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Economic globalization has propelled the movement of people around the world. Students have, for example, been looking forward to living abroad because an international experience may be a (1) determinant factor (2) for finding a good job. Likewise, multinationals have appointed people to work at their subsidiaries located (3) at different continents. Although moving (4) into another country may be an enriching experience, this is not always an easy process. The experience may be particularly difficult for expatriates (5) who are supposed to stay for longer periods.

Once expatriates arrive (6) at a foreign country, (7) their initial reaction does not vary much. At first, (8) it normally follows a cultural shock, which is very natural. The shock can be attributed to different reasons, (9) from simple to complex ones. Some people have problems with food, weather, and so on. Others, in turn, (10) have difficulties to interact with local people or to become used (11) with some practices at their (12) workplace. These initial experiences and how foreigners deal with them will be critical (13) to mold their lives in the foreign country.

Many do not overcome these initial difficulties and end up returning to their home countries. Alternatively, they (14) can stay, but (15) do not effectively live the local life. They rarely have local friends; in general, they prefer to spend their time with nationals from their own country. Furthermore, they tend to evaluate negatively every aspect of the foreign culture. In contrast, there are those who adapt so well that they choose not to (16) go back to their own country. Unlike those who do not adapt, they tend to assess negatively their own culture. Finally, there is a group of people (17) that adapt well, but develop a more balanced view of the pros and cons of both home and host countries' cultures.

Therefore, even though international experience has been praised by multinationals, (18) it should not be taken for granted that everyone can face the challenges (19) inherent to this experience. Two challenges appear to be particularly relevant for those who expect to have international careers. One is the ability to overcome the cultural shock and learn from international experience. The other is to develop a balanced sense of the positive and negative aspects of the different cultures. In so doing, they are likely to develop a much-needed skill, a true global mindset.

Footnotes

(1) Suggestion only: Change "determinant" to "determining" or 'deciding" or "important."
(2) Suggestion only: Change "for" to "in."
(3) Correction: Change "at" to 'on."
(4) Correction: Change "into" to "to."
(5) Suggestion only: Change "who are supposed to stay for longer periods" to "who will stay for long periods" or "who must stay for lengthy periods."
(6) Correction: Change "at" to "in."
(7) Correction: Change "their initial reaction does not" to "their initial reactions do not."
(8) Suggestion only: Change "it normally follows a cultural shock" to "they normally follow cultural shock."
(9) Suggestion only: Change "from simple to complex ones" to "ranging from simple to complex."
(10) Suggestion only: Change "have difficulties to interact with local people" to "find it difficult to interact with other people."
(11) Correction: Change "with" to "to."
(12) Correction: Change "workplace" to "workplaces."
(13) Suggestion only: "in molding" is preferable to " to mold."
(14) Suggestion only: You probably mean "may" rather than "can."
(15) Suggestion only: Change "do not effectively live the local life" to "do not participate in the local life."
(16) Suggestion only: Change "go back" to "return."
(17) Correction: Change "that" to "who." Use "who" or "whom" for people, instead of "that" or "which."
(18) Suggestion only: You can also say "it should not be assumed that everyone…"
(19) Suggestion only: Use "inherent in" or "peculiar to."


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