Caught up in fast-paced careers that increasingly involve travel and international relocation, many young people find themselves living and working abroad, often at the cost of meaningful relatioships and a sense of connection. illustrations
GenXpat/'jenw''eks w' pat/ n. a member of Generation X, born between 1964 and 1981, who is also an expatriate or expat, that is, one who decides to live and pursue a career abroad. Caught up in fast-paced careers that increasingly involve travel and international relocation, many young people find themselves living and working abroad, often at the cost of meaningful relationships and a sense of connection. Margaret Malewski, a cross-cultural trainer and GenXpat, balances the successes and failures of a new generation of young, internationally and culturally mobile professionals. Based on her own experiences and that of her colleagues, she offers invaluable advice for a generation that embraces the opportunity and the challenges of overseas assignments. Aspiring GenXpats will learn how to: negotiate an expat contract; juggle work and moving logistics; deal with culture shock; build social networks abroad; enjoy dating across cultures; prepare a smooth re-entry back home.
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