Domestic helpers or foreign household workers need to undergo training, assessment, and certification from TESDA to work abroad.
Undergoing this process will ensure that you have the required skills, knowledge, and aptitude to perform your task as a domestic helper abroad.
Training and certification are important because most employers abroad are looking for workers capable of taking care of their family’s needs when they are not at home or are at work.
Disclaimer: The information published is based on the experience shared by the vlogger/YouTuber. The information provided may change without prior notice and may differ in actual scenarios. Let this article serve as a guide only.
Here is the video guide shared by a Filipina domestic helper in Hong Kong, Jean, a.k.a. Pinay Nanny Vlogger in Hong Kong on YouTube. If you find her tips helpful, you may check out her YouTube channel to catch more interesting content about her work and life as an OFW in Hong Kong.
Here are Helpful Tips When Taking the TESDA Assessment Training for First-time Domestic Helpers
The TESDA training and assessment will be part of your preparation and journey towards becoming an overseas Filipino worker in other countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and even in the Middle East. It would be best for you to take this process seriously because not only will you pay for your training and certification, but also the assessment every time you take the test.
And because the goal is to pass the assessment, here are some tips shared by our resource vlogger, Jean, for first-time domestic helpers aiming to work abroad.
Tip#1: Know the location where your TESDA Assessment will take place.
It would be best if you arrived on time at your testing area so that you won’t feel as pressured or rattled during your assessment. Remember, the test will require you to demonstrate your skills and evaluate how well you conduct yourself in front of your employer. That said, you need to be extra prepared and focused when you take the assessment.
You have to know where you had your training because you will be asked about it during your assessment.
Tip#2: Know the name of your assessor.
In the same way, you also have to take note of the name of your assessor. This will be part of your assessment at TESDA. But don’t worry because during your training orientation, your trainer will introduce himself/herself and inform you of other important information that you need to know for your assessment.
Just make sure to take note of everything they say during the orientation and the training.
Tip#3: Master the skills taught to you during training.
During training, you will learn several practical, social, and reasoning skills in bed-, table-setting, ironing, cooking, and household cleaning, among others. To master all of these skills, you need to focus on how things are correctly executed. Remember: do not miss the important details. Take down notes if you must.
And during training, remember to do lots of practice alone and with a partner. During the assessment, you will be asked to perform the skills and explain the techniques needed for the task/s.
This will test your social and reasoning skills in dealing with other people and is also a common way for assessors to know whether you understood why you had to do a task in a specific manner or not.
Tip#4: Take note of the things you need to wear and bring for the assessment.
After you’ve completed your training at the TESDA branch, you will be briefed regarding your evaluation. Take note of your trainer’s instructions, such as the location of your assessment, the schedule, the name of your assessor, what you need to wear, and the things you should bring. Test materials will be provided during your assessment except for items that you may need to bring, such as hairnet and apron, gloves.
Tip#5: Be courteous and polite when responding to your assessor.
Part of the evaluation includes the way you interact with other people, including your employer and colleagues. Remember always to be prompt, courteous, and polite when dealing with your assessor.
Even though you have the hard skills but lack the soft skills, your career won’t go very far if you do not have the right attitude.
As much as you can, respond appropriately and do not get into heated discussions or arguments during your assessment. This might affect your chances of passing the entire thing because your assessor will also be checking your attitude, how you interact with your colleagues, and, most especially, your employer.
These are just some of the basic reminders that you need to take note of so that your experience during your TESDA assessment will go as smoothly as possible. Also, as added motivation to pass your evaluation, remember that you will pay for your assessment, so that means you will need to shell out some cash again if you fail your exam on your first try.
That being said, always keep your focus and take the training seriously because your performance during training and assessment can help you get a job and go abroad as soon as possible. Even if you think you might not be needing some of the skills taught in training, do not lose your focus and learn as much as you can, if only because you paid for it. Since you will be putting time and effort in training, you might as well give it your best to earn your certificate that will help you get closer to your dream of going abroad and better providing for your family.
Always think that the more skills you can offer, the higher your chances are at getting a job, a promotion, or even the salary that you wish to have. This holds true for every job or profession out there, and also for domestic helpers. So do not take your TESDA training lightly.
Have you tried undergoing TESDA training? What course did you take? How was your experience? What are some tips that you would like to share with those who are preparing to take their assessment? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below!