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Finding new friends

Finding new friends

Eventually, both Christine and Bertrand learn to work together despite their differences. Bertrand learns that his role as a man is different in the mission and that he must work with Christine. At the same time, Christine gets accustomed to her role as the leader of the team. Sometimes the two spend their lunch time together and share stories about their lives at home or talk about their daily work. Yet, most of the time, Bertrand feels more comfortable meeting his local colleagues while Christine enjoys spending time with international staff. Both start expanding their networks, meeting others, and integrating into groups. Every now and then they come together for a social dinner at which one of them cooks his or her national dish.

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Especially in the mission setting, the ability to make new acquaintances is extremely important. Take the time to meet new people. Invest time and energy into social intercourse – it is an investment that is always worthwhile.

In your country of deployment you will meet most of your acquaintances in the workplace or in the course of your work. Use your lunch and coffee breaks to actively meet new people. Active networking, however, does not mean that the entire world has to be your friend. Look upon your professional contacts as close acquaintances – perhaps real friendship will develop in the long run. You will find that a good network not only allows you to make new friends, but will also help you complete your tasks more quickly and efficiently. Regardless of whether you need an important piece of information, advice, or a tip for a job search, a good network is indispensable. Here is the fundamental rule: if you offer others advice and help, you will receive the same in return. Make sure to thank people and let the person know at a later time what their help has meant to you.