Eastern Job-Hunting on the Rise

Jonathan Levine recently urged Americans not satisfied with their careers to turn their job prospects to China. Levine himself was stuck with a “dead end job,” even with degrees from NYU and Columbia University, but found success as a teacher at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

As more young professionals seek opportunities in burgeoning economies, we might be reminded of “brain drain,” a phenomenon in which a developing country’s potential growth is hindered because those who go abroad to study do not return to their home nation to utilize their skills, having little economic incentive to do so. Instead, they find higher paying jobs in developed nations.

Young people today are still coming to the United States for higher education, but there may be greater incentives to find work in countries like China. What impact this could have on the U.S. economy remains uncertain.

Posted by: Pokyee Yu

Sources: The New York Times

 Photo Credit: Beijing, China 2006 courtesy of flickr user torres21

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