How To Choose Another Career? Land-based or Sea-based OFW?

It was year 2010 when a sense of not being contented with my situation, mostly financially, as an Electronics Engineer at a semiconductor company in the Philippines that triggered me to choose another career path. I said to myself, I should find a new career that would give me a salary huge enough to provide for my parents since I’m the eldest son. A salary that will also give me an opportunity to save up for my own family in the future.

I calculated that if I have stayed with my job in the semiconductor company things would have been very slow. I needed to act right away to reach my goal on time!

So I researched for other job opportunities in the Philippines related to my experiences as an Electronics Engineer. Most of them offered higher compensation than my earlier company but it was not enough to reach my goal on time. So I continued by trying to look for a work abroad and become an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker). Jobs were mostly offered in the Middle East and other parts of Asia by that time.

The compensation for an overseas work was great but it was still not enough. I computed the expenses per month including food, housing, clothing, and other basic needs, it turned out that I could save twice as much than with my job in the Philippines. That’s good to hear considering all the expenses incurred. But it turned me off when I realized that the minimum length of working contract would be 2 years. That’s too long for me to be away with my loved ones. I know some people might think that it’s the price you will pay for having a higher salary but there should be another way. So I continued my research and there I was able to meet the possibility of becoming a seafarer.

A familiar person once introduced the possibility of me becoming a seafarer based on my previous job experiences. He stressed out that I should consider becoming an Electro-Technical Officer because he thinks I’m capable of it. Luckily, by that time I’m already a licensed Electronics Engineer and it’s a huge advantage for someone who would like to pursue that career.

So why choose another career? In my case, as a seafarer. Here’s the list I mainly consider.

1.) Salary is very overwhelming compared to other jobs in the Philippines or abroad. What I can save on land in one year, I can save it in just three months at sea!

2.) Compared to land-based jobs abroad, sea-based working contracts are usually 6 to 9 months only. It’s great to know that every year you can still go home and spend time with your loved ones.

3.) Free travels abroad. The thought of being able to have a glance at other culture’s places is an added bonus to the job. I can now collect stamps on my passport for free!

4.) Free from taxes! That’s right, Filipino mariners or seafarers receive their salaries as a whole free from government tax.

5.) Opportunity to increase your position or rank. This may not be the same for others, but it gives me self-fulfillment when I’m trying to reach a certain position in a career. Aiming higher than what I have achieved fuels my passion and motivates me to perform better.

So there it goes, I may not have the same reasons as other people on how to choose another career. But the moral of the story is to pursue your dreams no matter what it takes, but as long as you’re doing it the right way. The right way is when you are not offending others as you move forward.

Always keep in mind also that to reach your goal, make it a habit to pray to God and dedicate your dreams to the people you love. There will be times that you might be ready to give up. You might tell yourself to go back to the old things you used to do because it’s easier and safer. But I tell you, just think of your loved ones and everything is a piece of cake. It worked for me and I know it will work for you too. Good luck to your journey!

If you find this ideas useful, please drop a comment below. You may also share your own experiences on how to choose another career.

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Anvin Argañosa

An Electronics Engineer by profession. A land-based worker turned into an ocean dweller. An "aspiring" business tycoon and financial advocate. A loving father to my daughter Julian. And a very obedient husband to Ann (wink!).

6 thoughts on “How To Choose Another Career? Land-based or Sea-based OFW?

  • April 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    same here sir..i'm an ece trying to shift to a career at sea…nice posts! thanks!

  • April 18, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Jay, thanks for reading. I'll assure you, you can easily reach your dreams by shifting to a sea-based career (mostly financially). Thanks to God I reached mine. 🙂 But remember humans are indeed not easily contented with what they have. I experienced it and until now every goal achieved leads to another new goal. Just always remember to thank God for every blessing you received.



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