The eagerly anticipated “Career Choice and the Accompanying Partner” survey conducted by Evelyn Simpson & Louise Wiles is now available, and it makes fascinating reading.

“This report provides a view of the assignment experience and the impact it has on career choices and aspirations from the [...]

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It’s raining today, and I have a list of jobs as long as my arm that need to be done – none of which I want to do. I am feeling trapped by obligation, paperwork and a sense of frustration, which is why today’s post from Cheryl Krocker McKeon, a fellow volunteer at [...]

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Part Three of our guide to what you all really need to know about relocating before you accept your international expat assignment: How will it affect the whole family?

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When we think of living abroad, we instantly conjure up images of white sandy beaches, turquoise seas, friendly locals and a leisurely quality of life. That is, until we’re two days into our first relocation, surrounded by boxes, with no power, not internet, and no help in sight. By day four, the [...]

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It’s been a very tricky day, which has taken me further and further from the cosy little comfort zone that I have created for myself. Up until now, I had considered myself successful at this relocation stuff, mainly because we managed not to lose anyone en route, the family are happily installed in work [...]

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8. Standard of Living

“Few people willingly move abroad to accept a lower standard of living – there are exceptions of course such as those who volunteer to help in nations affected by wars or dire economic circumstances.  The majority of us move abroad expecting to find or achieve a better or [...]

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We have a new puppy, and watching her integrate into her new environment has got me thinking about the importance of manners and communication in successful relocation. It has also shown that it doesn’t matter how cute you look, how nice your temperament or how big you’re going to be one day, if you [...]

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One of the things that has surprised me in my online voyage of discovery is the kindness, encouragement and generosity of so many people involved in the expat and ‘trailing spouse’ world. One of those is Jennifer Bradley, who was introduced to me by a mutual acquaintance. Despite never having met me in [...]

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Relocating means change, and for any accompanying partners who want to find independent employment, that means crafting a resume, applying for jobs, and if we get really lucky, landing an interview. We may have the qualifications, the experience and great references, but once we get into the interview room, what really gets us the [...]

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Miss Representation

On October 25, 2011 By

Yesterday, I wrote a post How to make friends and introduce people, which included a brilliant photo of two very, very special women. In aesthetic terms, the picture was less than flattering, but to me, it sums up many of the things that I [...]

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