Welcome to the second article of our Insider series: Meet the Team. Today, we’re getting to know Alvin Hernandez, our Lead Media Consultant. He’s been with SyncApps by Cazoomi for a few years now, and he’s had an impressive growth with the company. But we’ll let him tell you more about that.
Q: Hey, Alvin! Please introduce yourself.
A: Hey everyone, my name is Alvin, and I’m SyncApps by Cazoomi’s Media Consultant. If you’ve visited any of our channels, you probably already know my work — I come up with the cool videos (no sense in being modest) that our users like to watch and learn from.
I was part of the pioneer team in the Cagayan de Oro back in 2016. My first role was as a Support representative and later grew into my passion of creating Media for our company. I am grateful that the company gave me a chance to explore my potential and supported my training throughout all these years.
As part of the media team, I get to create fun and exciting videos that help subscribers learn about our product. I also lead the team in providing animations to GIF and flowcharts in Help center articles and blog posts that make our articles come to life. I’m really passionate about what I do and I feel lucky to have discovered a career path that I truly enjoy — not everyone gets to do that.
Q: How has work changed for you since the pandemic started?
A: I’m part of that generation that loves digital nomadism. My team and I, we used to hop from place to place and from scenery to the scenery. It helped boost our creativity. In a sense, it all started with quieting our minds to make room for new, innovative ideas. Then they started pouring in and we knew we had to get to a computer and jot them down.
When the pandemic hit, we no longer had the opportunity to roam around freely. I won’t lie, it was a bummer. Still, I’m the kind of guy who looks at the bright side of life.
Since we were always on a flexible schedule, it was very easy for me and my colleagues to work from home. We already had all the tools in place, all we had to do was move our regular meetings on Zoom.
It feels like we were ahead of the times, you know? We had the infrastructure ready to go, all we needed was to plug everything in at home. I do miss seeing my colleagues in-person and our lively coffee breaks and team buildings. But I’m sure they’ll be back soon.
Q: Do you feel like working from home even more than before has negatively impacted your work-life balance?
A: Not really, actually. This is another thing for which I feel lucky. SyncApps by Cazoomi works with A LOT of amazing software to offer the 150+ integrations on our website. So we already knew where to look for productivity-enhancing tools.
Plus, I’m grateful that I don’t have to get up early, lose 1+ hours for the commute, work for 12 hours sharp, then again 1+ hours until I get home. Since my “office” is literally a few steps from my bed, I save a lot of time. And that time counts a lot towards by work-life balance.
I save more than two hours each day and I put those towards spending time with my family or focusing on my hobbies.
Q:What do you do for fun?
A:I always love doing sports for fun so, in my 4 years in this company, I tried several sports like trail running, which got me to 4th place in 15km Trail run in Mapawa Nature Park CDO. I also joined a bodybuilding competition and, of course, I kept practicing my favorite martial art, Jiu-Jitsu.
But with the pandemic, my sports activities were halted. Fortunately, my company provided me with a Mountain Bike. Now I go out for a spin and also run as often as I can. These have become my favorite sports during the pandemic. It’s not bad, but I still pray the pandemic will be over soon so I could be able to do Jiu-Jitsu again!
I love sharing what I learn in Jiu-Jitsu with the kids and the women in my family, for self-defense purposes. So while I’m out of the dojo, I can still impart some useful knowledge
Q: What advice would you give an aspiring Media Consultant?
A: Find a great mentor, and never stop learning. It’s easy to be comfortable with where you are, but with comfort, there is no growth. Keep exploring and surround yourself with people that are genuinely interested in your welfare. It’s easy to be outdated in the field of media, so it is important that you do not lose the fire. Keep on learning new trends to remain relevant in these changing times.
Q: Do you have any tips to help our readers overcome the crisis while working remotely?
- Remain vigilant and always pay attention to health protocols recommended in your country.
- Keep a routine before you begin work, even if it’s just sipping a cup of coffee. Check your task list frequently, but also don’t forget about break times — they are more helpful to your productivity than you may think.
- Don’t forget to give time for brain breaks. It’s easy to forget to drink water or take a bathroom break if you’re in the comfort of your home. A good 20 minutes break is helpful to regain focus.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself and take “me” time and “family time” whenever you feel the need. This helps boost mental health and we can all use some of that boost during these times.
- Leave the house as often as possible (safely!). Take a good walk or a jog around your neighborhood. It’s like restarting your body and your brain!