December 3, 2012

Want A Job? Then Move! (Part 2)

In my previous post, I talked about South Korea and why someone would choose to come here. There are actually other jobs available in different countries, which pay a lot more money. As I have six months left on my current contract, I am starting to research other job opportunities, and seeing what other jobs I can get.

In countries like Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, a teacher and can make over $30,000 a year. I know, because I have started doing research into moving to a different country. It’s not that I am bored or don’t like South Korea anymore. I just need to make a little more money, to pay down my large school debts.

Even in a country like Malaysia, you can make a salary similar to South Korea if you have some experience, and a large bonus to living there they have a much lower cost of living. Which means more savings and more money in the bank.

In Korea I make between $20-25K a year depending on the exchange rate. With the money I make here I do live rather comfortably. If I really saved for it I could easily pay off my student loans in 5 years and be debt free. I have already paid off my credit card debt.

With job offers like these, steady paychecks, low cost of living in some places, and cheap health insurance to go along with many of the jobs, it is no wonder that the State Department estimates that 6.3 million Americans are studying or working abroad. Their study also found that the percentage of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 who are planning to live abroad has increased from less than one percent to 5.1 percent in two years. Even more impressive is that of Americans between the ages of 18 to 24, forty percent of the polled are interested in moving abroad.

An interesting thing that they brought up in the news article is the amount of people moving back to their parents’ home countries, like India and China. These people are the children of immigrants who came to the United States to seek better opportunities. Now their children are moving back to the “mother country” and seeking better opportunities as well.

South Korea is no different; I have several friends who are classified as “Gyopos“, or foreign born Koreans. Several of them have done rather well for themselves here and have enjoyed living and working here. Others, however, have found it very difficult, and do not like how they are treated by other Koreans, just because (one reason at least) their Korean is not up to par with their expectations of the natives who live here.

One of the best things about people moving to other countries and experiencing different cultures is that hopefully, after the experience, they are more open-minded. We become more accepting of peoples’ different quirks and cultures.

These kinds of movements could lead to a better more understanding world, especially with people living in and experiencing the better parts of a distant land and culture. Alas, that is my naïve hope though, that we grow to care about our fellow humans just a little bit more.

The Good: Other countries valuing our skills and being willing to pay people handsomely to come and work in their countries could lead to a better world.

Image Credit: Andy Dean Photography / Shutterstock

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