It's an untrustworthy industry, and a very complicated one. They dad continues to to advise me not to even consider a career in it. I definitely won't.
The travelling around was tough, I'm more the sort of person who likes to be settled in one place, which thankfully now I am. How did you cope with it?
I fully recognize the troubles. I was a young shy kid at that time (and quite often I realize I still
am), and it wasn't easy for my dad, my mum, and neither the kids.
My dad got *kicked* by Shell to Yokohama in the 1960's. Otherwise, end of job. No choice at all for his family. Once, in a couple of weeks, we - his family, left behind - recieved a postcard. There was no internet at that time, phone bills were outragious... until my mum got enough of it, and relocated herself, me and my little brother, to Japan, to be reunited with my dear dad.
Quite a culture shock I ensure you, as in the late 1960's-early 1970's, Japan was an entirely different country compared from what it is now. Noone apart from the Top Dogs spoke any English, just to name a quite important thing.
Just one bit of an experience which I think is very important: having to switch schools every six months or so - for young kids it's very important to have stable surroundings, building up friendships, and the like.
I never managed to do so, switching around every six months or so, and I'll be honest about it: it hurt me badly.
Of course, dad made a lot of cash, but being a expatriate's kid isn't as 'glorious' as it so often sounds. Especially not if you are a rather shy kid, and have trouble adjusting to the 'new' kids and folks whereever you go.
I'm not quite sure if I ever really managed to cope with it at all, to be serious.