As I think about some of the recent developments like:
- Massive job loss in the US
- The administration of the US President, Obama's focus on improving our educational system in order to prepare our workforce for competing in global employment
I wonder how prepared we are, today, for global employment? Not just moving work to the people, but moving the people as well.
USA is a land of immigrants. In the last 25+ years, the USA has experienced an influx of international students and immigrants who have adapted to our country, culture and lifestyle, and have made the US into their second motherland.
Tables are now turning. The next 25 years will be quite different than the last 100 years. I see an increased number of US citizens relocating to other countries for employment. With the recent economic conditions, many repetitive jobs are moving to low cost countries like Egypt, China, India, etc. Recently, IBM offered relocation assistance to their laid off employees to relocate to one of their low cost, global locations and work as a "local employee". I expect other major employers will follow in IBM's steps.
- Are we preparing our workforce for global employment?
- Are we preparing ourselves for global employment?
- Are we preparing our children for the next 25 years?
Some of the questions that come to mind are related to local languages, culture, time zones, resetting expectations on earnings, etc.
Since we are the architects of our careers, we need to make sure we maneuver our career to prepare ourselves and our family for global employment. What are your thoughts??