Are you aware of the many options available to you in your career change? One of these is emigration.
The UK Daily Mail reported in August 2011: “More than a million of the highest-qualified and best-trained Britons have gone to live abroad and are contributing to the wealth of other countries”. More than half had gone to countries including America, Canada, Australia, or, increasingly, Germany. The UK Government is so concerned about the effects of emigration on the UK that they have launched an enquiry with the aim of “preventing ‘brain drain’ (the large-scale emigration of individuals with valuable technical skills or knowledge)” on 1st May 2012.
Canada is luring skilled and talented workers over from Ireland with the promise of work in several different markets and the promise of long term visas. The demand in Canada is so great for certain trades that they are now competing with Australia, another country that draws a lot of Irish workers. This is an important career change route for workers in Ireland, not all of them young.
Fan O’Reilly in April 2012 wrote about the current ‘reverse brain drain in the US’. For generations, brain drain has taken place from the world’s less-developed countries losing many of their best and brightest to the West. While this is still continuing, there is now a reverse flow to countries like China, India, Brazil and Russia. In the global race for talent, it is no longer certain that these expats will eventually return to the US.
Don’t underestimate the costs of relocating abroad (including healthcare coverage), which can be substantial. Choose a location where you have some existing contacts and a potential support system, otherwise you could begin to feel isolated and depressed. And continue to cultivate your network back home, so that when you do come back home, the transition will be relatively seamless.
What are your plans for your career change? There are SO many options available to you. If you would like support on your career change path, or for more information about my services, take a look at www.careerchangeat40.com/services .