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Challenges of working abroad for expat freelancers

Life as an expat can be a little tricky at the start: living in a totally new environment, having to make new friends, learning a different language and many others. If you are a freelancer, then getting settled will be even more challenging. Here are the reasons why. The first challenge any expat will face is connecting with new people and friends, and starting to feel like home. However, most of the friends we make are from our work circles and office colleagues. As a freelance worker, you will not have an office environment to make new friends. Therefore, making new friends will be slightly more challenging and you can feel lonely sometimes. However, this is not a red flag that should stop you from being an expat freelancer. You can always make new friends from other environments besides the office. For an instance, you can participate in community gatherings and social events to meet new people. Besides that, the language barrier will also be a hassle if you are an expat in a country that has a different primary language. Conversing with clients will be much more difficult and any client would prefer business with people that are easier to converse with. This is also not a huge problem that will stop you from being an expat freelancer. Just enroll in language courses and you will improve and be more confident in no time. This is probably the most significant barrier any freelancer, especially an expat freelancer, would face. If you are starting your career as a freelancer in a new country, just like starting freelance work in any country, you will not have many clients to begin with. You will initiate small-scale and it will take a while for it to bloom. Until your freelance work reaches a stable point, you might encounter financial struggles and hitches. If you manage to soldier through the difficult start by finding a part-time job, you can overcome the initial struggle with ease. Overall, just like any career, it will be difficult at first but everything will surely get better with time. Being an expat freelancer would mean you have to restart your freelance career, but it is only for a while. Besides, there are so many amazing things you can do as a freelance expat. As a freelancer, you can manage your schedule on your own and with that, you can find time to explore the new country and visit new places. Post your offers in Request or Offer in Luxembourg Expats Join us in Meetpeople Join Meet People | Luxembourg Expats

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Study (higher education) in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a beautiful country sandwiched among Germany, France and Belgium. The country has one of the highest quality of lives, second richest in the world in GDP per capita, and one of the most expat friendly nations in the world; roughly half the Luxembourg population are expats. Luxembourg boasts a thriving finance, legal, and emerging tech industry. It has an advanced economy, and only a 6% unemployment rate, which is one of the lowest. There are a number of higher education options in Luxembourg. Importantly, with a thriving job market, upon graduation in Luxembourg, most students find full-time employment with a straight-forward work permit process. In addition, to become a naturalised Luxembourg citizen, you only need 5-years of residence (reduced from 7-years). This is one of the lowest requirements in Europe to become a citizen. As a Luxembourgish, EU Citizen, one can work and travel across all the European Union countries. And Luxembourg’ passport is accepted in more than 150 countries for visa-free travel. Now, lets get to the education part. University of Luxembourg is only about 20 years old, and is also ranked 20th in the World’s top young Universities by Times Education. Following are the list of Universities to check-in for higher education. University of Luxembourg: https://wwwen.uni.lu/ European Business University: ebu.lu United Business Institutes: https://www.ubi.edu/ BBI Luxembourg: https://www.bbi-edu.eu/ Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg: https://www.shu.lu/ Luxembourg School Of Business: https://luxsb.lu/ Business Science Institute: https://en.business-science-institute.com/ LUNEX International University of Health, Exercise and Sports: https://www.lunex-university.net/ CASS European Institute Of Management Studies: https://cass.edu.eu/ European Institute of Public Administration EIPA: https://www.eipa.eu/

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Higher education / Expats study in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a high-quality destination for higher education at the heart of Europe. Luxembourg is estimated to be the second richest country in the world (GDP per capita). Official languages are Luxembourgish, German and French. However, most professional businesses are conducted in English. Financial Services and ancillary industries are the foremost international industry managing over $3 trillion of assets (second only to the United States. Long story short, if you are into finance, legal, and ancillary functions, you are positioned for securing a job after study. Now let's take a look at the Universities available to study.University of Luxembourg - https://wwwen.uni.lu Sacred Heart University for MBA - https://www.shu.luLuxembourg School of Business - https://luxsb.luLuxembourg's population is strongly driven by the expats migration. Roughly over 40% of the 600 thousand population in Luxembourg are foreigners. The country recognises the contribution made by the expats community in Luxembourg, and are therefore expat friendly. Even though a lot of professional businesses are happening in English, French may also be the key to your success in Luxembourg. Every day work and life is in French, tax form and official documents are French (and German). If you can brush up your French skills, would be a strong advantage in the labor market. Visa and work permit rules are straight forward. You get a job, work-permit is processed. Takes time (2-3months) but its done with the support of your employer. Have a look at the Universities above and we would add more specialised schools that offer cybersecurity and life science focus areas in the due course. We hope you find this as a quick primer to get started.

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"National Parents"Representation 20 April 2020

Within the context of the current lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic The National Education Ministry has gone to considerable lengths and has met its responsibilities by putting in place a website (www.schouldoheem.lu) within a very short space of time.Broadly speaking, six weeks or two months of educational restrictions do not seem disastrous within a school career lasting 13 years, the NPR welcomes an initiative that allows pupils and parents to remain connected to the school system.With regard to government plans to re-open schools in May:Firstly, it is undeniable that large numbers of parents are very worried about the gradual reopening of schools in May. This is demonstrated by the fact that an internet petition demanding that schools should not be reopened on 11 May has collected 10,000 signatures in a matter of a few days. Likewise, surveys published on social media show that only 20% of voters agree with government plans and that two thirds of people believe that it is too early for children to go back to school.Secondly, the NPR is against splitting classes into two halves when pupils return to school. Splitting the classes is extremely difficult to implement for pupils, teachers, parents, schools and school management. Moreover, on/off weeks are really difficult to manage for working parents and their employers. Thirdly, the NPR believes that children up to six years of age in the first cycle in primary school should not be obliged to return to school for the rest of the school year. It would be extremely difficult for children of this age to obey safety rules, such as wearing a face-mask and social distancing. It should be the parents’ decision to decide whether children should be sent to school or schooled at home. The same goes for children with special needs who attend the “Centres de Compétences”, who, depending on their particular difficulties, will not all be able to respect the sanitary instructions.Fourthly, clear options should be put in place to protect children in families in which one member is considered to be a vulnerable person. Parents must have the right to choose homeschooling for pupils who normally attend primary, secondary or Skill centres, if medical risks for their children or other members of the family are deemed to be too great.Contact email: elteren@men.lu

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