BoomerangingExpat to Repat
Hosted by Margot Andersen
Ben acknowledges he was ‘just about’ settled in Australia when the opportunity to go to Hong Kong came up – so what makes one repat leap after returning home and another hesitate?
For many expats who grow their families overseas, a challenge is always how to maintain the Aussie in their Aussie kids. Especially when the family comes home and everyone expects a kid with an Australian passport or Australian parents to be, well, Aussie.
Many expats who are sent overseas on assignments return with the same organisation – this was the case for my latest podcast guest Mandy Mirghashini who spent 10 years in The Hague and Krakow, Poland with Shell.
Jan McGrath told friends she was going to Hong Kong for a two-year adventure. Lucky no one held her mail, because she returned 18 years later via a life and career detour to the UK and the US.
Jane Hollman had a coveted job as the Head of HR for the AFL when she decided to pack it all in to go to New York with nothing but a suitcase, a three-month tourist visa and a pair of itchy feet.
Bryce Corbett was at the end of a two-year working visa in the UK working for SkyNews when he decided he wasn’t quite ready to come home.