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.
“It would be rare for me to arrive into a city and not have a friend who is there to give me a place to crash or a business connection,” said Justin Bedard, the executive director of the JUMP! Foundation. “I can safely say that a considerable amount of JUMP’s development has been fueled by my TCK network.”
“I like how it’s so entirely different from anything I’ve ever done before,” said TCK model Hanna Stagg. “It’s challenging in a way I’ve never been challenged before, you have to put yourself out there and get ready for rejection all the time.”
“There will always be times when we feel out of place and alone but even in those times, know that someone in another time zone knows exactly how you’re feeling.”
“The one fundamental hypothesis at GlobalGiving is that the world is connected, and the world is better off connected,” said TCK Mari Kuraishi, co-founder and president of the global nonprofit philanthropy. “We should care because it’s not just altruistic, but it affects your well-being.”
“We are a different breed,” TCK Lauren Abernethy said. “We understand moving all the time and accepting different cultures.”
“I’m fortunate through Boticca to meet some of the world’s most inspiring and creative people,” said Kiyan Foroughi, CEO of Boticca.com. “I’m constantly fascinated by the way their minds work and how they see the world.”
“I want to make sure my impact on the world is in the most positive manner I can,” Jason Trefts said. “Music is a way for me to release the sadness and try help people feel better as well as myself.”
“Lovepats” are people who become expats for love, usually moving to their partner’s home country. When you fall in love and decide to follow someone to the ends of the earth, there isn’t always a lot of logic involved.
Ben Huh, 33, is the CEO of the Cheezburger Network, the Internet company that owns “I Can Has Cheezburger?” Huh, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, grew up between South Korea, Hong Kong and California.