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Beyond Coffee Mornings

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Beyond Coffee Mornings

  1. 1. Expat Summer Seminar July 29, 2010 With Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley <ul><li>Beyond Coffee Mornings </li></ul>Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  2. 2. Accompanying Partners and Careers <ul><li>85% of accompanying partners believe that relocation affects their personal career development (Bradley, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50% of accompanying partners are concerned that relocating will jeopardise their own careers (McNulty, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Number of partners in paid employment drops from 79% in home country to 28% on international assignment. (Permits Foundation, 2008) </li></ul>Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  3. 3. What will you take away from this seminar? <ul><li>A framework for evaluating your career/lifestyle alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Learning to address loss of/changing identity </li></ul><ul><li>Practical steps to successful reinvention </li></ul>Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  4. 4. Evaluating the Possibilities Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  5. 5. Yes I can work and I want to continue in my chosen career <ul><li>What can your current employer do for you? </li></ul><ul><li>Which other companies in your industry might have opportunities in your new country? </li></ul><ul><li>What contacts do you have who might help you to make relevant connections in your new country? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you consult/work remotely either for your current employer or a new company </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Networks and Associations </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIN </li></ul>Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  6. 6. Yes I can work…. Challenges <ul><li>Accommodating the demands of your physical move and new jobs– your role versus your partner’s </li></ul><ul><li>Commensurate compensation </li></ul><ul><li>Support systems – childcare </li></ul><ul><li>Progressing your career in another culture </li></ul><ul><li>Communications with home office </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a social structure for you and your family </li></ul>Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  7. 7. No, but I don’t want to lose ground in my career <ul><li>Are there other ways to build your resume? </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for further education – local or distance </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary work which gives you experience </li></ul><ul><li>If you can, freelance work where you get paid in your home country </li></ul><ul><li>Use your networks to explore what is possible </li></ul>Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  8. 8. No, but I don’t want to lose ground……..challenges <ul><li>Be prepared to be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Skills-based view </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to explain to future employers </li></ul><ul><li>Not everyone understands what it takes to live and work in another country and culture </li></ul><ul><li>Delivering value without pay </li></ul><ul><li>Financial dependence can change you relationship with your partner </li></ul>Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  9. 9. Yes or no but what a great opportunity to try something new <ul><li>Research the possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>What interests you, what gives you a sense of purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do but have never had the time to try it </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to just take some time off from the daily grind? </li></ul>Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  10. 10. Trying something new …….Challenges <ul><li>Changes in identity </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in your relationship with your partner </li></ul><ul><li>Answering the dreaded question: “What do you do?” </li></ul><ul><li>Taking time to make the right choice </li></ul><ul><li>BUT giving yourself enough time to engage before your assignment is over </li></ul>Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley
  11. 11. Wrap up and Q&A Beyond Coffee Mornings - July 29, 2010 Copyright 2010, Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley

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