‘Re-Invent Yourself’- professional support programme for international spouses

Coming to Estonia as an accompanying spouse, you might lack a support network and information on your new environment. Work in Estonia offers you just that, in a programme packed with professional networking and ways for you to evolve professionally in Estonia.

In spring 2019, Work in Estonia initiated two pilot project groups of international spouses in Estonia for them to re-invent themselves professionally. Shortly after completion of the programme, one-third of the participants had found a job, while all participants recommend the programme 100%.

Moving to a new country together with your partner can be quite challenging. Often as the accompanying spouse, you have to leave behind your career – thus setting your goals and path in a new environment can be rather complicated.

Questions like “Can I even work here without knowing the language?”, “What are my options for working?”, “Where to find professional contacts?” or “How to set up a company or find volunteering opportunities?” are common. And without having a network of people around you, it is hard to answer them.

The programme aims at making this transition a lot easier, through the following:

The programme has taken place at the International House of Tallinn and it has been organized by Work in Estonia partners. The group sessions are held in English and the programme is free of charge.

NB! Registration to this program is only available to spouses already residing in Estonia.

 

I commend the Estonian government for sponsoring and approving this program, it significantly shows how welcoming and assisting the state really is. I also  commend the organizers of this program for doing a great job by helping us (the participants) in our career pursuit.‘ – 1st group programme participant

Next courses: Autumn 2019

THE REGISTRATION FOR TARTU GROUP IS NOW OPEN 

Work in Estonia initiates a 5-week long career program in October-November 2019 to support international spouses of expat specialists in Tartu in re-inventing themselves professionally. NB! Registration to this program is only available to spouses already residing in Estonia and living in Tartu.

Moving to a new country together with your partner can be quite challenging. Often as the accompanying spouse, you have to leave behind your career and start fresh – and setting your goals and path in a new environment can be rather complicated.

Questions like “Can I even work here without knowing the language?”, “What are my options for working?”, “Where to find professional contacts?” or “How to set up a company or find volunteering opportunities?” are common. And without having a network of people around you, it is hard to answer them.

Thus, the ‘Re-invent yourself’ program aims to make the transition easier with the following:

  • Networking meetingswith local professionals, HR managers and recruiters to understand the labor market in Estonia and to create individual business contacts.
  • Training sessionsfor adjusting in Estonia, inventing your career in a new environment, learning about business networking or setting up your own company.
  • Individual career and networking consultationsfrom Töötukassa (Public Employment Service) consultants and program managers to each participant to help you plan your career and establish business contacts and open doors to target companies based on your interests and field of activities.

The program will take place in Tartu. Events will be held in English and the program is free of charge. The program will take place within the period of 29.10-26.11. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

The group will comprise of up to 18 participants and registration will be done based on the order of submitting the registration form. Also an introductory interview will be held with each participant prior to 25.10 to map your exact expectations and motivation. Due to the limited amount of places, we wish to emphasize that we can only enrol participants who are currently not engaged in any professional activities and are motivated to actively look for work. Also being the accompanying spouse/partner of an expat specialist who recently moved to Estonia is one of the prerequisites for registration.

In case the 18 positions are already full by the time you fill the registration form, we will keep your contacts and inform you of the next upcoming similar programs. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to ensure a place in the group!

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Next course will take place in Tallinn in November 2019 and the registration opens on October 24, 2019.

 

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