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3 Simple Strategies to Boost Your Career With Overseas Experience

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As an high-achieving woman who has explored diverse cultures abroad, you have acquired invaluable skills that enrich your perspective. However, it's crucial to assess whether you are fully utilizing the insights gained from your global adventures. Consider integrating cross-cultural lessons into your leadership toolbox to enhance your professional growth.

Living internationally not only broadens our horizons but also equips us with unique experiences. Yet, translating these gains into professional success can sometimes seem overwhelming. Let's work together to streamline the process of incorporating overseas takeaways into actionable strategies that even the most time-pressed global woman can effectively implement.

Here are 3 easy ways in which international experience can empower your career

1. Embrace uncertainty

Living abroad exposes us to unpredictable situations and challenges, fostering adaptability and resilience. This experience teaches us to approach changes with a sense of calm and open-mindedness. By reframing unexpected events positively and asking ourselves, "How can this surprise help me grow or learn?", we cultivate a mindset that embraces uncertainty as an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

2. Connect outside your circle

Building relationships and forming connections with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds can greatly enhance our interpersonal skills. Engaging with people globally teaches us the art of diplomacy and the importance of navigating differing perspectives with grace and respect. By extending our network beyond familiar boundaries, we not only broaden our understanding of the world but also develop a more inclusive approach to collaboration. Introducing policies and practices that embrace diversity and sensitivity can create a more harmonious and productive work environment.

3. Refresh your vision

Distance from our usual environment often sheds light on our ingrained habits and behaviors that may be limiting our potential. By gaining new perspectives and insights from a broader worldview, we can identify and break free from unconscious patterns that hold us back. Inspired by the diversity and richness of experiences gained from international exposure, we are encouraged to reevaluate our goals and aspirations. This renewed perspective allows us to align our professional ambitions with our true passions, paving the way for a more fulfilling and purpose-driven career journey.

Global adventures have a unique way of fostering wisdom that traditional meetings simply cannot replicate. However, it's crucial to avoid overcomplicating the process of gaining this wisdom, as it may hinder taking action. By embracing novice-friendly strategies, you can distill the complex layers of international experiences into simple strengths that are rightfully yours. Assert your leadership confidently and boldly on the ground you stand on. Let the time spent abroad season your path to success - savor the fruits of your labor and enjoy the bountiful harvest that awaits you!

Related Events for You

You're invited to attend one or both of our upcoming events focused on leveraging your global experiences to the fullest. On April 15th, join us virtually for our FREE LinkedInLive4WomenLeaders event "Breaking Barriers Abroad: Navigating Cross-Cultural Confidence." Learn tangible skills for feeling empowered in any international role from Helena Demuynck and expat leader Camilla Quintana

Then, strengthen your abilities even further by registering for the online in-person "Strategic Agility Intensive" workshop on April 28th. In this interactive one-day intensive, discover customized strategies and perspective exercises to take the resilience, adaptability and connections you've built overseas to new heights personally and professionally. 

Claim your spot today to invest in fully optimizing all you've attained through your global adventures. We look forward to supporting you!

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