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Gabriel Gumabon

Learning Program Manager, S&P Global

In this video, Gabriel Gumabon talks about the passions that led him to becoming a Learning Program Manager at S&P Global, and how the company facilitated his move within the company.

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Full transcript:

I am a learning programme manager for our EssentialTech education team.

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved playing video games, and sports like basketball and boxing. I have also been fascinated by sneakers. The combination of these interests led me to art and design.

I had a hard time at school before because I didn't like learning. I had hundreds of drawings, and was the type of student who had more drawings in my notebbook than actual notes, to the point where I got in trouble at school because I wasn't fond of taking notes and learning in the traditional way.

As the years in university went by, I discovered that there were multiple ways that people could learn. I realized that my struggles in grade school were due to the fact that I was not a good fit for the traditional way of learning.

With this new found knowledge, I quickly became fascinated with the different types of ways that one can learn. I found msyelf enjoying what I hated the most before, which was studying.

Fast forward to 2016 - I started at S&P Global as a graphic designer. My core responsibilities were to provide program managers and executives with high-level graphic materials and animations. One program that I supported was the business development lifecycle, and during this project I was asked to create graphics and animations for training modules. I soon found out that there was a position called 'Learning Program Manager' for people with instructional design backgrounds. This was very exciting for me because it was a combination of two things that I liked the most; designing and learning.

I was really intrigued, and I expressed my interested with my manager at the time. She was very supportive, and encouraged me to learn more about the role. I spoke to the hiring manager, who was also excited about my interest, and he gave me direction on what I should focus on and where I can find the right resources.

After a few months of study and discussions with both my manager and the education team, they put up a requisiton for a learning program manager. I applied for that role, and the rest is history. Now I am a learning program manager for our EssentialTech education team.

I was able to make that change because of the support of my manager at the time, and the hiring manager, who dedicated a lot of their time to help me improve. They were understanding about my desire to become a learning program manager. Here at S&P Global, there are a lot of opportunities.

My career tips for people looking to make the same career move would be:
  1. Don't be afraid to reach out to your manager. Here at S&P Global, we encourage growth and collaboration.
  2. Ask questions. Try to gain a deeper understanding about any role you're interested in, what you are going to be doing from day to day, and what the job entails. Try to identify skills you have that can help you in your new role, and which skills you need to build. This will help you gauge if you are a good fit, and if you really want to pursue that career path.
  3. Lastly, look for opportunities to grow. Invest in yourself, continuously learn and upskill, read everything you can about what's going on in your industry and around you. Look for areas where you can connect ideas with what you are currently doing - that's what I did, I connected art and design with learning, and now that is my career.