When you're a nurse here in our country, it's either you push yourself to do a lot of hard work with not enough pay – OR – work abroad to earn dollars and be away from your family.
Others resort to changing careers, just so that they could cope up with the increasing prices and needs of every family.
Just like Ruth. She almost changed her nursing career so she could be there for her baby. She transitioned from being a nurse to a freelancer but was not getting jobs that are related to her career before.
Until she found out about the Virtual Medical Scribe opening for VA Bootcamp students. She grabbed the opportunity and is now working comfortably at home with her baby, earning dollars without even leaving the country, with a career that's totally related to her field in nursing.
In this interview, Ruthie will talk more about her freelancing journey, including:
✅How She Landed a Job as a Virtual Medical Scribe
✅How She Handled Rejections and Stayed Motivated Despite It
✅How She Earned Dollars Without Having to Work Abroad
And a whole lot more…
Ruth will tell her story about how she has transitioned from a nurse to a virtual medical scribe.
- Any hard work should be coupled with prayers.
bibitawan po angbelief sa sarili. And that if you have this hints nayou'll do good on this, you eventually find something like this, you have to fight for it.
- Once there is an opportunity
kasi, sabi nga nila; “Opportunity knocks only once”, so you have to grab it and you have to stay focus. And of course, ask for the support and assistance of the people that might be helpful for you so Kapit lang.
- It's not really about the skills, because you can learn it. The VA Bootcamp can help you improve your skills. But what is more important is your attitude on the things you do.
- If you have this desire of learning it on your own and you are up to the challenge then why not give it a try.
Ruth’s Journey to Freelancing:
- Due to schedule conflicts and barely seeing her daughter, she left her 6-year nurse job from one of the major hospitals in the Philippines.
- Related to her previous field of expertise she landed a job in a BPO as Medical Coder and worked there for 3 years
- Since then, She has always dreamed of working at home while she was working in a BPO, then she had to quit because of some problems with the nanny.
- Finally, she came across the VA Bootcamp course and enrolled last April and finished the course last August.
Were you doing side businesses while you're enrolled in the Bootcamp?
Yes, I resell bags and sell pasalubong from each time I went to visit my mom in Bulacan. Even when I was still working in the BPO, I used to sell delicacies to my colleagues like “Chicharon” and “Pastillas”. I even have an active page for online selling, but it's inactive now.
Does it take a lot of your time or parang sideline lang?
Yes, it is like a sideline lang like if somebody has orders then I will tell them what day I'm going to visit my mom so I can deliver them their orders. So it's like hitting two birds in one stone.
What happened when you finished the course last August?
I was hired as a researcher by a small German company that does T-shirts designs. All you have to do is to check popular US T-shirts designs on Amazon, copyrights, and if it has the same designs in the Europe counterpart. If there is none then you can submit it. That was my first job as a freelancer.
Did you get it from Upwork or OnlineJobs?
I got it from OnlineJobs. It's not in dollars, it's in euros for me. I have to gain experience. I know how to make researches so I can do it, that was my mindset during that time.
Was that a short time gig lang?
Yes, it started in August and lasted last November, because somebody from a medical device company noticed my profile that I have medical or healthcare background, and she approached me in OLJ to be her Virtual Assistant.
Would you say that your background in nursing helps?
I think it was an edge since dealing with medical devices and medical terminologies, I could relate to it. So if she asks me to research something that is medically inclined, it's not so hard for me to produce the output she wants.
Puwedeng maging Virtual Medical Assistant po kahit no knowledge in medical?
To be honest, it would be challenging. Pero if you're up to the challenge, then it's okay for you to try. But it really depends on what the client is looking for. Because in my case they're really looking for someone with at least 1-year experience in hospital, so you got this familiarity of things because you have to understand that the doctors in the US are so busy. Although they train you, they don't have this luxury of time from training you to get familiarized with the medical terms. I'm not closing doors but if you have this desire of learning it on your own and you are up to the challenge then why not give it a try.