Continuing your career abroad & overcome the cultural barrier
When moving abroad a major challenge is to continue your career. If you are struggling here don’t worry: You are not alone AND you can do something about it. Continuing a career abroad in times of digital nomads and globalization is getting more and more important. It is a topic very true to my heart and I put a lot of work and time into getting together the best resources for finding work abroad.
I recently started interviewing successful expats around the globe. I want to start this new series with James, a Brit living in Germany. Next to working as an Expat in the corporate world he also started his own business. For those of you, who are thinking about starting something abroad this chat can be an inspiring interview.
Over the last week, I read a couple of academic papers about expatriation. Many papers are dealing with the effect of expatriation on the relationship and the influence of the Expat Partner on the success of the assignment.
One paper, in particular, caught my attention: “The expat-preneur: conceptualizing a growing international career phenomenon” by M. Vance, Y. McNulty, Y. Paik and J. D’Mello.
So what are the core differences in our private and business culture? How vital is self-marketing in the American business culture? And how can I as an Expat adopt to my new surrounding in order to be perceived as a valuable and competent business partner?