Relocating was not easy overall, especially in those first few months, but looking back now I would not change it for the world. The support I received from BBH made all the difference. In addition to covering the expenses associated with my physical move, BBH also provided me with an allowance for language lessons, tax assistance for the first tax year, temporary housing for the first month while they helped me to find my own place. Dealing with bureaucracy in any country can be a challenge, especially when it is in another language. I realized that while I could do a lot of things myself, it was incredibly valuable to have help and support along the way.
The Skills You Need for a Global Assignment
While some aspects of my experience moving may be unique, I do think there are a few core competencies and skills that are critical for anyone considering an expat assignment or local move to another location; Flexibility, adaptability, and strong communication. You need a combination of all three to survive inside and outside of work. Things don’t always go according to plan, and when something inevitably goes wrong, it is critical to be able to adapt and move forward. I encourage you lean into your curiosity to learn because if you really have a desire to do something, you can learn anything needed to do your job well.
In turn, my relocation has provided me with the chance to travel to new places, meet new people, make lifelong friends and build a home and a life in this beautiful city. I discovered a love of hiking, learned to drive, adopted a cat and bought an apartment. Being here taught me how to stand on my own two feet, but at the same time when it is OK to ask for help. I am, and will always be, incredibly grateful to my friends and colleagues for stepping in when I was lost and confused! I can’t say for sure where I would be now if I chose another path in 2012 and stayed in Ireland. What I can say with certainty is I am incredibly happy and thankful for the turns my life has taken since.
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