Imagine having your career in your suitcase?

By Trine Tveen Nielsen | Business Abroad

Feb 09

One of the biggest hurdles of an expat spouse is to find employment that matches her interest, education or skills during each relocation. It’s often stressful and frustrating to start over professionally over and over again. In an ideal world, you will have the freedom to move anywhere in the world with minimal career disruption. Now imagine having your career in your suitcase, checking in and out with you! In today’s digital world, it’s possible…meet the ‘portable career’!


A portable career is not bound to any specific geographic location but can be pursued anywhere and anytime. This concept has opened up new opportunities for expat spouses to pursue their personal and professional goal in a variety of occupations. A few examples are a translator, photo blogger, writer, web designer, copywriter, yoga instructor, teacher or life coach. The portable career – or being your own boss – gave you the freedom to maintain your professional identity while enjoying an international lifestyle.


A laptop, an internet connection, the skills to network online and offline and you are all set to conquer the world. If you are living or planning to move in a country where you don't speak the language, where it’s difficult to get a work permit, where your credentials are not accepted or recognized… As markets become more global and technology evolves, more and more portable career options become available.

The common denominators in finding and developing a ​portable career is to look for services or skills that are generally in high demand such education and training, healthcare and IT , to choose a profession that is not heavily regulated such as law or medicine, to work or sell services and products online.


We all have our unique qualities, strengths, as well as our knowledge, and experience. Developing or enhancing skills that are used and needed universally is a must to finding and building a portable career. Most expat women masters multiple languages, have a deep understanding of cross cultural communication or handling diversity in workplace to name a few. See yourself as a unique combination of qualities, skills, strengths and experiences that you can put to practice wherever you go. If you commit to lifelong learning and engage with today’s technologies, the world is your oyster. Just remember, every exit is a new entry somewhere.

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About the Author

A brand consultant and marketing strategist by profession, Trine founded Boosting Business, a successful brand bureau in Denmark prior to moving to Qatar, where she co-founded LinkMotility and SpouseTalent in 2016. This was where she gained inspiration to help global mobility talents and entrepreneurs see an understanding of their power and the potential to become authorities in their field while on the move – and the mindset, guidance and roadmap to make it happen. Trine has been involved in multiple speaking engagements in Denmark, Qatar and Malaysia as a lecturer and guest speaker. A strong advocate of networking, she constantly emphasises its importance in all her lectures, talks and firmly believes it is one of the most powerful tools for people and businesses. Trine also co-founded Women in Business, one of the biggest professional network for women in Denmark. After spending nearly two decades in the branding industry, Trine knows what truly drives engagement, conversions and sold-out launches. Trine is a graduate of the College of Art, Craft and Design, Denmark. She currently serves as a Board of Director at the Malaysian Danish Business Council.

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