It's ironic that you're obviously articulate in English, but waste way too much time complaining about your circumstances.
Spend more time figuring out how to make more money with your language skills as well as CC tools.
Adobe's tools--especially the new CC ones--will help you very much with that.
Aha. Touché. I get where you're coming from, and I get that a lot here in Portugal, even from my own parents on a daily basis up until recently… So, allow me to put that in context. We have always been a country of emigrants, partly on account of our adventurous spirit (you may have heard of Magellan, for instance) but mostly to *run* for our lives, as our politicians have been exceedingly crappy for the most part of our +800-year history (with some notable but rare exceptions, of course; that alone explains the aforementioned naval discovery period).
Not a long time ago, portuguese people (both qualified and unqualified alike) fled in the '60s-'70s from an incompetent and totalitarian fascist regime and the vicious, unjust colonial war it waged towards people who only wanted independence, that dragged on and on, mowing the youth (not unlike the Vietnam war). Back then, we used to be the butt of all jokes; french people would say portuguese women had moustaches, for instance (that's plain ridiculous, I can attest otherwise :P ), and we had this very unique way of mangling foreign languages.
Fast-forward to the '10s of this century: young people are now highly skilled, a majority even has a college degree, and many understand, speak and write english fluently (some still do mangle the accents, but not so much as before; we are waaaay over-exposed to anglo-saxonic media these days anyway). Naturally, it's very easy for any of us to call it quits and GTFO while we still can (being able to pay a one-way plane ticket should suffice, but still, having a security net is a must, as some countries, even in the EU, may not be very welcoming), and a HUGE amount of people are doing just that.
My personal take on that is: we have one of the best climates in the world (no, seriously, it's just not as good as in the days of yore, because of global warming, but it's still pretty darned cozy), and I happen to have been born and brought up in what I consider, bar none, the single most beautiful city in the world, Lisbon. And I'm not just some random guy desperately trying to sell my city to others (I do love interacting with tourists, but that's besides the point, it's me I'm talking about), that's actually an informed assessment: my whole family is from the scenically beautiful (but architecturally and socially hideous) Algarve, I've travelled all around my own country (it is, according to the CIA Factbook, a bit smaller than Indiana, but I'd risk to say it's more culturally diverse and, at 10M people, also has a bigger population density), I lived in Andalucía, Spain for a few months under the Erasmus program (I'm also fluent in spanish, as you might guess) and I've visited a lot of cities: London (twice), Paris, Amsterdam (twice), Brussels (twice), New York… much more than the average fellow countryman, and WAY much more than most people from the US.
So, as you can see, the factors that would allow me to leave the country in a cinch are also the very same that *prevent* me from doing exactly that! I could adapt in no time (especially maybe to London or The Hague/Amsterdam, which are the cities I know best, and add to that the fact that four friends of mine recently went to London and my older brother has been living in A'dam for nine years already!), but I'd feel a constant and lingering homesickness (again, having lived in Spain for but a few months taught me just that). We have a word for that, it's called “saudade”, and we may even feel it at home. It's like “missing some place / someone (including oneself) / something + feeling blue” to the power of ten.
There are also political, ideological and practical considerations at stake, which are probably of even bigger significance to me; while we do live in a democracy now, which still pleasantly surprises me to this day with such great Civil Rights strides as the approval in Parliament, just yesterday (the International Day against Homophobia; talk about surgical timing ;) ), of co-adoption by gay couples, it is in fact young (it just turned 39 last April) and feeble as a great deal of people, *INCLUDING MANY POLITICIANS*, have never developed a wholesome democratic mindset. I personally *refuse* to leave the country and, in turn, also my trade, at the hands of unscrupulous, noncritical, media-brainwashed people. This country is already in bad enough shape all with having to deal with the IMF/ECB/EC Troika and our corrupt politicians, but it will certainly be much worse off if it's devoid of competent, qualified and politicized people by the aftermath of this “rescue” program. I mean, someone will have to clean up after their mess and rebuild the country almost from scratch, am I right? And I'm putting my money *and soul* where my mouth is.
So, in a sense, even though it may seem otherwise, for someone so adept at speaking languages and knowing new places and cultures, staying put in *this country* in particular is, in fact, way more adventurous than emigrating… It's excruciating (but not stoic; criminalization of dissent and critique WAS the main premise of portuguese fascist doctrine!), it's a damn challenge. I managed to land a decent job (albeit temporary), and you have the gall to say I'm not putting my skills to good use? Sure, instead of emigrating I could try to do language-related freelance jobs here at home (and believe me, that actually crossed my mind at some point), but guess what? Translators, interpreters, teachers, etc. are also starving! Should I try to encroach upon their turf instead of focusing on my core competence, then? Let me be the judge of my own life choices, thanks. If you want to do that, too, at least get your facts straight before entering this debate.
Also, if you think I'm wasting my time, well… I'm using idle time in-between client replies for this, and believe me, I have a lot of spare time as I only have ONE client right now. Should I be idly playing games or posting pictures of kittens on Facebook, instead of being here discussing relevant issues to my trade with colleagues? You know (or, better yet, knew) nothing about my life, so, please refrain from judging the way how I manage my own time, too.
Oh, and by the way and to conclude my rant, you people from the US should look in a mirror some time. For the good *and* for the bad, you are considered, at least in Europe, the most self-entitled people on the planet. The good part is, you demand a lot from your representatives and, in turn, preserve some of your rights and even gain some new ones (though I'd add that you sometimes focus on small issues, as in nitpicking, instead of focusing on grander issues, as in the big picture; still, some of your textbook class-action lawsuits are, indeed, impressive). The bad part? You sometimes come across as smug and ethnocentric. You know, there's a whole different world outside of your own, with different laws and customs… Global companies should, more than any other entity, adapt to those, and that's what some of you people *still* aren't getting. But that's OK, we foreign Adobe customers should be more than enough to at least scare them, and the EC also has a history of punishing american software companies for their wrongdoings, so, I'm not overly pessimistic. ;)
Edited by Mainyehc - 5/18/13 at 8:57am