You’re back home in the Philippines from your job abroad. Whether it be because of the end of your contract or your own personal decision to leave the OFW life, the situation is the same: you’re back in the comforts of your own home and you know you won’t be an OFW anytime soon or perhaps ever again. Now, what to do, what to do?? If you’re asking this and you still haven’t answered it, well, here are some things you can probably do back home as ex-OFWs:
- Find work again. If you still feel like working or if you still need a stable source of income to continue supporting your loved ones, then why not try job hunting in the Philippines again? With the additional experience you gained from being an OFW, you’re sure to be a step higher compared to other applicants. Remember that you don’t have to stick to what you’ve been doing as an OFW. You are free to apply to other jobs, as long as you’re able to show that you have the interest and the necessary skills to handle what these jobs need.
- Start a business. With the money you’ve saved from your job adventure abroad (yes, we hope you did save some of your earnings!), you’re probably all set to start your very own business. It can be as simple as a sari-sari store or ukay-ukay, or something as complex as a restaurant, real estate venture, or resort. It largely depends on how much money you have to serve as capital, on how much you are willing to fork out to establish the business, on how feasible your idea is, and likely on how good your connections are. Just remember to do your research, to think things through carefully, and to get some advice from more knowledgeable people when you need to!
- Go back to school. Yes, you have the option to give yourself some education back in the Philippines. Why don’t you try learning a new skill, like cooking, painting, speaking a new language, or even welding? Be it for leisure or use in a future job hunt, learning something new will surely be worth your while.
- Advise OFW aspirants. Take note that it can also go the other way around: you yourself can be in the position to teach others! And by this, we mean teaching OFWs-to-be on what they ought to know about the OFW life. Use your years (or months) of OFW experience to guide others as they start their OFW journey. Among other things, tell them what to expect, how they should prepare for it, and how to make the most of the experience. This will be your chance to make a positive impact on the lives of others, in your own small way. 🙂
- Enjoy retirement. Of course, if you think you and your loved ones are all going okay with your respective lives after being an OFW for so long—all your children have graduated and are now working in good jobs, you are all financially stable and happy—then perhaps it’s time to just sit back and relax after all the hard work you did abroad. Maybe all the work you did is now paying off, and all that’s left is really to enjoy the good life ahead of you.
There you have it, some suggestions on the things you can do as an ex-OFW in the Philippines. At this point, we’d just like to give you one more piece of advice on the topic. And that is: before you even become an ex-OFW, be sure to prepare for when that time comes! This will help with a smoother transition from the OFW life to life back home in the Philippines. Need help with preparing as well? Then check out our cool tip on that by clicking here.
See you next time, mga Ka-Tsong! Any more tips to add? Just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.