Inside Aperian Global: Ashley Coombs
In our monthly interview series, Inside Aperian Global, you will get to know the passionate people that drive Aperian Global’s mission, values, and day-to-day operations. Aperian Global’s employees will provide you with a sneak peek into their work lives and share stories about themselves. This month, we asked Ashley Coombs, one of our Global Account Managers, based in Houston, Texas, a few questions about her experience relocating to a new city.
We asked Ashley a few questions about her role and her relocation challenges:
1. How long have you been with Aperian Global? (0:20)
2. What led you to the cross-cultural field? (0:32)
3. You relocated from Boston to Houston with Aperian Global…What was most challenging?(1:39)
4. What advice do you give to others for their own relocation? (2:35)
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Ashley: Hi, I’m Ashley.
How long have you been with Aperian Global?
Ashley: I’ve been with Aperian Global since 2010, making this seven going on eight years.
What led you to the cross-cultural field?
Ashley: I guess you could say I have my parents to thank for introducing me to this field that we’re in. It wasn’t until after I joined Aperian Global that I had the appreciation for their work together in Thailand in the Peace Corps and could maybe attribute my appreciation for diversity and better understanding of others to their marriage and our family. But I went on to university to study international relations and actually spent a few months studying abroad in West Africa, and came out really having a stronger appreciation for the impact of relationships and getting to know differences. So it was kind of a lucky chance that I was able to find a company such as Aperian Global, that works the way we do for multinational corporations, to really, ultimately, impact the bottom line.
You relocated from Boston to Houston with Aperian Global…What was most challenging?
Ashley: In 2013, I relocated to Houston. And I think the biggest challenge of my move and leaving Boston was, of course, leaving the comfort of everything you know and starting from scratch in a new place, but I think one of the bigger challenges that I expected was actually how different Houston was to Boston, in a good way, and in some bad ways. But that shift in going from working from an office to working remotely really had encouraged me to put my feelers out there, sink my feet into the sand, and made me become independent and find ways to get more connected locally.
What advice do you give to others for their own relocation?
Ashley: Advice I’d give to others who are making their domestic or international moves would be to really just prepare as much as you think you need to, but don’t overestimate, no matter how much of a planner you are, how little you might actually use that information. I think everything you can find out about a place upfront or from reading or from talking to people is super useful at putting your mind at ease. But the best thing to do is the practical. Once you get on the ground, test yourself, push yourself, join organizations that are meaningful in both personal and professional facets of your life, and just be willing to talk to people.