Last year, I was an unemployed full-time mom with zero knowledge of digital marketing. Of course, I didn’t have extra money for enrolling in a course, but I was determined to pursue something for myself anyway. I always knew that I had a place somewhere. This place appeared to be the Refocus Digital Academy.
How I managed to pay for the course
I saw Refocus' Facebook ad, which popped up several times. Although I didn’t know anything about digital marketing, I signed up for a free webinar on how to become a marketer from scratch and earn more. It was a great opportunity for me, so I grabbed it. But then I realized that the course was pricey, and I had no money. I thought "It doesn’t matter if I don’t have money. I can just try." So I registered my name.
In module 2, we were required to make LinkedIn and Indeed accounts, which I never had before. So I told myself: since I’m paying for this course, I’m going to make everything I’m supposed to. I created my accounts and followed every instruction from the module.
Then 3 days later, someone reached out to me via LinkedIn and offered me a job with a salary of ₱45,000 per month. I was shocked! Unfortunately, I couldn’t accept the offer because it wasn’t a remote job. Just imagine: I could’ve paid all my Refocus' fees in just one salary! It was very motivating.
The job offer that changed everything
That first offer was just the beginning! A month and 19 days later, I got hired as a graphic designer, but then they also thought that I was suitable for the HR associate position because of my new knowledge and skills.
If I could do this, anybody can
When I got the job, I wanted to help other people like me who had zero knowledge of marketing but wanted to start. So I started looking for people on the Refocus page who were interested in enrolling in the course. I reached out to them, and some of them messaged me. I had a bunch of requests and passed their contact info to Refocus' community managers. Then I got the idea to introduce Refocus to my boss and scheduled a meeting with him and the community manager. It would be great if all my colleagues had the opportunity to learn through Refocus' course.
Lessons I gained while taking the course
My main point is: always do your best. I always say to my colleagues: slow but steady. You can achieve anything you put your mind to.
I had no idea that there was an installment program, so those who don’t have enough cash or credit card limit can still enroll in this program. I’m very grateful to Kaye, the career consultant. She never doubted that I could do it, even though the fee was a five-digit number. She helped me with the installment service, and I started studying a month before I made the first payment.
As an HR associate, I’m responsible for conducting initial interviews with candidates. In the second part of my job, I’m a graphic designer for our projects. I also have a side hustle because our boss told us that it’s completely OK. In my second job, I also interview candidates.
Now, I earn and pay my monthly fee to Refocus. I’ll always remember how our community manager Steven encouraged me — he was positive that I could do anything. And I’m really grateful to the community team for checking on our progress and inspiring us to do our best.
I also created a Facebook page for those who want to find a job. I didn’t expect that it will grow to 976 members in just 5 days!
I’m not ashamed to promote Refocus because it already offers all the benefits people are looking for in education. And now I want to share my biggest accomplishment.
When you apply course modules in real life, they become 20 times bigger. I was able to use them almost immediately, which helped me quickly find a job. Now, I can manage my time on my own terms. This is the lifestyle of a digital nomad that we are all pursuing in this industry!