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GenXpat: The Young Professional's Guide To Making A Successful Life Abroad [Paperback]

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GenXpat: The Young Professional's Guide to Making a Successful Life Abroad is the first guide written for the new generation of young, internationally and culturally mobile professionals. These young professionals from "Generation X" -- the generation most broadly defined as between the ages of 24 and 39 -- are more than 62 million nationwide* and have their own unique set of challenges. Often single and in the earlier stages of their careers, GenXpats tend to go into their expat experience dramatically unprepared and underserved.

Wrapped up in fast-paced careers that increasingly involve travel and frequent international relocation, many young people find themselves bouncing from one exotic assignment to another at the cost of work/life balance, meaningful relationships and a sense of continuity or connection. Margaret Malewski, who has lived the "GenXpat" life, wrote GenXpat to help young professionals achieve the personal fulfillment they need to succeed in their international careers, including information on how to:

- make an informed to decision to move
- optimize an expat contract to ensure their personal needs are met
- juggle work and relocation logistics
- deal with culture shock and cultural differences
- build social networks abroad
- manage the question of romantic relationships, be it by dating across cultures, embarking on a long-distance relationship or moving with a partner
- prepare a smooth re-entry to the home country, workforce and culture

Full of real-life examples from GenXpats who are now working for multinational companies, GenXpat explains what to expect when starting an expat adventure.

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Pages   219
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 7, 2005
Publisher   Intercultural Press
ISBN  1931930236  
ISBN13  9781931930239  

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Good, not great  Sep 3, 2008
I'm in the process of starting a Masters Program/Career in Europe. I purchased the book with the hope of obtaining some insightful information on relocating oversees and it delivered: kind of. Most of the continent is basic common sense knowledge of travel and living in a foreign place.

For instance, I'm aware that long distance relationships are difficult. I'm also aware that living in Switzerland is more expensive than Canada.

If you're looking for a general book that covers a 10,000 ft view of the subject, purchase this book.
Good for early in your career and single  Jun 22, 2008
It says it right in the title, but the book really covers aspects specific to young single professionals who are considering their first expat opportunity.

The book is worth reading if you are further along in your career and have an opportunity to work in another country, but about half the book will not be of interest to you. The book is well organized so that it is very easy to focus just on the chapters that are of interest to you, and the chapters are very self contained. There is no "singles advice" mixed in with "preparing for relocation".
Short and simple survival manual for young expats  Mar 8, 2006
Author Margaret Malewski has a clear thesis and works hard to prove it. She contends that Generation X (that's Gen X, born between 1964 and 1981) expatriates have distinct needs and concerns that differentiate them from previous generations of expatriates. Malewski provides a fairly comprehensive survey of the issues that most expatriates encounter on their sojourns abroad. She pays particular attention to those affecting younger professionals, especially relationship and romance issues. This is one of the few books about expatriate life that addresses, for example, the problems encountered by co-habiting partners and the sensitive issues of cross-cultural dating. Some of her conclusions may seem a bit obvious to the internationalized Internet generation, but we acknowledge that her warnings about culture shock and career challenges are well informed. This book certainly could be helpful to those sheltered Gen Xers when they go overseas to work. The author proves that they have a distinctive problem - and having defined the issue, she sets out solidly to address it.
A very good start  Feb 9, 2006
This book is quite a good start for anyone preparing for a life overseas. I'm in the middle of such an adventure; this book and "Expert Expatriate" have both been most helpful (supplemented by region-specific titles, of course), specifically in the strategic planning - grasping the multitude of details, professional and personal, associated with such a move. It framed a lot of questions in the proper light for me, starting with my reasons and expectations for moving overseas, down to the details of how to maintain my personal relationships after the move. She starts each chapter with an anecdote or mini-case study to introduce the larger ideas - a really great balance between readability and information. It is geared towards readers younger, or without families to move, and is written by someone who grew up with the internet (avoiding the inevitable and ridiculous phrases one might find elsewhere, such as, "The Internet is a wonderful resource for information. Email is a powerful tool for the traveler.") A good book for planning an overseas move, especially for the younger generation. See "Expert Expat" also.
Essential info for the global worker  Sep 22, 2005
Margaret Malewski provides some much-needed advice for a massively growing (but until now neglected) group - the have-laptop-will-work -abroad young person. The chapter on negotiating your contract is worth the price of the book alone. An essential part of the global worker's toolkit.

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