Chasing One’s Dreams: Aboitiz Foundation Scholar Lands Engineering Job in Japan


Aboitiz Foundation scholar Kim Wesley Bautista is currently working in Japan as a design engineer months after passing the mechanical engineering board exam.

Collin Powell once said that a dream doesn’t come true through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work. This is especially true in the case of Kim Wesley Bautista, a scholarship holder from Aboitiz who recently passed the license exam in mechanical engineering. Kim graduated Cum Laude in 2021 from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

A few months after passing the board, Kim was accepted as a design engineer in Nagoya, Japan, and is currently working at Yamaichi Special Steel.

Looking back on her exam journey, Kim shared how difficult it was to prepare, especially in the midst of the pandemic. “One of my main difficulties was having the motivation to study at least 5 hours a day for five months. Since the exam was entirely online, it was difficult for me to be constantly motivated”, he called back.

Kim Wesley Bautista - Aboitiz Foundation Scholar
(Pictured left) Kim taking photos during the visit to the UP factory at the Burgos wind farm; (Right picture) Kim was also selected as one of UP Diliman’s delegates to participate in the Hokkaido University Student Exchange Program (HUSTEP) where he studied medical devices and biomaterials, law and economics I, Japanese management and agriculture for four months. .

Determined to achieve her goal, Kim persevered and overcame the odds. He stayed true to his heart and main purpose. “I was motivated by repeatedly reminding myself of the purpose of why I am studying for the license. I kept reminding myself of these two things: firstly, I will be able to serve Philippine industries better as an engineer if I get the license, and secondly for me, more people will listen to my opinion if I become a licensed engineer, ” Kim explained.

It is true that these motivations led him to be one of only 52% who passed the February 2022 license exam. He recalled how calm and collected he was while waiting for the results, because he knew that he was doing his best. “When I first learned that the board exam results had been released, I was not nervous at all because I knew I was doing my best when I was still revising. At the time, I told myself that I would not regret anything, regardless of the results. I am happy to have succeeded.

This would not have been possible without Kim’s determination and the help and support provided by the people and organizations around him. Being part of the Aboitiz College scholarship program, Kim is extremely grateful for the opportunities the scholarship gave her: “The program helped me perform better in college because I was able to buy the books which I needed with the book allowance from the scholarship. It also helped me in my board exam preparations as they sponsored my exam,” Kim said.

Apart from the financial support, Kim was able to meet new friends through the scholarship program. These new found friends not only helped him accomplish community projects at the College, but they also became part of his support system in achieving his goals and aspirations.

Part of the Aboitiz College Scholarship Program, Kim is just one of hundreds of scholars who have benefited from academic and professional opportunities. It also provides learning opportunities through its internship and development programs. It also provides fellows with the opportunity to network with each other through engagement activities such as their learning sessions, corporate social responsibility engagements, and at the Annual General Meeting.

“I applied for the program because I saw that this scholarship not only alleviated the financial needs of students, but also trained students to gain hands-on experience and develop their leadership skills. I see the scholarship as a program that can help scholars develop holistically.said Kim.

The Aboitiz Foundation supports Sustainable Development Goal No. 4, which is quality education, by granting scholarships for higher education. You can also be part of the 2022 Aboitiz College Scholarship Program by visiting for more details.

About the Aboitiz Foundation

The Aboitiz Foundation is the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group which was established in 1988. Its goal is to lead change for a better world by advancing businesses and communities through programs on education, the development of businesses and the environment. Since its inception in 1988, the Foundation’s CSR interventions have evolved from one-time donations to carefully designed programs that enable its beneficiaries to pursue their aspirations.

Today, the Aboitiz Foundation, through the Aboitiz Business Units, develops and implements corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs or CSR 2.0 projects that aim to co-create safe, empowered and sustainable communities. These CSR 2.0 projects are aligned with the Group’s core competencies, are nationally scalable and create deeper social impact on the communities and beneficiaries they serve.


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