Hello, this is probably going to be a lengthy post so bare with me. I live in the UK and love it, I love the history, the way you can walk past strangers and say alright without it being weird (where I live it’s pretty much everyone, it’s just polite right?), I love our relatively calm (until global warming kicks in) climate which hardly any natural disasters (except for the frequent floods, but what do you expect when people build on flood plains?), hardly any tornado’s or earthquakes and no volcanoes or hurricanes, most of our wildlife is of no threat to us whatsoever, and what I mean by that is no poisonous spiders or bears to eat us. Other things I love include our health service and education system, in contrast to other countries where free health care and in some extremes free education isn’t possible, I love how we’re governed (will do even more when this whole expenses thing gets sorted out), the tradition and the way it’s done, I love our mannerisms and humour, I love the way our general law enforcement for the most part don’t carry guns, because the population isn’t armed (yea theirs riots and such but I never said I love everyone in the country, just that I loved the country) there is more and I could go on, there are defiantly countries that do things better than us but I love my country. On the other hand I have no problems with us being more involved in the European union, when Brussels sorts itself out anyway, as long as it gives the people of Europe a better standard of living, I know there’s some people who would never want to be part of Europe because we will lose our national identity, and I personally wouldn’t want to lose the £, but if it’s necessary then I will accept it, and I know there’s some people who would rather we got closer to America than closer to Europe, but I personally think we have a lot more in common with Europe than America (most European people I’ve met speak English as a second language anyway), I mean we’re living in a post war society after the two world wars, and our countries were flattened by bombings and some occupied by foreign forces, and all the socialist changed like the UN, the European union, the NHS, an end to the death penalty all happened after the wars, and the whole of Europe changed together after the wars, America changed a lot less. America seems so old fashioned to me sometimes, talking to some American friends it just seems that things like the far right hard liners are more accepted than over here (the BNP are just racists and are ridiculed and not liked), and if you said something like that over here you would be shunned, and religion holds too much of a sway on a lot of the population (people should be able to live as they like, as long as they don’t hurt anyone else, I don’t see how being gay is that offensive, or even abortions can make people so mad, they can disagree by all means but there is just no need to be as harsh as some of the people I’ve seen are). Although I’m not the biggest fan of religion, I don’t think religion itself is bad, and I have nothing against people who have a faith, but those people who think they can do whatever they want as long as they confess it and twist religious texts to suit their own prejudices annoy me so much Sorry about the last part it wasn’t meant to be a dig at America or religion I was just trying to get my point across. As well as my national pride I hate suffering, if countries are abolished and we were all one big world of people free to travel where we want and work and live where we want wouldn’t that be better for everyone? So why am I typing all this? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8065615.stm Because of the recession graduates should go abroad? If they find a job in another country what incentive will they have to come back? And you know how some people over here react when “foreigners steal our jobs”, why won’t people from other countries feel the same? My own situation is that I’ve just hit 6 months of unemployment again, and haven’t had a full time job since I got made redundant from a slaughter house 6 months before the recession hit. I have been to college and have a BTEC national diploma, and I’ve tried really hard to get into the IT industry (my BTEC is a national diploma for IT practitioners system support), the closest I came was after I got made redundant at a firm that installed networks and computer systems for businesses, the only reason I wasn’t hired is because I didn’t have a car. After I left college I kept working at the pizza shop I worked at to pay me through college for three months after I finished, before getting a job at a slaughter house I worked for in summer holidays while I was at school. For almost two years I worked 12 hours plus a day 5 days a week, during normal working hours I was the beef grader (involved a lot more than that but that was the job title) and after everyone else went home I updated databases and sent emails about the day off to DEFRA, as well as write letters, spec and upgrade computers, the network and fixing problems on the computer network. It wasn’t a bad job, I was getting paid a lot more than anyone else I knew who was my age and because I was doing the other stuff after my main job I was getting the experience I that jobs I wanted requested. Before I left I had saved up £4000 for training or to go to university, my dad wanted to set up his own business, so I gave him half. Then started 6 months of hell as I looked for a job that I wanted to do, I didn’t apply for job seekers allowance (still haven’t), because I thought I had the savings and there are people who need the money more. After 6 months I just settled for a job in a restaurant as a kitchen hand, the people I worked with were frankly dicks and after they saw that I was a hard worker (if there wasn’t anything for me to do I’d sweep up or clean or just find something to do, I was also described as fast) they relied on me when it got busy to do everything, they were also very abusive, in the end I quit after 4 months, the boss made asked me to move literally, a tonne of bricks (probably more) from the second floor where they were renovating to the basement, and afterwards I had to get on my hands and knees and scrub the toilet floors with cut hands and cream cleaner, and then the chef made me buy alcohol for his underage daughter (if I’d have said no to him I think he would have killed me). The wage was crap and in the end I got sick of it so left. After that I looked into training and found a course I could do, Microsoft approved network engineer, and the training company that ran the course provided you with a work placement at the end, it seemed like the perfect thing for me, but my dad’s business had failed and my parents needed money, so I gave them over £600 and I couldn’t afford the course in the end, the £2000 I gave him in the first place I let them keep as 6 months’ rent. After another 4 or 5 months I found a job at a circuit board factory, was minimum wage again (and as I was 21 at the time, not a lot), worked there for about 2 months and as the time came for them to give me a contract, which would have increased my wage I was let go (I was an agency worker, I’ve heard stories of a lot of people getting a job there and getting let go after a few months). Since then I’ve had 6 months unemployment after applying for lots of jobs, think the holes in my employment plus the fact I’ve been to college (the only jobs that seem to be around are shop workers or bar staff) put people off. If I could get a stable job abroad, why would I come back? I love this country, and I know my situation is probably unique, but why would the government let highly trained people go abroad when there’s a high risk they probably won’t return? In my opinion the government should provide them with jobs (they’ll have some money left over now they’re paying less on expenses) and try to keep them in this country, otherwise we will lose a lot of young and highly intelligent people.