Successful & Fulfilling Career abroad: Practical Tips for internationals

Relocating to a new country can be a transformative yet challenging experience, particularly when it comes to securing a fulfilling job. In a recent podcast episode, I had the pleasure of discussing this journey with career consultant Kate Dahl. Together, we explored practical strategies and insights that can help international job seekers navigate the job market in Denmark and beyond. Here’s a detailed look at the valuable advice Kate shared, aimed at helping you thrive and create a fulfilling life abroad.

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Understanding the Cultural Context

One of the primary hurdles international job seekers face is adapting to the cultural nuances of their new country. Kate highlighted the importance of understanding the local job search culture. For instance, job searching in Denmark is vastly different from job searching in Japan. Each country has its unique expectations and communication styles. Thoroughly researching these differences can significantly enhance how you present yourself to potential employers.

The Role of a Fulfilling Job in Well-being

Kate emphasized that a fulfilling job is integral to your overall well-being. It’s not just about professional success but also about personal happiness and satisfaction. A job should make you feel content and challenged, not burdened or trapped. Reflecting on what makes you feel energized and growing is crucial for long-term job satisfaction and mental fitness.

Authenticity in Job Searching

Authenticity is vital during your job search. It means showcasing your true self, skills, and competencies rather than conforming to what you think employers want. This can be particularly challenging when navigating cultural differences, but it’s essential for finding a role that truly suits you. Kate advises that job interviews are the best opportunity to express your personality and demonstrate why you are a good fit for the company. She elaborates on this topic in her blog article “How to Let Your Personality Shine in a Danish Job Interview“.

Soft Skills and Personality Fit

In some cultures, like Denmark for example, soft skills and personality fit are highly valued. Employers look for candidates who not only possess the right technical skills but also fit well with the company culture. Kate stressed the importance of showing your professional self in interviews. Practicing personality and logic tests, commonly used by Danish companies, can help you prepare and present yourself authentically.

Practical Tips for Job Searching

Here are three essential tips for job seekers looking to secure a position abroad:

  1. Understand the Cultural Context: Research how job searching is conducted in the country you are in and adapt your approach accordingly. Different countries have different expectations and preferred communication styles.
  2. Monitor Your Well-being: Ensure you are in the right headspace for job searching. If negativity and frustration are overwhelming your job search process, it might be time to take a step back and address these feelings before moving forward.
  3. Use Relevant Tools: Identify and utilize the tools commonly used in the job market of your new country. For example, LinkedIn is widely used in Denmark for job searching and networking, whereas other countries might have different preferred platforms.

Research and Long-term Planning

Kate underscores the importance of thorough research, not just about the job market, but also about what will make you happy in the long term. It’s essential to consider whether a job aligns with your long-term career goals and personal well-being. She advises job seekers to think about where they see themselves in five to ten years and whether the current job path can lead to sustained happiness and fulfillment.


Navigating the job market in a new country involves understanding cultural nuances, focusing on well-being, being authentic, and using the right tools. By following Kate Dahl’s advice, job seekers can better position themselves to find fulfilling and rewarding employment that contributes to their overall happiness and success in a new country.

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