Hello! Welcome to “Location Independent, International Jobs,” the Wednesday series where I showcase stories from people who have become location independent, work internationally, and/or continuously travel.
- how to get an international job (hint: your network is important!)
- the benefits of an MBA
- how to become an international entrepreneur
- some cultural shocks from Dubai
- the financial benefits of fasting
I am an American from a small town in north Georgia. My wife and I have been living in Dubai since 2008. We have two boys named Jack (who’s six) and Zain (who’s three), or as we call them, Thing One and Thing Two. They were born in The Emirates.
I graduated from Furman University with a degree in Spanish. I earned an MBA at Georgia State University in Atlanta. I attended part time for a few years while working for DHL (the delivery company).
How did you make the decision to move internationally?
My wife and met while in graduate school for international business. Both of us wanted to live overseas – mostly for the adventure [Laurie: Andrew has traveled to over 80 countries!] . As a part of our graduate school program we had to intern overseas. I worked in China and she worked in Argentina. After we graduated we got jobs in Atlanta and then when an opportunity to work overseas just before the Great Recession. We never planned on living in the Middle East and we thought we would just stay for a year.