Filipino Engineer’s Struggles
This letter may come off as a rant about my condition now but I don’t think I’m alone in what I’ll be saying.
A lot of millennial engineers share my sentiments. But if you’re a Filipino engineering student reading this, I hope it wouldn’t discourage you from pursuing this profession.
I’ve been a civil engineer for three years already. I work as a production supervisor in a manufacturing and distribution company based in Manila for two years.
This is my second job since I graduated.
I quit my first job because the pay wasn’t good enough.
I live in the most expensive city in the country yet the money I earned was barely enough to help me survive my daily expenses every month.
So when I went out to look for another job, I expected I’d find good opportunities in the city.
The only problem was that there really wasn’t a lot of them out there.
So I ended up getting a job that paid a little bit more than the first one I had.
The work load was okay. I get to leave the office at 5pm and have a social life.
But for someone who needs to earn more, I am forced to work overtime just so I’d get paid more.
To be honest, living in Manila has always been challenging for most of its people.
For its engineers, we are paid a lot less than what we deserve. The competition is so tough that finding a job here is considered a blessing already.
I don’t know why most of us are only paid the minimum wage.
Everything just goes to bills and food now. While I am thankful that I’m surviving but this is not the life I’ve wanted for myself.
This is not the life most fresh graduates in engineering had envisioned for themselves.
But what can I do? Somehow, this is the situation other young engineers and I face right now.
A lot of them are even considering working abroad just to earn more there.
Last night, I told a friend about how we earn so little as an engineer and what struck me the most in his response was the question he asked me, “Do you think you’re in the wrong country to be an engineer?”
It got me thinking. Am I in the wrong country to practice this profession?