In our second collaborative piece with Karmelita Coaching, Alice Karmelita looks into the benefits that hiring International staff can have to demonstrate the value that job seekers should think of themselves as having
By Alice Karmelita
Even though we are all unique individuals, being raised within a specific cultural environment determines how we perceive the world. Studies have shown that it all starts at an early age when we are being educated within a schooling system that is different in nearly every country. That means that we have been taught with an emphasis on specific skill sets, areas, and topics. No matter how we would manage our own education and development, later on, these basics implemented in young minds shape our way of thinking.
Consequently, a culturally diverse team is often characterised as dynamic, inspiring, creative, and innovative. The same problem can be solved in many ways. Within a diverse team, we have access to these ways, as opposed to a monocultural team, where reflections can be quite similar. Therefore, the process of solving the issue might be less creative and innovative.
You could say: ‘giving an expat a chance means you’re likely to receive twice as much back.’
Starting a life in a different country is not merely a big change. It usually involves building a life from the ground up again. Besides making new friendships, getting used to the lifestyle, it is a journey for the identity to be reshaped. We have to adapt to the new culture, social behaviors, often reevaluate our values, beliefs, and everything we have been taught back at home. At the same time, we have to fight with homesickness, learn a new language and start speaking it.
Within the first couple of years living abroad, expats step out of their comfort zone probably more often than an average person in their whole life. Those are the moments that reshape personalities, help people grow, become stronger, wiser, and more adaptable.
Nonetheless, getting a job in a new country does not only depend on experience, education, or skills. In the end, it is someone else’s decision. Therefore, giving an expat a chance of being hired in a Dutch company is often the last and the most challenging milestone of the whole journey, yet always uncommonly appreciated.
In other words, hiring an expat brings perks such as high levels of commitment, appreciation of the opportunity, and outstanding levels of motivation; proactivity, loyalty. A local hire might not always perceive their new job in those terms, as they have a much wider range of employment options, as well as family or other support. It was always one of my favourite parts of hiring international professionals. Firstly, beating the skepticism of the employer, seeing the motivation of the expat reaching the highest levels, and in the end, witnessing the astonishment and satisfaction of the employer.
Now the question comes to my mind that has quite an obvious answer. Aren’t these traits you’d want in an employee?
Alice Karmelita is the head of Karmelita-Coaching , the first and only International-run career coaching service in the Northern Netherlands. She offers a range of resources and services to help supercharge your career, all in understandable and accessible language. For more information about Alice and her coaching services, check out her website at https://karmelita-coaching.com/ and https://ccitrainings.com