When my three-months assignment with Publicis Sapient was coming to an end, I hoped that it would be extended for another three months. Why? Just because I was in the middle of several projects, setting up the Employer Brand/Recruitment Marketing for the MENA region and I couldn´t wait to see the outcome of the work I did the first three months. I was very excited about the Publicis Sapient Meet-up´s in our office, but also for launching the landing page of our careers website. On top of that, I have to admit that it was a great experience working in a new region with a different culture, many nationalities and meeting new people every day. I don´t think I have to mention that the weekends in the UAE are super chilled and most of the time it feels like being on vacation. Having the chance to go hiking, dune bashing in the desert, or just relaxing at the beach on the weekends makes this region fun to live in. That´s what I call a work-life balance. People are having a good time, enjoying the sun and the tons of brunches and beach clubs. How is that not tempting? I was very happy, that I got the chance to stay longer, so I did.
As a German citizen, I needed a Mission Visa that allows me to work from the UAE. I was anxious, that I wouldn´t get the Visa, as it took extremely long, considering that it was just for another 3 months. Finally having the Visa in my hands, I was ready for take-off. When I got back to Dubai, it felt a bit like coming home, which is weird, as I only lived there for 3 months and my home was a hotel. Everything felt so familiar and already on my way from the airport to the hotel, I knew it was the right decision to go back to the UAE. I was excited to be back in the beautiful new office we had at Publicis Sapient, but also seeing my colleagues again. Back in my role as Recruitment Marketing Lead for MENA, I was motivated to push things forward and to finalize what I started months ago. I had lots of flexibility and trust from my team lead, who is located in London. She gave me the chance to work very independently by making my own decisions. That of course, was one of the reasons, why I grew not only from a professional but also from a personal perspective. I remember how concerned I was before coming to Dubai. Having doubts, that the role could be too big for me. As I mentioned in my recent article, if you don´t take the risk, you cannot grow. No matter what country you move to, working abroad will undoubtedly lead you to learn new skills and it is a great way to expand your network. I felt very comfortable in my role, felt like part of the Publicis Sapient Dubai community, and even could imagine relocating to Dubai for a few years (that was not the case in the beginning – for several reasons 😊).