In 2008, Emilie Joy Callejo landed in UAE and as a breadwinner in the family, she was inclined to venture on overseas life. The year when the country saw a recession, she worked as a credit card sales representative for a bank.
For over a decade, Callejo explored the opportunities in the country to develop her personally and professionally. She worked as a personal assistant for a managing director, joined a shipping and trading company where she learned about accounting, invoicing, and shipment, among others.
Presently, she is part of the Trust Online Portal LLC as an insurance coordinator. “Basically, I am enjoying learning new things since the insurance company is new to me. I chose this field for me to learn and know how an insurance company works, this will help me grow my skills and be flexible,” she said.
Life in the Philippines
The migrant worker in the UAE recalled growing up with her grandparents and being a scholar during her school years.
In 2004, the University of Baguio chose her as an exchange student to study the Japanese Language at the Nagasaki Wesleyan University in Japan. There, she represented the Philippines and her school in the festivities in the Asian country.
After graduating from college, Callejo worked at Sitel Baguio Philippines for more than a year as an inbound technical support representative. She received a couple of recognitions while working in the same company.
There is hope
When asked about the struggles she faced while here and in the Philippines, she said that there are too many that need to be mentioned. “There were times when I feel no hope, but actually there is hope in every battle we face,” she added.
“God will never leave you nor forsake you. Prayers are the greatest weapon,” she further added.
Callejo shared that she is a member of community groups that helped grow her faith. “They are always to support and some good friends who are always there, I am very thankful to all of them, I survive because I have these wonderful people in my life,” she added.
A frustrated nurse, Callejo is currently taking the Certified Nursing Assistant at the Filipino Institute as she plans to pursue her dreams in the future. She is also planning to migrate to the US along with her mom and be with her American fiance who she described as ‘a very hard-working and soft-hearted man.’
“There is always hope, our redeemer lives, don’t lose faith. Keep praying, ask for guidance, believe in the impossible. Your struggle has an end. And once you surpass it, you will be stronger than you were yesterday,” she concluded.
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