Today I have an interesting idea to share…Everything in life comes not in cycles, but in waves. Every wave is a bit higher than the previous one. Sometimes we can catch the wave, and sometimes we just get wet and can’t see it, but this does not change how things are working.
Some years ago, I had a difficulty to get an unpaid internship for my Diploma thesis in Russia. This is not in our culture to get somebody running around and disturbing other employers for free. Therefore, I got a small job as an interpreter and agreed with the employer that he will sign the Diploma thesis papers. We went to Munich for a large construction fair, he liked my translation work and asked to stay as a Financial Manager in his company. I denied and went abroad.
After 5 years, I was standing in the very same hall as a speaker talking about complex project structures and high-level IT issues. This is the same spot, just a much higher wave.
This life will give you a change to return and look back – not for a revenge, but for a moment to spend thinking, how much you have done. Do not waste this moment – it is there for you to plan the future, not to regret or to judge your past.
A friend of mine has inspired me to write this article. Living abroad since 2013, I already forgot, how many character traits, clichés, ways of thinking and bad manners I overcame in order to be where I am now. Every time I give a comment about a need to change any “typically Russian” behaviour, I get something like “You are a Russian hater!” in exchange. As a “Russian hater” (a hate of myself, I suppose, by definition…), I might feel free to just give it all and list here ALL “typically Russian” traits, which will make a sustainable international career almost impossible to any Russian who sees no need to change.
If you think that everybody will accept you “as you are” and you will have no need in changing yourself while building your career abroad – you are very wrong. These 7 character traits will cost you a career, no matter, how smart, talented and experience you are –therefore, just trust me and get rid of them!
The Power of Positivity has presented a unique video on how a grandmother helped her blind granddaughter to get a university degree, when no books are available for blind people. I hope, they don’t mind that I publish their video on my page 😉
Disabled people have much better chances to get a degree and a job in Europe. Moreover, in countries like Germany there will be financial advantages of hiring a disabled person.
In Russia, we think that we have less disabled people, because our women get pregnant earlier and bear healthier children. Nope, my dear, that’s because they have nowhere to go and no sources to go out…
Power of Positivity опубликовала уникальное видео о слепой русской девочке, которой бабушка помогла получить университетское образование, не имея доступа к книгам для слепых.
Инвалиды в Европе обладают шансом на достойное будущее, образование и карьеру. Более того, к примеру, в Германии законодательство построено так, что компании, нанимающие на работу инвалидов, выигрывают на налогах.
В России мы привыкли считать, что у нас меньше инвалидов на улицах, потому что наши женщины рожают раньше и вынашивают более здоровых детей. Нет, мои дорогие, это потому, что им просто некуда идти, да и возможности выйти у них тоже нет..
For my international readers: We usually don’t speak about this topic with foreigners, as we don’t expect people, who don’t know how life in Russia looks like, to understand our point of view. So please be nice in commenting, as this is a very difficult topic to talk about 😉
The reasons, why being gay is not widely accepted in Russia, are very complex.
During my international Master program, I spent the first semester in Barcelona. There I have seen a scene when two guys with long beards were lying on the grass and kissing each other – and I felt uncomfortable. Nevertheless, not because that was a homosexual couple, but because they have been kissing in public. I came from a very conservative country, we do not really appreciate that.
The topic “Sneaky photographer” will give some ideas on travels to places, which will not be on the first page of every travel guide. As long as possible, I will also add pictures from sights, where no pictures are usually allowed (but I am a SNEAKY photographer, you know, and I always switch off the lighting when making pictures of wood, gold and paintings!).
No worries, I am not going to turn my career blog into another travel blog – but I love to share what I see from time to time 😉
Many people don’t know that one can actually visit the Grand Kremlin Palace, situated in Kremlin itself, both the new part (where our emperors were sitting – now those rooms are used by our President for all official occasions) and the old part (where our Tsars lived and ruled).
As a matter of fact, Russians have a huge problem with construction of residential complexes. Very often you give the first investment for a new house, which will be never built (fly-by-night companies). Or your developer gets bankrupt because he made wrong calculations. Or you are lucky and you get your flat (finally!) – but most parameters are wrong, therefore you go to the court and lose the fight, as it appears that your papers were falsified..
Paying at least 10% for the mortgage and not getting ANY flat at all became a nightmare for Russians. Have a look (using Google translate) at a black humor website , which is showcasing how a usual “flat of your dreams” may look like.