Will you consider working abroad?

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@a_ce_e (1427)
Philippines
May 17, 2007 7:11pm CST
Nationalities scattered around the world, work abroad for money. I love my country but it fails to give me fair opportunity to live comfortably. I seek for a greener pasture that's why i work abroad for my family. If you have the chance to work abroad, will you consider it? The fact that it is hard to be far from your friends, family and love ones. Or will you be contented working in your own country?
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• China
18 May 07
I think I would like to work abroad if I get a chance.I can earn money and also know another country at the same time.I like foreign languages so that I can also learn the language that country.Of course it is hard that I am far away from my friends,family and love ones,but I also get the more things that I want.
@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
18 May 07
It all depends on what the job is and where the opportunities are. In this day and age of open borders, we have to be open to the opportunities that are available to us from all over the world.
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@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
19 May 07
I think it is just one of the advantage of working abroad but you cannot assure to have such kind of opportunity. I've been here in china for two years and still i don't know much of the language due to lack of opportunity to learn it futher. As per the culture, maybe i knew it little by little but still not enough, and i think i could learn it more on reading historical books.
• Australia
18 May 07
I did go to work abroad. I travelled to Australia from England for a years work and 26 years later I am still here. Melbourne is now my home and I would not wish to live anywhere else.
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
19 May 07
I think you had got your satisfaction on your current place to live in. For that i would like to congratulate you, coz i think it is also one i called success.
@maemaemae (341)
• Philippines
18 May 07
i am a filipino and thwere are a lot of filipinos who work abroad and even MORE wants to work somewhere outside of the country...though there is like a working abroad fad here, i still would choose working in the philippines...i love my country and i want to give my services to the country since it is helping me in my studies now( i'm still in highschool and i do not pay my tuition fee in fact the gov't is giving me an allownce every month ---but the allowance is not that big...) i would gladly give my country back what it gave to me....I owe my country a LOT
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• Philippines
18 May 07
i loved to but i need that working experiecne before i go to australia.. philippines don't have that opportunities for a biology graduate like me...darn so boring......
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@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
19 May 07
Yeah, i understand there are lots of opportunities the philippines can't provide.
@tyuepsc (189)
• China
18 May 07
Maybe I don't have the courage to work aboard. And acutally even in my own country sometimes i feel lonely and rootless so can't imagine living in a totally alien country how lonely and depressed i will feel. But i would like traveling around the world,go to different places and also curiosity about different cultures and style of life foreigners living with.
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@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
19 May 07
I respect your answer. As i think you might not need it as an income opportunity. Travelling as a tourist is fun, but requires lots of fund. I wish i could do that too =) .
• India
18 May 07
people's work abroad for making money... but they failded to analyse, most of the nations have differnet kind of sources, works, or oppertunities, once they found such kind of oppertunites they cant move to abroad.
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@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
19 May 07
If that is the case, how i wish i had found it from my own country, but really everywhere you go you will still not find any. I've been from a province, and also live in the city. Life is really not fair enough in able for you to have a quality of living. Even you tried to have a double job, still not enough.
@favefive (178)
• United States
18 May 07
It is very interesting how, even before I saw the picture you attached, I already knew you are a Filipino. It is sad that a lot of good talented people have to go abroad to make a better living. I am here living in the USA for 15 years now, but my road here was not all smooth...I had to struggle working in Saipan, Micronesia for a US airline as an airport ticketing suprvisor. That opportunity opened a door for me to secure a visa to the US and after a year and a half stint in Saipan, Micronesia I moved to the USA and got me a working visa ater looking carefully for more than 6 months. I was penny-pinching, taking odd jobs, etc until I finally got a break to work for another US carrier here in San Fran. I had a good job in the Philippines working for an Asian carrier before I left. But as one of the family bread winner, I had to make a sacrifice to work abroad. While working as an OFW in Saipan, it was tough for a Pinay like me to live alone in a place I knew nothing about. The culture was different, and there were some discrimination, especially if the locals know you are an OFW. If it were not for the many Filipinos that I met both at work and at church, I would have given up. Being together we found solace and sometimes we cry together when we missed our families...Friday night we walk to the nearest pay phone center (no cells back then) so it was really sad to see a long line of OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) trying to call back home. I fyou have see the movi Milan or Dubai, these back breaking jobs they portrayed are so real. My pay was not too bad, back then 16 or so years ago, I was able to afford to send a couple of hundred dollars every 2 weeks back home to help my family. I wish that the government would do something about the situation back there. It is sad to have to sacrifice and to think the country makes a lot of money from OFW sending money and paying taxes. I have heard somebody mentioned to me years ago, that the Filipino workforce is the biggest and most lucrative exports the country has...it's a pity. But the good news is--- alot of countries like to hire Pinoys because most are college grads, speak fluent English, polite, honest and hardworking! Good luck to you all!
