Victoria Cid or just “Vicky” is our Most Valuable Tutor for the month of December. Always putting others first before herself, she perfectly embodies the Envizion Way “Student First”. Let’s get to know her more as she shares about her work as a Center-Based Tutor and her life outside the office.
Vicky as a CBT
Q: How did you come to work at Envizion?
I came to work at Envizion because I was looking for a job online. I thought about working as a home-based tutor again but I was not contented with it.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working at Envizion?
I love the environment here. In my previous job, the environment was not the best. Everything was just so stressful that it affected my personal life. Working here in Envizion has done wonders to my mental health. I cannot stress how important a good working environment is.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?
Seeing my students laugh and improve really makes my job rewarding. It gives me a sense of fulfillment when I get to see them again. I must’ve done something right for them to take my lessons again. Another factor that makes it worthwhile is that my work – life balance has improved so much. I get to set aside a bigger amount of money for investments yet still have enough for travel.
Q: How do you keep a healthy work/life balance?
I always make sure to leave work at work. I used to bring a part of my job back home and that was the worst feeling ever. Being able to leave work with having finished all the day’s tasks is an amazing feeling. I also take advantage of my weekends off by just chilling the whole day.
Q: How do you provide More Than Tsada lessons to your students?
I always listen to the mood of their introductions. If I feel that they are sleepy or not into the lesson, I make sure that in between I can insert humor to let them be more relaxed, energized, or just more comfortable. I also give rewards to my students who do an excellent job. I always make sure that in each lesson I give, laughter is present. I believe that when a person is having fun, it will be easier to absorb information.
Q: What do you try to take care of during your lessons?
I try to take care of my student’s train of thought. I tend to ask them questions that both relate and do not relate to the topic to see how far their vocabulary goes. Once I can see where their answers lead, I teach them phrases that can help them with their main idea. My main goal for each lesson is to make them learn new words since the more words you know, the easier it will be to learn English.
I always make sure that in each lesson I give, laughter is present. I believe that when a person is having fun, it will be easier to absorb information.
Q: What advice do you have for someone just starting out in the company?
My number one advice is to take down notes. When the time comes when you will be alone in your cubicle, you will really appreciate all the notes that you have taken down.
It’s also good to remember that all the nervousness disappears after the first lesson. So have fun.
Vicky on life
Q: What are your hobbies?
I love watching movies and TV shows. These days, I play tabletop games since I find them interesting.
Q: Do you have any irrational fears?
My irrational fear is choking on tablets. Even if I know that they have a special coating that makes them slippery when you swallow them, I still get scared when I get prescribed thick tablets.
Q: Which part of a man’s body do you look at first?
His shoulders. I check if they are well-defined.
Q: Describe your ideal guy.
He is someone whom I know I can trust. Someone who understands all my mood swings. Someone who tips the scales from time to time but knows how to make them balanced again. Someone who values family and knows where and what his priorities are.
Q: Would you rather have more time or more money?
I would rather have more money because that would mean I can have more investments. By the time my investments are ripe and ready, I would now be able to retire early, have more free time and enjoy the pleasures of having extra cash.
Q: Which do you prefer, McDonald’s or Jollibee?
McDonald’s all the way because they have BIG MAC and they have chicken fillet. Their fries are also much better since they aren’t that saggy.
Q: If you had 1 superpower, what would it be?
I would choose teleportation. If I can just teleport to any place in the world without having to pay an airline ticket, that would save me a lot of cash and time.
Q: What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? Why?
If things were to go my way, I would love to be an archaeologist. People are so drowned in technology that they aren’t interested in history anymore. It saddens me knowing that we barely know anything about what really happened with the prehistoric civilizations. Despite having new findings, mainstream media chooses not to focus on that. We need to have a bigger sense of appreciation for history because it can help us prevent previous mistakes from happening again.