Former/Current Expats Make Great HiresNovember 25th, 2009 by Liesl received 4 Comments »
Here’s a great article on how former/recovering/current expats or Third Culture Kids can be great additions to your team.
Just try explaining that to the dude who looks at your CV, raises an eyebrow and says “Ethiopia, huh?” or, my personal favourite, “Where do you FEEL like you’re from?”
Cultural relativism can be a powerful force for good in the right hands, but it can take a while to learn to see past the frustrations. It has certainly taken me many years to understand that the limitations of a society are part of a greater package, and that appreciating the possibilities is more important than identifying what is better elsewhere.
The true TCK learns that many of those amazing things we appreciate about a place or a cultural are not wholly transposable to another. But elements of them are, and as our Global Village grows, the ability to appreciate multiple approaches to the same problem or grasp conflicting points of view for all their worth will become more and more important.Career, Expats, World Wide Wonder