10 Expat Career Tips on Turning Dutch
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10 Expat Career Tips

If you are moving or living abroad but want to ensure that your career remains intact in some form or another, here are ten pointers: 1. Think creatively You may need to rethink your career path but with creative thinking you can end up going in a surprising and fun, albeit new, direction. Now is… Continue reading 10 Expat Career Tips

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Expat, Family

10 Things 2019 Has Already Taught Me

As 2018 turned into 2019 I said to my husband, "Thank god for that. 2019 can't be worse then 2018." Little did I know 2019 was standing in the side wings saying to 2018, "Ha! Hold my beer." Probably the worst thing about moving overseas is the fact that you leave your family and friends… Continue reading 10 Things 2019 Has Already Taught Me

Expat

10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands

When I left the UK in 2000 to board a boat that would take me to a new life in the Netherlands, I never really stopped to consider how my life was about to change. Naive maybe, but one thing I learned quickly was how to roll with the expat punches. I knew there was… Continue reading 10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands

Parenting, School

Hoogbegaafd or Gifted Children in the Dutch Education System

Every week we ferry two of my children around to schools other than their own so that they can participate in a 'plusklas' or a 'talentklas'. It's only recently that teachers uttered the words highly gifted to us about our sons. And so parenting (and my Dutch vocab) takes on a new level. What happens… Continue reading Hoogbegaafd or Gifted Children in the Dutch Education System

Expat Challenges on Turning Dutch
Expat, Health

Expat living: Four Expat Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Whether you have secured the job of your dreams in a location you have always wanted to live, or are moving abroad for more practical reasons, working as an expat is an exciting prospect. There is so much to do in the run up to the move and when you first arrive, it can be… Continue reading Expat living: Four Expat Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Culture, Netherlands

Recognising Burn-Out Symptoms and Getting on the Path to Recovery

In 2017, sixteen percent of employees in The Netherlands were experiencing burn-out symptoms. Under particular stress are those working in education, healthcare and hospitality industry. Do you know the warning signs of burn-out? Do you know how to recover from a burn-out? The Good News and the Bad News The good news is that the… Continue reading Recognising Burn-Out Symptoms and Getting on the Path to Recovery

Family, Grandparents, My Articles

Grandparenting From Afar

When you move overseas you inevitably leave family behind. That, more often than not, includes separating your children from their grandparents with more miles than you'd like. However, living in different countries doesn't mean your children won't get to build a good, loving, healthy relationship with their grandparents. It's more about effort than it is… Continue reading Grandparenting From Afar