Now departing: Bermuda’s youth

If opportunity leaves our island, our most capable youth will follow.

New Onion has a very important post describing that if jobs leave the island, there is a high likelihood that the best and brightest of Bermuda’s youth will go with them. 

New Onion is 100% correct that there are young Bermudians who are considering leaving the island. The reality is that Bermuda is becoming less and less of an attractive place to be and it is relatively easy for young Bermudians to pick up and leave because we have very little invested here.

Jobs are slowly being migrated off island.  Not executive level jobs but the entry and mid level jobs Bermudians rely on.  These are the very jobs that people like “young Johnny” are hoping to apply for that will slowly disappear and give young Johnny less reason to return home after school.

Even if departments are only downgraded in size, less people means less opportunities for advancement.  It means less exposure to the experience needed to reach for those management and executive positions.  The irony is that the very things our government hopes to achieve with their policies are going to the things most likely to be destroyed.

As New Onion correctly points out “If you’re good enough at your job to be a standout in Bermuda then in most cases you’re good enough to be solid anywhere.”  Our youth have options and there is a big world out there with a great deal to offer.

Why should our best and brightest young Bermudians stay? 

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sal C

Let’s not forget the importance of having an EEC passport in this equation. It certainly makes relocating to England and Europe a real possibility.

vanz
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i think u have it all wrong dp – if the best and brightest that bdas has to offer is going to flee because the reinsurance!? sector leaves then our best and brightest are not that bright – bda has been duped into thinking that the little sliver of ib that bda has is somehow the be all and end all – not to belittle it but i assume reinsurance is a very boring and unfulfilling career. also this idea of the eec passports being a draw to young bdans again is only taking into consideration a small segment of… Read more »

De Onion
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Thanks for reading Denis,
It’s not just England or Europe.
What I was really talking about is the fact that when businesses leave they will probably take their Bermudians who are objectively good with them – and leave behind those who don’t measure up.
It’s just another reason why we should be very careful which businesses we let into Bermuda – which is to say those who will provide lots of income and a stable foundation for long-term growth. Soft close of sorts.

Denis Pitcher
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Vanz, “i think u have it all wrong dp – if the best and brightest that bdas has to offer is going to flee because the reinsurance!? sector leaves then our best and brightest are not that bright – bda has been duped into thinking that the little sliver of ib that bda has is somehow the be all and end all – not to belittle it but i assume reinsurance is a very boring and unfulfilling career.” I disagree. We have two core industries that bring in foreign dollars: tourism and international business (which isn’t just reinsurance). Since we… Read more »

vanz
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“As I’ve written about bofore, it is the ultimate insurance plan for Bermudians.” this attitude is what holds bdans back. i know 20 year olds in south africa who despite the obvious obstacles there are making a go of it in a variety of fields because they have balls – and re; “I’ve grown up in this age and know it better than most.” we could go back and forth with examples of what is and what isn’t possible – i’m talking about a mindset – a mindset comes b4 a skill set – at the risk of sounding new… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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Vanz,
How is an attitude of wanting to keep EU status holding Bermudians back?
If anything, it means you can freely sell your ideas throughout Europe without restriction. To me, thats a huge benefit and means that Bermudians can leverage to become successful.
As for mindset, it can be changed through positive role models, solid education, good support and opportunity.
I’m still waiting on the convincing arguements of how independence would tangibly benefit us.

vanz
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dennis – i’m sorry u misunderstood my argument – my main point was not to argue the independence issue – if in the 21st century we have to even argue that issue – i guess i just don’t get it – i live in a country where the next province over has been trying to separate from canada for 3 decades i don’t agree with it but i get it – but as far as bdas independence issue – i just don’t get it – it’s just a personal preference – having traveled fairly extensively in europe (and lived in… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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Vanz, Ah. Let me approach it from a different tack then. How are you able to live in Canada? My understanding of Canadian and American immigration is that you need to be a qualified skilled worker in demand in order to attain a visa. This makes it harder for Bermudians to simply go and work there. However, with regards to the EU, there are no restrictions for Bermudians. We can hop on a plane tomorrow and take a job the same day anywhere in the EU. Thats an option every Bermudian has. No visas, no work permits, no hassles. We’re… Read more »

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“…bda has been duped into thinking that the little sliver of ib that bda has is somehow the be all and end all – not to belittle it but i assume reinsurance is a very boring and unfulfilling career.” I think this is typical of how ignorant some people are about what IB is and can be to Bermuda. It is short sighted and shows a lack of knowledge of Economics. As Denis and others have made clear, IB directly covers a lot more than just Reinsurance, but indirectly branches out into virtually every facet of the Islands economy… yes,… Read more »

vanz
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u r right slowhand – good luck on everything

De Onion
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What I was really talking about is that by creating unease we are churning our businesses, who leave and take their best employees.
A better alternative is to be picky about who/what is allowed into the island so that only those able to pay really silly amounts of money have any viable chance of doing business here. To do that we need to be a really fantastic place to do business.

32n64w
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32n64w

u r right slowhand – good luck on everything
… which is code for …
I’m not able to reasonably and rationally engage in further discussion regarding this matter so will instead resort to childish behaviour. Nice one.

vanz
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u r right 32n64w – good luck on everything – go reinsurance!! maybe we can conquer teh paper industry next.

32n64w
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32n64w

… point proven. How sad.

Denis Pitcher
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32n64w,
Could you stick to making a point that doesn’t involve attacking the character of others?
If Vanz doesn’t have anything further to add to the discussion, allow him to leave it at that.