How Shifting From The Corporate World to Tour Guide Changed Me

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I grew up in a society where one should take a 4-year bachelor’s degree that will lead the way to the corporate world.

True indeed, I embraced this kind of thinking while taking the impenetrable accounting course to capture a one-of-a-hell-amazing-job where I could wear my all-time favorite classic business attire, sexy slacks and a lot more.

I secretly am well aware that my mind during those early years was mystified about what do I really want. They said that when you obtain a degree, things will go with its flow, so I let my mystical thoughts, I believe(d) it has happened that way. I graduated in accounting (or Finance) with one thought that I will be creating & building profitably my own finances, taking the leap to financial freedom.

Thus, I faced the corporate world with enthusiasm hoping that one day, financial freedom will be reached.

I had a good time and was truly motivated each morning from the time I earned a job, thoughts lingered in that I will be one of the top successful corporate women. That goal pushed me through, giving me the adrenaline every day. As expected, I procured good credit to some companies that I worked, endowed awards as the best employee or being top of the group. Although I received little recognition, I also failed at some point, made a couple of mistakes at work that leads me to grow maturely. Years later, despite the vast growth I gained, I became shattered, demotivated, tormented, criticized by my own thought that I am not good with what I was doing. I worked for 10 years in financial and accounting services to different establishment, truth be told, I wasn’t really good at my craft, in fact, there has been so much stuff that I wanted to know, learn and do, that were not even related to the present life I had at that moment. Turns out, my goal for the corporate world was not what my heart desired.

The realization came in my 10 years in the industry. A decade of agreeing my thoughts, my heart and fighting for what should work for me. 10 years? Unbelievable, right? Few people who knew reacted that I must have wasted my time especially my parents. Wasted? Not really! Regret? Certainly not.

It was during that time that I decided to start seeking for what might be the best thing for me. Listed all the things that I enjoyed doing, on top of it was being on the field. So, I followed what my heart desires, I involved in the event coordination like weddings and birthdays, I also got associated with the business organization that mostly utilized my time, money and effort.  Unfortunately, I got busted few months after. I know I failed big time.

Little did I know that it’s through my failure in that organization will lead me to an unexpected work as a tour guide. I never hesitated to try applying as the benefits got me tempted. Surprisingly, I was hired.

My first-day tour guiding wasn’t an easy time for me. More challenges came in as time goes by, had difficulties at first in managing guests, how I understood everything, adopting the kind of change(s) I endured.

Working in the corporate world was totally different from this tour guide career. At the office, I covered massive emails daily, mostly time consuming facing the computer, interacting with the same people, conversing issues, working in the same place for years and the routine work that we long for smoothness.

Whereas, in guiding tourists and organizing tours, whoever I’m working with, will always mean “challenges”, will always excite for “changes”, makes me work above what is expected, to risk more, to reach higher dream, to understand why I need to be physically healthy, and most of all bestowed me some thrilling day-to-day activities.

Clearly, my job as a tour guide, not only gives me a full meaning of life, but it also allows me to be open further to the world, to fully understand that life is not all about ME. It drives me to point out that every individual is different and those dissimilarities would mean curiosity of one’s positive involvement.

How shifting corporate world to tour guiding changed me? It changed my life to be proactive, be welcoming and most importantly, it teaches me to realize what my dreams are, to clear my goals in life in order to chase higher dreams.

I am not saying that working in an office or corporate is a poor-inadequate kind of career, I’m saying that it changed me the better way that is needed in my life. There are various challenges and fun moments too in the corporate world, only that it doesn’t fit with what my life is currently aiming.

Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable. ~ Denis Waitley

Have you thought of changing a career? Or maybe you have changed a career it changes you for the better?

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I have recently changed my lifestyle in 2017. Here’s my story to date.

Author: Ferna Mae

Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at,

6 thoughts on “How Shifting From The Corporate World to Tour Guide Changed Me

  1. Hi Ferna,
    very interesting read… After 18 years in the corporate, I left the cubicle, with the difference that I am myself now considering what I exactly want to do, even though something travel & photography related would be great.
    Interesting to read that you really enjoy being a Tour Guide…
    Cheers, Gilles

  2. I know exactly what you mean, recieving and sending emails every day on the phone to the same people day in day out, the same 9-5 every day or in my bosses case 9-8 ‘theyre never happy’ :/ …. But i am glad i have got myself inso a similar position, completed my TEFL and leaving my 9-5 in 7 months to travel the world, my only desicion weather to tell my boss or just leave him a note the day before :) ….. Great article it just shows years in your current job you can still go and find something you are happy at and make it work like you did thanks :)

  3. I wonder how did you do it? Currently i am working out of the country, 5 yrs in the Middle East as a nurse. I’ve always wanted to travel. I enjoy exploring places. It gives me certain satisfaction but at the same time i am worried i haven’t saved enough money to suffice my needs if i will be back in the Philippines. I admire people who have the courage to that! i wish to do the same but i want to be prepared. Sigh… you blog post is very inspirational!

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