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