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3 Challenges of working abroad

Travel isn't always comfortable—and it shouldn't be. I believe that if you're not struggling, you're not growing. Being completely outside of your comfort zone and learning along the way is a rewarding experience in itself.

There are so many challenges that I've had while working abroad in Korea. I've gone past the honeymoon phrase, and am now riding an emotional roller coaster of confusion, frustration, homesickness and loneliness. Some days I could not be any more content that I'm here, and then there are those off days where I want to be in the comfort of my home country, surrounded by my loved ones. Here are some of the top challenges that I've dealt with so far: 


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Don't settle for mediocrity

In a fast-changing workplace marked by corporate downsizing, mergers and economic restructuring, Howard University graduates were urged yesterday to resist the "tyranny of mediocrity" by following three principles: prepare, perform and persevere.

Dennis F. Hightower, president of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications, a Howard graduate and member of Howard's board of trustees, told about 2,000 graduating students that individual excellence is more important than ever in an increasingly competitive global society.

"You cannot assume, even in 1996, that you can take the path of being average," he told the crowd of about 18,000 in front of Founders Library under a brilliant mid-morning sun. In addition, Hightower, the highest-ranking black executive at Disney, told the predominantly African American graduates, "You are entering the workplace in a society in our own country that continues, all too often, to see color before capability."


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Cultural Awareness

In Matthew 28:18–20, Jesus gave us the specific command to "go and make disciples of all nations.” Today we need not go far to experience the nations. Consider the changing world in which we live. Our schools, parks, community centers, commercial markets, and governmental offices display increasing evidence of richness and diversity. Race, age, economic status, religious belief, personal style, educational experience, ethnic background, and cultural legacy all represent facets of our contemporary mission field. Diversity is all around us, both as a gift to be celebrated and an opportunity to be developed. 


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15 quick tips to get hired fast

Are you in a hurry to get a job? There are some things that don't take a lot of time that can help you get hired quickly. Here are 15 things you should know about job hunting that will help you find a new job fast. Some of the things on the list are little things that make a difference. Others are significant enough that they can make or break your job search. Review the list to see if there's anything that you're not doing and give it a try.


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14 Things only people who have worked overseas can understand

Some two and a half years ago, I decided to make a bold decision and follow my partner to the far away land of art, cheese, and fine wine — France. He had just landed a five-year work contract there. While a long-distance relationship did take place at first, eventually I decided to sort out all the loose ends at home, pack up my entire life into two suitcases, and move to another country for an indefinite period of time.

While I did have my fair share of the “expat blues,” cultural faux pas, and difficulties with navigating the paperwork, in the long-run, moving overseas and starting a job abroad proved to be a tremendously positive life experience.

As an expat, you are likely to encounter numerous misconceptions and false assumptions about your lifestyle that people back at home make. Additionally, you are likely to deal with a number of odd questions from the new acquaintances you’ll soon meet in your newly adopted homeland. If you have ever worked or lived overseas, I’m pretty sure you can relate to the following 15 things!


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