I help expat partner find meaningful and fulfilling ways to use their professional skills and experiences, be it in paid work or otherwise. When you quit your career to follow your partner abroad, you didn’t realise how much you would miss using your professional skills and experiences. But here you are, a few months, a few years into your expat life, feeling that a part of you is ignored. Your career has been on hold for too long and you want to reconnect with your professional identity. You are ready to pursue professional fulfilment again, be it in paid work or otherwise.
There is a problem, though: Where to start? You think you are motivated, but what is it exactly that you want to do? What are you able to do in your host country? How to find out? How to approach people? It’s overwhelming just thinking about it all.
I can help you navigate these questions. I have been an expat partner for 20+ years, having been professionally active for most of that time in full-time and part-time employment, in volunteering roles and in my own business. Believe me, I understand your position. In addition, I have 25+ years of experience as an HR professional and have read thousands of cover letters and CVs. I have hired hundreds of people and given career advice to many people along the way. I know how it works.
Our work together is tailored to your particular situation. Together we will explore what professional fulfilment means to you and how you want to use your professional skills and experiences, be it in paid work or otherwise. You will gain awareness around what your ‘unique selling point’ is in your host country, what it is you bring to the table. We will discuss how to build connections in your environment. With my support you will set goals for yourself and work towards achieving them. We will work as a team and you won’t feel as if you are having to work it all out on your own. Our goal together is to find you your professional fulfilment.
Get in touch here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free, no obligation discovery call.
Everything discussed in our sessions remains strictly confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been an expat partner for 20+ years and I have been professionally active for most of that time. I have been employed, full-time and part-time, I have volunteered and I have set up my own business in countries other than my own. I understand your position, I have been there. In addition, I have 25+ years of experience as an HR professional. I have read thousands of cover letters and CV's, I have hired hundreds of people and I have given career advice to many people along the way. I know how it works.
I have a Masters in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. I was trained by CTI (The Coaches Training Institute) in 2007 and I had regular coaching training in the international firms I worked with. I am currently pursuing ICF certification.
Association for Coaching
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Areas of coaching I deal with
I have been a coachee myself at several points in my life and I know that it is important that you feel a good connection with your coach. The relationship has to work. Therefore, I always start with a phone call of up to 30 minutes in which we discuss what you are looking for and how we could work together. This will be free of charge. In this call we will also discuss the different packages that I offer.
At the moment, my coaching is done by phone, WhatsApp or Zoom. After lockdown is fully lifted I will continue with online coaching but coaching sessions could take place at my home office or at a location of your choice (your office or quiet public space). Travel expenses will be charged at cost in case of meetings away from my home office.