Here are 6 Things to Consider for NOT Becoming an OFW

We all have choices. Even if our situation limits us to only a few options, still, whatever we choose to take is always up to us. And becoming an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) is one of these typical options presented to us if not by opportunity, then by the people around us.

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Today, there are more than 2 million OFWs all around the world. If this number indicates how appealing this job is, then chances are – more Filipinos will soon decide to pursue becoming one. But as appealing this may be, the hard fact is that not everyone is cut out to become an OFW. So before you decide on becoming one, here are some things to consider… Continue reading below.

6 Reasons Why Becoming an OFW is NOT Right For You

Becoming an OFW, just like any other job is an important decision for anyone to make. But in order to succeed at becoming one, there are some things that you need to understand. In this article, we will share the top 6 reasons why becoming an OFW may not be for you:

#1 – It was never part of your plan or goals in the first place. 

As mentioned, sometimes becoming an OFW happens by chance, but most of the time, you will have a choice in making this decision. And if you have plans and goals for the future, then always review your decisions with these things in mind to see if everything is aligned.

#2 – You are not prepared to make this commitment. 

Just like getting into a relationship, working abroad requires commitment. There will be sacrifices that you need to make, as well. But more about that on the next pointers.

#3 – You are not ready to put in the hard work this requires.

One of the saddest assumptions people have about OFWs is that they think OFWs have it so much better abroad. But what they don’t understand is that just like any other job, OFWs need to put in the same amount of work (or hours), sometimes even more just to make ends meet. If you’re not ready to do just that, then you may want to consider looking for another job. 

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#4 – You depend on others too much.

Part of the challenge of becoming an OFW is being able to support yourself and to live on your own. If you’re used to having others do everything for you such as cleaning, cooking, paying the bills, etc., then becoming an OFW may not be the ideal job for you.  

#5 – You are not mentally and emotionally prepared.

Being physically distant from friends and loved ones can take a toll on one’s emotional and mental well-being, so if you’re not that stable on any of those aspects then you might find yourself in a difficult spot one you pursue becoming an OFW.

#6 – You are afraid to step out of your comfort zone. 

There will be a lot of things to see and learn as an OFW, which is why for some, this seems like an appealing opportunity but not for all. If you’re someone who’s not used to taking new challenges head-on, or take changes as an opportunity to grow then consider finding other jobs locally.   

As we all know, nothing worth pursuing ever comes easy. The important thing though is to understand that we are willing to commit our time, effort, and resources when we go for these things which include becoming an OFW. If you’ve covered that, then you’re most likely set to do anything you put your mind into.

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