Studying abroad improves most people’s career prospects in a huge variety of ways but put simply, it offers a vast array of new opportunities by moving you out of your comfort zone: the further away you move from the education system you know, the more new and exciting opportunities will come your way.
Employers look for people who have studied abroad because they know that they have something to offer that others don’t – not just the focus to complete higher education, but the drive to try new things and the confidence to go out and experience them.
"I am neither an Athenian nor a Greek, I am a citizen of the world," said the sage of Athens. These words echoing from the past, captures the mood of the citizens of the modern world. Today, as the world is shrinking in size and is more like a global village, we have to examine the connotation of the work 'patriotism' in a new light.
Is it unpatriotic to go abroad to study or to work? The question seems rather absurd! Patriotism, dear friends, is love for one's own country. Distance does not matter if one is devoted to the welfare of one's country and accepts the responsibility for its growth.
We cry hoarse over the brain drain; saying that the best brains in our country after getting quality education, leave the country to lavish their skills for the development of other nations. Just as every coin has two sides, can't there be a positive side to it? Many an Indians, settled abroad have brought name and fame to our country by exhibiting super talents that vie with the best in the world.
The value of this for India is very real. This process took a quantum jump with our success in the Information Technology sector. Today, multi-national companies feel privileged if they get an opportunity to do business in partnership with Indian companies any where in the world, thereby contributing to our economic growth.
After a promising young-man has completed his training, he usually expects work which should not only bring in enough money and other emoluments but also give him sufficient professional satisfaction. An overwhelming majority of such repatriates go abroad as students seeking academic, scientific or technological excellence which is no where available in our country. And what's wrong with that.
It caught the international headlines when Dr. Jayant Narlikar discovered his Hoyle-Narlikar Theory, when Dr. Hargobind Khurana was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 19681968, and also when the famous India-born U.S. astrophysicist Dr. S. Chandrashekhara made a name for himself or Kalpana Chawla got the precious chance to explore the space! Moreover, why do we forget the very important fact in these cases, the loss of one single country is a colossal gain to the world at large.
So, lets think about the world in general and consider ourselves as the citizens of one world society envisaged by our great philosopher. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. In this technologically advanced age, there are no nationalistic barriers. On the other hand there is the need to build up a world brain, a world mind and a world culture. So let's be broad minded to say that if young people go abroad to study or to seek jobs, they cannot be termed unpatriotic.