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Simon writes in his blog ‘On being a male diplomatic spouse‘ of the challenges that come with it, the loss of identity that men can experience from not being someone with a job, making friends as a male spouse and how the diplomatic community’s attitudes to male spouses have changed – and are changing and have not changed fast enough – over the past decades.
Thank you to The Lonely Diplomat for having started a conversation about how diplomats, their significant others and families balance this all-consuming job and their wish to be human and have human connections.
Interested in reading more thoughts from a male spouse? Click here to access, link: https://vie-lesa.org/male-spouse
Share the Love Blog wondered why it is so hard to change the image of the expat spouse. What can be done to become more recognized as what we are: amazing, brave, solution-orented globe trotters with a wide skillset?
“The definition of a successful career is way outdated and it is time to get rid of some tiring misunderstandings about expat spouses.”
A beautiful, spot-on opinion piece on Share the Love Blog triggered by the comments below a German newspaper article about the career ambitions of Expat Partners in the Spiegel, Link: “When the career ends with the age of 27…” (click here to access). Interestingly enough those have been even more prejudiced than the article itself…
We are super excited! Hosted in the recently opened Talent Garden Vienna, VIE LESA co-facilitated a great kick-off of HR Sandbox goes Vienna on 29 May 2019.
HR Sandbox is a new, invitation-only HR format which was successfully introduced by here we are in Copenhagen. It offers an experimental and experiential (hands-on) space for considering, exploring, discussing, developing and sharing alternative approaches, innovative possibilities and best practices for today’s diverse, flexible, mobile, “portable” and digital talents.
In line with VIE LESA’s vision of connecting like-minded spirits, we gathered a dozen stakeholders – from academia, international organisations, HR professionals and reps from other topic-related associations – around one table (set up in form of a sandbox) to *co-develop fresh, creative perspectives *co-create new, practical solutions for (Global) Dual Career(s) and Talent Management in Austria.
It was inspiring to see that everyone participating was open to share their expertise, insights, best practice, pain points etc. and interested in co-creating (even more) opportunities / turning dual career challenges into opportunities.
After 1.5hrs of intense brainstorming, we agreed this advocacy type of event should become a regular one to contribute writing a new dual career narrative in Vienna/Austria. And Talent Garden’s tables branded CHANGE – INNOVATE – SHARE – PROGRESS were perfect to capture the essence of the “outcome”.
To be continued….
Are you a stakeholder for Dual Career(s) in Vienna/Austria and interested in joining the next “HR Sandbox goes Vienna” here we are global for our next invitation-only HR event? Drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
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“If you have an idea, start somewhere. Don’t wait to have all the answers!”
PS: We are also honored to be mentioned in the podcast – thanks Jannie and Amel 🙂
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 email@example.com 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!
For all of you, you have not done so yet, check out this amazing community-centered hub for expat women around the world, link: https://www.networkbeyondborders.com/ and our VIE LESA entry: https://www.networkbeyondborders.com/austria/vienna/expat-transition-support/vie-lesa–vienna-local-expat-spouse-association-