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Put Your Living Abroad Experience To Work For You

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Put Your Living Abroad Experience to Work

You are the new hero in town! Everyone sees you as the man who just breezed into town with some great ideas, and great vision. They want to see you succeed and maybe benefit from what you have to offer; but of course, there are some who are totally indifferent.

The truth is there are some who have not been able to do anything to change their statuses since you left and also some people you left behind who have actually made a great success of their lives even with the few resources available. The only way up is to use the ladder, and that doesn’t come easy; does it? Well, you can overcome some of your problems by simply putting your living abroad experience to work.

It is pretty obvious you didn’t travel abroad for sightseeing or probably didn’t spend years clubbing and visiting some tourist locations abroad. You must have learned a lot of things over there. The best thing you can do is to put it to good use, and make a living out of it.

Some of the things you may have learnt while living abroad may include but not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Analytical experience
  • Flexibility
  • Familiarity with local custom
  • Ability to adapt to new environment
  • Language proficiency
  • Intercultural competence
  • Research experience
  • Self reliance
  • Perseverance
  • Diversity tolerance
  • Assertiveness
  • Knowledge of history and tradition of the people in your host community
  • Independence

You can add some other things you have gained and learned abroad to the lists above. I mean the lists is in-exhaustive, and you can add yours if it is not already included.

Putting your experience and idea to work is the best and most appropriate way to deal permanently with idleness and move ahead of your worries. It is the best way to confront your fears, and deal with your cultural shocks. If you also want people to get behind you, then don’t let your ideas die; give it your very best so that people could see that your journey to seek greener pasture has not been a waste of resources.

Well things may not go as planned from start, but you need to hang in there or you will lose the plot. To your community, it is probably a new idea; one they have never seen or experienced before. So if you believe it is worth the while; then give it a push that it deserves.

Ideas rule the world, and Nigeria in particular could do with some of the ideas you have gathered over the years. Your ideas are worth more than the paper in which they have been written on.

Remember, the world is waiting to celebrate you; and you are that returnee who has returned to make your mark in this country!

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