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?