U.S. employees, and their spouses/partners, from the International Organizations located at the Vienna International Center met to participate in a Workshop organized by the U.S. government. The workshop brought together for the first time, U.S. citizens to take part in a two day event to assist the newcomer, spouse/partner and the seasoned employee with the transition to living and working in Vienna, Austria.
Topics of discussion included: the Department of Energy perspective, the role of the Department of State, IAEA recruitment, the Austrian red-white-red card, legal aspects of living and working in Vienna, and managing cultural differences (see Presentations Tab for presentation material).
The first day opened on schedule, with approximately 100 attendees and a key note address by Ambassador Davies.
Morning sessions focused on the transition of the new employee to another country, as well as the effect on family members. Presentations and discussions included topics on career shock vs. culture shock and career adjustments for the spouse/partner.
Midday activities commenced with the formation of three breakout groups to spark discussion surrounding the issues and concerns of the participants. Everyone formed groups related to whether they were single, married with children or married without children. Compilations of these results were later addressed with discussion involving the entire audience to identify outcomes and solutions.
Testimonials from attendees were captured to gain insight as to actual employees and their partners’ viewpoint in living and working in Vienna, Austria.