Alex again. Today I am planning to tell you more about a subject becoming more and more stringent for millennials. With so many opportunities of developing yourself professionally internationally, what are the best pieces of advice so you can enjoy an amazing experience while working for a foreign company?
First of all, I am one of those people who are very interested in watching inspirational talks that pump you up and make you leave any place thinking that you can conquer the world. However, when people are being brought in front of you, they are all successful and I don’t think we can all be the same. How can I know for sure that if I stick to Romania, a land of many possibilities am I going to succeed, and be able to follow my passions? The bottom line is the same after all: follow your dreams, whatever they are. Here’s what I think you should really keep in mind no matter what while working for a local or foreign company:
- Have an open heart and mind
I went to Malaysia with an ,,open mind” but to be honest, I realised I wasn’t even half as open as I should have been. I guess that was my lesson to learn. Be open! You can never know which opportunities you say no to. One of my favourite examples is when I almost passed an invitation to Mike Dooley ‘s (from the Secret) event in KL. It turned out to be an eye opening for me.
- Make friends
I moved a lot and I still do and I think it’s very important to have people to go back to, to call when you’re happy or sad, even though you don’t live in the same city. I also think it’s very important to have friends because they will back you up when needed or when you’re down. They make you see the other side of the problems, with more objective eyes.
- Steal everything. Ideas, friends, hearts, hugs.
Steal as much as possible because it will definitely help you grow personally and professionally. Being alone in your own world will only bring you more frustration and inhibition, especially when dealing with others.
Learn from people, but also learn from your company, your manager, your CEO, especially if you work in a ‘liberal company (with flexi time and a very approachable managerial style). Learn everything you are passionate about, be proactive, come up with great ideas. Somebody will notice you and you’ll maybe reach your goals faster and easier than planned.
- Keep track and implement
One of the things I feel sorry about is that I did not keep track of my experiences there by writing on my blog about it. I feel sorry because now I would have been able to remember more details about events that marked me and also to make me remember feeling which could lead me to rethink decisions I want to take in the future (such as leaving the country again, etc)
What is number your one advice to be shared?