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Expat Advice: Working in Paget, Bermuda

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Paget

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

The main industries are reinsurance, investment banking, IT. Career opportunities abound for accountants, insurance professionals, and database administrators. There are websites geared towards offshore accountants so can do a general search for desired country.

What type of work do you do and how did you find your job?

Financial Analysis work found it on medhunters.com

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How did you obtain your work permit? What advice would you have for others about work permits?

The company obtained my work permit for me. I waited to get the full 3 year work permit. Temporary ones are fine but it's best to get the full one.

Have you taken language and cross-cultural training courses to prepare for your assignment? If so, how have they helped you on the job?

No the culture is pretty much American. So no need for cross-cultural training. However, there is a slang that locals use that is challenging to understand at times. There is still a big culture shock both positive and negative. Some are the most kindest people ever and then there are those who are rude and mean. But I guess that's everywhere.

If you were transferred abroad by your employer, were you guaranteed a job upon repatriation? What type of mentoring programs does your employer offer?

I was not transferred abroad, chose to come on my own. There is no guaranteed job when I return home. However, the experience here is like no other and can help me land an equal or better job back home. There are no mentoring programs for expats. Bermudians make it clear that any training is for locals. There is a succession planning initiative but only for Bermudians. Expats are only there for a specific job and once that job/task is over, they are gone.

What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?

Research all regulations before taking the job. Some policies in Bermuda are not like those in the US. Remember, expats have no rights here. It is hard to get ahead and they want to take as much from you without giving you much in return. Listen to what Bermudians have to say so you can learn about their frustrations. The educational system is not geared towards them holding jobs with significant responsibility. That can create alot of frustration with expats who have the education they may want. So be open, share some of what you know and that will create a more workable atmosphere.

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