New grads told: Gain experience by serving country first

By Maria Aleta Nieva-Nishimori,

Posted at Mar 18 2014 07:03 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2014 03:03 AM

MANILA – Graduating students keen on taking on employment overseas are advised to serve the country first in order to gain the necessary experience needed to qualify them in the job market abroad.

"In a global stage, you need to be prepared. You need to be skilled. You need to be experienced to be accepted in a foreign job market," said POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.

Cacdac, who delivered his message during's Salary Report on Overseas Jobs, said those looking for job opportunities abroad need some years of work experience before getting hired.

"On average, mga two to three years," said Cacdac. "Again, wag nating isara sa lahat ng klase ng trabaho. May ibang klase ng trabaho that would require a higher job experience".

On Tuesday, named IT, engineers, and doctors, as among the top 10 list of highest paying jobs overseas.

Data from the POEA showed that 1,705,047 Filipino workers were deployed overseas. Majority of the 1,463,079 land-based workers were deployed in the Top 10 Destinations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar, Kuwait, Taiwan, Malaysia, Bahrain, and Italy.

Among the top specialization among new-hires for land-based in 2013 were:

1. Domestic helpers and related household workers (164,396)
2. Nurses Professional (16,404)
3. Waiters, Bartenders and Related Workers (14,823)
4. Charworkers, Cleaners and Related Workers (12,082)
5. Laborers/Helpers General (11,892)
6. Wiremen/ Electrical (9,539)
7. Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (8,594)
8. Welders and Flame-Cutters (7,767)
9. Cooks and Related Workers (7,090)
10. Caregivers and Caretakers (6,466)'s marketing director Yolanda Buyco said their Top 10 Specializations which they gathered from September 2013 up to February 2014, is almost similar to that of the POEA.

1. General Work (Househelper, driver, dispatch, messenger, etc)
2. Engineering (Mechanical, automotive)
3. Engineering (Others)
4. Food/Beverage/Restaurant Service
5. Manufacturing/Production Operations
6. Healthcare (Nurse/medical support and assistant
7. Engineering (Civil/Construction/Structural)
8. Engineering (Electrical)
9. Maintenance Repair (Facilities & Machineries)
10. Personal Care/Beauty/Fitness Service

Cacdac again encouraged fresh graduates to look for local employment first and decide later on which line of work they would like to pursue either here or overseas.

"Make the most out of the opportunity to seek new pastures here in our country. Because it is here in our country where you have the first great chance to serve not just our families, but our people; a chance to gain the necessary experience to harness your skills, and to identify the line of work in which you want to be involved in that will lead you in a future to more career options whether here or abroad," he said.