Before I left for Nepal, I told my dad that I felt there are more opportunities here than in the US. I started looking for work about a year ago back home and hadn’t found anything by the time graduation rolled around. I probably would have gotten a job eventually, although not necessarily in a field I am all that interested in. However, within about two weeks of coming to Nepal, I found grant writing work in an INGO. I’ll be doing something I’m really excited about and working for an organization I believe in. Finding work requires a certain set of search and interview skills, but honestly knowing the right people makes all the difference. The connections we have here definitely helped me find a job, but I would still say that the opportunities here for young college grads are more abundant than in the US.
Things feel more vibrant in Nepal. People are implementing interesting, creative ideas, opening restaurants, shops, and starting businesses of all kinds. Tri and I are super excited to be witnessing and hopefully participating in this economic growth. Yesterday my dad sent me an article about emerging markets, “The Case for Going Global is Stronger than Ever.” Admittedly I don’t understand much of the economic jargon, but one major thing I get from the article is that developing nations are good places to invest because of this emerging economic growth, like the type we’re experiencing here.
Many of Tri’s friends from high school have come back from abroad to put their ideas into action. One friend of ours is thinking about growing artificial sweetener and exporting it to Russia; another acquaintance is opening a chain of bubble tea restaurants. It’s incredibly exciting to be around so many new ideas and so much economic growth, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.