“We’re moving, again?” Whether it’s your first big move, or your tenth, dual career couples and families face many challenges from logistics of moving to find meaningful work. Often it’s the “trailing spouse” who has more difficulty with the move.
Dual-careers couples and trailing spouses may be asking:
Where do I find a job? What are the employment opportunities? How do I fit in? Should I continue what I was doing before, or start something new? If something new, what? How can I build a career, not just find another job? What learning and development can I invest in for the future? How to balance family needs against career aspirations?
Employers and organizations dealing with talent mobility understand the importance of ensuring couples and families have access to the supports they need. And that includes expatriate spouse career services for the trailing spouse career, some of whom are expatriates who need additional settlement assistance.
When employers recruit global talent, a key part of successful settlement and retention is how your new hire’s spouse is feeling. You want to avoid your new hire departing prematurely because their spouse is unsettled and wishes to return home.
CareerCycles has experience providing expert and effective career counselling and coaching to trailing spouses and expats, and partnering with employers to coordinate programs.
Selected trailing spouse career programs, and spouse employment program successes include:
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, Military Family Services
For Canadian Forces the problem was frequent moves of military families and the challenge of the trailing spouse to reconnect to meaningful employment. CareerCycles partnered with Military Family Services (MFS) to lead Your Career Path program, that successfully served 150+ military spouses cross Canada, the US and Europe. As a result, military spouses made informed choices in employment, self-employment and entrepreneurship, work-from-home, programs of study.
Ubisoft Entertainment is a French video game company, publisher of Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Just Dance, Prince of Persia, Rayman, Raving Rabbids, and Tom Clancy’s. Ubisoft Toronto is a fast-growing studio and recruits global talent. Their challenge was to support trailing spouses newly arrived in Toronto from diverse locations including Brazil, China, Romania, Turkey, the US, and more. CareerCycles partnered with Ubisoft Toronto to provide individual career counseling and coaching to trailing spouses. As a result, spouses made informed career and life choices.