Expats may also choose to import an activity from their home country that may be of interest to their new friends.Asking for help and giving help and support are also excellent ways to get to know new people, increasing the pleasure and success of the new assignment. Going Local Going one step further beyond the expatriate bubble usually means going local.It’s also a good way to understand not only behaviours but the underpinning values for these cultural differences. Blog Writing about your expat experiences is not only a good record of your experience. Addressing difficulties and challenges on paper can also provide more clarity.With the right attitude – blogs should not be dedicated to whinging and moaning if they are to remain healthy – these experiences can also help others who may be about to face similar challenges. Don’t Lose Your Sense of Humour Telling those stories in a blog doesn’t need to become dry, factual, educational tomes.
In an article published in the Wall Street Journal, the question of what makes a good international assignee was explored.
Telling stories about your experiences in a new culture are often appreciated more when delivered with a sense of humour and perhaps a touch of self-deprecation as well.
Making everyday challenges seem more human also make them seem less daunting.
These qualities are just as important for your employer as any of your hard skills, professional knowledge, and academic qualifications. After all, the head of an international petroleum company will not hire you if you are a Music and Theatre major and lack any significant qualifications.
If that is the case, it doesn’t matter how well you are suited for international assignments.