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Is there "LIFE" after teaching? Part I of a Trilogy
My first encounter
I was introduced to teaching when I attended a caregiver
training course at Multiskills Development Academy in Makati City, Philippines in the year
1992. I was then working as a company nurse at Laguna Laundry Processing Inc. in
Sucat Muntinlupa City, Philippines and since I was always on the lookout for another job
opportunity, there was never a day that I didn't buy a Manila Bulletin newspaper
especially on a Sunday where almost half of it were just advertisements. I saw
one about an agency (mentioned above) sending people to Canada to work as a
caregiver. Because I wanted to go abroad and thought that will be a good vehicle
for me to realize my dream of going to Canada, I went there and inquired.
requirements included attending and finishing a 6month caregiver
training course and at the end of it, a certification will be awarded during the
graduation.There were a lot of inquirers from different places not only
in Manila but from the neighboring provinces as well. Most of us were from allied medical fields, nurses, dentist, physical therapist ,
medical representatives, nutritionist, there were even few doctors and the rest
were accountants, secretaries, employees and newly graduates.
to go abroad and because caregivers were in demand during that time, all of us
were so eager to get an authentic caregiver certification and even if most of
us were registered nurses, having the title alone was not enough to grant us
access to go to Canada unless we were certified to have attended a 6 month
training required then by the Canadian government.
The training consisted of studying the culture and
traditions of Canada, basics of nursing, behavioral science, nutrition and
cooking. We had also training conducted by trainers from Red Cross about First
Aid, Basic Life Support and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. Although it was
kind of basics to us especially attendees from the allied medical fields, we relearned
it again and I thought we became even more knowledgeable and skilled.
I was one of those attendees who was kind of very active and
became friends with the management especially the Vice President of the
company. She was one of our professors too in one of the subjects in social
norms. And in one occasion she asked if anybody is willing to teach the nursing
subject. She asked me if I am willing to do that. I was still employed then as
a company nurse and I tried to fit in this training after work at 5pm to 10pm
including travel time. I said I will
think about it and the next day I was sure I can do the job.
It was amazing, I thought I finally found my calling. I did it
with ease and it was like I was already doing it for a long time. Modesty
aside, I was not an amateur when it comes to facing an audience. I was exposed
to that when I had my “small stint” in my singing career. :) I did also a lot of
hosting in company events and programs such as Christmas party and the likes. Eventually
they offered me the job to be the secretary to the VP. I considered the salary
I will get because teaching was paid per hour and combining it with the
position as secretary will be way better than what I was getting from my
present job. So I handed in my resignation at the other company where I worked
for more than 4 years as a company nurse. And I never regretted that day.
One of them is “ to impart knowledge and skills to..” And
I was just doing that, sharing my knowledge and skills in the area of my
expertise. I was able to convey to the seminar attendees the importance of what
I teach and how they can use it to their advantage. I was able to impart to
them experiences related to the topics we were learning and most importantly I
have given them a piece of myself because for me this profession also involves
feelings and emotions to engage the students or audience and get their
attention to participate so that it will make an impact in the hearts and minds
of both the giver and the receiver. I consider it a collaboration of different
minds in a setting where everyone benefits from one another.
My first encounter with this profession didn’t last that
long. I had the privilege of doing it for more than a year and it was a great
experience and a success. The evaluations I received from my colleagues, my boss and the
professional students were proofs that I did my best in that category. It was something
that reminded me that I was born to do that in one way or another in the
future. And it did. :) (more on that in the remaining 2 series)
Is there life after my first encounter in teaching?
ABSOLUTELY. I didn’t end up going to Canada (but instead Taipei, Taiwan which
will be told in my future blogs) even if
I graduated from the course and was given a certification but it brought me the
realization and the fact that I am destined to be doing that in the next years
I have been jotting notes and ideas almost everyday. Experts say this is the best way to remember or retain those ideas that mostly popped up while you're busy doing something or other times when you are taking a shower.
What I am going to write today applies to all of us who sometimes undergoes trials, sufferings, predicaments or difficult situations and sometimes don't know what to do or having difficulty facing these problems.
I was about to take a shower before going to my salon this morning and suddenly it just popped up out of my brain and I had to write it.
Try to see the beauty in life.
Do not focus on things undesirable, situations that makes you sad.
Things of the past that makes you unhappy.
Look around you.
The people you love.
The place you live in.
And every material things you have.
You have more than enough to be happy and thankful.
If you are struggling with something like sickness,
a loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, a disability or anything that ma…
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