Hello! My name is Rose and I am currently working as an English Teacher at Peking University Affiliated Kindergarten here in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia.
To give a word that best describes my life, it is “grace”. In the Bible, grace is simply receiving a gift from God that you actually don’t deserve. I’ve been to a lot of failures and series of unfortunate events, but at the end of every season, I have always been receiving grace. And that’s this article is all about.
I was born to a poor family, the eldest among four girls. My mom was a registered elementary teacher and my father was a farmer. My mom decided to work as a domestic helper in Hong Kong when I was in Grade 4 for us to have a better chance at life, by giving us an opportunity to study.
Because of my mother’s sacrifices, all four of us were able to finish our bachelor degrees, but the sad reality of it is that since then, until now, we can only spend time with our mom 20 days in a year for the past 20 years. We grew older without the comfort of our mom beside us.
I am a registered nurse by profession but my career is in education and in business. I pursued teaching right after passing the boards but I also learned and developed the skill of doing business. I learned to do a lot of things because of necessity and opportunities. I became a jack of all trades, but sadly, master of none.
I’ve put up a lot of ventures after working at the academe for four years. I have earned, I have failed, and I have learned. I knew that by not having a mastery of a certain skill, my value as a professional will be stuck in that certain level. I’ll never achieve my fullest potential, and I’ll never find success in doing something I am not really good at.
To a person with liabilities, being unemployed for a year or more is a misery. But it was because of God’s grace that my family was able to understood my situation, they have forgiven my mistakes, and they offered me unnumbered chances and support. And so I prayed for ONE chance.
I was job hunting in Macau for two months in 2018 when I discovered that teachers are also in demand there, but I wasn’t really qualified. As I was researching about the qualifications, I found out about the job opportunities in China.
And so I decided. I went back home and immediately enrolled in a Tesol Certification Program, and I applied and filled out so many job applications. I was almost hopeless that time. But I received ONE encouragement to go further and be patient.
It was only the time that I finished the program, did my video introduction and teaching demo that I finally received ONE email with a job interview invitation. I knew that I only needed ONE opportunity for me to showcase my ability, that time, it was teaching English.
It took me another 6 months of waiting, raising funds and doing repetitive processing of authentications before I was able to fly to China in March this year. I needed ONE chance from my family to support me. I needed ONE friend to trust in me.
I needed a ONE-way ticket to go to a land flowing with milk and honey, only to leave my family and comfort behind. I only needed ONE vision, that is to elevate my quality of life and of my family. And I ONLY NEED GOD to make everything possible for me.
Now that I have that ONE CHANCE of a lifetime to be working in a really healthy working environment, all I need to do now is to give my best and be excellent in my craft as I aspire to become a better educator, ONE day at a time.
Is my accent GOOD? – NO! I’m a combination of Ilocano and Visayan roots, and people couldn’t identify my accent because it is really different and not that good.
I failed in my call center trainings because I couldn’t attain that American accent.
I failed in my job application to an ESL company in Manila during my teaching demonstration because my tongue was too stiff.
So what qualified me to be able to land a job here in China?