Rachelle Cerrera

  • Date: September 24th, 2013
  • Author: admin

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BEFORE STUDYING AT FACA, WHAT WAS YOUR OCCUPATION?

I am a public servant. I worked as a Supervising Economic Development Specialist at the National Economic and Development Authority.

CAN YOU GIVE US YOUR DAILY ROUTINE THEN?

I handle one of the most active desks in the office so my day is usually spent with meetings here and there. As a technical staff, I coordinate with internal and external partners of the agency, backstop our principals in meetings, prepare aide memoire, reports and correspondences, among others.

WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT OF YOUR CAREER REINVENTION?

Despite the opportunities and promotions, I was not fully happy with what I was doing. I felt that there was something missing. I sensed that no matter how much effort I exerted, I know that I wouldn’t feel fulfilled. I have a different passion. At the time when I was really feeling unhappy about my career, I told myself that it will be temporary. As I have mentioned in my article,it dawned on me when the priest said don’t make a silent funeral of your talents. I came to realize that the only way to be fully happy is to make best use of the core gifts you have.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FACA?

While I know that I love the arts, I don’t know what should I do. Learning something new is also one of my passion. I have never kept my weekends idle. I’d always enroll in a new program. I sought advice from friends who are into computer arts. I came to know FACA through a friend whose sister took a program in FACA. I tried to compare the course offerings of FACA with other computer schools. The significant difference particularly for a mid-career shifters like me is that the courses in FACA even if they are short-term they are integrated such that one will not only master the skills but as well as understand the principles and theories. With this, it is as if you took a course in college. FACA helps you develop a good portfolio.

HOW WAS YOUR LIFE AS A STUDENT AT FACA?

My experience in FACA in general was great. I like the teaching set-up. The class size is manageable. The time duration for each program are just good enough to learn the necessary skills. FACA is home to highly-skilled teachers who are very generous with sharing their knowledge. The management and staffs are accommodating and approachable. I am very grateful as well that FACA has accommodated me for my internship.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON THAT YOU LEARNED FROM FACA?

The important lesson that I learned in FACA is that learning is a life-long process. It is not late to pursue what you love doing.

WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT PROJECTS? WHERE ARE YOU WORKING NOW?

I am a freelance graphic artist with offline and online clients. As I will be resigning from my current day job, I look forward to being able to accommodate more art projects. Because I have been promoting myself as an artist, I have also multimedia projects such as AVPs. One of my recent projects is a corporate video for a power corporation. For print, my projects include logo, t-shirt design, invitation cards, among others. I am currently bidding for layout designs of manuals and books, and logo.

HOW DID FACA CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

FACA developed my confidence to pursue a long-overdue dream. I wouldn’t take the risk of finally giving up an established career to start doing what I love to do if not for the skills and learnings I gained in FACA.

WHAT ADVISE CAN YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO ARE THINKING OF SHIFTING TO A DIFFERENT CAREER?
  1. Find your passion. Passion to me is being in love with what you do.You love what you do when it is aligned with your interests, talents, and skills.
  2. Set a goal and commit to it. More broadly, have a plan because shifting a career may not be easy.
  3. Invest on learning. Acquire the skills needed for you to be able to pursue your goal.
  4. Believe in yourself.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FACA TO ASPIRING DIGITAL ARTISTS? WHY?

Definitely. In fact, I gladly share FACA with my friends and to those I know who are interested to learn digital skills. As I have experienced, I can vouch the integrity of the school in terms of honing new artists. The fact also that for someone like me who is zero knowledge in some of the graphics arts software and is now able to perform a range of digital arts shows that FACA is indeed a premier school for computer arts.