Engineer Oscar Pascua completed his electrical engineering course at FEATI University in 1985. He was immediately hired by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and assigned to various units within the organization. In 1994, he was promoted to Chief Planning Officer and tasked with supervising planning activities within his unit. He managed a team of three engineers and two other employees who reported directly to him. Pascua’s performance was rated as very satisfactory.
Engineer Pascua attended various training sessions, including management courses. He completed his M.B.A. in 1995. In January 1996, the position of general manager at Buena Vista Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECI) became available and he was nominated by NEA and ultimately appointed to the position in March of that year. Upon taking office, Engineer Pascua quickly began addressing the many problems facing the cooperative. During a meeting with key officers of BECI, he was informed of several issues.
The price of electricity charged to BECI’s customers is the fifth highest in the country. Additionally, 25 percent of the electricity service provided by BECI is lost every month and cannot be accounted for. Requisitions for supplies and materials are served after delays as long as three months, and some employees of the cooperative do not report regularly for work. Furthermore, there has been an increasing amount of uncollected accounts. Three days after the meeting, he recommended to the board of directors that they address these issues.
Engineer Pascua’s recommendations were approved by the board, which included:
- The dismissal of employees who do not regularly report for work
- A salary increase of up to 20 percent for every employee on the payroll
- The hiring of eight additional employees
- The formation of a team to investigate and recommend measures to minimize system loss”
After approval, Engineer Pascua signed all necessary memoranda to implement his programs. He also conducted regular inspections of the various units within the cooperative.
During the first week of March 1997, he convened a meeting with key officers to evaluate the previous year’s activities. The following points were made clear:
- The price of electricity could not be reduced for BECI’s customers because there was no reduction in the overall cost of doing business.
- The system loss, which was at 25 percent, increased to 26 percent instead of decreasing.
- There was no improvement in the requisition process for supplies and materials; delays still reached three months.
There is a new group of employees who are not reporting regularly for work. Additionally, the amount of uncollected accounts has increased from Php3.8 to Php4.2 million. Engineer Pascua has concluded that despite granting salary increases requested by the rank and file, there has been no subsequent improvement in services. He is now considering more drastic measures but is unsure if it’s the right thing to do. Furthermore, he is aware that there are some employees who are qualified and dedicated to their jobs.
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Studying Abroad
Nowadays, studying abroad brings people many advantages. First of all, it is undeniable that thanks to learning in foreign countries, they can improve their English. It is mainly due to the living environment there, where people have more exposure to English. Every day communicating with the native in the language is the chance for them to reinforce their English skills. Secondly, living independently is another thing people can gain after being overseas. In fact, when studying abroad, people cannot rely on anyone but themselves, and they have to solve all their problems.
It makes them get used to being independent. The quality is absolutely helpful in both their life and work nowadays. Last but not least, studying overseas also gives people more opportunities to find jobs. It is not only because of their good English skills but also the certificates they have got in foreign universities, which are highly appreciated in our country today. In short, studying abroad is a good choice for people today, especially the young.
Disadvantages Studying abroad is also disadvantageous to people for some reasons. First of all, it is undoubted that culture shock will happen when everyone is overseas. They can find the native’s behaviours, speeches and so on absolutely strange the first time in foreign countries. This makes the people totally confused and annoyed. Therefore, they can easily lose concentration on study when having culture shock. Secondly, homesickness is what people cannot avoid when studying abroad. This is because they have to live far from home in the different living environment. In addition, they also always have to solve problems by themselves.
All of these make them miss their families more than ever before and lessen their enthusiasm in learning. Last but not least, people also may have to learn under pressure while being abroad due to the big amount of money they spend on studying overseas. They always have to care for their marks at school for fear of not getting good certificate. As a result, they can be stressed, and their life overseas can become a nightmare. In short, studying abroad brings people both advantages and disadvantages, so everyone should think carefully before deciding to do this.
Student In Personal And Professional Development (PPD) Class
The purpose of this report is to reflect upon an aspect of my development that I have encountered throughout my time as a student in Personal and Professional Development (PPD) class conducted by lecturer Mr. Jeremy Ivan Thambirajah. I am a student here for almost a semester, and over my time here I have gained a lot than expected. Going through the PPD programme has taught me so much. It taught me how to be me. I have learned here how to write and express myself, how to think for myself and how to find answers to the things that I do not know.
Most importantly, I have learned how important self esteem is when conducting a presentation. I learnt that ethics, like how we dress when conducting a presentation is very important. The lecturer has made me aware of these formal systems of organization that enable people carry out tasks in the workplace. I even find the class exercises enabled me to be more disciplined, in others words, it has taught me to manage myself properly when it comes to completing coursework given by the lecturer. On top of that, it gave me a better team working skills, thus managing others well and overall was a good exercise in time management.
I can be slightly about getting my own way. Although I value myself as a good listener, I could benefit from considering other people’s opinions more carefully. Through this I can conclude here that this programme has enlightened me on the need for self-development. Even though I prefer to avoid confrontation, especially with people I know well. However, this is something that I need to overcome in order to be a successful leader. This, I realised after going through the PPD programme. I also found myself to be more confident with the work that I was assigned by the lecturer.
I have learnt to be patient and to communicate effectively. Writing had always been one of my strengths, but it was challenging to take that initial step past the high school, five-paragraph essay form that constricted my ideas for so long. Moving past this form, however, has greatly opened my mind. My thoughts are now able to be more complex because I have learned to adapt a logical argument in an organized way. I have reflected on this picture and concluded that I should not forget these experiences. I still wished we had been taught about more stuffs, like how to manage stress.