At a young age, Sherizze Sean Acot has already been exposed to bigger responsibilities already. Despite having no intention of working abroad, she found herself following her father’s footsteps who is out of the country most of the time.
Realizing that she won’t be able to reach her maximum potential if she stays in her comfort zone and not take the risk, Acot grabbed the opportunity and trusted the process, and went on with the flow of life.
The 25-year-old overseas Filipino worker has landed a job at the Montage Oil DMCC, an oil, gas, and petrochemicals company under the logistics and documentation section in 2017.
Reaching milestone at an early age
Acot has started ramp modeling at the age of 12 under a modeling agency then ventured into pageantry at 15. At 16, while studying in La Salle Bacolod, she started managing events after being affiliated with a production support group. Rising through the ranks, she was first in-charge in the food coordinating team to house management to stage crew to stage manager until she became the events manager of the organization.
She was entrusted to manage the school-related events until she finished college. This experience has paved the way for her to manage bigger events in the local region.
“I think this has been the real highlight of my career since I love what I’m doing despite the reality that I still have to work on my studies since I’m a regular university student, not to mention that I have been the Mayor of our block section from first to fourth-year college,” she said.
Apart from it, she also represents her university in journalism workshops and competitions since she was the features editor of their departmental publication. With all her contributions, she has been named as one of the five most outstanding students in the field of performing arts during the Corps d’ Elite: Par Excellence 2015 of La Salle Bacolod.
Not only she is popular as a talented beauty queen in her province, but she is also known as a down syndrome advocate. Her advocacy came into existence after her brother with down syndrome passed away when he was 6.
Acot has launched her advocacy, ‘Don’t Limit Me: A Down Syndrome Awareness and Education Campaign’ at 18 with the objective to create a learning resource room for kids with down syndrome.
“This was part of my individual thesis before but then, I’ve decided to move forward and take the initiative for its overall execution,” she said. With the support of public and private entities, they were able to establish a school learning resource room inside the Bacolod City Special Education Centre during the launching of the advocacy.
Having in mind that greener pastures await her away from home, she left her province and worked as an accounts specialist in a real estate company before embarking on an overseas life.
2020, a year of breakthrough
The current year may be a struggle for most, but Acot considers 2020 as a year of breakthroughs. In the middle of the pandemic, she was hailed as the first honor for her summer class in the Filipino Institute Dubai campus. She was also named as the Illustrado’s Choice for Faces 2020 in March. And most recently, she has been one of the participating artists in the Global Women Empowerment Summit 2020’s Shades of Passion: The Art Show.
Advice from an OFW to OFWs
“Most of our kabayans here are older and have more experiences than me but if they can take advice from a young woman, I would advise having the right kind of mindset. What others think of you wouldn’t matter. What matters the most is what you think of yourself, what you feed in your mind because you become what you think about. Sure, there are times that we would feel really down and we have a hard time avoiding negativities but you have to believe that you can do it, everything’s gonna be alright, and that God wouldn’t abandon us. Remember “binigay sayo, kasi kaya mo”. Just be thankful for what you have because the more gratitude that you have, the more abundance you will magnetize.”
This story has been featured on the eighth 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.