Kam relocated to Dusseldorf, Germany, to take the role of Unit Leader Product Manager of C&A’s Rodeo division. He’s been in the role for four months.
What were your main motivations and reasons behind your international relocation?
It was something I’d always wanted to do, I’ve always enjoyed travelling and new experiences so it was a challenge I was excited about.
How has relocating helped you with your career?
It’s helped build my confidence. When you have new customers and you’re working in new ways with companies that operate differently you have to go out of your comfort zone. There are plenty of new challenges involved with relocating so you need to be confident.
What’s it like living in Germany? How does this compare to the UK?
I’ve moved to Dusseldorf and I really like it here. There’s a better standard of living and a very outdoor lifestyle with plenty to do all the time. Back in the UK it’s easy to fall into a routine, but here there seems to be a lot more going on and I’m still discovering new places to socialise and shop.
What do you do outside of the office?
I haven’t been here very long but I’ve been exploring the city and the country. Even day-to-day stuff like taking the kids out means I’m seeing more.
What personal growth opportunities has relocating offered?
The biggest thing has been my self-confidence; having to meet new people and speak a new language. Teamwork has been an important factor of this because you have to collaborate.
What is the hardest thing about relocating?
For me, it was the language, I only had basic German before I came here and although in a business environment there are lots of English speakers, it’s still important you pick up the language.
What advice would you give to someone looking to make an international relocation? What will they need to consider?
I would say just go for it – do it! It’s well worth speaking to people who’ve relocated themselves to get their perspective on it. It’s also important to be very open about what you want and be open minded about the opportunity. I’d also say; don’t over plan and don’t over think. If it’s something you want, then you should do it.
What advice would you give to someone for trying to juggle settling into a new country and new job?
It’s important to keep a good balance your home life and your work. Of course, there’ll be lots of things to sort out – new doctors and dentists etc – but starting a new job requires time and attention too. Be prepared for ups and downs, things don’t always turn out exactly as you planned them, but stay positive and make the most of the opportunity you’ve been given.