The Career in Your Suitcase Way

Group program

Gave up your job/career to relocate?

Wondering: What now? What to do next?
Want to discover what you have in your suitcase already?
Explore what items may be missing?
Discover how to travel with your skills?

The Career in Your Suitcase Way is made up of 4 elements and is designed to get you started. This group program supports you to find the balance in your professional, as well as personal life, guiding you through the journey of discovering your passion, identifying your skills and reflecting on how these – together – can help you craft a career for yourself.


On the Career in Your Suitcase Way you:

  • inventory what you have in your suitcase
  • develop a network of support for the journey
  • widen your range of opportunity
  • learn to use serendipity to create possibility
  • build confidence and clarity of purpose
  • create a personal career navigation system to guide your choices

Designed by Colleen Reichrath-Smith, and based on the book she co-authored with Jo Parfitt, this program equips and empowers you with a personal framework to navigate your career across international borders, occupational boundaries and changing times.

In two months and in a group of 6 to 8 fellow ‘travellers’ The Career in Your Suitcase Way will provide you with what you need to pack or re-pack for your own unique, portable career.


“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!” Read more here.


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

“I met Colleen a year ago when doing the Career in Your Suitcase Way program in Delft, The Netherlands. My firm is a result of that wonderful, inspiring program led by Colleen. What I got of my communication with Colleen in the program then and since, is inspiration, courage, peacefulness and drive. I encourage everyone to do this program with Colleen at some point in their lives, even though people are not looking for new possibilities, necessarily . Her approach is helpful in focusing and setting goals for your future.” Read more here.

Helga Stina

Travel Planner, Iceland Unwrapped

The Program’s Four Elements


 Reach for the Sky

This kick-off workshop provides a “focused starting point” for the program. In the 3- hour workshop you will:

  • create a vision to guide you
  • commit to your own goals for following the program
  • get to know your travelling companions in the program

We are committed to supporting your success in the program by starting out together on the right foot.


15 Steps to
A Career in Your Suitcase

The Career in Your Suitcase Workbook guides you in 15 Steps to:

  • look back and collect and archive where you’ve been
  • look in and gather the insights that will guide your efforts when you
  • look up to decide which options to investigate further

We believe in this process having used it ourselves, repeatedly, to navigate our way forward each time change has come.


Six Blue Sky Groups

We believe that this journey is to be taken with others. As a result these peer support groups are an essential part of the program. The groups are guided by one of our Career in Your Suitcase Coaches.

“The Blue Sky Groups were amazing and very inspiring – it was so nice and empowering to experience how much the the group members can support each other.”


Individual Support

To help you keep your momentum while following the program, a 1:1 coaching session is included with one of our certified coaches.

“I think the coaching session is invaluable, because it’s… difficult to see things through long term. The coaching session provides you the tools and feedback to do so in the way best suited to you.”

Ready to create your own Career in Your Suitcase?

Join the Program for REPATRIATES in The Hague region, Wednesday mornings Fall 2017

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Reinvent Yourself Introductory Session: Get a TASTE of the Career in Your Suitcase Way, ONLINE Fall 2017

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Join the ONLINE program on Tuesday evenings (GMT+2) starting Fall 2017

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