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Today, it is Adriana Liendo’s story of becoming an (Expat) Freelancer in Austria. In Adriana’s words.
Through VIE LESA’s initiative “VIE Speak Up” we aim to speak up for Dual Career(s) in Vienna. We invite expat partners and stakeholders in Austria and abroad to share their individual challenges, highs and lows, to be able to learn from each other and create a vibrant buzz for the spousal talent out there. Reach out to us, drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org if you also want to contribute.
My family and I moved to Vienna end of 2017 when my husband got a new job at the UNO headquarter. Coming here was a huge opportunity for the whole family. Our daughter was 2 years old girl at the time and had never been in a Kindergarten. Back “home” my mom used to take care of her to help us (of course she didn’t speak or understand neither English nor German); and we had a baby boy of 3 weeks who had left his mom with a lack of haemoglobin after his birth and so she was slightly weaker than usual – and yes, that’s me!
So not the easiest grounds to start from, but today – a little bit more than a year later – I’m even more sure, that coming to Vienna was our best decision ever. By origin, we are from Venezuela and if you have read the news about our country lately, I am sure you’ll understand and agree.
Considering that I didn’t speak a word of German and that we arrived here with two small children, we both knew that our best choice was for me to stay home and take care of the kids, at least for a while. But I should mention that I am kind of hyperactive, and it drives me almost crazy not to have a professional challenge. Don’t get me wrong, having a baby and a toddler is – without any doubt – also a challenge and demands a lot of time, but I also felt, needed and wanted to do something else, something for myself! So, after a few months I decided that my best choice was to work as a freelancer, believing that it gives me the freedom to organize my time to be able to do both – taking care of my family and advancing my professional career at the same time.
What have I learned so far from this experience? To start with – it’s okay to be afraid of a big change in our lives, but if well planned with your partner (boyfriend, husband or whoever you share your life with) and supporting each other, each one can succeed in their individual paths. Second that we don’t need to be alone. Although we didn’t know anyone in Vienna at the time, joining and becoming part of some associations, based on my interests, has helped me grow my own network – definitely something I would highly recommend to anyone in a similar situation!
Adriana Liendo is an experienced Freelance Web Developer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry and an invaluable resource for VIE LESA when it comes to IT questions. Thanks a lot for your great support!
VIE LESA is proud to have had Adriana Liendo as a valuable part of our non-profit association from the beginning. And we are happy to keep you posted on her journey here in Vienna!
“Diplomatic spouses of the world, unite!” continues the conversation started by The Lonely Diplomat about how diplomats, their significant others and families balance this all-consuming job and their wish to be human and have human Connections from the perspective of a diplomatic spouse, Georgie.
If you don’t know Georgie, you certainly know the type of person she is. Everyone needs a Georgie in their lives to call them forward when they’re not living up to their potential. Every diplomatic mission either needs, or has, a Georgie in their community – be they a posted diplomat or a spouse. The Georgies of the world – and this Georgie, in particular – are those who muck in, do what needs doing and make sure that everyone is well looked after. Diplomatic missions can run on the goodwill of these diplomatic spouses who do what needs to be done to get it done.
This is Georgie’s story. In Georgie’s words.
Let’s look after all of the Georgies in our lives!
From Randy Steinlauf‘s article “Learn From My Experience: 3 Ways To Ensure Expat Assignment Success” (click here to read the whole article) in the Employment Insider (January 24, 2019)
…..Despite differences in industry, country, leadership expectations and local team, there are three steps companies can take to help their expats be successful and achieve a strong return on their Investment:
- Choose Wisely
- Support the Family:
Research shows expat family adjustment issues are the leading cause of assignment failures and compromises. We’ve all heard the maxim, “happy wife, happy life.” A better adage for male and female expats is “happy kids & spouse, happy house.” When children have difficulty adjusting to school, a spouse misses family and friends back home or the family is unable to connect and fully engage in their new life in the host country – the challenges impact everyone.
Unfortunately, expatriate programs are generally deficient in structured support for the family. Needs range from practical/logistical issues such as finding housing, schools and grocery stores to understanding local cultures and managing language barriers to forging relationships with local and other expat spouses and families. If your Human Resources team is unable to provide these services, it’s important to partner with organizations or individuals who can.
