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Interview by Elisabeth from www.lottaloveusa.com about the work of an Expat Coach and how to start new in a foreign country.
Season 1, Episode 21. What do you call someone who moves to a new country because the person they’re in a relationship with got a job offer abroad? A trailing spouse? Bitte nicht! They’re an expat partner.
This nuance is vitally important, says our guest, Katharina, of the Share the Love website and blog. When Katharina agreed to move from Munich to Chicago for her husband’s job, she was excited to continue her thriving career in a new country. She was shocked and devastated to realize that getting a job wasn’t that easy. Worse still: she was hardly alone. Studies showed that many expats move for their partner’s job and end up stripped of their careers. Instead of succumbing to sadness about it, Katharina stood up, shook off the dirt, and decided that she would find a way to not only build the career she wanted but also to help other expat partners do so.
She interviewed dozens of expat partners, read the research on the topic, and evaluated the statistic. She launched her website and blog to share what she found, and she became a life coach so that she could personally mentor others to regain their confidence in their new life abroad.
We are happy to sit down for a chat with a German expat world traveler who is at the time of this episode residing in the United States. Katharina Von Knobloch, who has vast experience in the corporate world as a marketing and business development manager, spends time with us from Chicago, Illinois to talk about her travels around the world both alone and with her husband.
When people see Katharina traveling alone, they often ask her why she is traveling without her partner. This type of question is perplexing to her because men who travel alone are almost never asked this type of question. Could there be a bit of travel inequality that exists and if so why?
Katharina is also a champion at helping women who travel with a partner find meaning in their lives. She helps women gain courage and find benefits while on their overseas journey whether they are raising a family or seeking a career.