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A Career in Your Suitcase
By Mary van der Boon
(this review first appeared in the XPat Journal)
British author Jo Parfitt offers mobile women the following excellent advice:
the key to finding a career that works for you, suits your skills, your dreams and your lifestyle is that you first find your passion. Once you have found your passion and with it your authentic, enthusiastic, motivated self, you can begin to create a career in your suitcase.
Career in your Suitcase 1 written with American Elizabeth Douet was published in 1997 and quickly became a favourite with expatriate women around the world. It contains chapters on working from home, networking, working with computers, skills assessment and check lists. Successful spouses share the secrets of their own portable careers in a series of case studies.
Career in Your Suitcase 2, available summer 2002, is a great addition to Career in Your Suitcase 1. Totally updated, with twice as many pages, it includes sections on repatriating your career, male accompanying partners, change management, career success strategies, emotional intelligence and more. Contributions come not only from Parfitt but well-known relocation experts Robin Pascoe, www.expatexpert.com, Galen Tinder of Ricklin-Echiksen Associates, Huw Francis, www.huwfrancis.com and Mary van der Boon, www.globaltmc.com. The second edition complements the first, by delving deeper, reaching wider and covering more of what matters and makes a difference.