The acceleration of globalization has given the multinational companies an opportunity to expand their business beyond the border. There are so many companies who have started their production plant in different countries. This has brought about the concept of ex-pat managers. You cannot think of a successful carrier without crossing the border. Most of the good companies send all their managers abroad at least for once. And the improvement of your carrier might depend on that. So you need to know the ways to become a successful ex-pat.
Stay focused on your area of expertise. Once you go to some other countries as an ex-pat, initially your local officials are likely to question everything that you do or every move that you make. Not everyone likes to be bossed by someone not belonging to their nation or culture. But be focused and do things rightly. Once they realize that you are good at what you do, they will start respecting you.
A very efficient way of making life a lot easier is to learn the local language. So many ex-pats would finish their tenure without doing that but you should at least put an effort to learn the language. This will make the locals appreciate you and you will have a better grip on the surroundings. But make sure unless you have mastered the language, don’t use it in serious situation.
When you are working outside your country, it’s not only you who is dealing with a different culture. The people working with you are also going through the same. Make sure you represent your culture in a nice and appreciable manner.
Once you are out of your comfort zone, double check your instinct. Language is a great barrier. People might want to manipulate you using the language and give you a wrong idea about what is going on. So be sure before you decide something basing on the given information.
A different country means a completely new set of ideas and assumptions. You might think that what you assumed is obvious but you might be questioned and explain why you think so. This happens because of the different ways of life and the belief. It might also happen that what you take for granted to be the way, is no longer the way to go in that country. May be they are advanced or they are yet to reach there.
Make sure you do everything right and have faith in yourself. Be confident and open minded and you will enjoy being an ex-pat.