Monday, May 7, 2012


So its been almost four weeks since I started working here in Dubai and it was a record breaking of "NO LATE" haha... My work starts at 8 in the morning and ends at 5PM. Good thing there is a Metro (also known as MRT) here and the transportation isn't that bad except for a taxi ride, sometimes you have to provide the direction yourself as most of them rely on that. You have to provide landmark and any other known places for them to realize where is the place you are talking about. Anyway, my work location is in Jumeirah Lake Towers which is a free zone (I am not sure what's the difference with the non-free zone). It is a four metro stations from my house so it is quite convenient. Our middle east office isn't that huge, we are only seven (I heard we will be hiring four more resources) in the office, small right? But the Russia & Belgium offices are quite big.

Currently, I am on a nine weeks training and it is VERY challenging. You have to learn the entire system by reading documents and watching tutorial videos. The good thing is that there is an outline and the training materials are not that bad. There are some exercises and tests that needs to be completed. I can say, this system is quite good and very big. The company is a payment gateway that also provides switch, card personalization for both debit and credit cards, loyalty hosting, kiosks, mobile services, etc. As of now, the most exciting part of my job is our upcoming trip to Finland, wohoooo!!! It is a global company event on which all of our offices around the world will meet and have some convention and conference.

So the big question is, did I make the right decision? And I am proud to say, YES. Sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone and be challenged. Not that I got bored in my previous company but sometimes new environment is a big factor. And yeah, the salary of course and other privileges and benefits. But I want to experience something unique, something that I want to try and you know how much I love to travel. I am now closer to Europe and middle east countries haha...


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