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Old October 21, 2008, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Banglatiger84
If you are going back in order to stay with your family, I would say its the right decision. Some people find it difficult financially if they dont have a strong base in BD (family businesses, etc.)

Others find it ok if they get a good job, which can fetch more than 1-2 lk monthly. Note, if you have kids in the future, it may not be possible to survive solely on a salary of even 80k, as most things (except food) are quite expensive.....

If you get into a good bank, you will get salaries in lakhs within a few years, so money shouldnt be a problem.

Also I have noticed people working in foreign banks in BD do get paid well, however they often have no social life because of extremely strenous working hours, 12 hour days being common during busy weeks. Then again, I am talking about people in late 20's and early 30's. Not sure whether it applies to people in senior positions.

Also, given that you have already spent a few years in the USA, dont be surprised if you get reverse culture shock due to the the horrible traffic, infrastructure. But if your family is more important, I am sure you will learn to bear it

One last thing, if you do move back, its not uncommon to feel disillusioned after spending 6 months with your family, a lot of people feel like returning abroad, but you just have to hang in there and count your blessings in such a case !
Thank you for your well thought-out post. You pretty much covered everything I was worried about.

You are right on about the financial issue. Right now, I might be able to survive on 30k/month in Dhaka and teaching at North South University might sound very lucrative, but a few years down the road, it might not be enough. Although I don't plan on getting married soon and don't plan on having kids, these things change with time, so who knows.

Banks, private universities, TV channels... looks like those might be the primary options for me. I hear you on the long hours, but that's kinda what I want, so I think I'll be OK if that happens.

Yes, I am worried about reverse culture shock. The blog link I posted earlier belongs to a Bangladeshi guy who lived in the US for three decades before he decided to move back for good. It's a pretty interesting and informative read for anyone who wants to know more about this issue, and you can kinda feel what he is dealing with every day. It's an interesting take, and some of things he says makes me feel that I'll be prepared for it and I'll be OK. Some of the other things he says makes me wary... but yes, if I decide to make the move, I won't back out easily Inshallah.
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