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How I Landed My Dream Career Through Blogging

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Hello there! Today I’ll be sharing with you a personal story on how I landed my dream job through blogging. Maybe you can find yours too? I am a writer. I always wanted to be one. I remember when I was 8 years old, writing random trivia I got from a book on sheets of paper, then placing it in front of the doorsteps of my neighbors calling it “news“. But life doesn’t always give us the life we choose because not everyone has the same opportunities. 

I born in a slightly above-the-poverty-line family. We weren’t well-off, but my mom was able to put me through private school up until high school. Right after graduation, I already knew what course I wanted to take. Journalism. It was finally time to turn that dream into reality by applying for a course that can direct me to that. I passed the entrance exam in UST (University of Santo Tomas) and all I had to do was enroll. Unfortunately, things won’t be that easy.

Due to problems financially, they couldn’t enroll me in UST and it was too late for me to apply for a scholarship. Good thing I took exams in other universities and passed as well. I got in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila on their Bachelor of Science in Computer Science course. It wasn’t way off-track. Besides writing, I was into web development and programming too. I was addicted to computers but it was more of a side-hobby than a career. But hey, what the heck. 

Fast forward to 10 years, I graduated with flying colors, I got into great high-paying companies (HP, Accenture, Chevron), but deep inside my heart wasn’t happy. I mean, why would I be choosy? It’s hard to find a good job nowadays. I missed writing. So instead of dreaming about it. I told myself “Why not start a blog?“. Who needs to apply for news agencies when you can start your own thanks to modern technology. 

With my IT background, I set-up my own blog, domain, and social media. Yes, this is the domain I chose. Kikaysikat. It’s a wordplay of my name Kat, the word Kikay which meant someone who’s into beauty, and Sikat which means popular. Funny right?

Fast forward again to a few more years and I earned more money through blogging and being an influencer than in an office. It came to a time when I had to quit one or the other because I can only do so much.

I quit my IT job and chose to blog. 

Blogging led me to different opportunities, from travel, attending multiple PR events (which I miss so much), but most of all getting to meet different people and making new friends (really!)

I finally achieved my dream though it took a long time. Not only that, but it also landed me freelance work writing for news agencies, magazines, and a lot more. I was happy. I am happy 🙂

As cliche as this may sound, don’t be afraid to follow your heart. Go catch that dream. It’s never too late.

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply Rowena Callo Villareno March 25, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Interesting story Ms.Kaycee yan pala po ang story mo behind blogging. Ngayon alam ko na din po kung bakit kikaysikat name ng FB Page and other nung bagong follower mo pa lang po kasi ako question ko na yan sa sarili ko bakit “kikaysikat”. Buti naman po natupad na ang dream mo hindi man journalism pero i think much better at ang pinaka mahalaga po sa lahat masaya ka sa ginagawa mo.

  • Reply Apple Joy Camañero March 25, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Love your story mommy kaycee . Lalo na po nung ngaaral ka . Ngkulang financially pero patuluy na lumaban . Sa unang work niyo po maganda , pero hndi po tlga masaya . Ganun po tlga nuh kapag hndi tayo masaya sa isang bagay hndi tlga mga click . Tlgang sa blogging po kayo mas happy . Nakakatuwa din po kung san niyo nkuha ang kikaysikat tama nman po sikat is popular ❤️ nakaka proud po kayo at nkakainspired thank for sharing your story ❤️

  • Reply Chriss Tabamo March 25, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    I already read your blog mommy.. Thankyou so much mommy sa pag share ng personal story mo.. Sobrang nakaka inspired at nakakatuwa po. Sa una hindi man ganun kadali pero nag sumikap po kayo kahit na napaka hirap para lang maabot mo ang gusto mo.. Kaya pala kikaysikat ang pinili nyong name sa Page nyo po So happy for you po and so proud of you mommy..

  • Reply crumpylicious.com March 25, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Agree with this 100% =D

  • Reply Hyun Jang Nim March 26, 2021 at 1:38 am

    your story is inspiring, i agree with you that we should pursue our passion because this will give us satisfaction and contentment. though you need to give up something i think what matters is you love what you do.

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