“No one really cares about your ‘life-changing’ experiences abroad.”
Wow! Can it be true? Will no one want to know about the last 2 years of my life??
I recently read an article about expats returning to the US and a few lines caught my attention, so I thought I’d share:
Reverse culture shock
The United States you remember has been replaced by its cinematic evil twin.
It’s really just the same old country with a mustache, but that’ll be enough to cause what is widely regarded among the expat community as reverse culture shock: the unexpected difficulty of adjusting to life back home.
According to Mobility magazine, “For many, it takes a full 12-month-cycle of holidays and work-related events before [returning expats] feel fully re-established back home.” Here’s what to expect …
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As part of my usual Sunday routine I perused the Independent Schools website and the Illinois Education Job Bank in search of jobs that are in awesome, fun, totally rad cities and that both fit my qualifications and my desires for a job. For some reason, today I started to feel the crunch. It’s the end of March and after sending out countless resumes to schools of interest, 3 first interviews, and zero job offers, the panic began to set in. I am great, my resume is great, but the fact that I’m in Hong Kong serves as both a positive and a detriment to my CV. I think it makes my background interesting, but I doubt that people are willing to entertain the idea of interviewing someone living overseas. They can’t see me (Skype is here, people!!), so it’s hard to get a good feel for who I really am.
Panic set in and resume sending was set in motion. I found multiple jobs that fit the aforementioned and despite a hiccup in the Illinois application system, I applied to many jobs in hopes that someone somewhere will see that I belong there.
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Welcome to my new blog—New Girl in the City! This will serve as the chronicle of my new adventure post-Hong Kong. It’ll start with my job search, then onto my eventual move back to the States and then how I get along in my new city. I’m super excited about where my life will take me…even if I don’t know where that is yet or what I’ll be doing once I get there!
The preparations for this new life journey have begun. I’ve been applying for jobs all over the States—from New York to Chicago to Austin to cities in California. I’m being choosy about what types of schools I’m applying to (only independent schools so far) and about what cities I’m choosing (big ones with lots to do) because I’d like wherever I move next to be where I settle down for a while. Better make it good so I want to stay! So far I’ve had interviews for a school in St. Louis (though I didn’t get the job), Chicago, and Austin. Ideally, I’d end up in Chicago since that’s the closest big city to my family, but for now, I’ll take what I can get. As much as it feels like I need a job before I return I’m really not too worried—I have great qualifications and a passion for something else: writing! If I thought it was hard applying for teaching jobs overseas, it’s even more difficult looking for writing/editing positions. I do have experience now but no degree in the field so I think that puts my resume in a difficult place. It should be easier once I’m in a city, can show my face, and prove that I’m worth it. Wherever I end up and whatever I end up doing, I have a good feeling it’ll be the right thing for me (at least my fortune tells me so).