What Clients and Participants are saying…

It was a pleasure to work with Colleen. She lead an in-depth, 3 hour workshop for myself and 15 gradating research master students. Colleen was extremely knowledgeable, personable, patient and detail oriented. Colleen’s enthusiastic teaching style coupled with her carefully thought out lesson plan made Colleen a skillful and engaging workshop leader. My colleagues and I all learned a tremendous amount from her interactive workshop.”

Ryan Bellinson

Career Tools Workshop Participant, Masters Student, University of Amsterdam

The Career in Your Suitcase Way Program was a great and powerful tool for my career transition. After years in the same company and moving abroad, it was time to step out, and then I decided I needed support to go through this journey. Colleen …is very skilled in what she does and was able to reach a perfect match between my need and her offering. All the tools provided in this wonderful journey equipped me with self-understanding, confidence and encouragement to achieve my short term goals and shape my career.

When the journey with the group was finished, I was sure it was more than a deep dive into my inner me, it was a great investment in my future! Even my husband acknowledged that it gave me strength and confidence to move forward, and that my attitude has changed in the search for a new start!

Program Participant Fall 2016

Accompanying Partner and R&D Product Development and Project Manager, Unilever

I liked how the workshop was informal and how you are easy to approach and open for questions.

I learned how to present my full package as a potential employee.

It made me think about things I didn’t consider before.

Good and important presentation that kept us engaged.

Career Tools Workshop Participants June 2017

International Students, University of Amsterdam and Rotterdam Business School

Thanks to Colleen’s dedication and expertise, we were able to make my CV and covering letter amazing! Colleen’s skills and expertise in career counselling combined with her positive and energetic attitude made it an absolute pleasure to work with her.

CV Coaching Client

Writer, Researcher and Teacher, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Thanks so much for sharing all your great tips with us. You actually got me excited about resume writing!

Resume and Work Search Workshop Participant

Thanks to Colleen’s gentle guidance, I was able to clear away the many clouds blocking my vision to what I wanted out of my career. I have focus, and project management tools to help me get what I want out of my career.

CIYSW Program Participant Fall 2015

Accompanying Partner

It has been a real treat working with Colleen in the past few months.
She very skilfully helped me feel more confident and to streamline an effective work search strategy.
I would not be able to achieve the same results without her.

Career Coaching Client

International Career Transition for Lawyer, From Brazil to the Netherlands

I started the Career in Your Suitcase Way program very unsure about what to do next.  I have reached a crossroads as an accompanying spouse and mother of young children plus still wanting to be the professional career woman that I have put on hold.  Over the 6 weeks I realised I was on a journey to discover who I was and to appreciate how others perceive and value me rather than focus on all the labels I had attached to myself.  It was extremely uncomfortable asking for feedback and really analysing myself and not focusing on just my professional persona.  I feel very vulnerable looking at me rather than the professional persona.  However now I have begun to do that I am feeling so much happier in my self.  I feel more comfortable about accepting my situation just to see what happens next.  I feel in control and although everything is mostly uncertain, especially as I am repatriating back to my home country, I am ok with facing uncertainty as I have recognised what is most important to me, what is nice to have and that I have control about what happens to me next regardless of location etc.

I know I have a core set of skills and values which I can apply to the situation I am in and I don’t have to keep ‘reinventing the wheel’ just learn to adapt and stay true to myself.

I recently attended my last meeting with [my career support group] and one of the comments that stuck with me was that my confidence in myself and my skills has increased since I started the course and that has helped the others as I have been sharing advice and anecdotes as well as giving my opinion.  The feedback surprised me and I thought about it and realised they are right.  I am feeling happier being me and so feel able to listen and help others.  The weight of the world is no longer weighing me down!

I will definitely be recommending the CIYS way to fellow repats and expats on my journey.  The fact that you can do the course online means that international locations are not a factor!

Finally I would like to thank you Colleen.  I felt you really understood the position of being an accompanying spouse and an expat and the challenge of remaining yourself when faced with the multitude of new roles that expat living presents.

Online CIYSW Program Participant Spring 2017

Accompanying Partner; Previous Business Controls Risk and Compliance Manager, Telefónica UK Limited

Thank you for your spirit of adventure, playfulness, laughter, strategic vision, passion, commitment, contagious enthusiasm, and capacity to turn vision into action.

Sareena Hopkins

Co-Executive Director, Canadian Career Development Foundation