For Abelynn M. Tayag, one should never give up as there is no such thing as an ending but just a new beginning. An overseas Filipino worker for nine years now, Tayag is currently working as an insurance specialist for a pediatric therapy center in the UAE. For the last five years, she has been working in the same company.
A registered nurse in the Philippines, she landed her first job in Dubai in 2012 and worked as a ward secretary for an orthopedic and spine hospital. During her stay in the hospital, she said she learned so much about medical insurance companies–including how pre-approval works–and this paved the way for her to land a job in her current employer.
Tayag revealed that she initially worked as a receptionist and was given an opportunity to lead their insurance team as an insurance specialist. “It was not easy at first because we started from scratch, I learned by trial and error, but in the end, it was all worth it,” she said.
“The most satisfying about the job is seeing those innocent smiles of the kids and knowing that because of therapy, you can see improvements in them. As an admin staff, the simple thank you of the family really melts our hearts,” she added.
Prior to working in the UAE, she worked as a cashier in a mall as the job pays more than being a volunteer nurse back then. While in the Philippines, Tayag has also worked as a nurse for a local district hospital in Pampanga.
“Working in Dubai opens new opportunities for me to help my family, our family’s finances, my personal growth. I am just so thankful to the rulers of UAE for accepting expatriates like me to work here,” she said.
Tayag said being in a foreign country on her own is already a struggle. She recalled during her first few months in the host country, she was struggling to settle on a decent job that would support her finances abroad and her family in the Philippines who she promised to provide a comfortable life.
“Interviews after interviews but I did not lose faith in the Lord. I know that I am capable, and I know whatever I deserved will be given to me by the Lord in His most perfect time,” she added.
Just like many migrant OFWs, she has also experienced seasonal homesickness. “The good thing is we have means of communicating with our family, thanks to technology,” she further added.
“Struggles make you stronger. I know we Filipinos are strong and resilient. We can always find a way out of difficult situations,” she said.
Passing the medical coding exams
Tayag has recently passed the medical coding exam after taking a short-term course in the Filipino Institute. Getting a passing score of 84 percent, she said that she is thankful for the training centre for providing expatriates like her a good education at a very affordable cost.
“My trainers on the medical coding course are all excellent in their own field and are extremely helpful. I plan to stay here for a while and use my CPC certification to gain more knowledge and practice in the field,” Tayag noted adding that if she would be given a chance in the future, she would practice nursing again.
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