At the start of this month, I found this post of my fellow Blogparteehista: Growth means going abroad?
Appropriate. In the Java community, it seems a lot of folks are moving to Singapore. I heard it’s because the Indians are going home? Our little group had a get-together to send people off. One of my friends was asking each one of us, why don’t you go to the US? It could be elsewhere. (Though US jobs nowadays seem to be bodyshop types and not direct hires.)
Why am I still here? Back in 2001, journalist Alan Robles interviewed me for the South China Morning Post. (Which is based in HK: another top destination. Coincidence?) Though my job is now different (and so is my age, alas), my answer today would still be the same: “Yes, it’s true I’d earn nth (sic) times as much if I were to work in the U.S. But I’d be nobody there.”
A proud answer, isn’t it? But for some people such as myself, pride is a big career driver.
Nevertheless, going abroad, living and working there is a personal growth opportunity. I should try it some time. But not anytime soon.