Before she became an expat, HEINEKEN repat partner Regina Akemi Serikyaku used to have a full-time job. Now she’s building her own business, which she believes will bring professional fulfilment and a more flexible work-life balance.
“When we first had an opportunity to go to the Netherlands, for my husband’s career, I was quite excited. It’s a big decision to give up your job and move to another country. But on the other hand, I had always wanted to live and study abroad, so I recognised it was a unique opportunity,” says Regina, who had been a finance manager at her family’s company in São Paulo prior to relocating in 2018.
Initially, Regina imagined she would study English and Dutch. But everything changed when she spoke to a life coach. “Talking to a life coach was really amazing. I feel like it’s something that everyone should do! It inspired me in many ways. In fact, I have now established my own coaching and holistic therapy business!” says Regina.
“I am really grateful for the support of HEINEKEN. Without that I wouldn’t have talked to a coach and taken a completely new path. I had the opportunity to study with and learn from professionals with strong skills and solid experience. My Global Connection consultant introduced me to a career coach who supported me on this career transition.”
A more flexible schedule
“During my expat life, I realised that I didn’t want to go back to my previous job in Brazil. As a coach I will have more time for my 5-year-old daughter and a better work-life balance,” says Regina. “We’re very happy to be back in São Paulo but there’s also a chance my husband might be offered another assignment. So that’s another reason for me to develop a career that’s portable.”
What comes next…
Since returning to São Paulo, Regina has been adjusting to her hometown while putting the finishing touches to her website: “I’m trying to have a similar mindset as when I moved to Europe. I am also super excited to set up my business, launch my website and see what happens next!”