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Expat partners in USA, same difficulties?

Dernière mise à jour : 6 mai 2021

At Absolutely Talented, we want to speak about expat partners who come in France, but also expat partners all around the world.

Because everywhere, we can meet expat partners.

That’s why in this article, we interview Caroline Vaquette,

who is a French expatriate in USA.

Is the vision of expat partner the same all around the world?

Let’s discover!

Hello Caroline,

- Where do you come from?

I come from France, and I spent 4 years in Asia between 2014 and 2018, before arriving in the US where I am based now.

- What is your background?

I have almost 20 years experience in Europe and Asia driving growth for global companies, developing business and people.

- Is it your first expatriation?

Living in the US is my second expatriation and it’s a wonderful experience to get the chance to know this country, its people with diverse ethnicities, its history/culture and also its way of living and working.

- How was your arrival in USA? Did you want to work at the beginning?

I arrived in September 2018 and first I wanted to understand more about my new environment and get connected with my new community.

As an expat partner, it’s important to play this key role for the happiness of the whole family. Then, it was time to think about me.

I pursued and received a Strategic Management Certificate from Georgetown University. In addition, during one year, I took time to do some personal discovery and development work, which led to some deep reflection and realizations, to articulate more clearly my life’s mission.

I joined a women group of pioneers with the PPV Executive Program.

Knowing the battles I wish to lead in the next phase of my career and professional life was important before looking for a job.

- And now?

I have been looking for a job for 5 months and I have met an average of 5 new contacts a week in