Nepali aspirations but foreign soils for experience and opportunities
KATHMANDU, Feb 20: As young people, we look for different options to fulfill our aspirations. Hard work will pay. Therefore, we study hard to get the grades, to get accepted into a good college, to establish our careers the way we want to, to live the life we dream of.
Six young people pursuing their Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) degree from Everest College in Thapathali share their career goals and how they plan to achieve it.
What’s the reason behind pursuing your current degree?
Urika: I was always interested in management and so BBA was my first priority.
Sagun: Actually, I had studied science after SLC to pursue a career in medicine. But I lost interest in that field and so I joined this field.
Anil: I was never good at science subjects. I had no other option other than going into management.
Pragati: As a child, whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to become later in life, I always used to say that I wanted to become a manager. This interest developed and so I’m pursuing my education in the same field.
Sushan: I actually wanted to become an air hostess. But because this sector isn’t very good in Nepal, I don’t want to take the risks. So I joined BBA as a backup.
Abhishek: My family background is in the business sector and my interest is also in the same. Hence, as BBA is the only course which provides practical knowledge when it comes to management, I decided to opt for this degree.
Did any of you have plans to study at Bachelor’s level abroad or was Nepal your first choice?
Anil: I had plans to study abroad after my +2 education, but I was recommended otherwise by my relative who is abroad. So I decided to finish BBA in Nepal and then go abroad for my further studies.
What are your plans after doing BBA?
Sagun: I’ll be taking a break for a few months, a year at the most. Then I want to work in the production sector and later on get a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA).
Urika: I plan to continue my studies without any gap. So I’ll be pursuing my MBA degree and then move on to work in the banking sector, a career choice that I’ve always been attracted to.
Anil: I don’t think I can get into a good MBA college in Nepal, so I’ll be going abroad to study MBA. After that, I want to become an entrepreneur, most probably in event management.
Abhishek: I have two plans set for myself. I’ll either continue my studies or start working. I want to start something on my own in manufacturing.
Pragati: Besides management, I’m also interested in law. So along with getting my MBA, I’ll also try to get a law degree.
Sushan: After completing my BBA, I’ll train to become an airhostess and try to get a good job in with some airlines.
Do you want to go abroad for your studies and for work? And do you have plans to settle there?
Sagun: I plan to work abroad for two to four years in countries like the USA and Australia. After gaining experience, I’ll come back to Nepal.
Sushan: I have cousins in Australia, so when it comes to going abroad, that’s my first preference. If I get a chance to settle down there, why come back?
Urika and Pragati: Like Sagun said, I want to study abroad and work there, for experience and knowledge. Then I’ll come back to Nepal.
Anil: I’ll go abroad, to Australia. But as for settling down there, I think that’ll only happen if I get married to a girl who has provisions for permanent residency.
Abhishek: As soon as I finish my studies, and if I go abroad, I’ll return to Nepal. I believe we have the capabilities and the potential to do something right here and I don’t want to give up on that.
What attracts you to study and work abroad? For young people like you, what would change the want to settle abroad?
Urika: Going abroad would mean going to the USA and Australia for me. These are lands of opportunities. They not only have good education systems but it’s also relatively easy to find work and earn money there. I think the main reason Nepali youth are settling abroad is due to the frustrating political scenario of our country. So a change in the political system, maturity in the educational system and provision of opportunities would help keep the youth back in Nepal.
Sagun: Like Urika said, the opportunity for strong education and employment are what pull young people like me abroad. To prevent young people from settling abroad, I think, instead of creating strict regulations, the government should create opportunities. Only then those Nepalis who have settled in foreign countries will be motivated to return.
Anil: The reason I want to go to Australia is because I have a relative there who has an MBA college of his own. So it’s easier for me. As to how young Nepalis can be encouraged not to seek to go abroad for long terms, there needs to be a stable environment in our country that will allow the youth to live and work in Nepal itself.
Pragati: To make the youth stay in Nepal, reforms should be made in the very foundations of all our systems. For me, the deal with going abroad, especially USA, is that I have cousins there who advise me to do so.
Sushan: The lack of political stability and the tradition of favoritism which is so popular in our country are pushing young people abroad. When capable youth don’t get jobs in their own country, they look for options in other countries.
Abhishek: I wish to study abroad for the certificate and recognition. Countries like the US and Australia aren’t only places where you get good opportunities but you also get trained how to obtain them. In Nepal, we have a lot of potential. What we lack is entrepreneurship and people who will take the stand to create opportunities