As part of our series introducing you to our team members, we sat down for a chat with Mirapher, who is our Executive Assistant.
Where are you from?
I am from the Philippines. I was born and raised on the vibrant island of Mindanao. However, driven by my desire to pursue higher education, I relocated to Cebu, where I completed my college studies, embarked on my career path, and built my own family.
What have you done in your career until now?
Throughout my career, I’ve gained extensive experience in the Customer Service industry, spanning a period of 15 years. However, I recently decided to venture into freelancing and discovered a newfound passion for administrative work and research. This prompted me to focus on honing my skills and expanding my experience to transition into the role of an Executive Assistant eventually. I’m excited about my progress so far and look forward to further developing my career in this field.
What is your proudest achievement?
When I reflect on my life so far, there are definitely some accomplishments that stand out to me. One that I’m particularly proud of is my ability to support my family. I had a difficult upbringing and faced some significant challenges along the way, but through hard work and perseverance, I’ve been able to build a stable career that allows me to provide for my loved ones. It’s not always easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to give back to the people who have supported me throughout my life.
Another achievement I’m proud of is my involvement with terptree, an organisation that is positively impacting the deaf community. Working with such a dedicated team and contributing to such a worthwhile cause has been incredibly fulfilling.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
As a child, I dreamed of becoming a lawyer so I could defend people who couldn’t afford legal representation.
What are you reading?
As much as I’d love to read something different, I often find myself sticking to bedtime stories that take us on magical journeys through fairy tales. It may be predictable, but it’s always a hit with my little ones and provides us with some much-needed escape and relaxation before bed.
What surprises people about you?
One thing that often surprises people about me is that despite my outgoing nature in one-on-one conversations, I’m actually an introvert at heart. Large crowds of unfamiliar faces can be intimidating, and I often prefer the comfort of my home to the excitement of a big party.
What’s your favourite quote?
One of my favorite quotes is “Everything happens for a reason.” I firmly believe that every experience in life, good or bad, has a purpose and can teach us something valuable. When faced with challenges or setbacks, I try to approach them with a growth mindset and learn from them as I move forward. It’s a reminder to embrace every moment and trust that everything will work out in the end.
What is your favourite thing about being an Executive Assistant?
As an EA, my favourite thing is the diversity of responsibilities that come with the role. No two days are the same, from managing inboxes and diaries to preparing reports and handling confidential information. I find it both challenging and rewarding to be the go-to person for my boss, Victoria, and strive to impact her daily life positively.
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