Jona May Angelina D. Dela Cruz – Executive Assistant
I’m the eldest. Being the oldest child in a family of eight, I was forced to get a four-year course in college instead of taking up medicine which was originally what I wanted that time. I tutored exchange students for basic French, Spanish, and English and I was a student assistant in our University’s Public Relations office. I graduated in time to enter my first job in a big financial institution in the business capital of the Philippines. I was a Fraud Risk Management Analyst in a far-from-home set-up. My life was about providing for my family. My vow was to see all of my brothers and sister graduate and have their dream professions in the future.
I had jobs after jobs including being an HR Analyst, Department Store Supervisor, and Executive Assistant. While providing for the family’s future, I tried to explore different industries to see where I fit the most. I gained a lot of relative experiences and life-changing realisations. I was altogether exposed to corporate and field works. But don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every post I had and I incorporated working with playing sports like Volleyball and Badminton.
It was when I got married in 2016 that I needed to partially give up my “eldest-child responsibilities”. Two of my siblings were then helping us with the financial stability of the family (one being a top employee for a banking institution, and the other one, a licensed Engineer). Next year, another two of my brothers are graduating – Tourism-related degree and the other, Architecture.
I’m very proud to say that even though I missed my opportunity to be a doctor, 5 of my siblings are getting their dream professions (our youngest is entering college and will take up Civil Engineering n