How to succeed in your expatriation

Mar 11, 2022


Blog, General

Going on an expatriation is not a trivial decision and it will often be accompanied by a whole mixture of feelings: euphoria (to discover a new country, a new culture), fear (to leave everything), hope (to making new friends and fitting in), guilt (leaving loved ones behind), etc.

If for the Petit Larousse, expatriation is: “The action of expelling someone or sending him away from his homeland”, in everyday language, the term expatriation is rather used to designate the fact that people ( mainly from Developed Countries) leave to work abroad to put their professional skills at the service of subsidiaries based in developing or underdeveloped countries. Expatriation also has a temporary meaning in that the expatriate carries out a mission and changes country or returns to his country of origin.

But what are the secrets to a successful expatriation?

There are the “organized” on one side and the “we’ll see” on the other and each in their own way prepares for their expatriation.

Thoseorganized will research their host country, local culture, etc., contact expat associations to ask their questions.

Thosewe will seewill prefer to discover on the spot.

So in the end, no secrets! Sorry to disappoint you. Everyone must find their own technique to best manage the stress of the start. However, experts agree that there is a kind of pattern that repeats itself for all expats.

What are the phases of expatriation?

  1. The honeymoon: he is living a dream. He is in a phase of discovery and wonder of his host country
  2. Culture shock: once the 1st phase is over, he is confronted with his new reality. He begins to doubt his decision and his ability to adapt. He withdraws into himself
  3. Adaptation: he begins to acculturate and better understand his country. Without denying who he is, he opens up to his new culture
  4. Maturity: he integrates both professionally and personally in his new country. He is comfortable and sees the positive points of his expatriation.

A few tips to help you through the transition.

Be patient and forgiving with yourself. “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, integration in a new country either.

Set small goals and stick to them as much as possible. Above all, don’t forget to be proud of them once they’ve been accomplished.

Don’t stay moping in your corner. No one will pick you up, so take the initiative and meet people either through associations (of French-speakers abroad, parents of students, etc.), facebook groups or others.

Do not hesitate to meet a coach who can help you regain your self-confidence.

For more information, contact me!


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