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@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
18 May 07
I am suffering too, you are right with the discrimination especially when you are the only filipino in the company. I am here in China and i noticed many are talking about me behind my back, but still you have to be friendly. Culture, language, food are far different. So tough!, what worse is the salary. I wish i was not here =( . The government earn majority from remittances i believe on that due to the fact that everyday thousands of filipinos were working abroad, and tons of remittances were coming in, but the government assistance to ofws were not enough. They even not treated with good service once they were in the country.
@joice86 (1079)
• Philippines
18 May 07
Greener pastures! - working abroad
Hello kababayan! Yes, I will. As you know, the situation here in the Philippines, life is difficult when it comes to money but happier because we are with our loved ones and that whatever the situation is, we can still be happy. Maybe, I will just go abroad, save money and go back here, put up my own business and I will settle here. I don't like to be separated with my family for a long time and spend my life abroad.
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
18 May 07
Yeah, me too but sad to say not everyone going abroad are successful. Getting engage into business is cool, but tough job.
• India
18 May 07
yeah ofcourse why not cuz this india is a really bad place to live in :(
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@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
18 May 07
Hmnn.. i don't know much of india's economy but i think so, because lots of indian scattered around the world same as filipinos.
@mymytri (2032)
• India
18 May 07
i love to be live and work within my country.suppose lets think if my country fails to give me fair opportunity and i have doors open for a better job in abroad i will definetly go abroad for better job.I consider am important and need personal satisfaction.i will work abroad for some years and get good knowledge and money and would like to return to my country at the end to serve my country people with my expertise
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@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
18 May 07
You are aiming a nice goal. Go for it.
• Philippines
18 May 07
I really yearn of working abroad. It's one of my goals now. I've been working here in our country for more than five years but until now I wasn't able to save because compensation is not that competitive. There's no growth for me working in our country. Now, I've been trying to look for jobs opportunity abroad and I am very much willing to take the risks and accept whatever is in store for me.
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
18 May 07
That is one of the saddest fact. Even we work hard sometimes it is still not enough in able to afford a quality of living. I am working for more than 8 years in my country but there is no way i can save enough fund for my retirement in the future nor purchase a shelter of my own.
• Philippines
18 May 07
You are abosutely right. I have plans to work abroad, i think that staying in my country will do me no good in matters of compensation. Hesitation boosts however, when i think of my family, friends and social acceptance. I afraid of change, plus the fact that not everyone who works abroad are successful. You need to have a strong will i guess to make it. If i have a better job which gives better compensation, i think i'll stay in my country.
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@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
18 May 07
I also wish i have that..better compensation so i may not need to work abroad.
@LouisJ (490)
• Turkey
18 May 07
I did go to China for a year and half and then went to work in Malaysia for 7 months but it is really good to be back home and I do not think I would go and work in another country again. Unfortunately I did not have a great experience as others seem to have had:(
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
18 May 07
Yeah, me too..my experience were is not great :(
• Philippines
19 May 07
If I will be given a chance. I will... but I have to sacrifice everything.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
19 May 07
Not anymore. Before I was married and while I was much younger working abroad would appeal to me, quite a lot. It would be such an adventure :)And this even if in the position where I was where I had a good job back home. But just the idea of going somewhere to work for some times and coming back it was great. I am talking a limited time. Not forever. But just a contract for one or two years with a job that interested . After getting married the idea is not as attractive anymore. I wouldn't want to leave my family, or even relocate the whole family just because of me. So the answer to your question is yes if I was still single, no after being married.
• India
18 May 07
I will work abroad, when i get a chance. To say frankly, i myself is looking for jobs abroad because of my family condition. I have to look after all the people in my family. Sometimes, i have to help my relatives. So working in my own country and looking all these matters is very difficult. I know that i have to loose my family, friends and relatives. But, it is not bad to do that for some good use.
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
18 May 07
I have already did this. I was in ireland for a year and also in turkey for 6 months. I would do it again if I had the chnase coz you gain so much from the experiance!
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• Philippines
18 May 07
I also love my country but reality bites,I wouldn't succeed in my profession if I'll just stay here.They offer very low salaries for nurses like us here.It isn't really enough to compensate the workload being given to us.
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• India
18 May 07
There is nothing bad in working abroad. And its just the way a person's thinking. If he / she wants to work in either abroad or its own country, then for sure he / she works there. We can work anywhere but we must respect and remember our own country, our birth place. And even a person is living outside and far away from the family members, they can contribute a larger efforts to there family members. And as soon as they get enough experience from there, they can return back. But if the person wants to stay there, its a bit bad thinking. I don't think so that this is correct. And this is all my thinking. And I hope so that I might be a bit correct. Have a nice day.
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@sp310070 (93)
• India
18 May 07
well if i get a chance i will surely love to work abroad.it would be something like a great oppourtunity for me .
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