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Moving overseas is all about change: new country, new customs, new job, new language. It’s a lot to handle all at once. When the lifestyle changes include trading in a career for full-time parenting, an even bigger adjustment is required. And if the expat in question is a man, the upending of traditional gender roles adds yet another layer of complexity to the process.

Men who have successfully made the transition know that approaching these changes as opportunities is the first step to thriving in expatriate life. “My advice would be: if you’re going to do it, give it everything you’ve got,” says former expat spouse John Burke. Here are some more suggestions for getting the most out of life as an expat spouse. Read more

The dual career issue is one that strikes terror in the heart of many an International HR professional, and it’s not going to go away any time soon. Faced with the loss their career, many partners are balking at the prospect of becoming an expatriate “Plus-One.” The numbers bear this out: dual career concerns are cited as the reason for refusing an international assignment 58% of the time, and a partner’s inability to settle in the host culture is the number two reason for early return. Read more

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