I’m aware that it won’t take as much mental/emotional energy for me to adjust to the workplace and the culture since I’ve undergone a certain degree of immersion during my internship days, compared to starting from scratch with a new company. Back then I had already constructed a system in my mind on how to live optimally under those conditions (subject to modification, since I have recently revised my life plan). Secondly, northbound travel time is generally shorter in the morning (mainly why I’m reluctant to consider companies in Makati). I’m also considering to move somewhere nearer to my workplace to minimize it. And lastly, it is conveniently located close to my university! This is important since most applied math courses I plan to take are offered only during weekdays. TL;DR: I’m generally risk-averse when it comes to spending my resources. XD

This calls for a mental celebration! 😀 (and a lot of pre-employment documents to process T__T)

Vacation goals

Since my last semester in college is finally over, I was able to go back to my hometown earlier today. I’m well aware that this is going to be my last time-flexible vacation before I enter the workforce, so my tendency to be an overachiever is at its peak. I plan to commit myself to a lot of personal projects (while waiting for college documents to be processed) and be productive, which gives me good vibes. 🙂

As soon as I got home, I enrolled myself in several online courses with the financial assistance of my mom. For every course I finish, I shall make a post of the noteworthy things I learned so that others may benefit from my experience as well (also as practice for summarizing things).

My passive goal during these few weeks of freedom is to read philosophy books (I might write about them if I find the time). Aside from these, I also plan to study deeper game theory and sin tax in the Philippine context (in case my mentor would request assistance for one of his upcoming papers), review lessons in statistics, learn how to code in Visual Basic and R, impart random useful knowledge to my favorite brother, and if I have spare mental energy, study basic Korean and continue my review for Exam FM (which I unfortunately had to put off due to my attention-hungry thesis project). Anyway, this is supposed to be a vacation so I think having fun (albeit by developing new skills and in-depth learning in fields unrelated to actuarial) is justified. 🙂 What I really look forward to is getting to (passively, introvertly) spend time with my family again, since I rarely get to go home to see them (and I expect my schedule to get even tighter once I start working).

TL;DR: Busy month ahead. Will post updates on my progress with my checklist soon!