OFW Lessons: Engr. Lilian S. Bautista on learning

6Lilian BautistaLilian S. Bautista is Design and Application Engineer at Daikin-McQuay Middle East FZE.

“Learning is a continuous process as they say. And true, there are more to learn and it’s a good exercise for the brain. Developing ability to think logically and to solve problems are skills that will be valuable all throughout. On personal level, these skills can help you undertake tasks such as planning a vacation, finding a job, organizing a fund-raiser, purchasing a house, or writing a book.”

  • One must understand what hard work really is.
  • Preparing oneself through acquisition of technical knowledge is very important. Those learned in school and in books are not sufficient, but definitely help you ‘exercise’ your brain logically and analytically.
  • In order to learn and grow, go on with on-the-job training and formal training. These will take part into developing a successful career.
  • Take pieces of advises from experienced engineers from your organization, or sometimes even from outside, for they have undergone and understand the challenging tasks of being into technical field. In one way or another, they will serve as your mentors and role models.
  • Try to understand the needs of the organization and work with colleagues harmoniously and professionally. Offer support whenever necessary, for you never know when to need some help, too.
  • Absorb helpful advises and tips from others; these will help you move more progressively. Be attentive and assertive, then implement.
  • Also try to attend seminars and short courses related to the field of interest as much as possible, to increase knowledge.
  • Always remember that the best learning stage is experience… nothing beats hands-on experience.

Did you enjoy this post? For updates about lessons learned by Overseas Filipino Workers in the United Arab Emirates, please like my Facebook page OFW in DUBAI. If you have someone in mind who you think deserves space in this blog, kindly contact the blogger or write down your comment below.

Back to Home

Advertisements

OFW Lessons: Richmond Austria on persistence and determination

5 richmond 2Richmond Austria is Senior Health Data Performance Officer at the Ambulatory Healthcare Services, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA)

“I need to have multiple knowledge and skills in my fields. This requires at a minimum level a commitment to life-long learning as these sciences rapidly evolve in a knowledge-based economy. This is very evident in the health sector as new ways of developing health services become more dynamic and influenced by global information.”

  • Be persistent to do more, be better and become more committed in seeking your dreams. We define who we are and not on what other people think of us as no one else knows us better than ourselves. Life may not be fair but that is life. You learn about life, its limitations and opportunities as you seek to know yourself better. So if you persist that you can do it and reach your dreams, you can inspire people and become a much better person by influencing others.
  • I don’t even consider myself as successful because the moment I think about it, that  would be that time when I would stop seeking it.
  • Our quest should be a never ending one. There are so many things we need to learn and it requires our commitment, persistence and determination.

3

Did you enjoy this post? For updates about lessons learned by Overseas Filipino Workers in the United Arab Emirates, please like my Facebook page OFW in DUBAI. If you have someone in mind who you think deserves space in this blog, kindly contact the blogger or write down your comment below.

Back to Home

OFW Lessons: Alexie T. Rieza on creating opportunities

3 AlexieAlexie T. Rieza is Manager / HR Business Partner – Global Business Services (UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar & Kuwait) of The Nielsen Company

“I remember hearing this feedback from a non-Filipino who is also an HR practitioner, that the reason why Filipinos usually go to the bottom of the list for being selected for any leadership role is because we never assert ourselves and we are so timid to express our views. He added that we are perceived as better followers than leaders. But of course, on the other hand, overestimating oneself is as bad as underestimating so we have to just keep a sense of balance.”

  • Never underestimate your skills and capabilities and never stop dreaming. Filipinos are naturally modest and meek especially in front of other expatriates who are non-Filipinos. These wonderful cultural values that are inherent to us sometimes or most of the times, believe it or not, hinder our opportunities for higher positions. Now, I am not saying that exhibiting these values is wrong but what I am saying is that sadly, those values of ours are being taken advantage by others and worst, they even perceive those as signs of weakness, which do not conform to the notion of what a leader should be.
  • The best way to succeed in getting into the top of the corporate ladder is not by waiting for the perfect opportunity but rather by creating it. And how do you create opportunities for yourself? Study and learn. Instead of buying the latest and the most advanced gadgets available in the market today, why not invest your money in education? There are hundreds of universities and colleges all-over the UAE that offer various courses and degrees. I really do hope that Filipino expatriates would soon realize this golden opportunity.

