As part of our three-part international careers series, we profile professionals who were successful at transitioning into global jobs on BlackEnterprise.com.
Media planner Tricia-Noel Burke, who has worked with publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, offers five tips for making the move seamless, lucrative and fun. — Janell Hazelwood
Have a plan. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to live and work in some countries, such as the UK, on a lengthy visa, so be sure you have your move planned well, Burke says. Talk to your company or professional advisers and mentors and let them know what you want from your experience working and living abroad. Do your research on visas and country guidelines, safety issues and resources.
Be resourceful. There are thousands of fun and free events happening every day. Visit museums, go to the flower market, or go to a music show. Research things to do via Websites, newspapers, blogs, and magazines that keep you up-to-date with the world.
Be humble and open-minded. Explore all you can and get to know various people and cultures. Though it’s great to enjoy and have pride in your home, don’t be locked into your thoughts on other cultures without first being open to learning about them.
Get bilingual. Wherever you go in the world, there will be a foreign language spoken among the people. Commit to learning the language for yourself and for the benefit of your career.
Don’t constantly compare your native home with your new home. A mistake some professionals make is comparing their local work/social environment to work/social environments back home. It can be a major turn-off. Embrace what has been offered to you, influence, and be influenced.