At some point in our professional lives, most of us will have to deal with people we just don’t like or can’t seem to get along with. A clash of personalities is most likely at the root of these conflicts. Despite our best efforts, we sometimes just can’t seem to make it work. The unfortunate result is that the quality and enjoyment of our work suffers, and our stress levels skyrocket. In most cases when personality conflicts happen in the workplace, the entire team is disrupted as well.
Millennial women are on the move, and want the opportunity to work abroad more than ever before. A study from PwC earlier this year found that international work is attracting "unprecedented" demand, with 70% of millennial women indicating that they want to work abroad, particularly early on in their careers.
As a journalist, I have relocated twice in the past five years from Australia, to the U.K. and U.S. But before each move, there were a series of questions I asked myself that helped me to decide whether or not my move would suit my ambitions, both personally and professionally. I have experienced what it's like to land in a new country and hunt for a job only once I had arrived, and I've also moved abroad with a project already lined up – but both scenarios required careful planning and consideration.
Whether you’ve just commenced your search, or if it’s already well under way, here are four questions you need to ask yourself well before you pack your bags. Knowing the answer to these in advance will help prepare you for a successful time abroad from the very start.
In the early years of developing our automated payment system, we cut our teeth with small and medium-size businesses. This was a marriage made in heaven; our clients were thrilled to have personalized customer service and that we were striving to constantly improve our tools. We were happy to have that back and forth with our end user and progressively iron out the creases in our product and processes.
As our tool became more visible among smaller companies, however, we began to attract bigger clients with much bigger budgets. Naturally, our company shifted toward targeting large corporate enterprises and working with a number of multinational corporations. Looking back, this change has been great for our bank balances and global reputation. However, it certainly wasn’t the easiest transition to make. Here are three things to consider before taking the leap: