My life as a ‘call girl’

It was during my high school years when the call center industry started thriving and the idea that I might want to work there started growing inside my head.

Okay, I’ve mentioned before about my not-so-brief stints in a few call center companies, and I just wanted to let it out that contrary to how I must’ve sounded in my previous post, I never once regretted being a part of the call center business. It was actually some of the best years of my life–heck, if not for it, I wouldn’t have had the chance to pay for my Master’s degree while working only part-time, and still getting to enjoy some of the finer things in life. So, no regrets at all. If anything, I really wouldn’t mind going back! Call centers in the Philippines offer decent salaries to people who don’t want to go hungry but don’t wanna leave the country either.

My first job fresh from college was as an outbound sales representative for a US telecommunications company. People said that I sounded sweet over the phone, and I wasn’t exactly the persuasive type.. sooo, that gig didn’t last very long. I actually found sales extremely stressful (which I find ironic that I had the audacity to even consider becoming a med rep a few years later, since the latter is more “hardcore” sales). I resigned after only less than a year, and moved to another company–this company, I have absolutely nothing negative to say about. I still think of it in hindsight as the absolute best company I’ve ever been in. Their screening process was very rigorous, and I was a very proud employee when I was there. It was customer service for a financial company in the US, and I believe I did quite well in that field–well, at least I’m sure I did better there than in sales.

For quite some time, I’ve thought about applying for a promotion, but I was too lazy to even start. It was my quarter life crisis that led to my decision to leave. I got in as a med rep for one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines, and my head got the better of me. But then you know what they say about true love, being what you always come back to eventually, no matter where life leads you? I got back in the call center game again, but this time, it’s for a different company. Now this one, though not perfect, has grown on me and left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. This was where I’ve gotten to know people who became important pieces in the puzzle I call ‘life.’ It’s still not very clear how and why I got burnt out, but I did. And I find that very sad.

Sometimes, I daydream about my call center days. For real. I mean, I know so many nursing grads in the call center industry who would love to shift back to nursing and ‘look for greener pastures’ in other countries. Well, been there, done that. And I can say that it does sound like a very promising dream, but as with everything, you’d have to think it through many times over. Why? Because there is nothing worse than having to do what you don’t like doing and being where you don’t want to be.

It’s not that I don’t like being a nurse. I actually do, and that makes it even more frustrating. I sometimes imagine having another body whom I can ask to stand in my place so that I can maybe just go back home without disappointing anyone. Honestly, it feels like I just had to complete my bucket list from my younger years, when I had nothing but imagination to make up for wanting to be where Harry Potter and his friends supposedly lived. And now that I’m here, I can say that Hogwarts isn’t real, but the magic is–we all just have to find out where it lurks.

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