Before I start talking about how I am going about making my talk-show a reality, I thought I’d give you a little bit of my background. I’ll try to stick to the career side only for now otherwise I could turn my life into a book. Actually, I’m sure we all could! I have divided it into sections that I will be blogging weekly or so. So how did I get to where I am now?
For years I wasn’t quite sure what it is I wanted to do. In fact, up until about 2 months ago I still wasn’t quite sure. I’m naturally quite a curious person, and found myself trying out various professions over the last few years.
I was born in Slovakia and moved to UK in my teens. I didn’t speak any English when I first arrived so my aim was to learn and be able to communicate as quickly as possible. It took me about 2 months to be able to converse, and about a year to get it to a fluent stage. With my then still limited communication skills there weren’t many jobs I could do. I started off by working as a kitchen porter, housekeeper, babysitter, I was a waitress and a barmaid whilst attending college & studying at the same time. My parents were very poor and weren’t able to support me so I had to learn how to support myself at an early age. I always liked being independent and I loved, still do, receiving pay checks!
2002 was a significant year for me; I got married and I started my own business (aged 22). The idea of working for myself appealed to me, knowing that I didn’t have to report to anyone was exciting. I set up an au-pair agency as it seemed like a good idea at the time. There was only one agency in the area, and since I could speak couple of other languages and knew few people that employed au-pairs, I thought I would give it a go. There was no start-up capital needed and I was working from home so I barely had any outgoings. The excitement was there but I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I don’t think I quite grasped the fact that you have to make it work. Instead, I foolishly thought if you set up a business that has a potential, people will automatically come to you and give you business. Needless to say, I failed massively few months in. I made some money but certainly nowhere near to what I hoped I would make. Looking back at it now, I understand that this was an important lesson for me and my self-development. Perhaps I will come back to this time of my life in my future blogs.
A year later, my marriage was falling apart too. I needed to get a job quickly and started to work as a receptionist for an accounting firm. My aim was to save some money so I could go travelling and escape all the personal problems I was facing. I didn’t know how to deal with the situation, where I wanted to go or what to do to feel better and get back on track. I just had this need to escape. Truthfully, the whole break-up was killing me inside. I thought of going travelling perhaps in a year’s time which would give me enough time so save some money up. With this in mind, I slowly started to prepare for the travels. I moved back in with my in-laws to save rent money. I also thought that it would be wise to be prepared in case I needed to earn extra money whilst travelling. I figured that teaching English would probably be the easiest way to find a job if need be. So I completed a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course and became a certified TEFL trainer.
In May 2004, my friend and I decided to go on holidays to Dubai for two weeks. The plan was to go on holidays in May and then travelling later that year. I couldn’t wait to get away, lie on the beach and just relax for couple of weeks. On the second day of our holiday I met someone who completely changed my life. And no, it wasn’t a love interest if that’s what you were thinking
My friend and I were having a few drinks at some Irish pub in Dubai. The atmosphere was amazing, there was live music, people were having a good time and for the first time in ages I was having fun! I got talking to the singer of the group, we ended up having a long conversation about our lives and I told him how I was looking to escape and so on. I also told him I had just completed my TEFL certificate which caught his attention. He was teaching English out there but wanted to concentrate on his music career. He said ‘I just finished working for a lady called Jane and I know she is looking for someone new, would you be interested in meeting her?’ ‘Yes!’ I replied. And the rest is history. The next day I met Jane and she offered me a job teaching English in contracted businesses. I called home and said I would not be returning back from my holidays, that I have decided to stay in Dubai and live there for a year or so. And that’s how my life in Dubai started. It was a break I was longing for, it felt right; I suddenly felt a sense of relief. I was grateful that the universe was listening to me and provided me with this amazing opportunity. Seems like it was meant to be….