Filipino millennials want to work overseas – survey
Filipino millennials want to work overseas – survey
In a survey covering over 4,000 freshmen ages 16 to 18, 74.3% say they intend to work abroad 'mainly because of the high pay'

MANILA, Philippines – What does a typical Filipino millennial dream of?

Working abroad, among other goals, a 2015 online survey on college freshmen revealed. 

The study was conducted by the Far Eastern University (FEU) alongside 8 other universities. In the survey covering over 4,000 freshmen ages 16 to 18, 74.3% said they intend to work abroad “mainly because of the high pay.”  

Interestingly, nearly a quarter or 21.3% of the surveyed millennials also reported having fathers working overseas, while 11% have OFW mothers. (READ: When a parent works abroad)

The survey, a first of its kind in the Philippines, is the initial part of a 4-year study determining “the impact of college experience on the learnings, beliefs, priorities, opinions, and values” of Filipino millennials. The study will progress throughout the respondents’ sophomore, junior, and senior years.

Millennials are those born between the 1980s and the early 2000s. (READ: Invisible millennials: Sex, family, dreams)

Hard work

For majority of millennials, securing a good job after graduation remains the top reason for attending college. The top 5 reasons include:

  • Getting a good job after graduation
  • Raising a good family
  • Training in a specific career
  • Commiting to lifelong learning
  • Learning things that are personally interesting 

More than half of all respondents also believe that “hard work is the most important element of success in Philippine society.” (READ: PH millennials more ambitious – survey)

But how do millennials select their schools? Key factors include an institution’s academic reputation and its track of graduates getting good jobs.

Preferred degrees

Meanwhile, the top 5 intended majors among surveyed college freshmen are engineering, business administration, tourism and hotel management, health sciences, and information technology.

“In its initial iteration, the survey has already given some very thought-provoking insights into what Filipino millennials are all about,” Michael Alba, FEU president and survey’s lead proponent, said in a press statement.

“What’s even more interesting is how their opinions, beliefs and values may be correlated to their profiles – the environment they live in, economic status, family background, high school education, and their own circle of influencers,” Alba continued. 

“Cumulatively, this research will help us find out how their beliefs may change or be reinforced as they go through college, one of the last major formative events in a person’s life,” he added.

Alba suggested that the survey results could help universities, the government, and the private sector in responding to the values and aspirations of Filipinos millennials.

Joining FEU in the research are: Adamson University, Baliuag University, Centro Escolar University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Jose Rizal University, Mapua Institute of Technology, National University, and the Philippine Women’s University. –

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