WHAT HAVE I GOT TO LOSE?
When it comes to landing jobs anywhere around the world, the intrepid and adventurous seeker often gets results far much better than others. Although obviously fictional, here is a story which has done its rounds around the world about the ‘can-do’ attitude of Filipinos often used for rhetorical or humorous effect.
Bill Gates organises an enormous session in London to recruit a new CEO for Microsoft Europe. At the appointed time some 5,000 candidates from all over the world assemble in a large conference room. One candidate is Mario Sto. Domingo.
Bill Gates: “Thank you all for coming today. Now let’s get started quickly. Those who do not know JAVA may leave.” JAVA is a computer prog ramming language and 2,000 people immediately stand up and leave the room.
Mario says to himself, “I do not know JAVA but I have nothing to lose if I stay. I’ll give it a try and see what happens next.” He stays seated.
Bill Gates: “Alright, those candidates here who never have had any ex perience of managing more than 100 people may leave.” Another 2,000 people stand up quickly to leave the room.
Mario looks around the room and thinks to himself, “Well, I never managed anybody but myself but I have nothing to lose if I stay. What bad could possibly happen to me?” So, he remains seated.
Bill Gates: “Candidates who do not have management diplomas may leave.” Again, another 500 applicants quietly leave the room.
Mario then thinks to himself, “I left school at 15 but I’m still here so what have I got to lose?” He stays seated waiting for Mr. Gates next question.
Finally, Bill Gates asks the candidates who do not speak Serbo-Croat to leave. Immediately, 498 people leave the room. Mario says to himself once more, “I do not speak one word of Serbo-Croat but what do I have to lose?” So he stays put. By this time, everyone else has gone home save himself and the other remaining applicant in the room.
Bill Gates then joins them in a huddle and says “I’m impressed, apparently the two of you are the only candidates who speak Serbo-Croat, so I’d now like to hear you converse in that language.” [NOTE: Bill Gates does not speak the Serbo-Croat language, but neither do some 7-billion other people around the world]
Calmly, Mario turns to the other candidate now sitting beside him and says, “Kumusta ka, pare ko.” [How are you, mate?]
The other candidate quickly answers, “Mabuti naman, ikaw?” [I’m good, and you?]
BEST AMONG THE BEST
Unlike perhaps Mario or the other ‘guy’ in the hilarious story men tioned above, you’ll find a growing number of skilled Filipinos now working and settling in well in New Zealand. So well indeed that one of them was just voted in as the Best Farm Manager of the Year from Otago during the Dairy Industry Awards competition last April 6, 2013.
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards attracts farmers from across the country, working in all levels of the dairy industry. The awards showcase and support our passionate farmers of the future. The Awards consist of three main competitions – Farm Manager of the Year, Dairy Trainee of the Year and Share milker/Equity Farmer of the Year, give representative entrants the chance to earn a regional or national title and to share in substantial regional and national prize pools.
To be chosen as the best-among-the-best under the Farm Manager of the Year category for a particular region (there are 12) in New Zealand , all aspiring entrants are judged on the basis of how well they present themselves to judges under the following areas:
Farm Management (Livestock, Pasture & Soils, Farm Safety & Health)
Environmental and Farm Dairy
Human Resource Management
Financial Planning and Management
Future Aims & Attitudes
It’s tough enough for anyone to win the Best Farm Manager of the Year award but Neil Molina, a farm manager at Concept Holding in Ranfurly in the Otago region did not because he could speak Serbo-Croat (Ok, we’re joking here) but because he excelled in helping the diary farm he works in maximize operations and upgrade farm efficiency. He also received the AgITO Human Resources Manage ment Award.
AWARD BELONGS TO THEM TOO
Molina, who formerly managed the Batangas Dairy Cooperative, was also featured in the cover of the Guide for Migrant Dairy Farm Workers produced by Immigra tion New Zealand last year.
In the farm where he’s now em ployed, owners Greg and Kelly Kirkwood have 15 farm employees taking care of 2,300 cows. Thir teen of these employees are Fili pinos.
As farm manager, award-winner Molina has contributed immensely to maxi mising operations for high production, ensuring good staff support and team work and upgrading farm efficiency.
He proudly points out that while the farm he is managing may not have the latest technology but the skills, sacrificial service and positive work attitude of farm employees and staff and the full support of his employers are what contribute to the continuing success and viability of the dairy farm in Ranfurly.
“I am blessed to have very good and wonderful farm owners and dedicated and motivated farm workers and together we strive to make our farm as highly productive and efficient as possible. This award belongs to them,” he said.
It’s a great honour for the Filipino-Kiws Community in New Zealand to have Neil Molina and many more others like him across the country contribute to the economic welfare of their adopted country.
All the regional winners will be welcomed when they arrive in Wellington at the Copthorne Hotel, Oriental Bay where they will be hosted. Supporters of national finalists will be accommodated at the InterContinental Wellington where the NZDIA has negotiated a special rate for them.
The venue of the NZDIA Awards Dinner that will be hosted by Mike McRoberts of 60 Minutes NZ show fame will be at the TSB Bank Arena Queens Wharf in Wel lington on Friday – 24 May 2013.
Tickets are NZ$ 160/person.