Man looks outside Samoa for greener pastures

Take risks because nothing can substitute experience.

So says Iosua Vaotu’ua of Tuana’i and Afega, reflecting on his plan to go overseas to seek a better future.

Speaking to the Village Voice team, Iosua is a carpenter but most of the time, he spends his days at the plantation because there’s barely any carpentry work for him.

The 37-year-old said he’s working on his paperwork so he can go overseas to find a job.

 “There’s nothing wrong here in Samoa, I just need a job but I think there’s a huge decrease in the number of jobs in our country,” he tells Village Voice.

“Our employment system takes a whole lot of time before a vacancy opens up or become available.

“I’m a carpenter but most of the times I can’t even find work to do using my skills but even if there was, once I’m done, then I have to wait for a long time until another opportunity to work opens up.

“What I’ve noticed is, there’s not that many opportunities to work anymore and that’s why I want to go overseas.

“I don’t care what job I find there as long as I find something useful to work for and earn money.”

Lucky for Iosua, he’s still a single man and he can go about his plan to travel because he doesn’t have a family of his own to worry about.

“I don’t know if this plan is a right one but that’s why, now is the perfect time to take a risk.

“I haven’t been out of Samoa before but hopefully there’s a light at the end of the tunnel right?

“And even if it doesn’t turn out okay, then all I can say is, well atleast I’ve tried it. 

“Life is not just about making the right decisions; it’s also about taking risks even if you don’t know what’s going to come out of it.”

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