LIFE AS A TECHNICAL SUPPORT AGENT IN THE PHILIPPINES... Have you ever called Technical Support, and your call were being routed to somewhere in India, Philippines or other countries? You might be wondering what we are dealing with each day... Here in the Philippines, most Filipino's think that working in a Call Center is an easy money. I have heard from clueless relatives and friends that they also want to work in a Call Center, because, it's a very easy and lucrative job. They thought that you just have to sit back and relax in an air-conditioned workplace, do the talking and earn lots of money... Sometimes, I just want to slap their face and wake them up! It doesn't mean you can speak excellent English, you already have what it takes. Here are the things that you might want to consider, before applying in a Call Center.
LIFE AS A TECHNICAL SUPPORT AGENT IN THE PHILIPPINES
1. Are you willing to work in a shifting schedule? -If your answer is YES. My question is, ARE YOU SURE?! Because, when they say "shifting schedule", what they meant to say is, you would be a part time SLAVE!!! They won't care even If it is very dangerous for you to leave the house in the midnight, and walk the streets alone. That's why, you signed the contract. So, they are expecting that you are prepared for it. In my case, If my shift starts at 3AM and ends at 12NOON, I will need to leave the house at 1AM, to avoid traffic, so I could get at the office before 3AM. Then, after 12NOON the next day, I will travel for about another 2 hours, just to get back home. That would be almost 13hours at work, including the travel time. Also, If they need people, even If it's New Year's Eve, Christmas Day or any Holiday season, you would still be required to come to work. Although, this situation do not really happen in all Call Centers here in the Philippines. It depends in your company and account. But, the reality is, most of the Technical Support jobs will require you to be present, when it's needed. Aside from it, don't forget to consider the travel time and the hazard of leaving your house at night.
sleep deprivation. Headache, flu, cough and bad colds are just normal sickness you could get If you would start working in graveyard shift. Paracetamol and Multi-vitamins will be your new best friends!
NOTE: This blog is not intended to discourage any Call Center Agent wanna be! It is just a reminder of what you have to face once you get hired! Did I mention that based on the statistics, only five out of 300 applicants get hired? So, If you really want the job, then go for it! By the way, we also get bonuses each month If we exceed our metric targets, aside from the monthly and quarterly incentives and government mandated benefits we receive!
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