Hi, I'm currently writing my bachelor thesis with the topic ''Mentoring as part of strategic management to support expatriates in the critical phases of their foreign assignments''.
I would like to conduct some interviews with expatriates who are doing a job abroad for an international company. I just want to ask a few questions about your experiences in the foreign country, problems you might encounter in the adaption process due to cultural differences or problems/ fears concerning the reintegration to your home country organisation.
In my thesis the emphasis is placed on finding out whether formal and/or informal mentoring can help expatriates to have a more successful overseas experience and can give valuable support concerning psychosocial aspects, career issues and network development.
So, if you are/were an expatriate for an internationally operating company and receive(d) mentor support either through a formal mentoring program by your company or by informal mentor relationships I would love to hear from you (even if you did not have a mentor you could tell me about what you think about mentors during a foerign assignment)!