Excellence beyond the classroom-A A +A
Sunday, September 1, 2013
LANDING a dream job after one’s college education? That’s not too easy to do especially at this time when numerous other job seekers, some possessing more lustrous credentials and a more red-hot drive in them, are competing with you.
This hard fact did not seem to faze this young chemical engineer, who’s now working in one of the country’s leading corporations. “I have always dreamt of working with San Miguel (Corporation). For a chemical engineer, nothing beats the rewarding experience of seeing your product in the market,” says Kenneth John Racoma. He started his career three years ago in San Miguel Brewery Inc. as a cadet brewer and is currently a brewing superintendent under the Brewing Department. “Being (in this company) is indeed a dream come true,” he adds.
But San Miguel was just one of 20 companies he applied to after college. The recruitment process, he said, made him quite curious and that he considered every application stint as a learning experience.
Of course, Racoma was not your ordinary student back to his high school and college days. His resume already screams “excellence” with numerous awards and citations listed in it. He finished his B.S. Chemical Engineering degree at the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) with a grade point average of 4.85/50 for magna cum laude honors.
Apart from that, he was also a recipient of the Department of Science and Technology academic excellence award.
He also balanced academics with extra-curricular activities, involving himself in various clubs and assuming leadership roles. The President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Academic Excellence and Leadership Award, which he also got during graduation, is testament to the outstanding job that he did in spearheading activities for campus groups such as Junior Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers and the CIT Council of Leaders.
Years after the glory days of college, his quest for excellence has continued. He received another citation for it. Recently, Racoma was chosen by the country’s Professional Regulatory Board of Chemical Engineers as a recipient of its “Recognition Award” for his “contributions towards the enrichment of the chemical engineering industry in the Philippines” as well as a “Service Award” from the Professional Regulation Commission.
These awards were conferred to him last May during the oath taking of new chemical engineers in Manila.
An interview with an achiever would not be complete without asking him for advice for those who are still studying or just getting started with their jobs. And he has this to say: “You’ll do better today and over time, if you track your performance and try new ways to improve it. Keep what works.
Eliminate what doesn’t.” He also says that a person should continue to challenge oneself in order to improve.
Racoma says that he is where he is now because he wanted to take big leaps and great risks in life. “I wouldn’t be in the position I am today if I didn’t embrace excellence in doing things differently when I was in college,” he shares.
He has always attached himself to his goal in college, which is to be in a career that he loves most and one that is compatible to not just to his abilities but also his values. Thus, he admits that with new experiences every day, there’s never a dull moment at work.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 01, 2013.