Special Announcement

Professional Development Program

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs is always the resounding response of spouses, both male and female, when asked their 3 priorities.  Latest industry surveys also show that millennials in particular are getting more selective about where they would relocate to. This will impact WBG’s talent strategy especially in FCV locations.  Therefore, WBFN, in response to both the business needs and general globally mobile workforce trends, is equipping spouses/partners with strategies and tools to manage their careers as globally mobile professionals.

The Professional Development Program provides members with a variety of career related social learning opportunities to build their professional network, learn new career related skills, explore different career paths, and understand the local employment market.

The Professional Development Program is primarily member driven with the oversight of a career development specialist.


Career Lab Infographic

The question, “where would you like to be in 5 years’ time?” is no longer applicable as the job you aspire to could be gone. The Career Lab It is designed to equip our members for the disruptive shift that is already reshaping the world of work. The added ingredient of geographic relocation makes managing a globally mobile career a potent mix of complexity. Participants MUST attend all 6 consecutive workshops.


The Career Lab is based on two key principles; 1) mobility is expected, therefore we are planning for the unknown, i.e. I don’t know my next geographical destination; 2) transition provides us with the opportunity to rethink and reconfigure a multitude of professional possibilities.

It consists of (i) a series of 6 workshops, attendance at all six is expected and (ii) peer group learning which is optional:

Career Lab Workshops: Both feedback and observation of previous career programs have shown that there is a need for a more differentiated approach, as participants are often at very different stages of their careers.

Hence this 6-part series opens with 2 workshops—Career Orientation, Developing a Mobility Mindset—that provide the foundation for managing a globally mobile career. Participants may then select the pathway of 4 workshops that is appropriate to them, either Reinvent Me or Ready to Launch. All participants MUST attend Developing a Mobility Mindset as it lays the foundation for thinking about crafting a globally sustainable career. All participants are expected to attend ALL six workshops.

Peer Group Learning (optional): Once the Career Lab workshops are completed, some participants form peer learning groups. Peer Learning Groups are learning partnerships that are set up for participants of the career workshops to support their continued career relaunch. Generally speaking, those who are in active job search mode use the peer groups to review their resumes and practice for interviews. Those who are in career transition can use the peer learning groups for support and accountability as social participation makes challenges easier.

For more information about the different workshop please consult our Activities calendar
Career Lab

Monthly skill-building, knowledge building and information sessions to support the professional development of members. Regular topics include LinkedIn, Job Search Strategies, Excel, Project Management, How to Start a Business.

Additional topics may be covered based on the interests of members and the availability of speakers.

For more information about the different workshop please consult our Activities calendar
Thematic sessions

Professional groups are spaces for participants to build a lasting network with others from the same professional field. Group members support each other through the career development process by sharing experiences and identifying relevant resources and opportunities. The professional groups reflect current members’ interests, and new members are encouraged to establish new interest groups. Currently there are professional groups in the following five areas:

  1. Art
  2. Business
  3. Health
  4. International Development
  5. Legal

For more information about the different workshop please consult our Activities calendar
Professional groups

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For more information about meetings, please consult our activities calendar
Professional Networking

Career Journeys

Looking for a shortcut to success? Here participants of our Professional Development Program share their stories of the good, bad and ugly of their career journeys. Join them on their journeys because you will pick a trick or two and save your loads of time, angst and may be money.

List of Useful Career Books

Pivot by Jenny Blake
The Start up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casanocha
Reinventing You by Dorie Clark
Stand Out by Dorie Clark
Entrepreneurial You by Dorie Clark
Getting Unstuck by Timothy Butler
Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra
Your Brian at Work by David Rock
The Confidence Code by Kathy Kay and Claire Shipman
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter
Branding Pays by Karen Kang