Not just vacation time or play time but time to think through who we are and what we really want to do with the rest of our lives. Most of us may have, for many reasons, followed a career orientation that does not entirely fulfill our aspirations and we all fantasize to have time to consider what we want to do next.
Yet , when we suddently find ouselves in the situation of following a partner on assignment overseas – even if we have been an active player in the decision to relocate – chances are we no longer view that opportunity in exactly the same light ! All of a sudden, we move from "doing" to "being" and, depending on our upbringing and personal values, this may prove to be not that a difficult exercise.
From my own experience as a career partner, I would make 3 suggestions to those of you who are going through this right now:
- Allow yourself time to adjust : your mind needs time to reboot so it’s operational in your new location. Give yourself time to learn a new culture and new ways…You will find the exercise proves very useful when it comes to approaching the local job market.
- Learn to enjoy "slow time", it pushes you out of your comfort zone, develops your creativity and will help you really redefine your identity and get to the essentials.
- Enjoy the time you have now, it will never come back! It may seem difficult at first but regaining control of your time and what you do with it can be very thrilling. And, if you don’t use that time off to the best advantage, you will regret it down the line.