The Certificate

A certain nation, among the smallest in the world, was entirely enclosed by a larger nation. The two had a friendly relationship, with the government of the larger having helped the native ethnic group of the smaller to establish their own country and to develop some autonomy.

Inside the smaller nation lived a particular man who pursued a profession as a social worker. He obtained a license from the government and practiced for several years. However, among his own people, opportunities to build His clientele seemed limited. He decided to move to the larger country to improve his prospects.

He secured a temporary residential status in the other country, moved to a large city, and set about applying for employment with social work organizations.

To his surprise, none of the organizations contacted him for an interview. Instead of applying for the next opportunity, he made a personal appearance at the offices to request one. His request was granted, and a gentleman in his fifties invited him into his office.

After a review of the applicant’s resume and a brief discussion, the interviewer said, “I’m sorry, but I cannot hire you, though your qualifications are the kind we look for.”

“Why not? If I may ask.”

“Do you have your license with you, by chance?”

The applicant pulled it out of his folder, eager to prove his ability to practice social work here.

The interviewer looked it over, then set it down on the desk between them. “Your license isn’t valid.” The applicant’s brow furrowed, but before he could speak, the other man went on, “Do you see this ‘Issued By’ line here? This is issued by your home country, your government. I’m not saying this was never valid. But your ability to practice social work ended as soon as you crossed the border. Do you see? This is a matter of jurisdiction. Your government can’t claim that you can practice social work here or anywhere else.”

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