Singaporean mother of 3 explains why she left the child care industry to be a cleaner

Singaporean mother of 3 explains why she left the child care industry to be a cleaner

Our next Cleaning Partner Series follows Rohaya Shafie, a 54 year old ex-childcare teacher and dedicated mother of three. Cleaning to her, is not just a job, but a hobby, as claims that she enjoys using that time to think and reflect. Find out more about our Cleaning Partner, Rohaya, here!

Hello Rohaya! Tell us more about yourself:

I am a mother to three wonderful daughters age 23, 28 and 31 years old. Before working with Helpling, I was in the cleaning industry for over 20 years, hence cleaning is like second nature to me.

What were you doing before working as a cleaner then?:

I was a childcare teacher actually. However as I was getting older and the school required me to upgrade my skills. This meant that I would have to go back to school and not be able to earn any income while studying. However, I needed to support my kids and had to find another job.

What do you do during your free time?

I enjoy cleaning, as it give me time to think and reflect. Hence, during my free time, I will also clean up my house when my children are at work. We spend a lot of family time together and one of my favourite things to do with them is to travel and discover new countries together.

Why did you choose to work with Helpling?

I chanced upon the advertisement on the newspaper and I was looking for another cleaning job since I was only getting maid $25/house, which was very little. I decided to do a research on Helpling and was happy with the idea of choosing my own customers and decide on my own work schedule. I had bad experiences in my previous cleaning jobs as I felt that I was being disrespected by my customers.

 cleaning partner Rohaya

Describe your best experience at Helpling:

It has to be during my first job at Helpling where I was assigned to this really nice couple. The couple noticed that I was a little tired and they offered me some water and told me to take a couple minutes of rest before starting the job. As this was my first job, it was definitely a memorable experience for me. These customers have become my recurring customers and are the reason why I look forward to my job everyday!

What did your family say when you decided to join Helpling? Did they support? Did they object? and Why?:

They are very supportive of my decision to work with Helpling as they have noticed that I have become much happier working here as compared to my previous housekeeping company. They would like for me me to be constantly on the move as I am getting old, so cleaning allows me to be more agile and alert.

What are your best cleaning tips you can share with us?:

Always keep your eyes on the clock. Clean the house in a systematic manner, leaving the toilet to the last. However, a great tip would be to spray detergent or pour bleach on the dirty spots and leave it there for at least 2 hours, it will make cleaning the toilet faster and smell good!

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Stephanie is an avid traveller who loves to explore new places and embrace different cultures. Being a huge fan of the sun, sand and the beach, you will always find her at one of the beach destinations during her off days.

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