‘Never live with what-ifs’ OFW who juggled work and school now a professional coder

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Sherylene Dela Cruz, a registered pharmacist, has three mantras in life: never stop learning, never be afraid of stepping outside the comfort zone, and never live with what-ifs. Following these motivations in life, Dela Cruz is now a professional coder (apprentice) after passing the American Academy of Professional Coder’s (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam with an 86 percent score.

“These are my simple beliefs, as life is a wonderful journey of discovering your limits, learning despite your ups and downs, and conquering each challenge. And every time you have that moment of seeing what’s beyond your box, take that step and never let your mind wander while wondering what could have been,” she wrote in her testimonial statement. 

The journey to her success started in 2018 when she took the courage and enroll herself in a six-month medical coding course at the Filipino Institute. “It was indeed a very tedious task–juggling my personal and professional demands while studying after work and going to class every Friday, my sole rest day,” she said. 

Currently, Dela Cruz is working as a pharmacist for a privately-owned company. 

She admitted that ‘a lot of people’ didn’t believe what she was doing. “Some are even asking why do I have to waste my time on such things where I am already doing good on my profession,” she added. 

Admittedly, Dela Cruz has almost quitted but thought she didn’t want to regret it in the end. 

“Every time I’m seeing my fellow passed the exam, I am a bit envious,” she admitted further. 

The CPC passer said that this chapter in her life will not be possible without the help of her mentors and her family members for their unconditional love and support. 

“To Filipino Institute, a huge than you for making the belief of learning achievable for almost every expat, and by instilling ‘’kaya natin to,” she added. 


This story has been featured on the seventh issue of The Global Filipino Magazine. To get a copy, you may contact Mr Orli Gayeta at +971503196856. If you have an inspiring story or know someone with one, please send an email at tgfmfi@gmail.com.

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