A Dubai-based salon worker was mocked by her colleagues as she mentioned to them that at 50, she is taking a caregiver course to explore more opportunities while she is still strong and able.
Jocelyne A. Lim, who is currently taking a caregiver course at the Filipino Institute, said she chose the course as she has already knowledge in looking after diabetic patients, and she herself is also a diabetic person.
“Dito sa company ko now, nung sinabi ko na mag-enroll ako ng Caregiver, pinagtawanan ako. Sabi sa akin, ‘hindi ka ba naaawa, ang tanda mo na para mag Caregiver’,” she said.
Belittled, Lim was also told that because of her age, it is not impossible that her patient would be able to carry her instead of the other way around.
“Umiyak talaga ako nun. Nag isip ako last month, hindi na ako mage-enroll. Pero sinasabi ng isip at puso ko na kailangan kong mag-enroll,” she said.
Lim has worked in various salons and parlors in the emirate, met different types of co-workers and employers. For nearly nine years, she has only worked in the salon industry.
On the sidelines, she also cooks Filipino food. In fact, during the lockdown period in Dubai, she was forced to sell dishes as her salary was cut to 50 percent.
With no plans yet to settle in the Philippines in the near future, Lim said she is still supporting her son’s education who is currently taking his third course.
“Kapag naho-homesick ako, pinapasok ko sa isip ko dirhams tapos [balikbayan] box. Kapag halimbawa may tip ako 100 plus, service 300, ang punta ko groceries basta iniisip ko ipapadala sa Pinas, bagahe,” she said.
For Lim, education is a very important tool that no one can take from her. “Dadalhin mo to hanggang kamatayan. At eto lang gusto kong ipamulat sa anak ko. Edukasyon lang maipapamana ko,” she added.
Lim took the 24-week caregiver program and expected to finish the course in July. She said she can see herself five years from now practicing this profession.