One of the many benefits of being an expat it is the fact that nobody really knows you in your new destination.

You could have been a teacher, a housewife, a director of a research facility, an astronaut, but in your new location, you can be anything!!! Why not?

We all have a series of personal and professional skills that we have mastered over time. The challenge while relocating is to make the most of that set of skills and experiences, to be creative with them, but most importantly to not be afraid of reinventing yourself during the process!

After leaving my corporate life behind to be an expat spouse, I was convinced that my new role as housewife and mum was much more than just those two words alone. I decided to give value to my new role and believe I was doing a professional job too. My new title became:

 “Facilities and HR Manager of our home & family”
😉

Knowing that I was still a professional in every role I took on allowed me to spot the opportunity that came up 4 years ago.

To set up my own company.

SecurelyBe was born as a combination of:

1-a professional need I experienced during my own past relocations and
2-a personal suffering in each and everyone of them.

I braced myself, went all in, and created a new service that was non-existent “per se” in the relocation industry.
With tenacity, passion, a few tears, sleepless nights and great support from different entrepreneurial organisations -as well as my husband and friends- SecurelyBe became what it is today 3 years later.

But honestly? none of this makes sense without the professional recognition, right? That great feedback from a client, establishing important partnerships, growing media presence and the ultimate dream…an industry award. Yet again, why not?!

ARP award presidentWell, the dream has become a reality. Last Thursday The Association of Relocation Professionals awarded SecurelyBe with a prestigious award:

“Most Promising Newcomer to the Relocation Industry” 2014

WOW!!! For once…I was speechless…

The message here is:

  • You can do anything, if you believe in yourself
  • Find something that you love, research, study and learn all about it.
  • Look for professional guidance through a life coach or career coach, they will be the unbiased advisor you need
  • Find support in local groups, business groups, expat forums, other local expats, etc. and be inspired by them
  • Involve your partner in the mix, as he/she is the reason you are an expat anyway.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing” Pele

Hear, hear Pele! Hear, hear…

 

Yep it is that time of the year again. When the media is flooded with the latest news of this player moving from this Club to the other, this Club making the multimillion pound offer to the one abroad, the fancy new house this player has recently acquired,…,

I don’t recall I have ever seen among all those numbers, details and fancy stuff anyone saying on the news:
“Oh poor them what a life moving from one country to the other, dragging family along, not understanding the cultural change, the social cues, dealing with the massive pressure the Club and the fans are putting on this new player”

A professional player is a human being after all, right? Yep some of them look like something out of this world, they do incredible things but they all struggle as much as any other professional relocating through work.

Specially when partners and families are moved around too and these don’t have the right support from the very beginning of the process.

FC Business article

This is what we have approached in our latest article in the special Relocation issue at FC Business Magazine. If you want to read all about it just follow the link SecurelyBe is on page 24: http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/eversion/fc79/index.html

 

Premier League to League 2, the coach, the physio,…, anyone involved in a relocation will need and should have the extra support to be able to “hit the ground working” , as well as, being able to thrive during the transition.
Then and there is where SecurelyBe is the right partner. Before, during and long after your arrival.

 

Welcome to England!