Dear Feyma, I’m a foreigner. I am marrying a Filipina soon. She lives in the Visayas area. I want to live and retire there. I have some retirement money but want to work in the Philippines when I get there to live. What kind of work do you think I can get there? Thank you.
I got this email from somebody. Hmm.. Wow what will I tell this guy? Really hard to advise somebody that doesn’t really know a lot here. If I said something he might misinterpret what I say. Gosh I have to be very careful what to say. A lot of foreigners don’t really realize that it would be impossible for them to get a job here. Most Filipinos would not hire the foreigners, for one they immediately think that hiring a foreigner will be really expensive. I think only high up corporations are hiring foreigners to work for them.
Really I told him that I don’t think he wants to work here. I said that I don’t think he wants the low paying jobs here. He came from the West where even if he has the low paying job there compare that to the pretty good job here. He still has good money there, just bigger expenses. At first it will be hard for him not to compare the life and his paycheck. It will just make him more depressed then. Well he never mentioned what kind of job he had before, maybe he could work as consultant to the growing call centers here in the Philippines. I was asked before to work at the call center because I know how to communicate. I just can’t do it. I would probably enjoy talking with people but it is just not for me.
He didn’t really tell me if he really needs the money. He just said he wants to work here. Maybe he just wants something to do here. My concern for him is that he is not young to compete with the Filipino people for the job. As you know here when you apply for the job you have to fit the description the employer wanted. Here the employer can really ask freely everything from the age, looks, marital status, really anything. Just a sample for job wanted by the employer:
- Age : from 18 to 30 years old
- With pleasing personality
- Good moral character
- Preferably single
- College level
- College graduate
It can really go on and on. They just are free to advertise like that. I think a person from the West that sees that job description would be offended. But not here. To be honest I was shocked when I went to the States to learn that the employer can’t asked the job applicant anything like they asked here. I like it that they don’t discriminate against anybody who wants to apply there. If they are capable of the job they will be hired. Here even if you can do the job if you don’t fit with the description I don’t think they will get you. A lot of the companies here really want college graduate. As you know we have lots of college graduates that are on standby (No Job). I’ve seen and heard on TV every year lots will graduate some can go and work abroad, but a lot are still looking for job here.
I just had a feeling that this guy doesn’t know much about living here. He needs to read a lot of sites before coming here to live. It’s going to be a big change for him and his wife to be. I hope that he will learn from all of you guys comments. Any advice from all of you will be highly appreciated. I gave him the link to this website and told him that he can really rely on the advice here. I hope that he will take some good advice here and put it to use. To you that wrote me this email please don’t be offended I am just trying to help you. I really rely on the help of the good people here. It’s really up to you though. Good luck to you and your wife to be.