I haven’t got laid off…yet. But in today’s current economic situation, no one is safe. When I first moved to Finland I was unemployed for several months, and it was hard, but I’m wondering if it could be even harder now.
When I migrated in 2002, I didn’t have much more than a bunch of clothes, some CD’s, and a little cash. I had modest expectations, and I guess there were low expectations of me. I had little to lose, and worst case scenario, I just pack my crap up and move back home.
But almost seven years later – I have a loans, a car, a mortgage, responsibilities, a lot of friends, high expectations and there’s high expectations of me…a lot to lose. Without even exaggerating, you gotta figure that I’m not qualified for 99.99% of jobs with my less-than-perfect Finnish skills. Combine that with the absolute shit job market we have at the moment, my chances of finding worthwhile employment is slim, even with the network and skills I’ve gained since first arriving here.
It could mean me packing up everything and saying goodbye. Returning back to the states is fine, but I’d want to return on my own terms. I think I speak for all foreigners in the post above.