Sunday, November 19, 2023

The best gifts you can give yourself this Christmas

As the holiday season approaches, working students are gearing up for a unique combination of festivities and academics. These people juggle school and work, and look forward to their Christmas bonuses as a well-deserved reward for a year's hard work.

For employees without a college degree who are not presently enrolled in school but contemplating a return to college, the bonus becomes a crucial juncture. It presents the ideal opportunity to transform this festive season into a period of contemplation and motivation for educational goals.

This bonus isn't just about festive shopping; it's a chance for employees to invest in themselves. Beyond gifts and personal indulgences, this extra cash can be a lifeline for those facing the unique struggles of working without a diploma. The hurdles of job promotions, securing dream positions, and battling feelings of insecurity can be daunting.

Think about putting your Christmas bonus toward things that can make a real difference. This little financial boost isn't just for the holidays; it's a way to make life better and set yourself up for success in the long run. Maybe go back to college, invest, go on a trip, become an entrepreneur, or pursue a new hobby. The possibilities are diverse, providing a chance to invest in your personal and professional growth. Here are ways you can start.

  • Restart your college education  
In today’s professional landscape, getting a college degree is important. By doing so, you can improve your chances at securing a promotion or make yourself more desirable to potential employers. If the lack of time has always held you back from pursuing further studies, Mapúa Malayan Digital College (MMDC) is the premier digital-first college that delivers an advanced online curriculum designed for modern Filipino working students. 

MMDC's specialized courses in business administration and information technology, crafted by professionals with rich expertise from academia and the workforce, prioritize practical learning to cultivate essential soft and hard skills for workplace success. Notably, the institution stands out by embracing innovation, eliminating traditional exams and tests from its approach.

At the heart of the MMDC digital education experience is its Projects, Problems, and Cases model which emphasizes real-world applications of a student’s learnings. MMDC offers flexible synchronous classes with professors, allowing a maximum of 7.5 hours per week, distributed across Mondays and Tuesdays. These classes are available in the morning, afternoon, and evening, providing students with the flexibility to accommodate their work commitments. Additionally, students have the option to change their schedule midway through the term. This setup is designed to cater to working students, enabling them to pursue education and enhance their career prospects in the long term. Students can enroll for as low as 11,500 pesos per term for three subjects, making quality education accessible and affordable as well.

You can restart your college at any term in MMDC. Application for new students and transferees to join starting the second term of SY 2023-2024 is ongoing. Classes start on December 13, 2023. To apply, visit

  • Start investing 
Investing is an effective way to build wealth and make your money work for you. If going into the stock market seems like an intimidating prospect, there are many lower-risk options to get started. Mutual funds and Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITFs) can be great sources of passive income, while government-guaranteed savings programs like the Pag-Ibig MP2 allow for people to get started with low amounts to cash out.  

  • Go on a trip 
Travelling has many benefits. Whether you’re going solo or planning a trip with family and friends, travelling gives you an opportunity to disconnect, to immerse yourself in new experiences and come back with memories that can last a lifetime.  

  • Become an entrepreneur 
If you’re a self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset, your Christmas bonus could help kickstart the small business you’ve always wanted. As online shopping continues to boom, all it takes is a little capital and a bit of strategizing to turn your groundbreaking idea or your passion project into a sustainable business.    

  • Pursue a new hobby  
Hobbies can stimulate the brain and enhance your skills. Getting into a new hobby can help hone your creativity, communication, and problem solving – skills that can enrich your personal life and boost your career performance.   

As the year comes to a close, make a commitment to yourself – let your Christmas bonus be the catalyst for a brighter, more empowered future. Enroll now, invest wisely, travel boldly, innovate fearlessly, and nurture your passions, setting the stage for a prosperous and fulfilling journey ahead.

About Mapúa Malayan Digital College
Mapúa Malayan Digital College (MMDC) is the premier digital-first college in the Philippines. MMDC is part of Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna, which is dedicated to nurturing nation-building students who will thrive in a business and technology-driven world. Mapúa University and Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna are wholly owned subsidiaries of iPeople, inc., a Yuchengco - Ayala education partnership. 
To learn more about MMDC, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.     

Mapúa Malayan Excellence
The Mapúa Malayan legacy began in 1925 with the establishment of the Mapúa Institute of Technology. The brand expanded with the opening of Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna (MMCL) in 2007, as well as the opening of Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MMCM) in 2018. MMCL has garnered a number of accolades: an overall rating of 3 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) stars, with 5 stars for employability, 4 stars for facilities, and 3 stars for social responsibility and inclusiveness. The college is also ISO 9001:2015 certified and has been granted autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education, enabling the institution to create programs as needed by students.

About the Yuchengco Group
The Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC) is a premier Philippine conglomerate with interests ranging from banking to international business partnerships, from financial services to construction, and from education to information technology.

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