The following is a "return on experience" from an Expat Accompanying Partner.

"When my family closed the door in the morning to head off to work and to school, I would relentlessly throw myself into tidying up the house. Once this was done, I would ask myself “what next?”

There was always something to do; have a coffee or lunch, go shopping, see a movie or visit somewhere new. This was all fine for a while, however, deep down, I was frustrated and felt like something was missing. Slowly my motivation level started to decrease and I felt like I wanted my days to pass differently. This was a new phase for me and an important one as I realized that I needed to understand why I was feeling like this and what should I do, to change this situation.

I asked myself what I really wanted to be doing and what motivated me. I began to do new things that had a sense to my long-term aspirations and which I wholeheartedly enjoyed. I liked to study and gain new knowledge, so I did online learning courses. Soon afterwards, I stopped asking the question “what next?”. I was again motivated and confident. I no longer felt empty or guilty because I didn’t have a job to go to in the morning.

Also, the new knowledge and diplomas acquired via online learning helped me to find a new job".

Thanks to this Expat Accompanying Partner for sharing their experience. Their motivation was acquiring new knowledge and education as part of their long-term aspirations. For others, it can be something different. An upcoming article on the blog will look at what drives our motivation: why we are passionate and enthusiastic about some things rather than others and the reasons behind this.


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

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

Contact form


Email *

Message *