Companies look for employees who not only fit the job description, but also have life experience, strong communication skills, and an ability to adapt. Here are some unique characteristics that TCKs can highlight when applying and interviewing for a job.
“I’ve been so fortunate to see so many different opportunities and have those be a reality if I wanted them,” said Emily Chong, a service officer for Catchafire, a company that matches professions with non-profits. “But what that causes is stasis from too many options, so not ever knowing if I’m ever in the right space.”
“I always consider that there are other realities than the one that I immediately see in any given situation, and I try to communicate those different perspectives in my films,” documentary filmmaker Ruchika Muchhala said.
“A school friend once described us as citizens of the world,” said TCK Clarissa Beeson, an attorney working in London. “I think that is rather apt. We are made up of so many different parts that together form a whole.”
Entrepreneurs and TCKs have some strikingly common characteristics: adaptable, open to risk, and remarkably resilient. “I’ve seen all kinds of entrepreneurs,” John Scull says. “I think, at end of day, the most important characteristic is that you can deal with ambiguity.”
“Working and living in Haiti, I get a constant feeling of “You just can’t make this shit up,” Tara Yip-Bannicq said. For the past two years, the self-proclaimed “disaster junkie” has traveled around the world to help in humanitarian aid efforts in countries like Haiti and Indonesia.