The Personal Side

 

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The Personal Side

[ID:0117]Although you may be going abroad to focus on your career, inevitably questions will come up about the personal and social side of your experience.

Family Matters

Spousal satisfaction and overall family concerns have consistently been documented as the greatest cause of international assignment failure for both men and women. Postings abroad where little is offered in the way of spousal support and assistance can leave you with more challenges than you bargained for. Make sure to look into your organization's career support services for your spouse and children when you decide to go; there are many ways to ensure a more satisfied and better-adjusted family.

Your Social Life

A posting abroad is a great opportunity to meet a wide variety of people. Within the expatriate community, friends are made quickly because, like yourself, everyone is there for a short period of time and is receptive to meeting new people. If you are open to and accepting of the local culture, you will be embraced by your hosts.

The unfortunate side of many friend­ships abroad is...

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