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The Portable Profession

Duration: 14 hours (in 7 weeks).
Studyload: 2 classroom hours and 2 hours of independent study each week.
Audience: The Portable Profession is for the accompanying spouse, the ones who find themselves continually on the move.

'There are thousands of “trailing spouses” in the world today, and that there are some important implications associated with “trailing,” makes this phenomenon an important one to describe. While every story is unique, many of the issues I struggled with – identity loss, not knowing how to fit in a craft a new life … – are “universals” for many accompanying spouses.'

- Trailing: A Memoir by Kirsten Louise Duncombe

Does your mobile life style clash with your career goals? Do you have the feeling that you need to pack up your suitcases (again) just as things are picking up with your work?

When your partner’s job requires you to move regularly, it is necessary that you, too, have a career that can move with you. In The Portable Profession we explore the critical factors that influence the possible mobility of your current position. And, if your current position is not as mobile as you would like, we look at further possibilities. We explore the characteristics of mobile professions and go in search of surprise and inspiration. There are many possibilities available for those who have learned to understand the Portable Profession.

And, when it is, once again, time to pack the suitcases, just pack your profession as well!


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Student Discount Full
n.v.t. € 300 € 329

Min & Max numbers

The minimum number of participants per group is 16; the maximum number of participants per group is 24. Once a group is full you will be placed on the waitlist for a new group. Placement in a group is on a first come, first serve basis, under the condition that you meet the audience specification.

Also available in the form of a series of individual coaching sessions. Delivered by a former expat with a mobile profession.

Language of Instruction               

The language of instruction during the courses will be English.

Course Material

Will be provided in class.


You will also be using online course material in Nestor, the blackboard learning environment of the University of Groningen.

On Demand/Tailor-made Training

Standard courses for Students, Teachers, Staff and Professionals. with Open Registration courses are those that are planned (generally once a semester) and for which you can register directly online.

We can also fully develop a new course to your specifications, or we can adapt an existing course to your situation. On Demand or Tailor-made courses in Intercultural Competence can be given as one-to-one courses, for small groups or for entire organizations. They can be given in the form of presentations, short workshops, longer trainings or competence development trajectories. More information on On Demand and tailor-made courses

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