Expat Partner Career Planning: Hope & Disillusion / Share the Love Blog

Share the Love Blog recently stumbled upon a recent academic paper about Dual-Career Planning in expatriation. The paper “Expatriated dual-career partners: hope and disillusionment” by Agnieszka Kierner illustrates how hope vanishes when career goals are not met during an international assignment.

Click here to deep dive into the paper right away or read Share the Love Blog’s summary and point of view on it – link: http://www.sharethelove.blog/career/dualcareer/

Dual Career in Academia / Interview with Hilde Janssens (IST)

VIE LESA has started its initiative “VIE Speak Up” to tackle the challenges of Dual Career(s) in Vienna. We invite expat partners and stakeholders in Austria and abroad to share their experience(s) and Expertise to create a Vibrant buzz for the spousal talent out there. Interested? Drop us a line to office@vie-lesa.org!

This time, we are excited to be talking to Hilde Janssens, Good Practice Officer. She is responsible for Diversity & Inclusion, Gender & Diversity and Family Services at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria, Link: https://ist.ac.at/).  Belgian by origin, Hilde has been living in Austria (country number 7 in her professional career) with her Swiss husband and their two kids (12 and 15 years old) since summer 2015.

showing flags of countries where Hilde lived
Hilde Janssens_MyMobility

The spoilt expat spouse / Share the Love Blog

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“The definition of a successful career is way outdated and it is time to get rid of some tiring misunderstandings about expat spouses.”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…
Link: http://www.sharethelove.blog/career/spoiltexpat/

HR Sandbox goes Vienna

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 goes Vienna
HR Sandbox goes Vienna

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 office@vie-lesa.org

#AnewDualCareerNarrative #Vienna #Austria #co-creation #mindfulexperiment #engageandcontribute #buildingtogether
#heretocreate #FocalPointAustria

here we are global – an amazing tribe of global nomads

Listen to Tandem Nomads’ Episode 120 in which Jannie Aasted Skov-Hansen, the founder of Here we are global shares her inspiring story and insights on how to build an amazing tribe of global nomads.

Never underestimate the power of community for your personal development and your business growth!

VIE LESA is proud to be Here we are global’s Focal Point for Austria and to bring the HWA spirit to Vienna!

“If you have an idea, start somewhere. Don’t wait to have all the answers!”

Link: https://tandemnomads.com/tn120-creating-impact-with-a-social-business-and-a-global-tribe-with-jannie-aasted-skov-hansen/

PS: We are also honored to be mentioned in the podcast – thanks Jannie and Amel 🙂

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.

What expats can do…to bring hope to the world via Claudia Landini

What Expats Can Do (WECD) is a wonderful non-profit project by Claudia Landini (founder of Expatclic.com), Christopher O’Shaughnessy and Cristina Baldan with the goal of promoting awareness in the expat community about the skills expats have that our communities desparately need = THE POWER OF EMPATHY, the ability to create, promote and spread it!

Get the full story, mission of WECD and how to get involved by clicking:
http://whatexpatscando.com/the-story/ 
http://whatexpatscando.com/get-involved/

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