Today, I work as an HR Business Partner for the Credit Department, and I am responsible for Talent Management for the Benelux organization. This involves dealing with the nuances of distinct cultures that are different from mine. This blend of different nationalities, and the strong international vibe that comes with it, creates a unique atmosphere that I find utterly captivating. It’s proven to be an invaluable experience from which I’m learning and growing.
Here’s an example of one of the ways that I’m encountering new ways of thinking. In Italy, we have a tradition of exploring topics in depth and thoroughly discussing everything, perhaps due to our philosophical heritage. In contrast, Dutch culture tends to be more direct, straight to the point, and outcome-oriented. It's been an exciting challenge for me to adapt and learn about new cultures like this, while at the same time being able to infuse a little bit of my own culture, too.
Undoubtedly working internationally presents challenges. For instance, I've had to master expressing myself in a language that's not my own. Additionally, I've had to learn how to communicate my value and contributions within my international team, which, for me, has involved honesty, transparency and vulnerability – even if that means acknowledging when I need to dig deeper.