If I were to start my journey again to try and find work abroad, this is how I would go about identifying potential mentors and how I would effectively pick their brain to gain the information I need for my own journey.
Alissa Carpenter founded Everything’s Not Ok and That’s Ok (NOTO) Coaching after over a decade in higher education. She has advised Millennials and GenZ students at institutions such as The Wharton School and Penn State. Now, she offers professional development and career exploration to companies, alumni groups, student advising units, and individuals across the country. Alissa has an MEd in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education, is a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths Coach and is certified in the Strong Interest inventory.
They said college would be some of the best years of my life. I was determined for that not to be the case. So I set out to work abroad with no plan but determined to forge a career abroad. I was a male nanny. A freelance writer. An English teacher. A program manager. An eCommerce store owner. And now, after three years, I work at an international technology company. This is my story.
The daughter of a diplomat turned digital nomad, Cecilia Haynes is the epitome of a global citizen. She has lived across the world from India to Turkey and has used full-time remote work as her ticket to a continued international lifestyle. I had a chance to speak with Cecilia about living around the world, how to find remote work, and what she has learned from a life abroad.
While your friends and classmates make their way to graduate school or what they think is their dream job, how should you — lacking a definitive sense of direction — approach your first attempt at post-graduation employment?
Lisa is a long time expat and the Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires. She has been named as one of the Top 100 Women in Tech by Business Insider, is a Forbes Entrepreneur and has been named “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas. We talk about how she found herself abroad, why she started SUBA, and the current work climate for expats in Argentina.
Sometimes, especially as a recent college graduate, it can be difficult to find good mentors. Luckily, history provides plenty.
Those who have failed to find work abroad say working abroad is impossible and those who have made it abroad claim finding international work is easy. They are both wrong.
Rocio Fonseca is the Executive Director of Start-Up Chile, a program supported by the Chilean government which helps provide a whole range of resources and support to those who are interested in bringing their ideas and entrepreneurial ambitions to Chile. We spoke about life in Chile, Chilean’s outlook on globalization, and job opportunities for expats.
I have lost “home” as a result of working internationally for an extended period of time. So what I have I gained?