Last week, I told you about my journey from a small village in Germany to the city of Austin, Texas in the United States during an international assignment as part of Dell’s Marketing Rotation Program. I have a few takeaways for anyone considering an international move.
Summarizing my journey, here a few things I learned:
Remember, you are foreign here – and this is the biggest and maybe scariest opportunity of it all. Embrace it. Join a local group around a hobby you enjoy, and oftentimes there are groups of international descendants that know exactly what you’re going through. You’re not the first one doing this. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to ask for help. In my case, being in the MRP with other folks having done it before me or relocating at the same time helped to exchange tips and just talk things through. Open up. It will widen your understanding, empathy and, hey, maybe even make new friends. Being different is not bad; it is really, really good. How boring would the world be if we’re all the same? Come on, jump in and enjoy it!
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