We always look up to women who have tasted success and made an accomplished international career as our role models.
However, when it comes to making ourselves strong and independent, we may often lack inspiration and guidance. Especially, expat spouse may lack direction and become confined in limited familial or intimate relationships, which hinder their career advancement. Various studies have indicated that expatriate single women have fewer complicated hurdles in their careers than married women. However, this doesn’t mean married women are not focused on work. They successfully put up with the dual career as well and keep a delicate work-life balance with the right support from their spouse. The greatest challenge of expat women is a lack of proper direction. In an unknown land, with cultural and other differences, sometimes international women do not know how to give their international career a proper good start.
“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”– Margaret Thatcher
Here are few general tips that may help women make some career advancement internationally.
Networking is the key
Many vacancies are not advertised. They are often filled by networking or internal promotion, so you need to build a strong network in order to land up a dream job. Your network needs to include people who can help you land the job where you can explore your potential. Many social and expatriate networking sites like iamexpat.nl and internations.org are available to help. Besides these, professional organizations are also available for your job search overseas.
Career Coaching helps
If you want to get more satisfaction, recognition, job acceptance and work with ease, joy and with the zeal of enthusiasm, then career coaching will definitely help you find your career purpose. You will probably need to strengthen your communication skills and leadership qualities, as well as be focused and career oriented. Proper career coaching will help you to prepare for interviews with much more confidence and calmness.
Expat coaching for women
Expat coaching is geared at coaching expats who are not familiar with the new cultural environment. You will not only manage the cultural shock but also develop business cultural communication, international leaderships and work in multicultural environments. This will give you more confidence to face your professional career abroad.
Confidence is something that comes naturally when you trust and believe in yourself. For women who are in a new working environment while being away from their own country, where expectations, social norms and cultures are different, it becomes highly important to work on being bold and confident. Do not worry about the mistakes you make, just think, act and learn from your failures.
Your family, friends, mentors, colleagues, network will be there to support you locally and internationally. They usually help you to identify the best in you and help you achieve what you want. Professional or personal support provides you with opportunities, support and encourages you throughout in building your international career.
Always step up, be ahead, raise your hands for any assignment that is challenging, initiate a project and complete it with confidence. You can always get promotions, positive reviews and climb further on the ladder of success by showing your motivation.
Knowledge and network are the keys to success- many expatriate women have moved out of their comfort zones to achieve what may have been impossible for them. If you have the visibility, mobility and capability, then nothing is impossible, even if you are not in your own land or cultural comfort zone. Proper support and guidance, though, will help you to tackle challenging situations.
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