Believing that Dubai is a place where dreams are converted into reality every day, Steve Maquie Ang set foot in the emirate two years ago in hopes that he would find his purpose. Following his mother’s footsteps in the emirate, the 22-year-old facility maintenance worker at the Saint Zita Cleaning Services understands that life can be a bumpy road and one can only learn from mistakes and failures.
Previously, Maquie used to work for a couple of establishments in the host country that refused to process his employment visa.
He worked as a supermarket clerk in Jumeirah Lakes Tower and food server for a Filipino restaurant in IBN Batuta Mall.
“Despite the work permit issue, I am still thankful for them. Without them, I wouldn’t have grown and learned many things in the F&B and supermarket industries,” he added.
A college undergraduate, prior to working as an overseas Filipino worker, Maquie has also worked as a food service crew for a kiosk. There, he worked together with the kitchen team to prepare food, create customized hot and cold beverages, and handled guests’ concerns and complaints.
From 2017 until 2018, he also worked as a waiter at the Manila Manor Hotel and sales associate for American Star Apparel Philippines Inc.
He said that once he’s able to earn enough money, he will continue and finish studying to secure a degree and boost his career.
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