The opportunity to work in another country and experience a different culture is hugely appealing to many professional women. However, it is also a common concern that an international career cannot go hand-in-hand with a happy family life.
Increasingly, young professional women are coming to regard a successful career and raising a family as mutually exclusive. It is vital to challenge this myth and show that, in fact, having a fulfilling personal and family life can yield benefits for your career.
Katy Friedman, Group Talent Director, Robert Walters, comments, “International experience can be extremely rewarding for both your career and your family life, offering you a global perspective on your employer and giving your children the opportunity to experience a range of cultures growing up. The key is to find an employer who will support both aspects of your life and building a relationship with them where you can rely on their advice and support.”
If you plan to pursue an international career, it is also worth considering a number of factors when considering where you may want to work:
Katy goes on to say, “There are certainly challenges that come with balancing an international career and raising a family, but it is far from impossible. What’s more, it can offer unique opportunities for you and your family.”
Katy Friedman is Group Talent Director at Robert Walters. Since joining the company in 2001, she herself has moved internationally many times - starting her career as an Associate Consultant in Tokyo’s banking division - before moving to New York in 2007 to head up the sales and marketing division. She currently oversees the Group’s talent acquisition functions, and is based in our London office. Katy is married and is currently expecting her second child.
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