Coaching By Karin

Coaching By Karin

Nomad or Wanderer?

Being an Expat since 2008.

The last years I have moved a lot.
From one country to another.
From job to job....

When I finally started being an expat, March 2008, I wanted to work and live in the South of Europe for years already.
Yet the circumstanced didn't allow me.
And then... at one time I thought "When I am not going to do it now, I will be lying on my death bed and thinking "I wish I had"...".

My first destination, as a representative for a Tour Operator, was Malta.
I could only stay a few months before I had to go on to Fuerteventura (Canary Islands).
First I hated it there, but after a few weeks I fell in love with the islands.
And its habitants.

As I grew up on an island myself I fully understand the pride of the inhabitants.
Pride for their island, their culture, their language.

Due to illness in my family I went back for about 2 years to the Netherlands.
During living there I have been visiting Egypt & Morocco. Both for a few weeks and traveling around.

After 2 years I was able to go the South of Europe again.
When I found this job, I didn't know it would be Fuerteventura again.
But when I found out I was as happy as I could be.

From April 2011 till March 2016 I lived at Fuerteventura.
And I loved it there. The issue for me was that I could not find a permanent fitting job.
Therefore I was job hopping a lot. And I didn't want this anymore, and found a job in Athens, Greece.

The job I didn't particularly like, nor Athens.
I still like the Greek Islands and wouldn't mind to move over there, but living again in Athens...
Not on my priority list.
Doesn't even make my bucket list...

I still miss Fuerteventura though. Very much. I tried to get back a few times, but it is really hard to find a job there.
So I moved from Athens back to Malta.
From Malta to Bulgaria. Which I can really advise. The Bulgarian people are warm and always willing to help.
The climate is something different though. As was the company I worked for.
Nano-micro-managing till the bone... Horrible.
The job itself was great and I learned a lot!

In July 2018 I moved to the Czech Republic. A country I never thought of moving to.
Why not? I am someone who goes for feeling. And it didn't feel like a good idea.
Yet I got a great job offer, from a company which sounded to good to be true.
So I moved to Brno.
Although I tried, every new beginning is difficult (I know, I have been there, done that many times) but this was pure horror.
At least it was for me.

When I moved to Spain the first time I didn't feel good either. At that time I hardly knew a word Spanish.
But I learned the basics very quick. And the Spanish were willing to help me.
But this was different. It had nothing to do the the language barrier. But with the people.
Czech, at least in Brno, are not willing to help anyone who does not speak the Czech language.
They turn around and walk away when you ask if they can help you in a English.
This happened not once, not twice but all (except 3 times in 6 moths) the time.
And I am not the only one complaining about this. All Expats are complaining about it.
I probably am one of the few who is not able, not willing, to get used to this.

And then the company I worked for changed. Instead of a peoples company it was became a number oriented company.
And from a customer orientated to a KPI orientated company. Everything for the numbers.
E V E R Y T H I N G...
For that, I started to look for a new job.

I a country where the climate in the winter is warmer (of course preferably the Canary Islands) as will be the people.
Very important for me is that the people are warm also. I do not want the debacle I am living in now another time.
Got a few job offers for Lisbon in Portugal. Which I declined as the salary was very low. Even for Portugal.
I was passed for a few others. Not fitting in the team, too old I bet, as the team needed to be formed yet.
But the company tole me it was not me, I could give it a try for the same function with other clients of them... Euhmmm...
You think? No thank you.

Only after I made 2 Vision Boards, about living in Portugal, I got a clear picture of what I really wanted and was able to visualize it completely.
After that I had, among others, a job conversation with an employment agency (not a recruiter). The girl I was talking with could not propose me for the job we were speaking about. The company already knew me.
But a colleague of her had an opening for a job with another company she was hoping to find candidates for. I had seen the vacancy on LinkedIn but hadn't applied. Not yet, although I saved it.

To make a long story short...
I got a job offer for that job which I accepted, and I will move to Porto the 30th of December 2018.

More about the move Porto 2019

So what do you think?
Am I a Nomad or a Wanderer?

I myself think I am a Nomad and I hope to Wander in the right direction...

BE SOMEONE who makes YOU happy.

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, You are right". Henry Ford