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Mobility Rising: Why Mobility? The (not so) Millennial Perspective 12.20.2019 | Katherine Bouchard, CGMP, CHRP

Each month, in our Mobility Rising series, we are showcasing our future talent leaders across the globe, as they share their passion for mobility, how they thrive in their careers, and how they drive our industry forward!

What excites you about working in the mobility industry?

I should first mention that despite my age technically placing me within the category, I don’t consider myself a “stereotypical” Millennial. I moved out of the house at a relatively young age, started my professional career in my late teens, and saved enough money to purchase my first home a few years thereafter. At 30 years old, I’ve been with my current employer Weichert for just over eight years.

Looking back, I still find it crazy that 19 year-old me, fresh off the completion of a co-op placement at a company within the global mobility space, would already be on the path that has led me to where I am today. Close to 12 years later, and despite the ups and downs all of us in the industry experience and know too well, I’m just as engaged now as I was when I started. To be honest, I didn’t really choose the global mobility industry, but it definitely chose me. I think this is commonplace in our industry.

I’m proud of what I do and the positive impact my work has on the lives of people from across the world, and by extension Weichert and its corporate clients. Our industry never lacks in diversity, and while it continues to grow, the industry and those who work within it often feel more like an extended family than a collection of individual professionals.

I consider myself fortunate to be able to connect with highly-regarded, award-winning colleagues regularly, and in the process enhance my own skill set and incorporate best practices gleaned from those relationships. More personally, having moved across the country a few years ago and currently in the process of doing so once again – both times, while employed with Weichert – I am acutely aware of what it feels like to be on the other side, coordinating a move and trying to maintain my sanity while doing so.

Every move is unique and each has its nuances. A set of particular facts can sometimes result in unforeseen twists and turns. At all times, though, we must never lose sight of the fact that our clients often rely on us to be problem solvers, and find creative solutions that can turn what appeared impossible into a reality. Sofa doesn’t fit in a condominium? Maybe you have it cut in half and re-upholstered so it does. Other times, you are required to understand what is allowable within the limits of relevant legislation, like having to say “no” to a request to ship bamboo across borders.

Every day is different, each file is unique, and I couldn’t be happier to work in such an ever-changing environment.

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Written by Katherine Bouchard, CGMP, CHRP

Katherine serves as a Senior Coordinator, Tax and Compensation, in our Toronto office. She is also the Chair of Edmonton’s CERC Committee. She has earned her Canadian Global Mobility Professional (CGMP™) and Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations.

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