By Noch Noch Li
In this day and age, business travel for a few days and weeks, or even a few months, is quite common. Yet, being an expatriate for a few years in another country is not as breezy. Indeed, the percentage of females amongst expatriates is still relatively small compared to our male counterparts. According to a recent survey by Brooksfield Relocation, only 18% of international assignees are female. Given our minority, how can we succeed as international executives for a few years in a country we have never been to, and possibly not speak the local language?
For about 6 years after university graduation, I was moved to London, Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing for work with one of the Fortune 500 companies. In every city I took on the role as a manager but with different departments. Here I draw some lessons I’ve learnt over the years about being on the go.