Jasmin Rose Austria had worked for almost a decade in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), when she and her husband began entertaining the thought of returning to the Philippines – one, to get married, and two, to be closer to their families. They originally planned for a wedding in the Philippines at the end of 2022, but a chance encounter with a Robert Walters advertisement online made it so both of them could officially be ‘husband and wife’ ahead of schedule.
“I really miss my family and friends after spending 9 years in Dubai – I believe being away from them for nearly a decade is more than enough," Jasmin explains.
“Plus, I wanted to start my own family back in the Philippines. So the google ad from Robert Walters was really a godsend”
Grace Sampan is International Candidate Manager at Robert Walters Philippines. When Jasmin reached out to her after viewing the ad, Grace quickly recognised Jasmin’s skills and years of experience as an Accountant, especially in the highly dynamic field of FinTech.
“Grace not only introduced Robert Walters’s Balik Bayan programme to me, she also allayed my relocation fears and noted my personal timeline when it comes to preparing for my wedding with my now-husband.” Jasmin reveals. The Balik Bayan programme at Robert Walters Philippines helps skilled overseas-based Filipino professionals find a suitable job back in the Philippines.
Jasmin shares more about her fears when looking to move back home: “Despite my willingness to return home, I had concerns about the required commute time and travelling hassle in Manila. Being away from the Philippines for quite some time has also frankly made me less aware of the local job market and salary benchmarks. Thankfully, Grace was very understanding and supportive when I expressed my desire and concerns; highlighting other common experiences of returning Filipino talent as well!”
The end result was a pleasant surprise – both Jasmin and her husband managed to find and secure their ideal roles back in the Philippines through the help of Robert Walters.
“The recruitment consultant that Grace put me in touch with – Ricah De Guzman, was extremely helpful in answering all my questions and explaining the many aspects of the current job landscape in the Philippines. Ricah always followed up quickly and offered a hands-on action plan,” Jasmin elaborates.
“I would wholeheartedly say when exploring your career options, always reach out to the experts in the field, such as Robert Walters! Because of Grace and Ricah, not only was I able to clinch a role in a company that I could commute to via foot, the company also offers hybrid work arrangements that allow me to make the most of my workday. Robert Walters ensured I got the best deal possible!” Jasmin chimes.
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