“Maintain finding out and accepting alternatives that gives you publicity and expertise.” These are some phrases of knowledge shared by our newest OFW function, Mr. John Patrick Duro. He’s 35 years previous, holds a Masters diploma in Data Know-how (IT), and is at present working as a Senior Safety Operations Analyst. He has been primarily based in Dubai for one 12 months now.
Remarkably, John Patrick, or just “JP,” bought employed round mid-2021… whilst the entire world was experiencing the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic! This simply comes to point out that even throughout these unpredictable occasions, there are many nice profession alternatives round us.
On this article, John Patrick talks about how he landed his present job, together with the difficulties he confronted as a “beginner” in Dubai. He additionally shares some useful insights relating to saving, investing, and different cash issues.
Moreover, he’s eager on merely sharing what life is like right here within the UAE, and his dream of bringing his household to return and stay right here as nicely. Let’s get to know extra about our kabayan, John Patrick, and his distinctive OFW journey!
OFW Function: John Patrick, Senior Safety Operations Analyst in Dubai
Title: John Patrick Duro
Agee: 35 years previous
Present Occupation: Senior Safety Operations Analyst
Schooling: Grasp of Science in Data Know-how
Years in Dubai: 1 12 months
1. Inform us about your self.
Hello! I’m John Patrick Duro, although you possibly can name me “JP.” I’m 35 years previous, at present working as Senior Safety Operations Analyst. I completed a level in Grasp of Science in Data Know-how. Only in the near past, I turned 1 12 months within the UAE.
2. Why did you come to Dubai?
Throughout the 2nd peak or wave of the pandemic final Could 2021, a well known firm within the UAE that gives cybersecurity companies to UAE authorities tasks and companies contacted me and supplied me a job. It was so engaging as a result of in the course of the pandemic, I misplaced my lifelong financial savings and investments. I additionally had tens of millions of money owed and my earlier firm within the Philippines, although among the finest organizations within the nation, couldn’t help and maintain the day-to-day wants of my household. So for me, Dubai is likely to be the blessing in disguise that I at all times prayed for.
3. What had been your earlier jobs?
I’ve been via numerous jobs, however all these had been within the Philippines. I come from a humble and never so wealthy, but completely satisfied household. I’ve tried working as service crew in a quick meals chain, group volunteer for Purple Cross, Web and café service technician, helpdesk or service desk, community engineer, system admin, and so forth. My huge breakthrough was once I landed a cybersecurity position as a result of it has excessive demand internationally.
4. How do you discover your present job? Are you content/glad with it?
A headhunter or recruiter reached out to me via the skilled social media channel known as LinkedIn.
Sure, I’m very glad, fulfilled, and happy with my work as a result of apart from the truth that it offers for the wants of my household, I used to be assigned to varied shoppers and roles. I’m proud to share that I used to be assigned to help Expo 2020 together with different huge authorities entities of the UAE.
Furthermore, I’m proud to say that I’m at present assigned to the very first nuclear powerplant facility within the Arab World below Nawah Power Firm. As a result of it’s a giant authorities venture, I’m able to work repeatedly with Emiratis and different nationalities from numerous fields of experience.
They supply buffet meals each day, resort lodging, transport companies and so forth. Additionally, the sensation of being a contributor to the clear power initiative of UAE is certainly unbelievable!
5. Can you save in Dubai? Or do you might have any investments you want to share?
I used to be capable of repay a pile of money owed that I had in the course of the pandemic, and now I’m beginning to have some financial savings and investments. For financial savings, my model is to economize in dirhams as a result of the worth retains on rising whereas for investments, I ventured in Philippine shares, mutual funds, and bonds as a result of it’s extra accessible and inexpensive within the Philippines.
My tip is to at all times pay your self first, then prioritize your wants earlier than your needs.
6. Is it tough to stay in Dubai? What are your struggles? What’s life like exterior work?
Throughout the first few months or semester, sure, it was very tough to stay in Dubai alone, with out pals and kin. My major wrestle was the climate, it’s too sizzling however much less humid.
As for all times exterior work, I can say that it’s actually one thing worthy, as a result of all the products and companies in Dubai or the UAE generally are in top of the range. Even leisure, recreation, and vacationer sights… every little thing is superior right here!
7. What do you want about Dubai?
I just like the effectiveness and effectivity of presidency insurance policies and the way individuals respect and comply to them. In fact, I’m additionally amazed by the multi-cultural expertise. Title it… whether or not meals, place, expertise… there are such a lot of issues obtainable! I like the general public transportation as nicely and top-notch vacationer sights. Additionally, many of the transactions right here can be found on-line.
8. What do you NOT Like about Dubai?
Summer season 😀 It’s too sizzling!
9. What are your plans to your profession/household/future?
My plan is to convey my household quickly to the UAE in order that they’ll additionally expertise the great high quality of life right here.
10. You could have any ideas for kabayans when working/discovering work/residing in Dubai?
For my fellow kabayans, when discovering work, be resourceful and by no means hand over. There are numerous platforms on the market like LinkedIn, the place you possibly can see tons of job posts and alternatives within the UAE.
For many who are already working in Dubai or the UAE, really feel happy with your self and when struggles or challenges strike, at all times return or assume again in your sole objective… why you might be working right here within the UAE. For certain, there’s a excessive likelihood that it’s for your loved ones. By no means cease praying for power and steering!
In the meantime, for kabayans who’re to work in the identical subject as I’m, my recommendation is to maintain finding out and accepting alternatives that gives you publicity and expertise. Search a mentor or somebody that may affect your steady studying and journey. When alternative seems, please keep away from being choosy, cash will come the soonest alongside along with your preparedness, expertise, grit, ardour, and religion to our Lord.
11. Is there anything you’d wish to share?
I want to take this chance to offer appreciation to my household for his or her general help, understanding and love. I like you at all times, particularly my spouse Rose and my children, Noctis and Noah. Daddy is working arduous to your future <3
In the meantime, I might additionally like to advertise Acumen IT Coaching Inc., a Filipino-owned IT and cybersecurity coaching firm within the Philippines. They supply digital or on-line and classroom trainings and programs. I extremely vouch for them and shortly shall be a part of their crew as a coach.
*Photographs supplied by John Patrick
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