Why young South Africans are leaving the country

static_sa

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How do you get a job in another country without speaking their native language?
 

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How do you get a job in another country without speaking their native language?
Funny enough, most major metropolitan cities such as Amsterdam and Munich etc English is all that's needed, as 99% of business is conducted in English...

Obviously learning the language of the country helps build relationships and makes you fit in a hell of a lot better
 

static_sa

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If only a British passport allowed me to live in Australia. I couldn't live in EU
 

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You buckle down and learn it.

I'm starting serious Spanish language instruction asap.

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Pretty much this.

I had to learn Norwegian on the job. Not easy, but you do what needs to be done.

Btw, Duolingo helps alot!
 

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All these examples are people moving to big urban cities.
Lots of "the public transport is great" when it isn't in most countries outside of the main cities. UK at least has terrible PT outside of London.

I'd agree though that people with skills who aren't at least considering "what could I get paid in Aus/EU/US ?" are mad.

Lots of what was said could be said for me when I moved from Wales to London as a youngster... But now I'm in SA, so not really into the SA-bashing :)
 

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really good article, would love to see more case studies in more cities
 
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If I were to leave, I would go it full time in the job I currently do in my spare time and because I love the product. Short term insurance, a specialist underwriter, has got me here. But in the UK or Europe, I would probably do Lego.
 

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Havent they done an article like this already, I know they are eagerly looking for hits and 'die manne' will gleefully post here in these type of articles
 

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Looking at the nature of qualifications and the destinations of the majority of individuals mentioned in the article, it is quite likely that they would have moved abroad irrespective of how well South Africa is performing.
 

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How do you get a job in another country without speaking their native language?
english is more than enough to secure a job in several developed countries. Also, a colleague of mine got a job in Germany and he can only speak english.
 

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I recently moved to the Netherlands bringing my wife with me. Stuff here works better, there are better roads here, public transport that works, everyone getting paid fairly, decent fresh produce.

Of course it's not perfect here, but at least it doesn't feel like I need to stay in full defence mode all the time. I could go out for a walk alone at 11 in the heart of my city and be safe. The cost of living is ridiculous compared to South Africa, but we always have electricity, water and internet.

If I had to choose again, if I'm back in SA for whatever reason, I would do it again. We feel safer, more relaxed, have everything we need to survive, and a whole Europe to explore.
 
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