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My relationship with Portugal

This is a very personal consideration that I would like to share and that comes from the reflection of the two realities I encountered; the inner reality of our country and the external reality that Portugal faces.

When we grow within the Portuguese culture there is always a sense of low self-confidence, either as individuals or as a region or country. The vast majority of the Portuguese tend to highlight more on the downside of life than on the positive, accentuating the problems.

With the experience I have gathered in the various countries I visited, I demystify in myself this vision of how to be a Portuguese and learned to look at Portugal in a more confident manner, distinguishing and appreciating what we have that is unique and helping to make our "brand" a quality "brand". I admit that this recognition or acceptance of confidence in Portugal was only possible thanks to the knowledge I gathered from living with others, whose teaching made me trust and perceive things differently.

Some years ago a Portuguese politician said that a good option for young Portuguese would be emigration, a comment that earned him severe criticism. The analysis in this comment implies discontent by the Portuguese towards their country, unable to absorb young graduates and to enable them the construction of a future in their country. This observation is, in my opinion, the result of our culture; however, I propose to look at it differently.

It has because of the training periods of harvest I made around the world and the continuation of the OIV MSc Master Course that I realized that young people with high level of professional qualification in Portugal, have it also on the international level. A high degree of excellence is attributed to the national training when compared with the reality of other countries. Although emigration of young graduates persists, for me it is time to go back and give back to the country everything I learned when I was out. I am sure the same applies to the remaining young people who currently are looking for a professional opportunity in other countries.

I face the country's current situation as an opportunity to bring out our qualities through mutual learning with other cultures. A visible evolution occurred in terms of the qualification of emigrants nowadays. Unlike the time of my grandparents, where emigration was related to work in the primary sector, today the high level of training and professionalism allows more and better job opportunities. I end this brief reflection on the theme with the phrase: "The best will return because they have learned that by returning they can offer something different to Portugal and thus evolve."

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