What to know before you go
By working far away from home, in cultures much different than one's own, project managers can potentially experience much excitement and many opportunities for growth. But before a project manager accepts a foreign assignment, they must understand how such a move will affect their professional and personal lives. This article discusses the challenges of working in foreign cultures. In doing so, it describes the key issues that project managers must consider before accepting foreign assignments. It also identifies the factors that can help project managers easily adjust to working in other cultures and the factors that could negatively affect their ability to live in countries far from their native lands. It then suggests how project managers can maintain their existing professional ties while working away from home for extended periods of time. Accompanying this article is a sidebar looking at how working globally can affect a project manager's family.