I’ve never really gotten work here. This job in Alaska is really my first job. It’s been quite an ordeal not only getting it, but also getting ready for it. There’s a lot to consider when you have to go to another state for a few months, but Alaska is special because it’s remote and very relentless. Most of the work I’ve done throughout my life has either been school work or work for my Dad. Writing this article would count as work for my Dad. Alaska is gonna be really hard compared to sitting here writing an article, it’s not even comparable.
In the Philippines, I never really understood how work worked. And by this, I mean wages and stuff like that. Here in the States, there is a minimum wage. While it may vary from area to area, there is always some sort of minimum. In the Philippines, I never really looked into it until writing this article. I found a not-so-helpful table on the Department of Labor and Employment’s website regarding minimum wages in the Philippines. It had a column for something called COLA integration but they oh so wisely left out exactly what COLA is, and if I tried to Google what it means, I’ll probably have to scroll through pages of results about Coca Cola and Pepsi and probably not even get an answer… Anyway, from what I could gather, it seems like the daily minimum wage for retail is P454.00, but I’m not really sure how accurate that is and whether that number is only for certain regions. That kinda seems low, but the cost of living in the Philippines is a lot lower that here in the States. Another thing I never bothered to look into is how easy it is to get a job in the Philippines. I’ve always thought the way it works is you go through college and after college, you get a job. I’ve talked to some friends though and it seems like they either are looking for or have jobs and they’re still in college. At the same time though, plenty of my friends don’t have jobs, so it’s kinda split. It could be another one of those western culture things that got adopted.
Here in the States, the cost of living is a lot higher, so the minimum wage is more compared to the Philippines. In the case of the job I have, a lot of things you’d have to worry about is actually paid for. Food, housing, basic necessities like that, I don’t have to worry about. It’s no wonder I hear that a lot of people from (for example) the Philippines come here to work in Alaska. It’s kinda like having the cost of living of the Philippines with the wages of the States. Of course, the work is gonna be really hard and that’s the trade off for it. Just gotta tough it out and get through it though.
Just some thoughts on work here and in the Philippines 🙂