IT’S HARD working abroad as the reasons are obvious. But our graduates or anyone would rather work abroad.

There are not enough jobs in our country. And this is sad. If there are, the pay is so low. This is saddest.

Our graduates spent so much and so much efforts and years only to work in companies offering low salaries. Even known and huge institutions offer only a meager salary for newly-hired employees.

Ask these grads and most likely they will tell how disillusioned they are with this reality in our country.  Their parents spent so much money on their education only to receive a measly P10,000 a month as their salary.

So even if it is a tiresome and demanding job, they go to a call center for a P15,000 monthly salary. Worse, some of those who failed to finish their courses go to malls, some of them pay salaries that are lower than what the laws specify.

With a family to feed and parents to take care of, these grads look for jobs abroad. The salaries may not be high, but at least the value is double the ones here.

But what does that mean? It means coping with loneliness. It means adjusting to the country’s culture. It means coping with depression.

This is sad. Very sad.

When I was in Macau I met this lady in her 40s. She looked smart and elegant. You won’t expect she worked as a saleslady in a small store going to the St Paul ruins.

So the curious in me inquired. And I learned she had the manager’s job in Cebu. But she tried Macau and worked in a hotel, receiving a salary three times as high as what she was receiving as manager. Very attractive. So her family in Cebu thought of that. She had the best job in Macau.

They did not know that the hotel she was working closed down and she decided to take on a job in a small store as saleslady.

She did not want her family to know the reality. She did not want her former officemates in the Cebu hotel to know.

So sad. So very sad.

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