March 21, 2014
With all the media focusing on Russia and Ukraine, it might seem the biggest problem that the EU citizens face is the possibility of war. Thing is, that’s not true. War is something that might or might not come, and certainly not anytime soon. Here and now though, the biggest problem is unemployment.
The world just went through a major financial crisis, it’s results can still be felt and will be for some time. Certain countries, like Greece or Spain still have a long way to go if they want to claim they finally got a hold on their finances. Meanwhile, unemployment in Europe skyrockets, Eurostat shows that as of January 2014, 26,231 million people in the EU were unemployed. That’s roughly 12%, a whole one percentage point higher than a year earlier – and the trends show no sign of this process stopping. Country economies were hit hard, some harder than the others. What can a young, educated European citizen do in a situation like this? Especially if he comes from a country like Greece or Spain, where there is almost no chance for him to find a job, let alone one in the field he is educated in.
It’s fairly obvious, he can emigrate. Europe might be perceived (mostly by the Europeans) as the best place to live in the world, the most developed and advanced one. This is a common misconception as there are many countries on other continents that are just as developed but they dodged the crisis bullet. They now have a labour shortage they need to fill. Australia is a good example, a highly developed country, culturally not as different from Europe as some of other continents. True, it’s hot and full of dangerous animals, but as with anything – there are ways of dealing with these problems established by the locals who somehow have managed to survive there, so they must be working.
If you think about emigrating, one thing you need to take into account is that there is a high probability you will have to change your line of work and choose a completely different career path. Very often this will require retraining. Labour shortages are usually in specific parts of the labour market and Australia is not different. A good example of such a trade are librarians – apparently not that many people out there are interested in this field of work, but for a hungry and tired European citizen, a comfy position like this might be exactly what he needs. Luckily, Australians are aware of the potential problems and are prepared for that – you can find plenty of places offering online librarian courses (e.g. see: http://www.careerfaqs.com.au/online-courses/librarian-courses-online/), to continue with this specific example. The same works for almost any other trade you can think of.
There is really nothing hard about it and the only thing that can be stopping you from doing this is yourself. Let go of the obsolete way of thinking, remember this is the 21st century and the world while still huge, has at the same time shrunk significantly. You’re no longer leaving for a different world, you can always come back and keep in touch with your loved ones online.
You just need to take the first bold step.