For me, the most challenging part of any move has been starting fresh in a new organization. Every time, I feel like to learn the rules of the game, both of the role and the culture! The first six months are a real investment phase; you have to put in the time and establish yourself as a performer. But I really enjoy the task.
Geographically speaking, too, moving isn’t always easy. You have to adjust to a new country and, sometimes, a new language. Before having children, I lived and worked in China, Luxembourg and Canada. The moves back then were quite different: I would pack a couple of suitcases and call it a day! But these days, there’s not just me to think about.
Thankfully, the executive relocation team at Allianz eased the complexity of our moves. They took care of a lot of the heavy lifting, including administration, taxes and housing arrangements. When we moved to Munich, that support enabled my family and me to really embrace the city without too much stress, and it has become one of the only places I’ve truly considered home. It’s a beautiful city full of mountains, lakes and parks. We grew together as a family there and made lasting friendships. And we have already been back several times since we moved – and have plans to revisit many more times in the future.