As the sun sets on your expat adventure it can often be hard to answer one simple question: what next? Though you may be feeling some excitement about returning home, the end of one chapter of your life inevitably leads to the need to work out where to take your story from here.
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If you’ve been abroad for work, a lot can hinge on whether or not you’ve got a job waiting for you back home. The transition will probably be easier if you can slot into a familiar role in the same company – especially if you’ve worked in this office before. However, if you don’t have such luxuries then the return home can be another adventure in itself. Just as when you first moved, coming home can give you a chance for a fresh start doing something new.
Where you go next will probably hinge on your relationships. We don’t just mean romantically – though a move like this can be a great opportunity to take the next step – but with your friends, too. It can often be a bit of a culture shock moving home as your relationships with the people in your life may have changed quite a bit. It might feel like you’ve never left but sometimes it might take a bit of adjustment and you might meet some new friends altogether.
In order to make the transition back home a bit easier, we’ve curated a list of tips on our Hints & Tips Tool that might help. However when the time comes to leave your host country, you might decide not to return home at all but instead, you decide to jump straight back into another adventure!
Have you already moved back home after a placement? How did you find the experience? Let us know in the comment box below.