Updating your office wardrobe for summer

Yes, it is officially summer and who could not notice when temperature outside could reach as high as 43 °C at its peak. If you live in a tropical country, you will most likely know how difficult it is to dress for the office with all the stiffness and bulk of the usual business attire.

However, there are ways to ease the summer heat by injecting a little style change in your daily office wear without sacrificing the corporate look. Here are some tips to steal the office summer look.

Put the lights on

Lights on

Instead of your usual black, brown, gray and navy put on something white as your neutral color for the summer. Add a touch of light colors by using pastel hues and cool tones to refresh your look.

Go with the flow

flowy fabric

Fabrics play major role to ward off the summer heat, so choosing the right kind of fabrics for your office wardrobe is a must. Go for lightweight or weightless materials for your blouses, dresses and yes, even your blazers. Sheer fabric is a good choice when topping it off with blazers. Fabrics with cut outs such as eyelets or lace is another alternative since it allows air to circulate in your body.

The silhouettes

Sihouettes

Cuts and silhouettes that flows away from the body is the usual preference during summer. When updating your office wardrobe for the summer, look for cuts that will not cling to your body and those that will not add bulk when you try to layer them (yes, layering is ok for summer too!). Choose silhouettes that is easy,flowy and relaxed to ward off heat.

Slip that dress

Slip dress

If you cannot do away with your dark colors this season, wear the color for your slip dress. However, choose a slip dress in light, feathery fabrics and fits comfortably. It should be not too tight and in appropriate length.

Bring it on, gaucho

wide leg pants

Structured trousers are not that comfortable wearing this time of the year since it has the tendency to cling to your legs. You can style your office wardrobe this season by swapping your trousers to the less structured, wide-legged pants. You can also opt for cullotes and gauchos for easy, breezy dressing. Just make sure that it fits you in your waist and hips to avoid looking sloppy.

Whatever you wear this summer, just make sure that it will still conform with your company’s dress code to avoid getting into trouble with your HR. Beat the heat this summer and be the stylish corporate chick.

The To-Do List of Intership

Undecided what to do this summer? Why not try to apply for internship instead and make your summer experience different and productive. Nowadays, many companies here and abroad are offering internships to qualified college students and recent graduates as part of their human resource platform. It opens an avenue for qualified young individuals to experience the professional world, albeit not as full-time entry level employees. But before you jump into the internship bandwagon, you need to understand that there is not much financial remuneration in this kind of employment program. Most internship are not paid since the goal here is to provide you with the much needed experience that you can put in your resume and prepare you for the real job market. However, there are some that offer allowance as a compensation or if you are lucky, there are some that offer a minimum wage. Also, like any other job, internship slots are limited so if you are one of the lucky picks, you should maximize the value of the experience.

Not sure what to do during your internship? Here are some tips to have a rewarding internship experience:

Be like a sponge

like a sponge
Internship is about learning so take advantage of this privilege. Employees tend to be more sympathetic with interns as they know that you are there to learn. So ask relevant questions on the tasks that they assigned to you. Take down notes as much as possible so you won’t forget important details. During the course of your internship, be like a sponge and absorb everything that you need to know.

Be enthusiastic

be enthusiastic

During your intership, expect that you will be assigned menial, unglamorous jobs in the workplace like filing paperworks, fetching coffee, photocopying and answering phone calls which are most likely nowhere nearly relevant to your college course. However, this is part of the learning process and you should accept and do your job with enthusiasm. Doing your best in small tasks signals that you are a responsible individual and that you can be entrusted with bigger one in the future.

Be visible

volunteer

The most common internship mistake is that interns usually choose to shy away from the rest of the workforce until the end of their internship. Remember, aside from the experience, you also need a refenrence person to vouch your character to put in your resume. So don’t just sit in one corner and keep to yourself. Meet people around the workplace and make sure that they know your name especially your immediate supervisor. Be courteous to others and be the intern that they can rely on. In this way, you increase your chance of getting good recommendation in the future.

Be self- motivated and volunteer

visible

Doing well in your assigned tasks is good. But if you think you can do more other than the job assigned to you, be a self-starter and volunteer to run errands for your colleagues. People in the workplace will surely appreciate some help. Just make sure that you get clear instructions on the task and you do the job right to avoid setbacks. When people see that you can be entrusted with other jobs, they will begin to assign more interesting jobs for you other than the menial ones.

Say thank you

say thank u

At the end of your internship let the people you work with know that you appreciate your stay in the company and thank them. Send them thank you notes and tell them how much you have learned from the experience and that you are lookinh forward to be working with them in the future. If you are eyeing a spot in the company, sending thank you note signifies that you are open for possible employment with them. Remember that people always remember those that send a word of gratitude.

Your intership experience, whether it is a good or a bad one, is valuable in shaping your job market perspective. If you had a fun and worthy internship then you are a lucky one. But if your experience is not that good, be thankful and at least take the lesson it shared.

MAMARAMA: The Dilemma of Being a Supermom

“Mom, what time are you coming home?”

This is no longer an extraordinary question that you can hear from children nowadays since in this modern times, more and more women are joining the workforce market. You can always find a career woman everywhere in the career ladder. Thus, it is not uncommon to find many of these career women are actually working moms who struggle to keep their work-life balance.

There are many reasons why most modern moms choose to tackle a career than to be full-time moms. One of he main reasons is economics and in this hard time it is better to have two monthly paychecks footing the bill to make ends meet. It is therefore an understatement when these career moms complain about “struggling to keep their sanity”. I, as a working mom do feel the difficulty of fulfilling two roles at the same time. Most of the time, the family is getting side-tracked in the process and to pressure to deal with this kind of situation is not a pleasant experience and leaves a great emotional burden.  A colleague of mine once asked me “Do your children still know you?” Well, I replied “YES” positively but that question lingers at the back of my mind up to this day.

If you are struggling to cope with the woes of being a career mom, here are some things that you can consider to manage the stress of being a “supermom”:

Don’t bring your work home

Dont bring work home

With the advancement of modern technology, it is easier for us to be rubbed off of quality time from our family. Workplace concern can easily seep through your personal space through your mobile phones, emails, laptops, etc. It is difficult not to attend to them even when you are already at the comfort of your home. It is hard not to take a peek at your work emails and phone messages  but as much as possible, refrain from doing it. Do remember that at home, family should be your first priority.

Spend fun times with your family during your day offs

Family_Bonding

Sometimes t is easier to just lay in bed doing nothing the whole day on your day off. There are also times that you feel you are lagging behind with the household chores that you choose to complete them while you have time. Whatever you want to do during your day off, always find time to spend for your family. Do fun-filled activities together. It could be watching your favorite tv shows or the latest movies together, cooking your favorite meals and dining together or playing your favorite games. It does need to be expensive. The important thing here is being able to bond with your family.

Call  your family members at least once a day while you are at work

Calls at work

No matter how busy they are, you make sometime to check with your family at least once a day. Call them during your lunch break or any time of the day when your workload is not too many. Ask them about their day and make sure they are okay. It is one way of reassuring them that you care for them. Your communication line should always be open for your family.

Money is not always everything

money is not everything

It is easier to equate that so long as we are providing for our family, we are showing our love for them. However, do remember that love is not measured by material things but by the time that is well spent with our loved ones. If you feel you are sacrificing your family’s welfare in the process of juggling a career, then it is time for you to stop and think. If it is no longer worth the sacrifice then it is a sign that you need to let go of your career and start anew. There are a lot of other options for moms to make money out there, you just need to discover it.