Change: Part 1

by Shweta Ramkumar

My overarching content theme for this week is unsurprisingly centered around CHANGE.

We’ve all experienced changes in every waking moment of our lives & they all impact us in different ways & intensities. However, in my 37 years of life, one of the most significant & impactful forms of change is the experiencing of immigrating & starting a life in a new country.

I equate it to a tree 🌲🌳being ripped from where it was originally planted, uprooting it to a new terrain, habitat & environment and expecting it to thrive, grow & flourish through adaptation. The idioms “fish out of water”🐟& “small fish in a giant ocean”🐠applies accurately for immigrants & expatriates. 

You’re essentially leaving a secure, familiar, comfortable & supportive environment from people you know & love to a place that’s almost like a new planet that you know nothing about and noone there✈️🌏. 

There are shifts in identity, cultural nuances, lifestyles, daily rituals & routines, communication styles, community, work ethic & style. If there are language barriers, financial constraints & limitations on employment, the stress & overwhelm can be unimaginable. You life & world get constantly turned upside down & several instances will cause you to question your upbringing, conditioning, belief & value system, your true identity & the feeling of connection & belonging.

My move to 🇦🇺at the tender, tricky age of 16 was life-altering like none other. For someone who was a relentless creature of habit, routine, rigid in her thoughts, opinions & beliefs and a staunch black & white thinker, this was a major shock to my system.

I’ve undergone big highs & lows in my journey, experienced a myriad of emotions, the depths of loneliness & isolation, held onto a lot of past baggage that I didn’t want to let go, outgrew things & made choices that my family still don’t understand or approve of & never fully accepted, embraced or appreciated Australia till my late 20s. 

Once I found inner peace, carved my identity, equipped myself with the right tools & mindset & built my community & support system, I went to experience expatriate life two more times in the UK 🇬🇧 & Thailand🇹🇭 am willing to do it all over again elsewhere.

The experience was far from easy, I’ve had to often re-invent myself & have learnt valuable life lessons in the process.

I now want to use my journey & lessons to equip ESL healthcare professionals the relevant tools & strategies to build happy, sustainable lives as expatriates in English-speaking countries & empower them to feel at home wherever they travel & live.

If I can do it, there’s no reason why you can’t!

Hi, I'm Shweta

I coach non-native English speaking healthcare professionals how to advance in their career and build better relationships with their patients and colleagues by expressing themselves more articulately and confidently in the English language.

I work closely with healthcare professionals who work with patients regularly. I help them improve their communication skills when interacting with patients and colleagues, teach them how to show up authentically, assertively and articulately in their field of work in order for them to ultimately gain credibility, validation and respect.

If you work in a clinical role in the healthcare industry and would like to learn more about how to better connect and communicate openly with your clients / patients, book a complimentary 30 minute discovery call with me to see how I can best support you.

Shweta Ramkumar - English Language Confidence Coach

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