Understanding that life is never a fairytale that a finger snap could turn into a magical spell, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-based Engr. Edgar F. Guerrero rose through the ranks from a personal assistant to a vice president to a successful accounting analyst and technical consultant at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC), overseeing asset accounting and network project activities.
An engineer by profession, Guerrero arrived in the Kingdom in 1987 and had to return back to the Philippines ten years after completing his primary and secondary studies. A year after earning his degree and successfully passing the board exams in 2003 as a licensed electronics engineer without reviewing anything, he went back to Saudi Arabia.
In 2004, he worked as a personal assistant for a vice president in one of the internet service providers in the host country. “It was more of the offer than the title was initially after. However, regardless of the title, I always carried out my corporate obligations with passion and successfully carried out my tasks,” he explained.
After earning a master’s degree, the telco industry in the host country suffered churns and recessions, and finding a spot on the market, according to him, was challenging. “Luckily, my parents were still here in the Kingdom at that time, and working abroad is not an option but a necessity. It was a matter of choosing between personal gains over obligations and putting the latter for the family of my own,” he added.
Despite having a roller coaster ride in the corporate world switching jobs from administrative tasks, field works, and management positions, the title never affected his performance and deliverables, thus always quenching and striving hard for achieving greater heights.
“I always strive to achieve whatever is at hand with perfection. But, being in my current professional role offers greater flexibility for me to apply my discipline and passion at the same time. Being an engineer by profession greatly influences the course of my technical consulting skills and earning a master’s degree in corporate finance strikes a balance between a technical and financial decision that I offer in my chosen industry,” he said.
Guerrero’s present job includes business process improvements and synchronization of network projects’ technical information with accounting standards.
Out of his professional hat, he has previously served as a treasurer of the Institute of Electronics and Communications Engineers of the Philippines-Cental Region Chapter (IECEP-KSA CRC) and is currently one of its board of directors facilitating professional growth and support to the Filipino community through technical seminars and workshops.
According to him, the initiative comes along with their corporate social responsibilities in the Philippines supporting and adopting students to pursue their education in rural areas in addition to calamity response drives to ease the burdens of the needy Filipinos.
Advice from one OFW to another
“It is okay to say enough is enough. The moment you realize that you are breaking even between living abroad and staying close to your loved ones, take a stand! Make your decisions to try other options.”
“It is always a connotation in believing that our sacrifices abroad are justified by the hopes of our family’s brighter future. While this is right, allow yourself and your beneficiaries to learn the difference between a lavish lifestyle and sufficiency,” he added.
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