Career Advice For Young People. Get As Many Passports As You Can.


I have provided career advice for young people in the past.  Some of which must have resonated with my younger audiences.  Why Young People Shouldn’t Try To Find a Job and Networking Tips For Young People and College Students are my two most highly watched YouTube videos.

So today I thought I would share some additional thoughts on why young people should get as many passports as they can.

When I was growing up as a young student in Toronto there was a famous Canadian philosopher and futurist called Marshall McLuhan.  Today we have another Canadian called Malcom Gladwell.

Marshall McLuhan used to expound that the world was a Global village.  There was evidence to support that in those days but if you went to Toronto today that would be clearly evident with over 100 nationalities represented in the city.

Although I am recording this in sunny Southern CA I wasn’t born here.  I am Canadian and hold a Canadian passport.  If I wanted to immigrate to countries like New Zealand, Australia or The UK it would be easier for me because they are all part of the British Commonwealth.  Pretty appealing if I was 20 years old. 

I have an Argentine friend who lived in Argentina for many years and Orange County for a few and now lives in Spain because he holds an Italian passport.

If one of your parents was born in another country, there is probably a good chance you can get a passport for that country.  I know that my daughter who was born in the U.S. could do that and I am not an immigration lawyer.

The pandemic has wreaked havoc for sure, but it has reset priorities for people.  Why not live and work from where we want to? 

We have all read about digital nomads during these times.  What is interesting is that many countries in the Caribbean and places like Dubai actually have active campaigns to lure digital nomads.

Digital nomads are a new type of worker seldom heard of a few years ago.  Buenos Aries is looking to host 22,000 digital nomads by 2023 because of their higher average expenditures than the locals.

Digital nomads are no longer seen as young people with stubble working at a Starbucks all day on their laptops because they got free Wi-Fi and could not afford an office.

The Pandemic has taught us that we cannot predict which would be the best places to be in 20 years.  Twenty years ago, young people in financial services might have wanted to work in Hong Kong.  Not so much today.  Today if you could live anywhere many folks might pick New Zealand or Australia because of their low Covid cases. 

Having multiple passports will give you much more flexibility and will increase your opportunities.

And travelling certainly has other benefits.  As Mark Twain put it “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”  Beliefs quite prevalent in some countries today.

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