Storyteller, start-up fan, and student of life are words that STI College – Kalibo alumna Jonha Revesencio Richman uses to describe herself. And while others are stressing out just to meet their deadlines in work, Jonha spends her work time enjoying what she loves to do — connecting people!
Wizard in Training
Jonha already felt what it was like to make both ends meet at an early age. When her father passed away, Jonha was compelled to work her way through college juggling time to attend school and meet deadlines at work. However with the supportive environment she had in STI, Jonha was able to get by. "It's good to have teachers who were both supportive and understanding," shared Jonha.
Right after graduating with the Diploma in Computer Programming program in 2007, Jonha landed a job with a business process outsourcing company in Iloilo where she worked for over four years. Since Jonha was tasked to do all sorts of marketing from telemarketing, email promotions, and eventually digital marketing, she also decided to pursue a four-year program on Marketing Management. On the job, Jonha explained that she honed her skills in online community management and strategic planning through building a group of followers, engaging them, and creating new ways of attracting new followers to the company’s brand on social media. Because of her expanding expertise, Jonha even handled community management for IKEA in Singapore and Malaysia, an international home furniture and appliances company.
"More than anything else, STI has truly helped me to dream and believe that I can make it happen. It's where I dreamed and started believing in myself," shared Jonha.
Social Butterfly in Media
Jonha built her career in social media strategy and community management at several companies, including Google, Pepsi, Bloomberg, and a start-up company called RebelMouse where she thrived as a Digital Marketer for a good 2 years. Today, she founded TechAE.com and offers her expertise and experience to other businesses looking for effective digital media strategies. She also regularly contributes original content for websites such as Huffington Post, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, and Fast Company.
Apart from her fun job, Jonha also seeks to inspire others and has been a resource speaker for various events including The 12th National Youth Conference on Information Technology, GDayxIloilo for the Google Business Group Iloilo, Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities (YES-C), The 3rd Iloilo Provincial Tourism Summit 2012 and Social Media Influencers Summit 2013. To add punch to her already impressive career, Jonha also received multiple recognitions including The Top 100 Community Managers to Follow, Yahoo! Philippines Mail Ambassador of Cool, and Standard Chartered Bank World's Coolest Intern.
A "Social" Advice
"Don't look at me as a role model. Look at your family and the people who believe in you," stated Jonha as she recounted her days of being a student to being a manager of "social connections."
As a final piece of advice, Jonha relayed the importance of self-trust and confidence in one's self. "Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself."