Before you start your work abroad, it would help to get as much information as possible about the life you will face. It would help to ask other people who have been there, so they can give you more practical advice.
When you ask around, you will also get a chance to clear any misconceptions you have. Learn as much as you can, so that you will be ready as you begin your work in a foreign land.
Helpful Tips for You
Whether you are still applying for overseas, or are currently waiting for your contract, you would be in a better position if you know what to expect.
You can ask family and friends about their experiences. And you can also look for resources online to help you get more ideas on what is waiting for you in your new work.
In the YouTube video below from OFW Nation, you can learn some information to prepare you for a life abroad. Here are some tips that you can use:
Know about the country.
You should get as much information as you can about the country where you will work. This way, you can learn about their laws and culture.
If you are planning to work in the Middle East, such as in Qatar, it would help you to know what you can or cannot do. When you know the way of life in your host country, you can manage your expectations.
Choose the right recruitment agency.
You must get an agency that will do more than give you a job and process your papers. Instead, you could ask your agency what can they do for your if you encounter trouble with your employer.
For instance, you’ll want to know how the recruitment agency can help you in case your employer does not want you to come home after your contract. Before you sign up with an agency, it helps to know what assistance can they give you.
Plan what to do with your money.
The reason why you want to work abroad is to earn more than what you can in your home country. Before you start earning, you should have an end goal in mind. Whether you are saving up for a house or setting up an education fund, you have to plan for it.
If you have no concrete plans for your earnings, you might be better off working off in your home country. You could earn the same amount as you would abroad if you take multiple jobs. You won’t also have to be away from your family.
Once you start earning, you should set aside a portion of it for your future. When you have enough savings, then you wouldn’t have to leave the country to work.
Remember that your sacrifice should not go to waste. You need to save regularly. It might also mean saying no to those who keep asking money from you.
Setting up a business.
Most of our kababayans who are working abroad are planning to set up a business back home. This business will help support them so they don’t have to leave in the future.
But before you even start a business, you need to think hard about what you want to put up. Do your research, and don’t let other people sway you into making a decision.
If you must interview successful entrepreneurs, do it. This way, you can ask them about their challenges and how they overcame this.
It’s also important that you be the one to oversee the setting up of your business. You should hold the purse string because you know the value of your money. Don’t trust your business fund to anyone else.
You can watch the full video here:
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on the personal experiences that the OFW shared on the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on the video on their accounts.
To succeed in your plans, you need to learn as much as you can. It’s good to ask for some advice, and assess whether it will work for you.