So you’ve heard that Filipino workers are greatly in-demand abroad. You probably know someone- a friend or relative that is having a great time working overseas. So it won’t be surprising if you find yourself seriously entertaining the idea of working in a foreign land.
But all who wants to work abroad should be aware that it is a life-changing decision and success is not guaranteed. It is definitely not for the weak and all who decides to be an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) should be ready to take on the challenge.
To guide aspiring OFWs, here are just some of the things you may want to ask yourself:
Do you have a passport and other necessary documents? Those who are seriously and actively looking for an overseas job should be ready with the essential requirements such as curriculum vitae, passport, transcript of records, employment and training certificates.
Do you have sufficient related work experience? Foreign employers and recruitment agencies prefer years of relevant work experience so it is best if one hone their skills by finding a local job first.
Do you know the steps you need to take? There are legal steps one should undergo to be an OFW. Gather as much information as you can by asking experienced OFWs, reading OFW news, getting to know the country where one intends to work etc. You can also turn to POEA as they conduct Pre-employment orientation seminars (PEOS).
Are you ready physically and emotionally? OFWs may have to work twice as hard in a foreign land so one should be physically fit. You also have to be away from your loved ones for long periods of time. One should be ready to accept that all those sacrifices are part of being a migrant worker.
Are you willing to accept or respect other cultures? Whether or not you like the culture of the people in your host country, showing respect and following their rules is a must. You should also be working with people of different nationalities so having an open mind abd friendly attitude would help you succeed overseas.