Paving a Successful Career Path Abroad: How "New Roots" Can Guide You
Text by: Kate von Knobloch
Embracing a new beginning abroad is no easy feat, especially when it comes to restarting or reinventing your career in unfamiliar territories. Discover how the “New Roots” program stands as a beacon of support and guidance, nurturing expat partners to forge successful career paths in a new country.
Transitioning to a new place can be a whirlwind of emotions and experiences, and amidst all this, carving out a professional niche can often seem overwhelming. This is where the “New Roots” program steps in, providing a solid foundation for expat partners keen on redefining their career trajectories abroad. It is the perfect mix of mentoring, coaching and consulting to help you find home abroad.
Rediscovering Your Professional Identity
It’s not uncommon to feel a bit lost when you first move to a new country. The working culture might be different, and the way things are done can seem quite alien. Through the “New Roots” program, I aim to help expat partners like you to rediscover your professional identity, helping you to pinpoint your strengths, interests, and the unique skills you bring to the table. The whole struggle with one’s own identity is really hard to grasp and often starts with a feeling of not being connected to who you are as a person. Many of my clients felt lost, disconnected, and missed the energy they used to have in their former surroundings with established social connections and job labels. I will introduce you to the psychological aspects of an identity shift when moving countries and professions and you will learn how to cope with your own emotions.
Tailored Strategies for Career Advancement
In the “New Roots” program, you’ll be introduced to tailor-made strategies that are designed with the expat partner in mind. Whether it’s about resuming your existing career or venturing into new realms, you’ll find resources and advice to navigate the complexities of the job market in a new country. Through various modules focusing on career development, you will gain insights into local industry trends, networking dynamics, and other facets vital for a fulfilling career abroad. And depending on your personal situation I am happy to even support you in your application phase!
Supportive Community and Networking
One of the cornerstone features of the “New Roots” program is fostering a vibrant and supportive community where expat partners can connect and learn from each other’s experiences. This community stands as a robust networking platform, opening doors to opportunities and collaborations that can be instrumental in giving your career abroad a substantial push forward. We will hold each other accountable for networking, reaching out, and asking for help. You will motivate others to become proactive and benefit of the stories and cheerleading of me as a coach and other participants. I am always focusing on creating an atmosphere where people like you feel comfortable to share and feel seen and heard!
Bouncing Back with Resilience
The journey of restarting your career abroad is not devoid of challenges. But remember, every challenge faced is an opportunity to grow and learn. The “New Roots” program aims to instill resilience, equipping you with the ability to bounce back and forge ahead, no matter the hurdles encountered.
Ready to Forge Your Successful Career Abroad?
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The Protean Career
In the course of my Female Expat Study, I am also looking at the career models that women typically turn to. In the literature, a distinction is often made between the typical male and straight career path (alpha career) and the typical female, more volatile career path (beta career). Indeed, to this day, women face additional constraints and challenges in career planning. This article briefly describes the different traits of a typical female and typical male career and points to a different type of career- the Protean Career – where women define their own definition of a successful career. Many female expats and expat partners I work with came across their very own career paths.
Don’t turn your hobby into a profession
It is so often said that you should just follow your passion, then you would never work another day in your life. And it actually turns out that many people are willing to bring more passion into their lives and make their passion their profession. Particularly in the expat community, I have met many great women who have discovered new interests for themselves, torn out of the hamster wheel abroad. After some time of settling in or after moving back to the home country, the question of professional development became louder and louder in their minds. What should I do professionally now? Back to the old profession that, with a little distance, no longer seems so attractive? Or maybe turn my beloved hobby into a profession? This new hobby seems to be way more fun and feels more authentic to me.
Embarking on the expat journey can be both exhilarating and daunting. But with the right guidance and support, it can certainly be a rewarding experience. Join the “New Roots” program and steer your career in the right direction, making the most of the exciting opportunities that living abroad presents. Rediscover your potential and carve a beautiful new beginning in your professional journey abroad. You will find all the info about the new program here.