Source: Randy Kashka
One problem many women seem to encounter is the different cultural attitudes to women, particularly in the workplace. On expatwomen.com there are useful tips offered by ExpatWomen Girlfriend to women who find they suffer from a lack of respect from their male colleagues on the ground in their foreign work environment.
As well as the usual culture shock of working in a completely new environment, women often face additional barriers when relocating abroad, especially when expatriating to traditionally patriarchal societies. The advice we have is to do as much research as possible before posting. Read widely and learn about the country’s traditions, customs and culture before arriving and most importantly is to be open-minded about your secondment and remain flexible and patient.
There are many great resources out on the world wide web to help women who want to experience the challenge and excitement of living abroad. Wendy Enelow for example shares some of her top tips for writing a resume for an international audience.
If you are a woman considering taking on a placement abroad then Leslie Strazzullo’s survival guide is also well worth a read. She offers a range of advice including questions to ask yourself before you make the decision to go as well as survival strategies for when you are out there.
Are you an expatriated career woman? Or are you thinking about moving abroad for work? Leave us a comment and tell us about your experiences.