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Gen Rubio


“A wise man once said "Empty your cup so it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality", preconceived ideas and prejudices always prevent us from learning something new.”

How was Japan in reality to what you had imagined before you arrived?

Japan is pretty much the same from I expected it to be, i.e., very convenient transportation, sophisticated gadgets and productive workforce.

What were the initial difficulties of adjusting to life in Japan?

Definitely the language. Up until now, I still find it hard to do simple tasks such as ordering food at a restaurant or doing my weekly grocery shopping when no English translation/picture is included.

How would you describe your co-workers?

Helpful, Encouraging and Inspiring. My seniors, most especially, were very patient with me as I was learning the ropes.

Do you feel like you're having an impact directly on the clients that you work for?

Indeed. In my work as a paralegal, I make sure that all client instructions are duly noted, and inquiries - addressed. It is always good to hear when the client responded positively to our correspondence and work product; and when they commend our firm for a job well done.

What are the challenging or difficult aspects of your work?

The long hours and workload. One of the challenging aspects of my work is to understand the large amount of information and instructions every day. As a paralegal, I have to be thorough and I need to make sure that my work is 100% error-free as possible. As the firm's motto "Speed and Quality", despite the amount of work needs to be accomplished in a day, the quality of work output shouldn't be compromised.

What is the most important thing that working at the firm has taught you about yourself?

The Firm has taught me that I still have so much to learn. Further, working at the Firm has taught me that I can actually hand in high quality work under pressure. I never resorted to cramming, however, I slowly developed the skill due to the fast-paced nature of the Firm.

What is the best thing about being a part of a global team?

I get to meet and work with people with different backgrounds, and learn their culture and work ethic. Also, I get to be updated on the current issues in my co-workers' home countries.

I am looking forward to experience ...

Winter in Hokkaido, Spring in Tokyo, Summer in Okinawa and Fall in Hiroshima - all four seasons in different parts of Japan.

When I am not at work, I am ...

travelling around Japan and trying out local cuisines with other co-workers (friends), or watching Netflix at home.

What one piece of advice you would offer to potential new colleagues?

A wise man once said “Empty your cup so it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality”, preconceived ideas and prejudices always prevent us from learning something new. Once you enter the Firm, strip yourself of everything you think you know. Also, learning a little Japanese can go a long way.

What three words describe the Firm best? First in English, then in your mother tongue?

Strict, Hardworking, Thorough - mahigpit, masipag, mabusisi.

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