How did you do it? How’s it like working abroad? We are also planning to work abroad.
These are the common questions I am obliged to answer since I came home here in the Philippines. It was a great experience working abroad at such an early age. It was both a fun and nurturing experience. I always feel proud sharing my stories of ups and downs with my peers. But it always graces me a moment of pause whenever my young friends ask, “Where do we start?”
Filipinos are known as one of the world’s top human resource. We are like almost everywhere. We are raised and educated to work abroad. I can still remember asking my nephew about his dreams. He would always boastfully answer me that all he ever wanted was to work abroad.
Well, a good pay and a chance to travel the world is a great catch for young souls. I bought that idea, too. But working abroad isn’t a one-way ticket to happiness. It also has its own share of tears and heartbreaks. Thus, I would always advise my friends and younger friends to prepare themselves really well.
In this article, I will share with you some tips that would help you succeed in your venture abroad. This is helpful to those who are going to work abroad for the first time. Also, for those who were unfortunate on their first try.
Determine your reasons for working abroad.
My first tip would always be to determine your main reason why you want to go abroad. Or simply ask yourself, “What is my main goal in working abroad?”
This is going to be your main focus and will save you tears when everything won’t go as planned. This is also going to play a big factor when it comes to decision-making. Working abroad entails making quick decisions that must be made only in a matter of hours. Sometimes, in a matter of few minutes.
Make sure that you clearly define your goals. It should be specific. So, don’t just say that you want to save money. Rather, save money so that you can send your siblings to college. Or to build a business. Or to raise your growing family. It can also be to travel the world. Regardless of what your target is, always keep these goals in your mind and in your heart. This is a great life saver.
Choosing your destination.
Now that you have defined your goals, it is now time to choose the country where you want to go. Don’t just choose a ramdom country. To help you, I compiled some important questions to ask:
Is it safe?
First, your safety. You must do a thorough research whether it’s already safe to go to Syria. Or if you still need to bring mosquito repellants when you work in Argentina. What I am trying to say is that you should always consider your own safety. You can not afford your family worrying why you failed to call back. When you just had a hungover.
What is the cost of living?
To save money is one of the most common reasons why Filipinos go abroad. So, it is important to consider the cost of living in a certain country. You can not exchange your time to just nothing.
What is the visa requirement?
Lastly, is this certain country open for Filipinos? If yes, do I need to get a visa?
You should always secure legal working documents when you want to work abroad. We do not recommend that you risk working illegally just to reach your dreams abroad.
Based on the questions above, you must list at least 3-5 countries. This is to keep your options open.
Now, you have finally determined your goals and have chosen prospect countries. Next, you must keep yourself open to opportunities. A lot of things can happen beyond your control and expectations. Keeping an open approach will help you maintain sanity.