HOW TO GET AHEAD: WORKING ABROAD ... MOSCOW - It’s a great city to paint red but be prepared for some strange situations at work

Carol Cornuau, business director of Conde Nast International’s Russian subsidiary, which publishes the Russian edition of Vogue and men’s magazine Mvogue, lived and worked in Moscow for three years.

Carol Cornuau, business director of Conde Nast International’s

Russian subsidiary, which publishes the Russian edition of Vogue and men’s

magazine Mvogue, lived and worked in Moscow for three years.



’I was in Moscow during the boom years, before the 1998 crisis. It was an

incredible time to live there and, despite the bad press Russia gets in

the West, it’s definitely a country worth visiting, whether for business

or leisure.



’Working in Moscow is very interesting and stimulating. The nature of the

market teaches you to face and react quickly to unusual business

situations.



’Such a difficult business environment brings foreigners together to share

their experiences. There are almost no barriers within the expatriate

community as everyone faces the same problems. As a woman, I did not feel

any pressure or discrimination.



’Working with Russians is very enriching, as they are generous, determined

and eager to learn.



’Hours are long and it is quite common to be at work until around 10pm.

However, social life is a crucial part of living in Moscow - there is

rarely an evening when you stay at home. The city offers an incredible

range of restaurants, bars and clubs that rivals other capitals such as

Paris and London.



’Speaking Russian isn’t mandatory but it gives you an insight into the

society and wins you respect in business and friendships.’



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