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FAQs for Living and Working Overseas:

Written by a former Peace Corps Volunteer living overseas since 1989

The Expat Guy: FAQs for Working and Living Overseas

Socialization and Acceptance

Can karaoke really get me a raise?

Should I socialize with the people at work?


The author of this website is convinced that he once got a nice raise (the very next work day!) because he went singing with the boss and other administrators.

In some cultures, after-work socialization is very important (it is in ours too - isn't it?).

Because of the great cultural divide, it is quite useful to socialize with your coworkers - on their terms and in their ways - to help them get to know you.  Make an effort and actually sing (or bowl, or play soccer/football, or . . .) if asked. 

BTW, with karaoke, nobody cares if you sing well, it's only that you make the effort!  And, once you do it a few times, you'll love it!

Socializing with Coworkers?

Why not?  You did back home, didn't you?  Quite possibly most of your long-term friends are people you met at one workplace or another?  That is true for most people.

Do it just to be polite.  But also be open to finding some new friends.

Be careful, however, of getting sloppy drunk or becoming too familiar with members of the other sex until you know your coworkers a bit better - and the culture a bit better.  You don't want to start off on the wrong foot.

Now get out there and SING!



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