Carmelyn Emata Almodovar, Secretary-Purser’s Dept.

With CSS you can develop your career as long you work hard for it and if you are capable and responsible enough in your job.

I am Carmelyn Emata Almodovar, 34 years old, Secretary-Purser's Dept.

I am a very self-motivated person; I grew up with my grandparents and my mum who were always very supportive of me. My mum died when I was 24 years old. She taught me a lot, especially about being a responsible person in the community. At the moment I am living a happy life with my two lovely kids. In the past I have worked as a Restaurant Manager in Pizza Hut Doha Qatar. From OFW-Overseas Filipino Worker, I have decided to shift my career into BPO; I used to be a Call Centre Agent here in one of the prestigious Call Centres in the Philippines before I started working for CSS.

In 2010, I started working for CSS. It's been 3 years already. I really enjoy working for CSS because it’s fun and interesting, and although the crew on board the ship come from different cultures, we work as one, we are CSS. With CSS, opportunities are offered for Personal Development, CSS encourages a culture of continuous personal and work-related improvement and ensures that we learn from successes and failures. CSS guides and coaches staff to develop their skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities. From my experience, I would say that at CSS I am very happy with my job, with what I am now and with what they offer. They have helped a lot of people to develop their skills, not just me but many people around the world. And if I need to describe CSS I would say:
With CSS you can develop your career as long as you work hard for it and if you are capable and responsible enough in your job. They will develop your performance, and when they see that you are competent enough in your job description, there are a lot of opportunities waiting for you at CSS.

As a Secretary, one of my daily duties is assisting the Chief Purser in preparing documents required for the Clearance of Ship, including Immigration documents such as Passengers and Crew Manifest, Customs Declaration, Health Declaration and other forms required for each port. I am also in charge of preparing a Safety Management Report every time before we sail.

Someday in the future, I would like to work as a Crew Purser. With proper training, experience and the right attitude I have no doubt that this can be achieved in due time.

Life on board the cruise ship is an experience that you will never forget, with people from different cultures and people from all over the world working as one like brothers and sisters. It's more fun and enjoyable, it's quite challenging and there are a lot of pros and cons that should be considered.
Pros- you can see many attractive destinations and interesting places, you will meet a lot of people from around the world and build friendships with them, you can earn a lot of money since you can save from having free accommodation and food.
Cons- You will work long hours like 11-14 hours, 7 days a week, but there are still some opportunities to go ashore and see sights and enjoy; you will be at sea in all types of weather so if you are not used to it you will experience sea-sickness. Always leaving to somewhere with no permanent address. Working on a cruise ship is one of the most extreme experiences of my life but I thank God, and I thank CSS.