Class picture 1

Did you enjoy this post? For updates about lessons learned by Overseas Filipino Workers in the United Arab Emirates, please like my Facebook page OFW in DUBAI. If you have someone in mind who you think deserves space in this blog, kindly contact the blogger or write down your comment below.

Back to Home

OFW Lessons: Hotelier Vagelyn Federico on professionalism

2 vagelynVagelyn Tumbaga-Federico is Director of Human Resources at Dusit Thani Dubai

“I can say that my heart and attitude makes me unique. Whatever I reached in my career and in my life I remain as humble as I can and the same person from the first time they knew me. My heart is always for the people and I always treasure everyone as part of my success that’s the reason I think God continuously shower His abundant blessings on me.”

“My job requires a high level of professionalism, excellent communication skills and outstanding writing   skills, ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment, strong organization and management skills with the ability to prioritize multiple functions and tasks while managing work time efficiently.”

  • The most important thing in any job and in my job is the commitment, dedication and passion to work and all the rest of technicalities in the job can be learned along the way.
  • Be prepared in all aspects of life, physically, emotionally and psychologically as it really needs a lot of expectations from the management and owner of the company.
  • You have to love what you do and do what you love. Whatever you are doing you have to be passionate on it, nothing is hard to do when you love what you are doing, when you put all your heart, mind and soul on it. As the saying goes “follow your passion and success will follow you.

“Honestly, yes indeed I felt that I’ve arrived. Not even in my dreams before I thought that I will become a General Manager at the age of 28 and also with great pride that I am the only Filipino General Manager from all over the Middle East who became part of the most prestigious event The Great GM Debate 2011 of Hotelier Middle East which I consider as well as my greatest achievement in my life.”

Did you enjoy this post? For updates about lessons learned by Overseas Filipino Workers in the United Arab Emirates, please like my Facebook page OFW in DUBAI. If you have someone in mind who you think deserves space in this blog, kindly contact the blogger or write down your comment below.

Back to Home

OFW Lessons: Lou Olvido-Parroco on doing things outside the comfort zone

Lou Olvido-Parroco is life coach and a global Human Resources expert.

“I take pride in my ability to foster team cohesiveness through open-communication, by applying a friendly and encouraging1 lou parroco coaching approach, by walking my talk, by being objective, and by rolling my sleeves and work with them as a peer and as a manager at the same time.”

  • I would encourage everyone to start with big clear goals in mind and believe that you can do it.  How?  Just do it.”
  • Be ready to do things outside your comfort zone.  Find opportunities to learn, take the challenges to lead, be brave to live on the edge as these are the only way to grow.
  • As much as possible, do what you really enjoy doing.  When you grow older, you will realize that money is not everything.  Don’t forget that you’ll be living and working for many years more before you retire.  Pick up a career that you are passionate about, enjoy and make the most of it.
  • For you to excel and shine from the rest, strive to always give more than what is asked.  Master the art of exceeding expectations, no matter how small or how big the expectation is.

Did you enjoy this post? For updates about lessons learned by Overseas Filipino Workers in the United Arab Emirates, please like my Facebook page OFW in DUBAI. If you have someone in mind who you think deserves space in this blog, kindly contact the blogger or write down your comment below.

Back to Home

OFW Lessons: Irene Corpuz on dreaming big

Irene Corpuz is Head of Planning and IT Security Section of Western Regional Municipality, Abu Dhabi.

Irene Washington DC

Irene in Washington, D.C.

“My first work in the UAE is a Business Analyst/Consultant for 1 year then I moved to a government entity as a Corporate Strategy Analyst for 3 years. After 3 years, I lost my job due to emiratization.  Then, I joined my current company as Supervisor for the Consulting Center.  I resigned after 1 year, but after a month, they recalled me for special projects arrangement & as Operations Adviser on part-time basis.  So all together, I’ve been here for 6 years!”

