Come home …

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When i was younger i learnt about the ‘brain drain’ theory in school. It’s real. The ‘brain drain’ is the departure of educated or professional people from one country, economic sector, or field for another usually for better pay or living conditions and guess where most of the drain ended up. In America.

For so many years the Caribbean has seen some of its best succumb to the allure of the American currency and so has many other nations. Citizens leave and pledge allegiance to the good old USofA and forget that their homeland need their talent, their wisdom and economics and their taxes to grow.

When i was younger i imagined people coming off the plane in New York City and a mesmerizing wind took away their senses. That could be the only explanation for leaving children to be called barrel babies and leaving parents to grow old and die without them. America was hypnotic black magic to my little mind. Today my family and my heart is in Trinidad so there is no temptation to find out what lies beyond the magic flight.

That said, i want immigrants to know that every time a professional chooses to work in another country or build a business in another land, the economy at home losses out on your contribution. Yes, go to the country educated yourself, learn a new skill, absorb everything but please come home. It’s time to turn the ‘brain drain‘ into a ‘brain gain.

I know today there are many second generations Caribbean national who were born and raised in America and its all you know but just like your grandparents who moved seeking better, you also have the option of moving back and not just because of the political climate but because you are a part of something more. You are always welcome because you can build a brighter future.

The economic climate in the Caribbean 50 years ago was very different from today. Today we are on the threshold of rapid economic growth, with technological advances and infrastructural growth. It’s a great time to help grow something that appreciates your effort. It’s time to MAKE the CARIBBEAN GREAT.

make-the-carib-great  Today you can return and be your own boss. You can apply to jobs from America at www.caribbeanjobs.com and come to the island prepared.

Don’t wait until you are deported or frustrated, make this an option upfront. After College say to yourself i wonder what the Caribbean offers. Come back home with granny and visit the beach every weekend, explore all your options.

 

Come home.

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ImageI launched Family Matters this year, and after completing a huge plan, I realized that this plan was leading me back to full-time employment. I felt deep in my bones that going back to the traditional office scenario wouldn’t make the cut for me. I wasn’t going to substitute what I left with some other unfulfilling notion of what my life should look like.

John Lennon said that when he was 5 years old his mother told him that happiness was the key to life. When he went to school, they asked him what I wanted to be when I grew up. He wrote ‘happy.’ They told him that he didn’t understand the assignment. They didn’t understand life.

I’ve read so many inspirational books, gone to too many inspirational speeches, I know that I have the answer, yet I am afraid to ask the hard questions – what will make me happy? (… and can I make a living doing it, yeah this question always sneaks in.) I then asked myself the ultimate question, if you were to die tomorrow which part of this plan would you regret not implementing?

There were three areas and only one was directly part of the magazines’ plan. A few years down the line, I had hope to dedicate my resources to giving mothers the confidence needed to start their own business and to reclaim their families by taking control of their time and finances. I believe that women are economic magicians, a force of nature whose role in building the economy is underestimated. I also believe that a woman provides an emotional glue that stabilizes her household, when you take away her ability to be an effective wife and mother, it has a rippling effect; a door is open to social ills in the society.

We have a society of women who grew up thinking that they have to choose between work and family to prove their worth. We’ve focused so much on the glass ceiling that our reflection is no longer unique. We all know that the women who leave at four every day to see about their families rarely get invited to the boardroom.

You know what I realized, I’m not interested in being invited to the boardroom anymore, I’m going to own the boardroom and I’ll at leave a 2:30. Without apology, I am going to pick up my child from school and make sure she gets home safe. I am going to reduce the odds of mischief, delinquency and waywardness, just like my mother did. You see our generation wasn’t a wiser generation or more well-mannered that this one, it’s just that we were supervised by our mothers in such a way that put the fear of God into us.  We knew very well that if we weren’t home at a certain time, she would be waiting by the corner to beat us straight home.

As a parent, I don’t mind burning the mid-night oil to get work done, I don’t clock off and neither should you. Technology has given us a gift to be able to communicate at any hour, let’s have a Skype meeting at 8:30 pm when our children are asleep to plan the next day.

I am a new age woman and I am ready for the next step, I am screaming for woman to claim the workplace on their terms, when are we going to tear down these imaginary walls of importance and focus on results.

I am not going to choose; I will have this cake and eat it too. I do hope that some people are worried when they read this article. The revolution is coming.

It is inevitable.

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