What Do You Want to Do After Living Abroad? (Part 2)

You’re back from abroad…but what do you do next?

This was a question fellow traveler Cate and I bonded over after sharing our reentry stories from past decades (yes, we’ve been at this a long time!). We also discussed how many of our readers seem to face similar challenges. So what did we do? We created the Finding Your Next Global Adventure at Home or Abroad workbook to help anyone figure out what to do next. We also launched a (free) live coaching call series to discuss each chapter of the workbook live with you. On May 17th, we’re focusing on Step 2 of the workbook: Choosing What You Want to Do in the Future.

Before each live coaching call, Cate and I interview each other to share more about the step and our take on it. Here’s Part 2 of the interview. In Part 1, we discussed why we included this strategy in our guide, and how it’s helped us. You can find Part 1 on here.

What We’ve Learned About Planning & Goal Setting

Cate: It’s ok if you don’t have a super clear idea of what you want your life to look like in 5 years. The goal of Step 2 in our workbook is to get you brainstorming so you can identify the things that are – or will be – most important to you.

There are many ways to make your global dreams a reality, even if you’re encountering stumbling blocks. Don’t get discouraged. You may have to get creative, but as they say…when there’s a will, there’s a way!

Be really, really, really open to possibilities. I never wanted to be teacher but I did want to go abroad again, so I accepted a teaching position in Germany after college because it met my criteria for my next global adventure. To my surprise, I discovered that I love teaching! It’s been a big part of my global career, and I’m so glad I didn’t dismiss that opportunity based on my initial lack of interest.

Pouneh: I would also add:

DO research your options. The possibilities are endless. And if you think traditional routes (i.e., study abroad, working abroad, etc.) are expensive or impossible, remember that it’s possible to DIY it through scholarships, creating your own work opportunities, combining several shorter experiences to help you develop a skill or achieve your goal. I have built a DIY global career through strategic planning and major goal setting, so I know it’s possible.

DON’T listen to anyone who tells you that (insert your goal here) isn’t worth pursuing. If you want to do it. Find a way to do it. Or else you may regret it later on in life.

DON’T forget that you’re not alone. So many people are just like you; excited about living a global life at home and abroad. When you get stuck, need inspiration or want to share your story, reach out to us. We’re here for you!

Tools & Resources

Cate: To help travelers, expats, and students be intentional in finding their next global adventure after being abroad, I’m launching a brand new creative workbook and small group mastermind. You can download a free sample of the workbook here! Some other helpful resources include:

Pouneh: For those interested in long-term travel (3-24mo), I have developed a free workbook you can use to identify global experiences that will help you develop career expertise, boost your resume, and build your brand.  I also think these posts would be helpful for anyone in the planning phase:

Get the FREE workbook here and register for the next FREE coaching call here.


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