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As part of the “10x6 Expat Women” organised by the Paperjam Club on Wednesday, March 29th, one of the speakers, Lisa McLean (Ara City Radio), explains the reasons why she moved to Luxembourg and what she found there.
What motivated you to move to Luxembourg?
“I arrived in Luxembourg with my husband who was relocated by his company. At that time, we had both worked in a number of different countries and really didn’t expect to stay more than three years.
My background is communications and I had worked in marketing and in the airline industry. Luxembourg wasn’t ideal in terms of the airlines, as I didn’t speak Luxembourgish.
What personal and professional opportunities/difficulties have you encountered here?
“I arrived in 1994 and I was most shocked that the school system was set up in a way that I perceived as keeping women out of the workforce. Things have changed dramatically since, but my children were in local school, and there was a two-hour lunchbreak, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons off; but there was no canteen and no after-school care. That was a huge challenge.
After working in corporate for a year, I realised I had to be more flexible, so I started my own business. I found it relatively easy to make business connections and speaking Luxembourgish was also a great personal marketing tool. Once I joined Ara City Radio I felt very much at home in the Luxembourg business community and I have been privileged to meet many interesting people from different walks of life.
In one sentence, how would you define your expatriation in Luxembourg?
“On arrival in Luxembourg I met an American expat who said ‘We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time’; now I would say I’ve been here a long time and I’m still having a good time.”