- Provide Coaching
Today, we want to share a a job search blog for the Expat Accompanying Partner who wants to return to work after a career break – Third Culture Professionals, Link: http://www.thirdcultureprofessionals.com/
It offers free practical job hunting and interview advice, motivation and tips from other Expat Partners and Experts. Founder Brid Doherty-Appriou has lived and worked globally as an Accompanying Partner, Expat and Executive Search Consultant.
Part of VIE LESA’s mission is sharing infos and linke which we find helpful. Drop us a line to email@example.com if you have published or stumbling over articles, blogs, services and more on the topic of expatriation / Dual Career / Expat Partners.
After an intense phase of preparation, one year ago today (17/11/2017), VIE LESA‘s Giant Ferris Wheel has officially started turning and it has been an amazing ride so far!
We are very thankful for 12 months full of “Ups” but also some very valuable “Downs”. It is those challenging moments which we sometimes learn the most from! We do not want to miss a single one!
We are very proud to….
…have established meaningful cooperations with global communities such as Here we are global, Tandem Nomads, Network Beyond Borders (not only, but especially if you are a global nomad, we invite you to check them out) and to connect with you in our monthly MeetUps and “Joint forces” events. And we are excited to have been invited to join panel discussions, contribute to podcasts and speak up for Dual Careers in Vienna/Austria whenever we could – at formal occasions and informal gatherings. And we won’t stop! It takes a village to disrupt the way we talk about, address and explore the value of dual global careers and we can’t wait for 2019 to continue what we have started!
And last but not least – practice what you preach! – money matters: for every expat partner to keep a certain independence and for our non-profit association to pursue its vision. Thus, we would love for you to join / re-new your membership with VIE LESA in 2019. We have decided to leave the annual fee (01/2019 – 12/2019) at EUR 60 to keep our network accessible to everyone interested in supporting Dual Career(s) for Expat Partners in Vienna/Austria. Click here to join / re-new.
A big thank you to each and everyone of you for being such a precious part of VIE LESA!
Have a magical start into the festive season at one of Vienna’s Christmas markets (which open today – what a wonderful coincidence!)
All the best,
Verena and Sandra
Founders and Presidents
Here’s some good arguments to explain WHY VIE LESA benefits everybody and especially your company whether you’re the HR professional responsible for the expat package, whether your the assigned employee trying to sell it to your family/partner because you really want that job abroad, whether your the boss/manager who wants to get the best candidate…
YOU SAVE A LOT OF MONEY & RESOURCES! IT’S ABOUT YOUR ROI! How come? Simply because your assignee abroad performs at their highest level if she/he’s in a good place – emotionally not distracted, with his/her focus not anywhere else than at work…it’s simple as that – HAPPY SPOUSE-HAPPY HOUSE! Not only do your employees perform better, but you become a very thought-after, attractive employer! > Spouses talk and good news are gold! > and you attract other high achievers! (You definitely don’t want bad news…it fires back!)
So not only you save money as opposed to additional costs from early terminated assignments, bad performance, bad reputation etc. but you get GREAT PR, for FREE!
Still not convinced? Just do the maths and fill in your numbers for an expat package: Assignee contract for 3 yrs abroad: – relocation package xx.000,–, – housing allowance?, – schooling fees?, – insurance?, – home travels?…. ….
So, if this employee resigns after 1-2yrs, you have to relocate again, not only him, but also the new assignee, all the costs double plus the additional resources of finding a new appropriate candidate, not talking about the bad PR, bad impressions – experiences travel fast! especially in spouse networks, don’t underestimate their dyamics…!
So you see, we’re actually talking business here, not doing CHARITY- having a social network and resources on hand is not charity – in fact it’s THE KEY rather than hard cash to convince your future assignee and their Family to consider the assignment with all it’s peaks and there are – it’s not all ponies and roses, everyday life continues and it’s even harder abroad as you don’t know the basics, you have to build everything from scratch, including new language, new habits, new everything, so the key is to have a local trusted network and experts on site which safeguard your precious investment – not like helicopter parents, everybody involved is a grown up, but in a self-guided way with offering the right resources at the right time. Compare it with checklists in aviation – before you take off, there is quite some PRE flight planning involved and you go through your checklists from weather to topography to weight and balance etc…you don’t start blind! and yeaph, it’s called PRE fligth, so guess what – once up in the air you don’t have a lot of choices to change your routing – so if you want to fly safely – plan wisely and eliminate all the unnecessary risks before taking off!!
VIE LESA wants to help to make an expat assignment thrive by taking care of the “spouse” side of life. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we happily send you more info on how we can assist you or join us as a to help build our vision!