Firstly, who is rise?
rise, the organization that brings you the UAE’s Best Nanny Awards is a start-up with a conscious. rise is the world’s first migrant wealth management platform – which brings financial inclusion and affordable learning to migrants in the GCC, starting with the UAE. We believe wealth is not just money, but knowledge as well as hunger to innovate and grow are integral part of wealth management and we want the migrants to have access to same opportunities as the rest of society.
Interview with Beth Seno, Top 20 finalist of the UAE Nanny Awards 2017
Tell me about the family you work for…
– They are from Lebanon, both working parents and have 2 boys aged 5 and 8. They make me very happy which is why I have been working with them for 4 years now. I’m very familiar with Lebanese people because I used to live in their country. I like them very much, they are very active and I enjoy eating and cooking Lebanese food too. I prefer their way of cooking because it’s more healthy than other cuisines.
How many years have you worked as a Nanny?
– 20 years. I arrived in Lebanon in 1996 and since worked in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and now Dubai.
Do you have children of your own?
– Yes, I have 2 big boys, 22 and 27 years old. My mother and sister have helped raise them since I have been abroad earning money to send home every month. This money has enabled my sons to have a good education and I’m still encouraging my youngest to study. They are both working now.
Did you study or do any training to become a Nanny?
– I only finished second year in high school as my family arranged my marriage at 15 years of age. I was then pregnant with my first son at 19. I didn’t have time to study, so I began working and have been a nanny for 20 years. I believe that no matter what experience you have, it’s your personality and attitude that matters. You can do anything! I would like to learn and study more especially in culinary and IT.
What do you do on your day off?
– I usually stay in my room and in the house. Not because I’m tired but because I like to be close to my ‘Dubai’ family and their 2 boys. On the weekend they have a big family lunch and I am invited, I really enjoy spending time with them as they are also my family.
What does your daily routine look like?
– I’m a live-in nanny so I wake up at 5.30am during the week before getting the boys up, helping them get ready, making their breakfast and then to the school bus stop. While they are at school, I walk the dog, clean the house and prepare food and snacks for after school. I also enjoy doing some of the gardening! In the afternoon, I have time to rest. Depending on afterschool activities, I will eat lunch before or wait for them to come home so we can eat together. I’ll help them with their homework, play basketball in the garden and get dinner ready while they are doing something. Around 6.30pm, I start getting them ready for bed. They take a shower, I read them one story each and say good night by 8pm.
What do you love the most about being a Nanny?
– Being with the kids and having a good relationship with them. Most importantly, they don’t treat me like a nanny, they treat me like one of the family and they trust me.
How do you feel about being part of the UAE Best Nanny Awards?
– Wow! I’m proud and honoured. I never expected it. I heard about it from a friend and asked my employer if I am deserving of this, she said, “Yes of course!” The next day she entered me and I was so thrilled.
What would you do with the retirement plan worth 1,000,000 Philippine Pesos if you win?
– I’m 46 years old and plan to continue working for the family as long as they will have me. When I retire, I will build a house for my kids and learn how to start a business selling farming supplies. We live in the province of Iloilo ‘the city of love’ in the Philippines.
What advice would you give to other Nannies in the UAE?
– Always be honest to yourself and others from deep inside. Be genuine and do the right thing.
Interview by Professional Nanny Trainer, Angelica Robinson