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FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
John Smith
Grantham University
BA405 Multinational Management December 12, 2014

FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

I have often thought of working and living in a foreign country. As a soldier, I was able to achieve that while stationed in Germany and South Korea. As a soldier though, one does not get the full effect of living within a society that has norms, customs and traditions different from those we find in the United States. To work and live in a foreign country as a private citizen would be a terrific experience. Much thought has been given over the years as to where. Perhaps Belize, where it is always warm, costs are comparatively inexpensive and a place that has a motto for tourist that says “go slow”. There’s probably not going to be much going there though where one can pull down a livable wage with benefits. Africa has also sounded good from time to time. I once met a soldier from Ghana. He informed me one day he was going home for vacation and as the conversation progressed, I learned that on an income of less than $1500 one could live like a king with an estate, a driver and servants. However, Western Africa may be a bit hostile for my taste. As the list narrows, I am left with Mexico, Germany and England. I have never been to England. To begin with, I would never give up my citizenship as an American. I enjoy the American exceptionalism and the bravado that comes with being the best in the world, so my assignment, or job, in a foreign country would have to be a short term, no more than five years. There would be many challenges and adventures to overcome and enjoy while in a foreign land. Things to consider are taxes, the cost of living, driving, national rights (akin to our Constitutional rights), work rules/customs and work…...

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