25 Questions & 5 Tips for Relaunching Yourself into a Global Career

All month I’ve been posting re-entry relaunch questions and tips about finding your ideal global career path on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, so I thought I’d post all of them in once place in case you missed a few. Or you can search #GlobalCareerPath on Twitter.

(Click here if you’re looking for last month’s tips on using LinkedIn to relaunch yourself.)

I also sent a more in-depth tip via The Post, the community newsletter (What? you don’t receive it? Click here to get it delivered to your inbox!).

Since I’ll be out of the office most of July, I’m going to get back to posting daily re-entry relaunch tips starting August 1!


Q1: Where have you been abroad? Do you have expertise in a specific country, region or language?

Q2:  What kind of work environment do you prefer? Office? Co-working space? Outdoors? Home? Coffee shop?

Q3: Do you want to travel for work? Or travel for pleasure?

Q4: What’s more important to you: money or freedom?

Q5: What kind of life do you want to have outside work hours?

Q6: Where do you (not) want to live?

Q7: Where do you (not) want to work: University? Business? Non-profit? For yourself?

Q8: What skills have you developed that you might not realize you have?

Q9: What did you learn about yourself while traveling/living/working abroad?

Q10: What did traveling/living/working abroad teach you about the world?

Q11: What did traveling/living/working abroad teach you about what you DON’T want to do with your life?

Q12: What percentage of your day do you want to spend alone? Working with other people?

Q13: Do you want to do your work in your native language or another language?

Q14: If you want to work abroad, can you adapt to very different styles of work, communication, conflict, etc?

Q15: What’s your minimum salary requirement? Be honest yet realistic. Don’t sell yourself short!

Q16: What types of work tasks do you NOT want to do?

Q17: What hard and soft skills do you most want to develop?

Q18: What are 3 ways you add value to a team?

Q19: What would your dream work day look like?

Q20: How could you modify your current job to be your dream job?

Q21: What kind of professional development could help you reach your goals?

Q22: What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?

Q23: What online communities could help you find your global career path?

Q24: What are your career “ingredients.”

Q25: What time of day do you prefer to (not) work?

Tip 26: Join a professional organization such as #NAFSA or #SIETAR to find your network.

Tip 27: Take the #Meyers-Briggs and/or #StrengthsFinder to identify your interests and strengths.

Tip 28: Take the Intercultural Development Inventory or other assessment in order to determine areas for intercultural growth.

Tip 29: Take 10 minutes a month to update your LinkedIn profile.

Tip 30: Remember, you don’t have to figure out the rest of your life, just the next step!