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Expat Coaching for international professionals

Living and working in Germany – facilitating orientation in new worlds.

Are you working in Germany as an international expert or executive? Or are you working abroad for a German organization that is about to give you an assignment in Germany?

As an Expat Coach I will help you understand what is important to us here in Germany in the private and the professional sector, and how we Germans tick.

This will give you orientation and confidence, and you will have no problem getting your bearings at work and in private. You will notice that you win recognition with colleagues and superiors, and you will fulfil your role successfully.

Your gain – professionally and privately!


In which phases can I assist you with Expat Coaching?

Preparation for a good start

Possible topics:

  • How do I behave as an expert or executive in Germany?
  • How do I behave in everyday life at work and in private?
  • What are the cultural framework conditions and particularities?
  • How can I make a good first impression?

Assistance during the first three months (onboarding)

Possible topics:

  • Getting your bearings
  • What does the organization expect from me?
  • Understanding the behaviour of colleagues, employees, and superiors
  • Communication style inside and outside the organization
  • Clarifying misunderstandings
  • Developing concrete courses of action

Long-term assistance

Ongoing assistance with professional or private questions that may come up or become relevant at a later stage of the stay abroad.

Possible topics:

  • Conflicts with colleagues or superiors
  • Performance evaluation
  • Communication problems
  • Strengthening one’s own identity
  • Socializing

Expatcoaching für internationale Experten mit Coach Kerstin Brandes

How does your organization benefit from coaching for your international employees?

You will benefit from a faster, more successful integration of your foreign employee in the team and in their role. With the help of my coaching, they will understand the cultural rules by which their work environment functions, and what expectations they have to fulfil. This will enable your new employee to settle in their role faster and better, and to develop to their best potential for the benefit of your organization. For this, they will be held in esteem by superiors, colleagues, and business partners. This success will boost their motivation and positive feelings for their new workplace.

Are you looking for coaching that is flexible in terms of time and location?

You are welcome to use my online offer in order to benefit from the coaching also on business trips.

In that case, the coaching session will take place via video-conferencing that you can dial into, using a mobile device, from wherever you happen to be.

Participant testimonial

We started the coaching with my objective ‘to obtain a clear overview of my life and a clear perspective for my future’. I can see clearly now: From this moment on, I wish to consciously feel, experience, shape and enjoy my life in Germany and in China; in my office and at home in Germany. Thanks, Kerstin!

You want to find out more?

Simply contact me via phone or email and let me know how I can assist you. I’ll be happy to hear from you!

I primarily offer my services in the Rhine-Erft district and in the Cologne area.

Kerstin Brandes, Portrait Wortwelten Brandes


What clients say

  • Liebe Kerstin, für mich war das Coaching sehr hilfreich und mir sind gerade im Nachgang einige Dinge noch bewusster geworden. Insofern war es für mich ein voller Erfolg!

  • It was the first course I really thought useful for my career.

  • It was really practical. I think that I can use everything I discovered that day.

  • What I liked about the workshop were lots of opportunities to practice and a very friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

  • Nochmals vielen Dank für das Bewerbercoaching bei Ihnen. Ich konnte sehr viel mitnehmen.



Kerstin Brandes, co-author Impulse für wirksame Führung

As one of 21 experts on "Successful Leadership" I wrote an article for this book published by Gabal.

Article as PDF