Tuesday, November 6, 2018

5 Reasons why Career Shift or Career Change is for you


Career change or career shift is perhaps nonsense... for those contented in their current jobs. Are you? If not, what are the factors that you will consider to do this? Here are my ideas?

Career Change is needed if you are in a dying industry

When I was a kid, my siblings were fond of renting VHS tapes from video rental shops, and developing negatives from their still cameras.  My lolos and lolas too were accustomed to buy pandesal and newspapers every morning.  To date, they go digital in consuming movies, photography, and news; while their old gadgets and newspaper maybe lying somewhere. 

Working in a dying industry is like keeping an old gadget. If you don’t evolve or entertain changes, you’re actually embracing inconvenience. 

Career Shift for better pay/earnings

Of course your self-worth doesn’t depend on your salary. Money can’t replace happiness in doing what you love to do. However you should also mind the “amount of money you earn” or earnings too. Remember that salary is the exchange of your talent, TIME and effort. (#DoubleEntryAccounting #DebitandCredit )

-If your wage is too little for your needs (not wants or likes pa ha), what you have is starving wage.
- If you receive low salary for years already, your boss may undervalue you for years.
- If you're not getting enough, you cannot even survive the rat race.

On the other hand, there’s such thing as high paying and low paying jobs.  So if you like to get the salary that you desire or deserve, you may consider career shift.

Change for new life phase

Before I was conditioned that working should be about earning money alone.  As I mature I realize that your priorities and preferred lifestyle also matter in choosing a job. For example, single moms work in the evening to attend to their kids' need in the morning. It is same with OFWs who decided to go back in the Philippines to live with their loved ones.  

So it’s not about what field, it's the job or career that suits your personality, lifestyle, and necessities.

Shift Career if competition is too stiff in your field

During our titos and titas’ younger years, the in-demand courses were engineering (civil or electrical), nursing, and marine.  Many pursued those careers that in the long run there were no enough jobs to take. 
  
In Generation Xs’ time, being caregiver, nursing aid, and computer science grads or computer programmer were the in-thing.  But then again, when their population saturated their markets even working abroad became harder.
So what to do?

I believe you should not be hampered of “what you only learned in college.” You can always shift gears, learn new stuff, and do whatever you’re passionate to do. Realistically, we need to survive daily and what we’re really aiming for is happiness. So it doesn’t matter if you are ComSci or ECE graduate and work as a call center agent.   The important thing about a job is if it has purpose to achieve your goals.  

Changes in your career can make you Empowered, Expert Generalist   

I like the ideas of blue ocean strategy, diversification, guerilla marketing, and FIRE (Financially Independent Retire Early) movement. I like because they’re empowering strategies to achieve work-life-balance and financial freedom.

Based on what I understand, FIRE movement doesn’t focus only on earning and saving money. It’s also about learning practical skills that someday you don’t need to spend for something or someone.  

For example, I have experiences in being an admin support, customer service representative, and legal researcher.  Then I have some knowledge in driving, computer repair and crafting.  Imagine iif I retire or decide to try business, I don’t have to hire someone to repair my computer, decorate my wall, and do errands that I already know to do. ~ Phoebe Dorothy Estelle 

Friday, November 2, 2018

7 Important Tips in Working in Dubai, UAE


Are you planning to work in Dubai, UAE? Why that place and what you are going to do there?  If ever I plan to travel, work, or live in Dubai, I’ll be well-oriented of dos and don’ts.  Why?  It’s because I can get practical tips from my friends and relatives who have years of work experience there.  To help you too, below are the tips I get specifically from an ex-OFW in Dubai to Mary Ann Canasa:



1.  Be seriously focused while working Dubai because… 


Seryoso sinong OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) ba ang aalis o umalis na hindi ganito ang kaisipan? Pero maniwala ka maraming nag-isip lang, pero hindi ginawa o nagawa.  To give you an idea, kung ikukumpara sa Australia, New Zealand, Canada, at iba pang bansa ay mababa ang tax sa United Arab Emirates (dati nga wala e). So mura ang bilihin at madali kang magkapera, marami rin mapapasyalan for night life. Pero kung ikukumpara din sa mga nabanggit na bansa, ay hindi ka makabili ng real estate property sa UAE. Hindi daw nila pinahihintulutan, unless makapangasawa ka ng local o UAE national.   Kung gayon kahit dekada ka na sa Dubai, dekada ka ring mangungupahan ng bahay. In short, may hangganan din talaga.

"Magandang i-set mo sa mind mo  na 5 years lang ako dito [ Dubai] at pag-uwi ko mayroon akong Php 10 million.  Pero kung 10, 20, o 30 years ka na roon wala ka pa ring naiipon ay kasalanan mo na 'yon,”  komento ni Mary Ann.

