Monday, July 7, 2008

Global: Expatriate Living & Its Challenges

Expatriate Living in another country has a lot of challenges. It entails many tasks that you have never come across unless you have a prior experience. As a green horn in the expatriate community you are challenged with identifying the right information. Yes the internet is widely open and you can find anything but the main point is... which ones are correct and which ones are not;

There are a lot of things involve when you uproot yourself from your current living location to another part of the world. These are visas to enter and for employment purposes, current home management, transporting personal stuff, deficiency of cultural knowledge, favorite food, new home, temporary living style and convenience, hobbies, pets, driving license, bank account, medical information and sources, personal insurance, dependents, period of adjustments, survival coping skills and many more.

What is the best way to implement your plans? Approach someone who have experienced this kind of lifestyle. Inquire about the challenges, the advantges and disadvantages. Identify to yourself the value of this experience for your personal fulfillment or growth. Set a short term goal and long term goal as both will help you achieve a balance to your lifestyle being an Expat.

Dependents are crucial pieces of Expatriate Living. One of the most effective tool that make dependents happier is the implementation of a Cross Cultural Training to all parties. This will provide a pre-transitional adjustments and setting up of expectations. It will facilitate a better behavioral approach to adjustments. If the family member is happy - the expat can concentrate on job functions rather than easing up family's uncomfortability.

There are expats who were assisted with their relocations by third party companies procured by their Human Resources Department. These companies were meant to ease the challenges of every aspect of the relocation and transitional lifestyle of the Expat. Experiences of an Expat varies based on the level of service procured and provided by his/her employer. At certain aspects there were shortcomings of the service providers that were authorized by their emplohyer. When these arise - it creates a multitude of stress on the part of the relocating parties.

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