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Response to timdog44 (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:31 PM

22. Examples

A U.S. company that deals with fine art restoration and requires an expert in Italian renaissance arts who is also an art restorer and possesses experience as such. Chances of finding such a person in the U.S. are quite small.

Accounting practice that deals with subsidiaries and affiliates of French company needs someone with expertise of French accounting practices and laws.

A master chocolatier who is an award winning artist and patissier.

A fashion photographer who is paid handsomely for working with the world's top models and celebrities.

A hairstylist who is sought after by fashion publications for her work and technique.

A manicurist who is well-known and possesses extraordinary talent.

A tropical disease specialist who is familiar with very rare types of infections caused by certain bacteria, fungi or virii.

An engineer who possesses international patents and designs fuel injection systems.

A software developer who develops proprietary software for a large IT company.

These are just a few cases I have worked on myself, with the sole exception of the engineer with the patents (that would be my dad).

To answer your question, yes other countries have education systems that teach some skills not taught in the U.S. There is a specialized art restoration academy near Florence in Italy, for example. Violin-making is still a craft learned from father/mother to son/daughter in northern Italy and it is almost impossible to find elsewhere. Similarly, certain ethnic cuisines require the preparation and training that someone can only obtain outside of the U.S.

A well-known Japanese restaurant may want a master sushi chef from Japan, as opposed to one from Alabama. Business schools don't often teach other countries' accounting and legal systems.

By the way, there are plenty of visas for people from Canada - among them the TN, which is also for Mexican citizens.

To put it bluntly, most Americans are fairly ethnocentric, don't adapt well to different cultures, and tend to be monolingual. Many also possess very poor writing skills, very poor interviewing/conversational skills, have little to no general knowledge, don't read newspapers, etc. I see this everyday with the thousands of applicants to my current employer's jobs.

An organization that has visibility - national or international - cannot afford to employ someone who is not willing to understand the cultural implications of dealing with guests, partners or customers from other parts of the world.

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