Third Culture Professionals (TCPs): Part of the expat world


Some Background Information

My own experience as an expat and that of observing my children and others in the same environment led me to take note of certain common traits. I began researching expat experiences and found interesting articles and research concerning Third Culture Kids. However, I found less information specialized in adult's exposure and analysis of the benefits of an overseas experience, especially when looking at the "accompanying partner".


To begin with, what is a Third Culture Kid (TCK)?

The term "Third Culture Kid" was first coined by researchers John and Ruth Useem  in the 1950’s.

“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture”. 1

 From an early age a TCK has been exposed to and has acquired a diverse range of multi-cultural skills. Positive advantages include that of communication either in several languages or via communication platforms (they are savvy when it comes to the latest online communication tools), as well as adaptability and problem solving. It is interesting to note that some TCK’s later became prominent leaders in industry and politics.

 Of course, saying all that, life as a TCK can also have its drawbacks, a sense of not knowing which culture they belong to.

 Due to this, many of them seek their “identity” and finding a place and a sense of belonging in an environment and culture which is not theirs, or that of their parents. This quest and determination to integrate, can forge personalities that are resourceful and creative.

 Who are the Third Culture Professionals (TCP’s)?

 TCP’s are part of the expat world. He/she can be a person on an assignment abroad or an accompanying partner. I define “TCP” as a group of career orientated professionals who have experience of working and or/living abroad in a culture that is different to their homeland culture. Subsequently, TCP’s have developed intercultural and new skills that are an asset for a globally diverse world and workplace.

John and Ruth Useem


Copyright © 2017-2021  www.thirdcultureprofessionals.com Certain Rights Reserved

 


Reader Recommendations

"I enjoy reading your blog as it gives very useful information to people like me – working on restarting his/her professional life after a period of expatriation. Your useful tips help to deal with this situation in a stress-free mode and help to methodically face few challenges. I highly recommend Brid’s articles to anyone who knows they have to do something to find a new job, but they don’t know how to do it”.

"During a period of professional reorientation where I needed financing, I used the advice of Brid to write my Skills-Based CV. Thanks to her advice, my Skills-Based CV convinced the financing organization. I highly recommend her articles".

"As an expat myself coming to the end of my current contract and planning to return home to Ireland, I found the article "La Perle Rare", particularly helpful. I will soon be searching for job opportunities. Undoubtedly, I do have to distinguish myself from the crowd. Following the suggestions and advice given by Brid, with self-reflection I discovered that I have an abundance of highly developed soft skills. These are skills I had taken for granted for so long never thinking they would highlight my uniqueness to a potential employer. In the past, my focus was on my qualifications and work experience. Although this focus is important, there is room for self-promotion too. Now, I shall forge ahead with a renewed sense of myself and the confidence to promote my other strengths in interviews. Thank you, Brid. I strongly recommend Brid’s blog to expats who find themselves seeking new job opportunities “. Fiona

"Expatrié lors d’une mission de ma conjointe, j’ai rencontré Brid qui m’a beaucoup aidé et guidé afin de développer mes activités de coach running / renforcement musculaire et de sightrunning, en langue anglaise, en particulier sur mes supports de communication.

Je recommande vivement Brid pour son enthousiasme, son dynamisme et son professionnalisme". Frédéric

http://likeyourrun.blogspot.com/

"Your content is very inspiring. It helped me a lot. Thank you." Emma

Contact form

Name

Email *

Message *