RuneI may catch hell for this but I think blind loyalty to a country is for chumps and just a tool politicians use to get the general public to do stuff.
I actually agree.
I'm not totally anarchist since AT THIS TIME, we do still need nation-states. But I hope that before I die, at least I get to see the beginning of a true world government. The European Union is already taking the first steps. I also personally don't feel allegiance to my country. Just the little bit of pride at seeing countrymen succeed and stuff, but never blinding nationalism.
Sporty_g1 part of me thinks you should stay in your home country and work to improve the conditions, because a single talented person can have a greater impact in an area lacking professional skills.
AMT87I wonder why they do it...
Like flako07 I'm also planning to work abroad. I would prefer Canada, UK, or Australia, and I may still go there. But as of now, my sisters and brothers are helping me. I got two sisters abroad and married to foreigners. One's in Belgium and the other's in Florida.
I speak only for myself and for most filipinos, since we are one of the countries with the largest 'exported' labor population. Here's WHY:
First and foremost is FAMILY.
A dream to provide a better life for the parents and/or spouse and kids back home, it's almost always a part of a filipino's greatest ambitions.
Almost all filipino workers abroad are sending money back to relatives back home. They endure harsh working conditions and relatively low pay (in the country they are working on) just so they can help back home. Like AMT87, I've seen instances of Medical Doctors settling with working as nurses abroad. Engineers as carpenters. College graduates as waiters in coffee shops.
The jobs may be considered shitty, a step below the normal 'rung' on the 'job ladder' than where they would've been back home, and pays low wages to boot. But, believe it or not, the money they get from it is MORE than anything they can ever hope to receive back home.
Our government actually encourages overseas workers. We supply nurses, manual laborers, caregivers, household servants, etc. (basically jobs you guys would barely touch) to countries that need them. Canada, New Zealand, the US, the UK, South Korea etc. are just some.
The mere fact that they send money back home IS helping our country. It's working to help alleviate economic depression and inflation. Ever since the government has started supporting labor export, the economy has started to improve. THIS is the best way we can think of to help our country actually. We have no other major exports (no oil, luxury goods, etc.), and this is the only way we can deal with the worsening import/export ratio that's battering our currency down in the world market. Just imagine that back here, the average MONTHLY salary is scarcely around $100. Being an island country, we have to import a lot of goods, including oil.
As for being prepared, I am not aiming for any of the usual jobs being taken. I'm a 3d game assets artist and they tend to have people working from all over anyway (especially Japanese, Koreans, and Chinese artists, but they rarely venture into western game development though).
The game industry is quite small actually, so I won't be displacing anyone. I hope to get some more experience before I set foot abroad, but I'm already doing that working for a group of game development enthusiasts like me. We have several professionals on the team. One of them has been featured on a well known digital artists magazine. The game itself has received mention in PCGamer once.
So yeah, I'm getting my portfolio ready as well as referrals for later.
Another reason of course, is personal comfort. It's STIFLING to be born in a country where you can never fully realize your potential.
I know the world isn't fair, but still. If given the chance to be somewhere else where you can pursue your dreams to the fullest extent, then why not?
Then there's the wanderlust most of us have in us.
To experience new cultures, new languages, new friends. That's something a lot would understand.
And last of my reasons is finding a boyfriend. LOL. I can't do that here.
The guys here are just too SIMILAR to me. LOL. Boring. And yeah... I have a thing for Caucasians.
(Again, that's NOT racism
P.S. I can see the potential of a flame war in this thread... LOL