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August 6, 2019
Preparing to go international
If you hear London (Sydney, Tokyo or Sao Paolo) calling, the smartest thing you can do now is get prepared to answer. There are wise moves you can make today while working in your home country to explore your options, develop transferable skills, become more culturally astute and better understand the trade-offs of pursuing an international assignment.
Lynn Keays, a native of Canada and VP of Human Resources for Sysco Europe, completed a three-year assignment in Houston, Texas and is closing in on her second year working in the United Kingdom. “If you are even considering an international move in your future, there is so much you can do early in your career to both make that a strong possibility and help ensure a successful experience when it actually comes to pass,” Keays advises.
Sharon Miller, also a Canadian, who has lived in the U.S. and the Netherlands for the past 13 years working with Lamb Weston, agrees. Miller is currently responsible for Lamb Weston’s business in Latin America and Asia Pacific as SVP and General Manager, Global Business Unit. “It’s important to show interest in an international path early and often,” Miller says. “Being flexible about both role and location can greatly increase the opportunities to make it happen.”
Keays and Miller share these insights for exploring whether an international assignment is likely to be a good fit for you and how to position yourself for those opportunities.
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