Culture & Languages

Opportunity to create Unity

Opportunity to create Unity
Alchemy Admin, March 26, 2020

There is a question that many of us have and are asking ourselves right now - How can I make a difference?

With hundreds of thousands of people sitting behind closed doors across the globe, we have all been inspired to witness many kind, generous acts, innovative new ways of connecting with each other, and individuals stepping up in a time of need across our communities and our countries.  

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Will an international assignment help or hinder your career? The pros and cons

Will an international assignment help or hinder your career? The pros and cons
Katie Smith, January 28, 2020

We are constantly hearing and reading about the benefits of accepting an international assignment for work... But is disrupting your life to such a degree worth it? Are there genuinely career boosting leaps to be made as a result of the relocation process? I’m looking at the positives and negatives of international assignments and the resulting impact on your life and career.

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AI + Global Mobility

AI + Global Mobility
Mourelle Josiah-Wong, October 8, 2019

What can tip the scales of success or failure for an international assignment does not necessarily depend entirely on the assignee. There’s an overwhelming amount of data and information that needs to be processed, usually by a network of different people specialising in one specific field, all relying on each other to successfully complete their part. Under any circumstances having a chain of people efficiently complete a task will take some time, so what can be done to effectively meet the increasing demands required in Global Mobility?

This is where the exciting part begins, the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with an inhuman capacity to crunch numbers, unabatedly learn, predict and follow through with global mobility requirements may be set to revolutionise the industry.

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International Assignments: Opportunities for Women

International Assignments: Opportunities for Women
Katie Smith, July 31, 2019

Early/Mid-2000s

While expatriation is an exciting challenge, it can also bring with it a wealth of challenges – some of which can, unfortunately, be linked with assignee gender. Even as recently as the early/mid-2000s ERC reports dictated that most international assignments at that time were typically completed by older males, moving from Western to Eastern cultures. Comparatively these days, there are more opportunities to travel from East to West in-line with increasing demands for skilled labour in the West.  

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What is Reverse Culture Shock?

What is Reverse Culture Shock?
Sophie Watkins, April 26, 2019

Returning home

When going on an international assignment, culture-shock in a new country is a very common, even expected, part of the process. Many employers are aware of this and make provisions for their employees, such as ‘look-see’ trips prior to assignments, and cultural training to help combat feeling out of place in their new home. But what about when the assignment is over? Coming home may be thought of as an easy process, however in reality this is often not the case.

This phenomenon, known as reverse culture shock, is experienced by many assignees who find returning home just as difficult, if not more so, than leaving in the first place. After the initial high of returning to your family, friends and ‘old’ life, various negative emotions can rise to the surface.

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