Nowadays, it is very common to see Filipinos work abroad. Whether you’re a fresh graduate or an employee of a prestigious company, at some point, it always comes to your attention of working overseas. Although the reasons may vary, the top reason will always be the wanting of a bigger salary, new and much better opportunities, and an improved quality of life.
Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is not a decision to be taken lightly. Stories told from them are inspirational, therefore motivating others to work abroad. But as we measure the pros, there will always be cons such as being away from your family at a long period of time.
Therefore, here are some of the questions you need to resolve, as well as factors to consider before you head out to buy that one-way plane ticket to your dream job in a foreign land.
Ask yourself why are you doing this
It’s been ingrained in most Filipino households that working abroad can improved our quality of life. Aside from the better life, have you stop to consider your personal reasons and question yourself why?
Are you getting tired of the daily traffic? Try working as a home-based freelancer and be your own boss. Do you need a bigger salary? Try searching for available local jobs in the Philippines that will give you insights and you might able to find a good fit without leaving this country. Tired of being always at the office? Then go on an extended leave and go travel somewhere far and have this limited time of your life to relax.
Whatever your reasons for leaving, do it because there are clear benefits for doing so and make sure to weigh the pros and cons.
Start working on your paperwork
Once you finally decided to leave, you better start working on that paper works. Make sure you have everything you need especially your passports, visas and other travel documents.
Start also to familiarize yourself with government agencies such as Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) so that you won’t get into any problems once you’re abroad. You wouldn’t want to waste your time and money to fly to another country only to find out that something went wrong.
Build Filipino friends and communities
Worried about being homesick once you’re there? Luckily, Filipino workers are everywhere that you can talk to and befriend with. No matter how remote the location is, you can always find them to alleviate the loneliness. Even there’s social media nowadays, never neglect your social life outside. You might learn something new about them that even your co-workers didn’t know.
Keep an open mind
Always expect the unexpected. Therefore, learn and learn more about your surroundings, their culture and traditions, and every people you’d like to meet. Working overseas can be a great opportunity to improve your self-esteem and about life in general.
You’re destined to gain knowledge and insights that are difficult to find elsewhere. Keep these tips in mind before consider working overseas, and you’ll get the experience of a lifetime you won’t forget.