Believing that the key to success is to focus on goals and not on obstacles, Lorna Dalisay Salud, an overseas Filipino worker in Dubai for 10 years, proves that one can excel while working in a strange country.
A graduate of Business Management and armed with 15 years of work experience, she moved to Dubai about 10 years ago to propel her career forward and be reunited with her husband. However, shortly after arriving in Dubai, her husband has passed away, leaving her as a single mother of young boys.
Salud landed a customer service job at one of the world’s leading logistic companies. In less than two years, she was promoted as the team leader for customer service as for being excellent at what she was doing.
During her last few years with the company, her responsibilities continued to grow as she ultimately ended up managing the complete 3PL operations and customer service for two key clients.
She then later left the logistics company and continued her overseas career at a transport logistics company as a senior sales executive, representing a fresh, new, and exciting challenge for her. Not even a full year, her hard work and consistent demonstration of abilities paid off. She was promoted as Manager—Freight and Contract Logistics, a role that merges her sales and logistics experience. A part of her work is to oversee the company’s 3PL business, and growing the volume for the coming years.
“Aside from the sense of accomplishment derived from achieving monthly sales target, I genuinely enjoy making relationships with prospective clients and spending time talking with people. I derive immense satisfaction from solving challenges that my clients pose to me, whether overcoming those issues needed to generate a sale, or resolving problems in the execution of a contract,” she said.
Salud’s keen focus on their clients’ situation leveraged her strengths that include skills like listening to her them and trying to resolve their issues and ensuring a prompt response to any problem arising.
“In my new company, these strengths and my prior accomplishments have been recognized by management. They have been recently chosen me to lead the 3PL function of the company and to advance the business over the coming year,” she further added.
Dealing with grief as an expat
Not even a year after reuniting with her husband, she lost him. Thinking of a beginning for their family’s future, Salud struggled to move forward with living her life alone in Dubai while the rest of her family members were in the Philippines.
“The sense of loss was so great for me that whenever I feel sad, nothing but crying helped to release the pain in my heart. After four years of grieving, I finally accepted that he was not coming back,” she said noting that during those ‘dark times’ she only had a few friends to comfort her.
“Nevertheless, this traumatic experience made me reflect on the point that my children relied on me now more than ever, which provided a keen point of focus during those times which continues to endure this day,” she further added.
‘Meeting someone new to share my life’
While thoroughly enjoying life in Dubai achieving one goal after another, Salud met someone new to share her life with.
When asked about her plans in the future now that she is 44 years old, she and her partner plan to move to Canada within the new future where she expects to continue to put her strengths and passion to work in a new environment.
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