2016 Foreigner Jobs in the Philippines: why it is worth it!

So, after having a nice summer holidays and lots of beach tans, I have decided to share  the career life of an expat/ foreigner in this land called the Philippines.

So the question is: Is it worth the jobs here in the Philippines for a foreigner or expat?

The answer truthfully is: It depends on how much you want it.


That answer wasn’t probably what you are looking for but let me explain that in a lighter mood, if not, at least in a hopeful mood.

You were probably thinking of jobs here in the Philippines and what you can do while you stay here as a foreigner or expat. Some might even require you to get that “employment visa” as a means to work here. But let me tell you this, a lot of foreigners do not follow that conventional method. So, you might have seen some statements before that dissuade foreigners to NOT GET A JOB here in the Philippines. But, what if you have no choice but to stay in the Philippines then? That is the reason why I DISAGREE with NOT GETTING A JOB here in the Philippines.


So let us shed some light on this matter.

First, a lot of people have said that the Philippine Employment sucks! For those who manage to get a JOB here that is.

Others actually say that they can’t find a suitable job here in the Philippines- well, is it not due to lack of education or training? or better yet due to our attitude towards the resentment of “minimum wage”?

The people who often say that jobs here sucks is well, kind of right on their own way, that is because “they have not experienced the jobs here yet”. Let me tell you, I was like that too until I have no choice but to work here.

I tend to ridicule the measly amount of 500 Pesos (almost 12 Dollars) PER DAY because in the US, the minimum wage is 7.5 PER HOUR. See? That’s where the problem lies- BROKEN EXPECTATION.

But how come people survive here in the Philippines with that amount? The thing is this… Because they can’t adapt with the Filipino way of living. It is frugality, but with its simplicity, comes its elegance not haughtiness.

Kind of deep isn’t it? In short, if you want to live here working in the Philippines, then do it as Filipinos do. Without attitude, without ridiculing the system, living a simple life without much extravagance, and accept it.

You know what they say, “When in Rome, act like a Roman”. That’s just it. Live a simple life.


Second,  a lot of people complain that they can’t find jobs here in the Philippines. Now, I understand if this were newly graduates or old retirees but for middle aged and qualified people… that is not true. 

The one big reason why it is hard to find work in the Philippines (and this applies both Local and Foreign people), is that, they choose a career or Major that  is not marketable here in the Philippines! That’s only it.

Newly graduates don’t have the experience so they tend to work somewhere where they could get one- although small in salary.

Old age kind of affects your opportunity too; too young and you will be deemed inexperience, too old and you’ll be useless. That is true not just here in the Philippines but EVERYWHERE.

The Philippines as far as employment is concerned, often roots for the cream of the crop only, that is just the nature of the beast. It is competitive, highly selective employment in the Philippines. If you can’t live with that, then that’s the end of it- Not only as a foreign job seeker, but even as a Filipino.

I myself wasn’t taught marketable skills, I have to study them my self and make them my advantage here in the Philippines. ( Do you know how many jobs does not apply to a VETERAN in the US? Some are even Homeless.  But here I am with a job here in the Philippines.)

The truth is, we (you, I , and Us) complains on every Job that doesn’t suit us. The sad part is, that applies too in the Philippines. Lesson to be learned: what doesn’t suit your job tendency does not mean an economical recession.

Learn to accept that minimum wage, learn to deal with competition, love your job whatever that is- in the end of two weeks, you get money, and that’s it. You can’t be weak here in the Philippines and cry unfair. This is the system of employment and career here in the Philippines.


If you haven’t read my ebook yet and you are trying to get a job here in the Philippines, then click here now. Because, you are missing out on the most crucial aspect of success in career here in the Philippines. So go get my ebook now and see for yourself, SUCCESS IS RIGHT THERE IN YOUR FINGERTIPS.


I hope my advice and statements help you realize life here in the Philippines.

I am here my fellow men, it is not too late.




"Jay Penn" is a Financial Literacy Mentor and Investor who is best known for his Book "Polymath's Profit". He is also an expert in the field of Maritime, Engineering, and Emergency Medical from his past careers. Experienced with Security Analysis, Crisis Prevention, Contingency Planning, and Global Maritime Distress Safety System. Currently instructs Nautical Sciences and is an avid Researcher of Business and Economics. He is also recognized as the "Top Maritime Instructor" for 3 consecutive years in the Maritime Education from 2014; raising the standard for the Maritime Industry and Training.

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