Career in Progress: Resilience in Action

Date Posted: 10/4/2018

Top 1, 2018 Certified Plant Mechanic Licensure Exam

Top 5, 2015 Registered Master Electrician Licensure Exam


“Don’t be afraid of failure, learn from it, and try again more intelligently” quips Gerald S. Mendoza, the top-notcher of the August 2018 Certified Plant Mechanic Licensure examination. In 2015, Gerald also landed the 5th highest spot in the Registered Master Electrician examination.

At 24, Gerald has an impressive experience on the field, first at NEC Tokin as a Technician for one and a half years, then in Qatar as an electrical maintenance technician. He was assigned in important facilities such as the Hamad International Airport, the Qatar National Museum, and the Qatar National Library.

Behind this seemingly great feat, Gerald had his share of failures where he draws on precious life lessons he is eager to share with others, especially young people.

“My first application for a job overseas, that’s my first taste of failure. I already quit my job here in the Philippines so that time I was jobless. Yet, when I got the job offer to work abroad, the salary was not what I expected. So I turned it down. However, after I turned down that offer, it took me a long time to get another offer. I started working early in life and am used to earning my own money, so being jobless for a while, was really very tough. There was great pressure on me! That’s also the time I learned the valuable lessons of not being afraid to fail, of learning from failure, and of trying again but this time more intelligently. So I tried again, but this time I did not focus on the salary only, instead I considered the experience I’d gain from the job. So at 21, though really scared to be away from home by myself, I accepted the offer to work in Qatar. I’m glad I did because I gained valuable experience which I know I could use to grow my career.”

Now Gerald is ready for his next career adventure. While getting ready, he is a weekender instructor of Electrical courses at MFI Polytechnic Institute, his alma mater. Through teaching, he is constantly sharpening the saw and at the same time, giving back to the community that helped shape the person he is now.

* Gerald S. Mendoza completed a Diploma course in Industrial Technician Program (ITP), specializing in Electrical Technology in 2014 at MFI Polytechnic Institute.

Since 1983, MFI’s Industrial Technician Program (ITP) has been a reliable instrument, making it possible for thousands of young Filipinos to smoothly transition from school-to-work. In addition to solid skills training and early workplace exposure, the ITP equips its students with effective workplace behaviour and lifelong learning skills that allow them flexibility to grow as a person and as a professional and have a better life.