Delphine Barringer-Mills, ’08 MA-HRIR, works as a senior talent acquisition advisor for Mercy Corps in Belgium. Here she shares what living abroad is like.
Q: What was appealing to you about working internationally?
A: I really love the multicultural dimension. Especially working in recruitment, it’s not only the assessing a candidate in an interview but the element of connection between someone of another culture, which I love.
In my new job I am working on building Mercy Corps’ employment brand in Europe. In this role I will need to think through what elements of the organization are most interesting to a European audience, and what the nuances are in connecting and bringing our brand here while remaining genuine to who we are as an organization.
Q: Do you speak any foreign languages?
A: I speak French, Italian, Spanish, and some limited Arabic (enough to connect with people and make them laugh).
Q: How has your career unfolded throughout the years?
A: I worked as an international recruitment manager with Land O'Lakes before moving into my current role. At Land O'Lakes’ international development division, my role was recruiting, but also designing the teams and team structures for our proposal efforts. In the world of USAID (US Agency for International Development), organizations like ours would respond to "requests for proposals" and essentially compete for funding with other comparable organizations.
Since leaving Land O'Lakes I have gone back for a degree in executive management at the business school here (Solvay School of Economics and Business).
Q: What benefits and challenges have you faced?
I am half Belgian and spent a lot of time here growing up. I did struggle in trying to recreate my Minnesotan life here. Each culture is different and you need to adapt. With work the struggle is, I keep finding remote roles and I would love to work in an office.
Q: How often do you return to the United States?
A: With work still over in the United States, I come back often, about two to three times per year.