Residing in Dubai for four years now, Jordan Magno, a senior concept designer in Danube Home, proves that Filipinos can rise above the challenges abroad.
A graduate of Fine Arts major in Industrial Design, his work entails him to conceptualize and come up with unique and fresh ideas in accordance with the given theme be it in magazines, showroom openings, window displays, or even shelves arrangement. He is very passionate in the field and can’t see himself doing something else other than making all things stunning and pleasant to the eye.
For three consecutive years and since he joined the leading home improvement and home furnishing retail brand, Magno is hailed ‘Employee of the Year’ which only means that all his hard work, perseverance, and dedication have paid off. “I wouldn’t have achieved it without my entire team in the VM department,” he added.
“I chose this field because I enjoy designing. I enjoy the idea of putting my thoughts and ideas into work. I enjoy intricately designing even the smallest details of things. I love to see how my works are being appreciated. All efforts are always worth it as soon as I see people appreciate me,” he further added.
When asked about his reason why he oped to work abroad, he said that it has always been the experience and the thrill of living on his own and managing the household. “It is the exciting idea of adulting and learning something every single day,” he said.
Secondly, according to him, Dubai offers an array of opportunities. “And as cliché as it sounds, the earning still counts. I will never hesitate to say that because we are able to provide enough and send our youngest brother to a good university with quality education,” he added.
Additionally, he also loves the multi-cultured vibe of the city, noting that unity and harmony are always there
“I greatly appreciate how this country opens its doors for all of us who are looking for opportunity and a place to grow. It’s very welcoming. It might be nearly impossible to think that people with different views and opinions will go along but I saw it here,” the senior concept designer said.
Before embarking on an overseas life
After graduating from college, he didn’t waste a single day applying for a job. Luckily, he was employed in the company where he had his internship as an interior sales designer. For a couple of years, he learned more about the corporate world and how it works. He also invested time and effort in nurturing and improving his skills in conceptualizing and designing using different computer software before he pushed himself into something bigger and more exciting workplace abroad.
During his first few months in the emirate, he took part-time jobs as a make-up artist just to make ends meet.
“Rent and visa here in Dubai are expensive for someone who doesn’t have s stable job. Those two things will always be the first struggle,” Magno said.
Aside from working as a designer, he also decided to pursue one thing that he is equally passionate about and that is vlogging on social media. More so, this paved the way for him to share his first love and frustration which is singing.
Tips for OFWs
“Never give up. Goals are meant to be chased so don’t waste time. Put on your best face and go for it. Struggles, failures, and barriers will always be there along the way but remember that no goals are worth the chase without obstacles. Surpassing it is always the exciting part of life. Once you get there, you will understand that everything that you have experienced is worth it,” he added.
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