There are many reasons why Michelle David Menor opted to work abroad–to seek better career opportunities and start a new job that will push her out of her comfort zone.
Menor, 37, revealed that before she became the director of the sales and marketing department of Avenue Hotel, she has to go through the eye of a needle. Rising through the ranks, she said that she used to work as a cashier of a fast-food chain in the Philippines. She, however, valued the position as it taught her a lot of things.
As the director of the sales and marketing department of the four-star deluxe hotel in Dubai, her job includes revenue forecasting, developing and writing business plans, and implementing strategies and initiatives related to sales and marketing.
“I always make sure that my sales representatives perform as per expectations and attain sales targets. Having almost 15 years of work experience in the hospitality industry, I am grateful enough for what God has given me,” she said.
Menor said that being in the industry was her calling as she dedicated almost half of her life to it. “It is my passion to deliver quality service and to satisfy our customers’ needs,” she added.
“The hospitality industry allows me to develop myself–professionally and as a person. Not only to improve on the professional skills I already possess, but with time and commitment, I’ve learned from others due to the variety of colleagues, clients, and situations that will put me to the test. And through my position, I am able to travel and promote the hotel internationally,” she further added.
Living in Dubai for almost 15 years, she already considers the place as her second home.
“It is both a beautiful country a home of beautiful people. I always tell my friends how happy I am and safe her. Wherever I am today, I owe it to this country,” the hotelier said.
Just like many overseas Filipino workers, she has already encountered a series of struggles. One was when she left the Philippines after giving birth as her family was not able to sustain the expenses.
After all the struggles that she faced abroad, she, one day noticed that her prayers were being granted already. “God made it possible to bring my daughter to Dubai and educate her in this beautiful country,” she said.
Her dream ever since was to have her own resort or hotel in the Philippines. Menor, who started a career as a telephone operator, admitted to loving the hospitality industry.
“I wish my kabayans would dream big and never stop focusing or give up on their dreams. Be strong and be wise. With the current situation, the best wealth in the world is not money but health,” she said.
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