Here’s a comment that came in earlier today. Rather than answer the reader directly in the “comments” section where only a few people are likely to read it, i felt the question is of broad enough interest that I’d put it our here in the main “Articles” section for all to read.
Hi Philly, my husband is a Canadian. He’s a production manager of a shipyard . (specific identifying data removed. I doubt it is a good thing to put identifying data out on the Internet when thinking of finding a new job. Existing employers sometimes get very ‘testy” if they find out their employees are looking for work … just a hint to all) He wants to move and work here in the Philippines by next year. My question: is there any shipyard in the Philippines hiring a foreign consultant? Your answer is highly appreciated.
My answer is, there is certainly a good chance he can find work. There is a LOT of shipbuilding work here in the Philippines, and you don’t even have to speak Korean for some of it. I went to my dedicated “Foreigner Jobs” page here on PhilFAQS and did a search. Some results:
Austal Philippines PTY Limited (Philippines Shipyard Operations) – Balamban, P07 Limited (Philippines Shipyard Operations) Austal is… vessels for customers around the world from its shipyards in Western Australia, the USA (Mobile, Alabama..
This particular search engine lists over 70 shipyard jobs in the Philippines. We also have the Indeed.com search engine on that page. When I tried that a few minutes ago, it found 94 “shipyard” jobs in the Philippines. Sample:
and are recruiting an Engineering Manager for the Philippines Shipyard Operations in Balamban, Cebu. Core duties include (but are not limited…. Build and develop a professional and competent team of Engineering personnel in line with the shipyard development plan. Requirements: B…
In case none of the search engines are a help, go to Wikipedia.com and type in “Shipyards Philippines”.
Here’s what came back for me (in a small fraction of a second:
Keppel Philippines (Subic Zambales)
Gensan Shipyard & Machine Works, Inc (Sarangani)
Keppel Philippines (Cebu)
Tsuneishi Philippines (Cebu)
Now I’m not showing off these listing to try to embarrass you in any way.
I also don’t want you to think that I am against helping people.
But, if you read any of my work here you’d know that
A. I don’t have a ‘job’ and
C. About all I know regarding ships is, usually the pointy end goes at the front.
In the amount of time it takes to cruise around and drop questions via comments and then wait for possible answers … and then hope against hope that the answers even match up with the questions you ask … do you see what you can do with a few simple searches, in less than five minutes?
If I were looking for a job, and if I were a shipbuilding professional, that one Wikipedia search alone would yield dozens of leads to research further, qualify, learn about, and most importantly find out the reasons they might be looking for a consultant or even a regular employee Production manager type.
Remember (and this is for all of your reading and thinking about supporting yourselves with a foreigner job in the Philippines or possible consulting gig in the Philippines) … especially for work at this level, you don’t typically find “low hanging fruit” just waiting to be plucked off the vines.
The way you find a job, or start a successful business, you find a need … a problem or “pain point’ some company is having, and you present them with a way they can ease that “pain”.
Very few, if any, companies just hire someone because they think the fellow or gal is highly qualified and they think they might need him or her someday.
They hire people to fill a need. The folks who find out the needs before they ask for work are typically the ones who have an inside edge in getting some of that “low hanging” fruit.
Google and Wikipedia are your friends.