Achieving one’s dreams abroad entails courage, sacrifices, and dedication. This is what Christian Jay Redual did to establish a career overseas and achieve his dreams one by one. Currently, Redual is the business development manager of NAS Chartered Accountants, a leading audit firm in the UAE. As a business development strategist, he is able to lead the business communication and strategic department of the organization.
The migrant worker, who has been in the region for eight years now, is also involved in supporting and empowering the Filipino business community and aspiring entrepreneurs through the Philippine Business Council-Abu Dhabi as the corporate secretary.
“The most exciting and enjoyable part of my job is that I was able to guide and support the micro, small, and medium enterprises in Abu Dhabi,” he said. In line with this, most of their clients in the firm are Filipino SMEs whom they had provided their professional services and help them grow when they are still new in the business.
“Achieving your passion while doing your job is very satisfying. Having the trust, support, and confidence of my current company that truly a blessing,” Redual further added.
Redual, before embarking on an overseas journey in 2012, had experienced bullying in the workplace in the Philippines. When he was bullied, he promised himself that he’d innovate, improve, and empower himself once he had a chance to work abroad.
“With God’s grace, I am very fortunate that I was able to meet the right people and a company who had supported and trusted me when I arrived in UAE. Unlike many of us, financial reason and greener pasture are just secondary for me,” he added noting that his primary reason why he decided to work abroad is for him to learn business, discover opportunities, and challenge himself away from his comfort zone.
About years back, he used to work in a medical training centre as a business development associate and had been working in an audit and accounting firm for most of his career journey but being in the medical industry was a complete turnaround for him. During his tenure, he was able to increase the numbers of Filipino healthcare professionals who enrolled in that centre.
When Covid-19 pandemic has come, he was delighted that he was able to bridge and encourage his former company to get more Filipino frontliners.
The diverse culture, tolerance, safety, healthcare system, technology, good governance, and better quality of life are the reasons why Redual loves the host country and considers it as his second home. “The opportunities and growth rate are very high in this country. Lastly, I am very thankful to the UAE government for how they take care of their residents and visitors especially during this pandemic,” he added.
Plans and pieces of advice
Redual said that once his OFW journey has come to an end, he plans to set up his own business development and digital consulting firm or a digital entrepreneurial academy. Continuing his advocacy in the UAE, he will provide free training and coaching to Filipinos who are interested to establish their dream business to start a new life.
“Sharing my expertise, knowledge, and experiences to my home country will be my next mission, giving back to the community is my ultimate goal,” he added.
“To my kakabayans, please always remember your ‘why, ‘what,’ and ‘when.’ Why are you here in the UAE? Why did you decide to work abroad? Why did you stay in your company? What is your purpose? What is your mission? What are your dreams? What is your promise to your family? When is your timebound to back home?” Redual further added.
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