Jobs in the Philippines and Education in the Philippines. Readers views — Long-time reader Bob New York published one heck of a comment yesterday. he also wanted to post some pictures in the comments section, which seems to be a technical no-no.
So, instead, he’s going up on the main stage. Thank you, Bob, for sharing you trips and your insights with us.
(my editing, highlighting and headings)
Are There Jobs in the Philippines?
Anyone contemplating moving to Philippines, sending out a bunch of resumes and expecting to get a job they can make a living from should Not move to The Philippines. Obviously they have not done their homework first !
If there are not enough jobs for Filipino Citizens, how in the world would you expect there would be jobs for foreigners ? You think you may have skills, talents and degrees Filipinos do not have ? If so, once again you have not done your homework.
Jobs in the Philippines — College Advantage For US Folks?
I have toured quite a few colleges and Universities in The Philippines and maintain a close association with one of them. Although in some schools you may not see the latest fixtures, lab equipment, lecture halls and student desks and background music in the rest rooms, these things do not necessarily affect the quality of education the student takes with him or her upon graduation.
In one instance, I personally handled the paperwork for a student holding a Philippines Bachelor Degree that was considering to come to a USA University to earn a Master’s Degree.
For foreign students to be admitted to a USA University and acquire the proper USA visa for that must have their Ph degrees evaluated by an accredited evaluation service to have their grades, GPA, etc. converted to USA Standards.
In this case this information along with the supporting documentation was submitted to ” World Educational Services ” in New York USA for evaluation.
The Philippine bachelors degree in this case would hold the same value as if it had been earned at a USA University. You can not under evaluate Education in The Philippines.
I have met with University chancellors, Presidents, faculty and many students while I have been there and I must say I am very well impressed. Many of these students have little or no difficulty in finding jobs in many places in the world including the USA, despite the immigration restrictions.
Jobs in the Philippines — Credit Where Credit is Due?
It is unfortunate that many of these highly educated and capable students end up behind the counter of a fast food franchise or pumping gas or being a retail clerk or security guard earning the equivalent of $5 USD and more times even less ! I do know for a fact that a licensed school teacher earns the equivalent of about $8 USD per day teaching in a private middle grade school ! No benefits, No health Insurance, No sick pay. You don’t show up, you don’t get paid for the day !
A high majority of the employed Filipino population work as ” Temps ” with a 6 month contract. At the end of the 6 month contract they are out of a job. If the employer wishes to re-hire I believe there is a 30 day waiting period before another contract with the same employee can be established.
Have you ever checked out Help Wanted adds in the Philippines ? Many of them would not be considered as ” Legal ” in the USA. You will read qualifications like ” Female Only ” ” Must be between 19 and 25 years of age ” Must be Attractive ” . Ever walk into a fast food franchise in The Philippines and take a close look at the people behind the counter ? You are not going to see any middle-aged or retirees working there. Anti-discrimination laws for jobs are kind of non-existent in The Philippines.
Additionally you must have the proper Visa or Employment papers issued to you to do any kind of work, paid or unpaid or you could face being deported ! (Good point, Bob, see also More About Foreigner Jobs in the Philippines )
If you don’t have a sufficient bankroll or any kind of retirement income that will support you, it is highly unlikely you are going to find it waiting for you in The Philippines !
It is a fantastic place to visit, and for some a great place to live, but think about it, even if you could find or have a job there would you work for less than the equivalent of $10 USD per day and No benefits ? I don’t think so !
(Thanks, Bob, as always for your interesting reports and opinion pieces … send more along any time.)
Jobs in the Philippines