By Ian Mia

On March 7, 2019, The After Six Club held its first DigiPRO event at The Wrkspce in Makati City. Titled Be a DigiPro: Your Quick Start Guide, DigiPRO coach Ava Banzuela Esplanada talked about the basics of what it takes to become a digital professional and how to start immediately using the skill set you already have.

De La Salle University researcher Ian Benedict R. Mia, a 24-year-old aspiring digital professional, shares his experience and key takeaways from the event.


 

Being a digital professional is now the “in” thing. If we want to get out of the typical 9-to-5 job, being a digital professional or DigiPRO is definitely something that we can consider.

Even though you’re still working a corporate job, you can still get into a digital professional career during your free time. I believe it’s this flexibility of the digital profession that makes it one of the most sought-after and lucrative careers in the digital world today. It also allows people to become location-independent and have more time for themselves, their friends, and their family.

My work now as a researcher mostly involves remote work, which is why I found this seminar very useful. For instance, it made me realize that I can capitalize on the current skills that I was already able to develop as a researcher including writing, research, email management, online database management, transcription, basic graphic design, social media management, and WordPress management, among others.

The part of the event that I liked the most was on the intricacies of actually getting a client. I realized that there are many platforms by which I can get a digital professional job from outside the country. And since the payment will be in another currency, normally, the income is higher. Truly, I believe this can help many Filipinos earn more.

The main advantage of attending events like this is that people begin to realize there are so many alternative means of earning a higher income, and the digital profession is one of those. It’s time to say goodbye to the typical routines that come with typical jobs. Being a digital professional means you can practically work anywhere and have independence. Through this type of event, people also get to network and interact with other aspiring digital professionals or those who are already one.

 

Edits: Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla

About Ian Mia

Ian is a 24-year-old advocate of sustainability and social entrepreneurship. He writes about these in his personal blog, Triple Bottom Line. Currently, Ian is working as a researcher. His research topics include social entrepreneurship, sustainable business models, sustainable consumption and production, social enterprise marketing, sustainability reporting, sustainable tourism, and social enterprise incubation.

In the long run, Ian wants to establish a career in sustainability management and work with businesses to improve and develop their social impact for the betterment of their organization and stakeholders.

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