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Often overlooked by the international media, Indonesia is the world’s fourth largest country with a diversified economy underpinned by a dynamic private sector and has experienced years of positive economic growth. Its geographic position between China and India sometimes masks the scale and dynamism of this South East Asian behemoth, but the shifting sands of globalization are drawing this giant out of the shadows. AESC recently hosted a session in Jakarta on the future of executive search in Indonesia. What are the opportunities and challenges that Indonesia offers senior executives? Let’s take a look at some key points made during our Jakarta visit and what this means for executives considering positions in Indonesia.  

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive expats, featuring Tiffany Hardy, BlueSteps Executive Career Services, and Rainer Morita, BlueSteps Executive Career Services.

Some of the questions asked included:

Making a next career move can be an enormous step for any executive; with the added challenges of a new country, a new language and the possible relocation of your family, the stakes are much higher for would-be executive expats.

expat_dubaiLike with any life-changing decision, the first step is to do your research and gather as much information as you can, yet it can be difficult to know where to begin. That’s why we have provided a list of our top three considerations for potential executive expats.
 

1. Consider the Value of Your Financial Package

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of expat job search and expat life, featuring Ken Daubenspeck, from Daubenspeck and Associates, and Rainer Morita, from BlueSteps Executive Career Services.

Some of the questions asked included:

The implications associated with executives allowing themselves to be expatriated to a foreign country are not addressed as part of the targeted executive decision making process. As I have been expatriated by three different Fortune 500 companies, I can provide unique insight as to pros and cons. I also wrote my doctoral thesis directly on the issues and associated implications of expatriation, which required me to directly address published research regarding expatriation. Therefore, the information I have put forward below has emerged from not only my own lived experience, but also from the totality of my research related to this topic.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of international executive job search, featuring Jon Barron, from Gaines International, an Allen Austin company, and John Ryan, from TRANSEARCH International.

Some of the questions asked included:

Whenever my clients are considering an immediate or future global relocation, we first delve into the cultural ramifications that such a move would entail for their career and personal lives. Having lived five years in Belgium and being well inculcated into a French-speaking culture, I still vividly recall the shock of re-assimilating back into the United States. I had forgotten how different were the pace, cultural energy and behaviors a half-continent away in California. I was a stranger to my homeland.

Frequently, we overlook the impact of a cultural transition upon careers. The results can be a lack of assimilation that derails the career opportunity. Here are some common transition challenges that are often overlooked:
 

Returning home

You’d need to have spent six months living on the moon to have avoided hearing talk of China’s economic slowdown. China’s new normal has been providing headlines for much of 2015. While China’s growth rate is still good by global standards, it’s nonetheless a big drop in the context of an economy as big and powerful as China. Let’s take a look at the possible impacts of China’s slowdown on executive jobs. No doubt China’s new normal will have an impact on executive employment, but the effects will be uneven and will impact expatriate executives, returning Chinese, and local executives differently.
 

Almost all executives are aware of this little country, but for most executives and expanding companies, Japan plays a relatively small role compared to neighboring China. This article is therefore intended to throw light on Japan’s globalizing economy and the executive opportunities that are opening up there.
 

In today’s increasingly globalized business environment, the demand is growing for internationally minded executives who can produce results across a variety of markets and cultures. It can be argued that there has never been a better time to pursue an expatriate career as finding and developing these individuals is a key priority for multinational firms. However, searching for the right position abroad presents its own set of challenges. Below are some tips to keep in mind.
 

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