September 14, 2011

Join us at Oslo Global Mobility Forum November 2nd!

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How do you attract and retain global talent to Norway and the Nordics?
What recruitment strategy do Nordic companies need to succeed in the global marketplace?
What are the latest global mobility trends, and the outlook for 2012 and beyond?
Find out at Oslo Global Mobility Forum, where industry leaders and experts will share their experiences and best practices.

Kulturtolk, BI Handelshøyskolen and Oslo Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Abelia invite you to join us the 2nd of November.

Find out more at www.globalmobility.no

Date: 2nd of November
Venue: BI Norwegian Business School, Nydalen

May 17, 2011

New Facebook Page Launched

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Kulturtolk is proud to present its new Facebook Page!

Our launch coincides with Norway’s National Day, the 17th of May. Enjoy reading about this month’s feature country, Norway, as well as current National Days and other interesting topics.
Then join us and help us to spread the word by inviting others! Thanks!

May 12, 2011

Intercultural Course for Nordea

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Bjørn Christian just led a course for Nordea employees on Intercultural Communications in the Nordics.

May 11, 2011

Lovepat Article Published on Denizen.com

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Anna’s article on the challenges of being a lovepat and a TCK was published on Denizen.com.

I am a “Lovepat”

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At the FIGT conference this year, I was talking to another presenter, Carolyn Vines, about identity, accompanying spouses and expat life, when she mentioned the word “lovepat”. A huge bell started clanging in my ears as I realized the word was perfect to describe one part of me – the one that decided to settle down in my husband’s country. And so I decided to write about it. This is the article that came out of that decision. As personal as it is, it seems to be touching others, seeing the comments that it is engendering. So needless to say, I want to share it with you too.

May 6, 2011

Who Cares About Reverse Culture Shock?! I Do, and So Should You!

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Suite101 has a great series on Work/Study abroad which features several articles on expat life by contributing writer Maria Foley. Since I’ve been focusing on reverse culture shock a lot lately, I wanted to share these two articles by her, with blurbs from various interviews with expats who have gone through the experience, and references to a great piece by Sheila J. Ramsey, PH.D., and Barbara Schaetti called ‘Re-entry: Coming “home” to the Unfamiliar’. Maria’s second article offers solutions on how to manage reverse culture shock, which are practical and important.

May 2, 2011

More Reverse Culture Shock!

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The information on reverse culture shock just keeps coming. Last week I blogged about it and included various sites and articles I had come across on the subject. Since then, there have been many more. I have shared a few, but don’t want to inundate you with this topic. However, I think this is a good one and worth a mention. It’s from last year, but it’s as relevant as ever. In it, Expatica features a good summary of reverse culture shock – what it is, how it shows itself and how to manage it. With information drawn from various sources and other websites, it does a good job of explaining how it happens, what it is and how to cope. Read the full article here.

April 29, 2011

Should You Take That Job Abroad?

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Here is an excellent article from Fortune in the style of an advice column. Annie Fisher is Fortune’s advice columnist in “Ask Annie”, and she has some good things to say. “Not Packing Yet” writes in to ask if he should bother with the offers given to him by his company to take an international assignment in Spain or Latin America (because he speaks Spanish). The article summarizes current trends and offers solid advice based on those. The trends are changing, and the current situation shows that more managers are being sent abroad this year. And although it’s easier to stay in touch with the home office these days thanks to the internet, there are still challenges faced when returning home and finding a place for yourself professionally. The article offers up both points of view and even features Thunderbird professor Mansour Javidan, who is extremely active in researching and promoting effective work across cultures for executives and managers. He is heading Thunderbird’s Global Mindset Project. Read more about him and the project here. The main point of the article is that taking on an expat assignment should be preceded by thoughtful consideration and preparation. Just jumping in could lead to failure and running away could mean losing out on some of the best experiences of your life, as well a successful career, especially if you have C-level ambitions.

April 28, 2011

Top 10 Expat Concerns

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This two-part series on Shelter Offshore website is a solid and thorough look at the Top 10 concerns expats have when taking that assignment abroad. It’s based on the HSBC Expat Explorer series of surveys reflecting the top concerns of expats going abroad, and Shelter Offshore website offers solutions for how to handle those concerns and overcome the challenges.

April 26, 2011

Reverse Culture Shock – Coming Your Way

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I’ve become more and more interested in and concerned about the effects of reverse culture shock. I myself have gone through it countless times, most significantly when I moved “home” to the US to go to college. Not only did I leave my beloved Thailand, home for 5 years and all of high school, but I also said goodbye to my parents who moved to Nigeria for the next five years. I lost everything in that moment, but I eventually worked things out, as I always did. Now with social media I am seeing more and more blogs, websites and articles on repatriation. They say that repatriation is the hardest part of expatriation, and from the looks of it, it’s certainly something we need to pay attention to, as expats and professionals; whether in multinational HR departments or as providers of services to expats. Here are a few examples of mentions I have recently come across. There is no reason why so many deal with the US and Asia, it just turned out that way.

Here is a blog from a young woman who taught for a year in Korea. This is from an American woman living in China and her experience visiting the U.S. Another is from an American woman coming to terms with being back in the US after living in Japan. Here is another from Jennifer Kumar, a cultural adjustment coach, and yet another from blogger and traveler, Amanda Kendle, who wrote a feature article on vagabondish.com. To top it all off, here is a full article series from Expatica NL, which is dedicated to covering all aspects of repatriation, including an article re-entry shock. I could go on and on with this list, but I think this provides a good overview of what you can find online.

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