VIE Speak Up / Adriana’s story of becoming an Expat Freelancer in Austria

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 office@vie-lesa.org if you also want to contribute.

Diplomatic spouses of the world, unite! via The Lonely Diplomat

“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.

Link: https://www.thelonelydiplomat.com/single-post/20190217/Diplomatic-spouses-of-the-world-unite 

Let’s look after all of the Georgies in our lives!

3 Ways To Ensure Expat Assignment Success via Employment Insider

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:

  1. Choose Wisely
  2. 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.
  3. Provide Coaching

Third Culture Professionals / Blog (recommendation)

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 office@vie-lesa.org if you have published or stumbling over articles, blogs, services and more on the topic of expatriation / Dual Career / Expat Partners.

VIE LESA / Happy 365 / One year ago

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….

WHAT’S in FOR THE ASSIGNING COMPANY/ASSIGNEE? by Verena Heingärtner

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…