Adapting to a different culture

  • On working abroad and being sensitive to different cultures: Capucine spent some time in Taiwan expanding Carrefour’s e-commerce offering. She understood that the culture there is a lot less direct and outspoken and needed to adapt. Capucine recommends that everyone try working abroad to see what is out there, what you can get from it and what you can give. An experience abroad reminds you that other countries are very different, with their own cultures, languages and ways of thinking, something you’re often tempted to forget when you’re constantly immersed in one culture. The diversity makes you and your projects at work much richer.

This is an excerpt from the post written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Capucine Jacomin on 20/11/2020. Capucine has 5 years of experience in food retail strategy and operations. To see the entire post and listen to the audio, click here.

  • On moving country and adapting to different work cultures: Karina worked for the same firm in both London and New York and noted that the working culture was dramatically different. Karina felt that while in London, generally people avoided confrontation and the working culture was very polite, while in New York, she found the working culture to be relatively more confrontational in that people were happy to have difficult conversations to grow, and more individualistic in that you needed to make your presence felt. Meeting culture in particular was different – in New York, Karina figured out that she always needed to say something at a meeting to ensure that her presence was noted, which did not always come naturally because she had previously worked in places where being quiet wasn’t perceived as a weak quality. Making friends outside of work helped Karina to gain more insights into the working culture in New York and helped her to adapt the way she communicated and delivered things at work. Generally, going through a big change like moving countries pushes you out of your comfort zone, but it also teaches you that there are so many different ways to do things. You can pick up the ways that you like and shape your own approach towards your work and your life. 

This is an excerpt from the post written by Experience Share, based on their interview with Karina Klocanas on 15/11/2020. Karina has 6 years of experience in finance and strategy. To see the entire post and listen to the audio, click here.