INTERVIEW WITH AN EXPAT: GET TIPS AND ADVICE FROM AN ITALIAN EXPAT LIVING IN THE USA
Salvatore M. is an Italian Expat, who relocated a year ago to Florida, located in the southernmost region of the United States Salvatore moved to the United States with his family to pursue a job in sales. He shares the challenges he and his family faced, and his advice for other Expats moving to the U.S.
Q. DID YOU RELOCATE WITH FAMILY? CHILDREN? HOW ARE THEY ADJUSTING TO RELOCATING? WHAT DO THEY ENJOY MOST ABOUT THEIR NEW COUNTRY?
A. Yes, I relocated to Florida with my wife and my 1 year old son.The first period of a relocation is always difficult. However a relocation to Florida it’s a nice challenge.
Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST FEW MONTHS IN YOUR NEW LOCATION? ANY CHALLENGES? IF SO, HOW DID YOU RESOLVE THEM?
A. The most difficult was to find a house in 2 months and setup the house as much faster as possible to start our new life in a easier way. We got a lot of support from our relocation company the partners working with them
Q. NOW THAT YOU ARE SETTLING IN, IS THERE A BIG CHANGE IN CULTURE? DID YOU FIND ANY HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR EXPATS?
A. There are always many differences, but sometime they are better than the way we did things in our original country. We got a lot of benefit from an interculture training we did for expats. We are also studying Spanish as this is almost mandatory in Florida.
Q. ARE THERE ANY TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW EXPAT THAT YOU WISH SOMEONE SHARED WITH YOU BEFORE YOU BEGAN YOUR FOREIGN ASSIGNMENT/RELOCATION?
A. Nothing special. Just take a relocation as a constructive experience and a positive challenge.