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The New Expat Is Here & Changing Everything

I was a self-initiated expatriate. Meaning, I choose to go abroad. And the contract I was given was that of local foreign hire, not an American expat. This nearly blew my grandmother’s mind. She had known expats, and they were much older than me (and mostly male), always sent by their companies, and usually accompanied by a rich expat package. The fact that I was essentially volunteering to move abroad to work for Dirhams was ludicrous. But I am not…

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Why Taking A Sabbatical Will Make Your Career

I took a sabbatical at 27. It’s a six-month gap, hole, blank space on my resume. One that I purposely leave exposed with the phrase went on sabbatical. Because, I’m proud of it. I can only say that in hindsight however. Because the truth is when I first started considering a sabbatical I was terribly lost. I had a good job, a really good job. I worked for an esteemed executive, traveled the world, and made a decent salary. But…

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How I [finally] Cracked the Code and Found a Job in London as an American

Today’s post comes from Amy D. An American gal finding her way in London. I have three major pieces of advice for landing a job in whatever country you choose, while sustaining the confidence to make the big move in the meantime – all three of which represent an approach toward career building that I believe women historically have shied away from. I cannot stress these points enough. This is how I made it abroad: #1 Use your network. Reach…

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Top 3 Excuses for Not Going Abroad

You probably shouldn’t go abroad. I’m sure you know why. You’ve thought of many reasons why it’s practically impossible for you to pick up and move to a foreign country. But still, there is this part of you that says seize the day, move abroad, you’ve always wanted to do it. If it feels like there is a battle brewing in your mind between your desire to go abroad and the anxiety of changing your entire world, you’re not alone.…

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The 1 Decision You Must Make When The World Gets Scary

What living abroad has taught me is that the vast, vast majority of us are more alike than different. We want love, safety, and understanding. Senseless attacks do not hold a place in any country or community. We collectively held our breath last week as the news unfolded of terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. And like you, I am deeply saddened by the violence and injustice that seems to be everywhere in the world right now. As we try…

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How An Expat Role Model Can Cure Your FOMO

I have Instagram anxiety.  All of those amazing expat and travel blogger pictures, I know they’re curated and filtered, but even so, sometimes they make me feel like I am missing out. Like I am not doing enough. Like I’m not who I want to be yet. You know what I mean. You’re flipping through someone’s flawless photos of her life abroad, and all of the sudden, you’re just not feeling as good about yourself as you were before. When this happens, I go back…

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