Working as a VA in the Philippines and being the apple of my friends’ eyes
My employer, Francis, asked me if as a VA from the Philippines I am treated like a shiny object due to my job. In fact, that is the case. Most of my friends are often excited when they hear about working for a foreign employer.
Why? I am clueless, but I will give you my best answer based off of my friend’s questions.
I was a clinical instructor from a prominent nursing institution before I decided to work full time online. But, what makes my online job interesting is the people that see me like I am a shiny and sparkling object.
Whenever they ask me, “What is your present job now that you’ve retired from teaching?”
My answer is, “I work as a virtual assistant—similar to an office secretary, only virtually.”
And they’re always like, “Woooow…How did you get into that? Can I do part time also? Can you tell me how’d you do that?
And the much awaited question always followed:
“How much do you get from working online?”
And I was like, “Okay, slow down and we’ll talk about it in a step-by-step manner.”
But, the question here is, why do we always get that kind of impression? And why do they see virtual employees in such a high regard?
Filipino with a foreign employer
Most Filipinos look up to such people with much respect, as if they are above them—especially foreigners. And when they hear you are working for a foreign employer, they think you are:
- Capable of communicating in the English language fluently and with confidence
- And the monthly salary is in dollars ($)
It is very rare for a Filipino, especially one just working at the comfort of their own home, to be working for a foreign employer because if you don’t have the qualities to speak and write in English, it’s just like you don’t have the right to such work.
In my opinion, they are just not confident in communicating with English speakers.
If they only delve into the topic, they will know the difference between a regular and virtual employee.
Coffee Shop get-together
Let me take, for example, a friend I met recently and had a chat with at a coffee shop—a small get-together to catch up.
My friend is also an online worker who used to work for a London based employer, but he wasn’t happy with the work because it was too demanding and required him to work in the wee hours of dawn. Long story short, he quit and never tried it again.