Colleen Reichrath-Smith, HNCP  

CJS Career Consulting

 As a career development professional I equip and empower people so they can navigate their career across international borders, occupational boundaries and economic shifts.

I believe this is an essential skill in this globalising world, enabling you to create a personally meaningful life from almost anywhere in the world and remain true to who you are.


As a Certified Holistic Narrative Career Professional (HNCP), Syntropic World Master Class graduate and co-author of the fourth edition of A Career in Your Suitcase, I have been a self-employed career consultant since 1997.

Recently I have had the honour of adding the facilitation of the workshop Retire to the Life You Love to my toolkit based on the book written by my mentor and mother, Nell Smith.

After starting my career consultancy in Canada in 1997, I took it on an international adventure to theNetherlands in 2005. This provided me not only personal and professional insight into the world of global mobility and talent management, but also, inspired me to develop resources and programmes suited to these challenges.

I am a member of the ACCESS Trainers Network in the Netherlands and fluent in English and Dutch



This is why I do what I do...

I believe that:

Careers unfold over time and are revealed over time. There is no such thing as a wrong career choice (or study choice); every choice is made within a context and leads to future choices.

A career crisis is really a crisis of imagination; the inability to imagine a situation/career other than the one you are currently in. The key to creating a personally meaningful career is being able to look inside to what is important to you, clarify what you can do, and then look outside to your current situation to find the opportunities that work for your lifestyle and this time and place in your life/career.

Careers are created in collaboration and dialogue with our local and global networks. A willingness to engage wherever you find yourself, an attitude of openness to exploration and unexpected opportunity, the ability to step into the ‘unknown’ and find your way and the ability to adapt to new information and situations are essential to a successful career.

Your career is an ongoing journey – it continues as you grow and develop and move over the course of your life.

I believe the skills needed to develop your career are essential skills in this globalising world. They enable you to create a personally meaningful life from almost anywhere in the world on your own terms.

Thank you to

Vinita Salome Photography for the images. I love your use of light and composition and am so happy you could take these for me.

Natasha from Hair+ for the hairstyling.

Lemonberry  and Lisa Hall for designing my Logo and teaching me how to use WordPress as well as designing and laying out my book.

Dresses are from Rijk 14 and the beautiful flower arrangement is from Blumpke, both located in the beautiful village of Gulpen, NL where I am thankful to live.