How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad

For example, as part of his responsibility to complete the ship, Davie moved his wife and two children to Germany 18 months ago and he is heading back there to help complete Disney’s fourth ship, the Disney Fantasy. The transition has been quite meaningful for not only him, but his family as well, he says. His children have had the opportunity to travel across Europe.

Davie pals around with Disney's most famous Duck

“I would recommend an international assignment to anyone [with kids], because, I think it exposes them to so much more than just living in the United States,” says Davie. “My kids have been to Paris, England, Barcelona, Spain, Italy… They’ve been in the Louvre and seen the Mona Lisa. I think that now they have a much more broader perspective to life.”

Here are three pieces of advice Davie has for other young professionals taking their careers and their families abroad.

1)    Be open minded. When you relocate things are going to be different. Different is okay. Embrace the change. Make sure you are open-minded to the way projects are managed and you will be successful.
2)    Ask Questions. That can be anything from where do you park your car while gone to relocating your pets, and who pays for your gas while you are there, or what is the exchange rate between your country and the visiting country. All of those things you need to be familiar with. No question is too trivial
3) Investigate Schools. If you have children and you are relocating, make sure you familiarize yourself with the schooling situation. Find a great international school where your kids can be successful.

 

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