My name is Marta Zielinska. I am a psychologist by education, HR/Mobility professional by employment and an expat by choice.
I have always been close to a lot of things intercultural. Starting with a real passion for an atlas and it proving to be the most interesting read ever, through starting to learn foreign languages, singing in a choir which hosted international festivals, to getting a corporate job, having regular exposure to people from our various global offices and getting CQ certified.
In 2015 I decided to do something I’ve been thinking about for a while – finally moving abroad. I wanted to get some more day-to-day international exposure and experience by myself what it’s like to live in a different country. I ended up being in London, UK.
Still Europe? Yes. Similar to Poland where I’m from? In many aspects – yes. But in so many – no!
Given my corporate background and interest in effective intercultural communication, I decided to share my knowledge and experiences through a blog. The blog has become my expat project. Project: Abroad. I want to keep discovering “the abroad”, keep learning about other places in the world and helping you successfully go through the ups and downs of living and working internationally.
Looking forward to you joining me in this international adventure! You can learn more about me here.
The blog has three sections to help you explore the three areas crucial to successful intercultural life, mind and work.
Here you will find some knowledge and resources that will help you understand how various cultures work, what you should pay attention to while working with people from around the world, how to use stereotypes to your advantage and what you can do to make these international work relationships even better and more efficient.
If you’re interested in what you might expect when moving abroad to work on a project or for a longer period of time, or what struggles you might encounter when living abroad or working with people globally this is a section for you. It also provides various self-reflection exercises which can help you reset your focus. Anything about interactions between people, your emotions, values or behaviours will be mentioned in this section.
As I am an expat now as well, I’d also like to share some of my perspectives on living abroad, job-hunting and working abroad, managing long-distance relationships with friends and family, show you some interesting places I visited as well as give some tips as to how to manage the whole moving and living abroad thing!
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If there are any topics that are of interest for you around the theme of living, studying and/or working internationally feel free to let me know on email@example.com or via the facebook page!
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This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer.
In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time…I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind! Therefore any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not be completely the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today.