2. Except from your beloved family, probably you will not miss Philippines that much because…


  Sa pagkain ay marami na ring Filipino products doon at maraming Filipino. May day offs para mapuntahn ang mga malls, parks, at iba pang kakaibang pasyalan gaya ng Ferrari World, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah ( 7+ star hotel) at Burj  Khalifa  (pinakamataas na building sa  buong mundo),  at Atlantis.

Mura rin daw ang bayad sa park at walang bayad kung gusto mo mag-swimming sa dagat. Kung mayroon man  ay nasa AED 4- 5.   Sabi ni Mary Ann, para hindi ka masyado ma-homesick ay mainam na magkaroon ka ng mga  kaibigan na palaging makakasama.  Siempre, be careful din kung sino ang  pipiliin na kaibigan.

“Maiingit ka lang kapag nakita mo iyong iba doon na namamsyal kasama ang kanilang pamilya. malulungkot ka. Kaya much better marami kang kaibigan.’ 

3.  To earn more, either aim to take higher position or have multiple jobs that you can handle.       


 Ani Mary Ann, na nasa food and hospitality industry, ang patok na work sa Dubai ay may kinalaman sa medical at administrative.   Katunayan ay marami raw company na nangngailangan ng  secretary. Sa kanyang industry ay maraming opening para sa mga barista, waitress o service crew. Pasok din ang Restaurant supervisor and manager.  

“Kung sa hotel ka, puwede  ka mag-part time sa day off  mo. In one month ay may 6 days off ka at sa time na iyon ay puwede ka  halimbawa mag-baby sitter.  Legal 'yon basta alam ng HR ninyo.  

 Ginawa ko 'yon dahil may mga turistang foreigner doon na iniiwan nila ang anak nila ng ilang oras. Halimbawa gusto nila mag-date silang mag-asawa. Mawawala sila ng 6 hours kaya 6 hours mong aalagaan ang anak nila,” kwento pa ni Mary Ann.


4.    Frugality is essential even you receive high salary


Sabi ni Mary Ann ay malaking bagay kung matipid ka dahil mas malaki ang maiuuwi mong pera.  Ito ay dahil na rin may mga trabaho na may free accommodation and food.  Doon naman sa walang libre ang advice niya ay magtipid sa transpo at bahay. Paano?  

Makakatipid kung magba-bus, kahit na ba mapapahintay ka ng may 15 minutes, dahil papatak lang itong AED 2. Okay din daw mag-train na ang byahe ay dulo sa dulo ng Dubai. Samantala, mahal daw ang taxi roon na sa alala n'ya ay AED 4 na agad pagkaupo mo pa lang.

Sa lodging para makatipid ay mag-"sharing accommodation" ka gaya halimbawa ay apat kayo sa isang kuwarto. Sa pagkain ay wala daw gaanong problema dahil mura at marami na rin Filipino establishments.

5.  Respect and be mindful of dos and don’ts in Dubai  

Bawal mag-inom lalo na kung nasa accommodation tapos may kapit-bahay kang mga local.    Huwag ka ring magkakalat at magdyi-jaywalking.

Sa communication, may mga apps na raw na ipinagbabawal doon at para makabili ka ng sim card ay kailangan  magpasa ka ng photocopy ng iyong passport.

6.   There’s due process for work-related issues/ conflicts


  “Mas okay ang sistema doon kasi mas dumadaan sa proseso. Hindi iyong ‘pag ayaw  na ng manager mo sa iyo, ibabagsak ka.  Doon hindi,   dadaan muna kayo sa HR.

“Saka mababait din naman iyong ibang lahi. Depende naman iyong sa kung marunong kang makisama,” sabi pa ni Mary Ann na sinabing minsan mga kapwa Pinoy pa ang nagkakaproblema sa work.

7.  Having love life or family in Dubai is not a problem as long as your legal and well-documented


“Puwede naman magpamilya doon basta dokementado o kasal kayo."

“May mga company na nagbibigay ng perks na pagpapaaral sa mga anak.  May mga kontrata ng company na kasama ang free accommodation, free car, at isa o dalawang  anak mo ay pag-aaralin lalo na kung mataas na ang posisyon mo. Mayroon din kontrata  na puwede mong  dalhin ang mga anak mo doon at gagamitin ang visa  ng company.

Hopefully may nakatulong ang mga tips and info ni Mary Ann (na nag-Dubai simula 2008 hanggang 2016) at ng Empleyo 2.0 sa iyo.

Note: all photos are owned by Mary Ann Canasa 

Ikaw may tips pang work abroad ka na gusto mo ibahagi? Comment na below!