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    “I have been marketing manager for five year in a growing SME. When I took the job, I was the only person and had to organize, create, structure. As the company was developing fast, the Chairman decided to enrich the team: he hired a marketing director. I didn’t find my role anymore, but didn’t know what to do: “do I want to work longer in marketing?”, “am I competent if the Chairman hired a marketing director and did not give me the job?”, ... (...)

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    French Senator and ex-minister Hélène Conway-Mouret gave in July 2015 her report to Prime minister Manuel Valls. Under the title  « Le Retour en France des Français de l’étranger », this parliamentary report shows how diverse situations of French citizens living abroad are, quotes and analyses their main difficulties when they come back home, then finally gives solutions to enhance their situation. Published in the middle of the ... (...)

  • Marielle.17/08/2015

    16% of French engineers work outside of France The IESF survey (Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France) dedicates one page to international careers. This may seem quite little in the light of the number of French engineer expats.  According to this survey, 120 000 engineers, that is 16% of French engineers, work outside of France. Half of these are in Europe, Switzerland now stealing the US’s first place, in the midst of growing Asian attractiveness. 87% of these scientists believe ... (...)

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    Expatriate families usually move in summer. They even sometimes come back home! Companies do not pay the same attention to the end of the expatriation, compared to a departure abroad. This is just acknowledging the facts, especially when listening to expats. The company changed, organizations are different, former experiences do not interest new colleagues. Coming back home should be anticipated. If the end of the professional contract is the first cause of the end of expatriation, in 60% of ... (...)

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    This month Alceis wanted to have a look at the situation of expatriate teachers. We often meet expatriates teachers in France, in our middle schools and high schools. However, they are also very numerous in French alliances, organisations, institutes, universities, bilingual high schools or embassies around the world. Why do they leave France? How did they manage to integrate? What qualifications did they need to go? Here they tell us everything. Why do teachers leave ? To be pragmatic, we ... (...)

  • Pauline Leibenguth.

    Studying abroad : a dream.   Many students take the leap and succeed in finding enough money and courage to go to the country they dream of. Still hesitant ? Lets shed light on three key aspects of studying abroad through the story of five students. So what kind of adventures have students had to face in their new country ?   To expatriate oneself, the administrative side of the iceberg   Victor is an Egyptian young man. Now 21 years-old, he arrived in France at 18 to ... (...)

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    This year marks the 10th birthday of Alceis. We are proud to have served our clients and their co-workers. Ten years, hundreds of relocations, assisting impatriates and expatriates during their international transition, so many coachings of French leaving their home country or coming back to France, spouses finding their path in a new country and a host of other services aimed at helping small and middle size companies as well as global companies. We also developed collective accompanying in ... (...)

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    In an article published in French on LinkedIn, Yannick Pons, International Project Manager at Areva, is questioning the international experience. Is it a valuable professional experience? Yes, of course, would he answer, but the expatriate also faces many challenges coming back to France. Difficulties to be understood by the family that stayed in the home country, administrative complications, misunderstanding with the company, often linked with the working organization. Comments to this ... (...)

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    After two stays in 1987 and 1990, I am back to Japan for leisure. I discovered one of the most Northern isand of the country, Okinawa, meeting point of Japanese families during the Equinox break. The planes were overbooked, the resorts overcrowded. Like anywhere in Japan, manners, attention to details like arranging the plates, the flowers, and on the other hand a disorder of houses, and buildings with electric wires on the facades. I thought the island would be tropical and isolated, I found ... (...)

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    Should we stay or should we go ? We can always ask the question.  Actually, it is the job (my husband’s job) that decides. We once left Lyon to go to Normandie, then France to China, and we don’t have any idea of our next place. Sometimes, when our relatives are sick, we feel sad t be so far away. However, travelling and quiet life make the distance easier to bear. Life is made of changes and uncertainties, or what I can call opportunities. We just enrolled the girls in ... (...)

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    The stunning importance of well-being and sports Sydney is a very special city. It is located along two winding estuaries, and a few islands. If you wish to drive from one part of the city to the other, you will need to cross many inlets. As you may have understood, driving a car is the most complicated thing, and it is often simpler and faster to travel by ferry or your own boat moored in one of the many harbours of the city. Sydney is also characterized by a quite anarchic urbanism, with a ... (...)

  • Marielle.18/02/2016

    Florence has been living for four years in Zhuhai, China. Before leaving her home country, she attended the “Preparation to expatriation” seminar. She writes a most interesting newsletter –the last issue is already #15- and is kind enough to send it to her coach. Four years of an experience she lives with discovery fever, and a very accurate judgment on her life as an expat. Everything changes so fast in Zhuhan We truly appreciate the quality of life in Zhuhai. We live in a ... (...)

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    French are good cooks! After two years in Thailand, I was punctually aware of little French thinks I missed. Two years ago, if you would have asked me “do you think there is a specifically French culture?”, I would have shrugged my shoulders and answered, without being convinced “French are good cooks”. Two years later, I realized that I missed not only many products but more deeply also habits, or behaviors that were not applicable in Thailand. I couldn’t go to a ... (...)

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    When last August it was confirmed that we will become expatriates in Spain we thought that everything will be very simple for us. We already lived in England for 2 years and my husband is a bilingual speaker (French and Spanish) : no matter the problems we will have to face ! However we should have known that being an expatriate is a new adventure in itself and we should have been aware of the fact  that Spanish Civil Service (as well as in France) could sometimes be a ... (...)

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    Isabelle has been Trainer Manager for Nuxe in Dubai for two years. We interviewed her during our annual visit to Dubai aiming to meet our local partners. Isabelle, you are a woman, and expatriate for a French company; could you share your first professional feelings? It is essential to adapt to the local way of working, without trying to use our European standards. For instance, you won’t find here the same rigor than in France- however, Emiratis praise our rigor and our knowledge. ... (...)