Her lines of advice for her fellow Filipinos and expats:

  • Filipinos are very humble, yet very hard working. Most of the time, we don’t get the treatment that we deserve, not even the right compensation for our contributions to the company.  It is not bad to dream and try to reach for your dream.  But we also have our families to consider.  It is one of my shortcomings.  Missing important events with my family.
  • Don’t stop learning. Read a lot.  Expand your connections even if you think you won’t need them or they won’t need you.
  • Maybe the best valuable lesson that I’ve learned … just let my dreams flow.  Let fate and faith lead me there.

“Age is just about numbers.  I’m young forever.  I am here, not where I wanted to be, but where God wants me to be.   I believe far more than what I dreamed of.”

Irene Conference speaker

Irene as Conference Speaker

Did you enjoy this post? For updates about lessons learned by Overseas Filipino Workers in the United Arab Emirates, please like my Facebook page OFW in DUBAI. If you have someone in mind who you think deserves space in this blog, kindly contact the blogger or write down your comment below.

Back to Home

OFW Lessons: Kristine Tuazon on good attitude

Kristine Tuazon is Marketing and Project Manager at Caxton Group (a Praxis Global Research Group Division).

kristine 2“I have carried a smile with me always – it is never far away – even if I am having a stressful and  unproductive day. Even when people can’t see me, they can feel my smile. My smile has served me well – and I take it with me everywhere.”

  • While working abroad, you will encounter several challenges that will leave valuable lessons in life. I have learned to always wear a good attitude. Working with different nationalities is like living in a jungle, it’s really a matter of survival. Filipinos were hardworking people and one of the best character we’re admired of is our “pakikisama” that’s why most Pinoys were very in-demand around the globe.
  • Living alone means being responsible for your finances. It’s easy not to care about savings when you’re living under your parents’ roof; but when you’re living alone, and you have to pay for your flat rent and your meals, it’s a different story.
  • I don’t think I have ever valued my family as much as I do now. You truly realize their importance once you’ve spent time away from them. I always relish my chats and phone calls with my mom and dad.

 “In a foreign country, you will find out the different stereotypes of Filipinos. There were even times some Filipinos experiences discrimination, but that only strengthened my Filipino Pride. I was always proud to be a Filipino, and I always corrected any misconceptions about us. Last and not the least, I have come to realize that my OFW life gave me the strength to face my fears, embrace inevitable changes and celebrate successes for me to appreciate and understand the real purpose of my so-called journey.”

kristine 1

Did you enjoy this post? For updates about lessons learned by Overseas Filipino Workers in the United Arab Emirates, please like my Facebook page OFW in DUBAI.

Back to Home

OFW Lessons: Paula Ramirez speaks about faith

Paula Ramirez is presently a Senior Human Resource Assistant at The Emirates Group.

pau1“A friend once told me that the most uncommon best thing about me is that I am so naïve in a positive way. Wala daw masamang tinapay para sa akin. I am the type of person who always strives to see the best in others and maybe that’s the reason why I gain friends easily. I believe in John Locke’s idea that people are inherently good. I am the ‘what you see is what you get’ type of person.”

  • Have FAITH. Seek comfort in God’s loving arms not on any other temporary felicity. Being away from your family and friends will definitely push you to the other direction but being closer to Him and trusting Him with your life helps you focus on your life goals and your true mission why you are here in the first place and that is to work for the betterment of the families we left at home. Make money but don’t let money make you.
  • We should always try to excel in whatever field we are into and make our nation proud. No job is ever too small if you do it with great love and passion.
  • Don’t forget to look back to where we’ve all begun and be proud to be Filipinos because we are world-class and God’s favored people.

“When I look at my life now from a distance, I can say that I am just starting. I believe there’s a lot more that I can accomplish, more things to see, more lives to touch, more hurdles to overcome and more areas for self-improvement. ”

Pau1

Did you enjoy this post? For updates about lessons learned by Overseas Filipino Workers in the United Arab Emirates, please like my Facebook page OFW in DUBAI.

Back to Home