Jennifer Richardson, author of expat memoir Americashire: A Field Guide to Marriage, has been mulling over the idea of how to turn writing from a vocation into a profession and this led to her reading A Career in Your Suitcase.

She writes: “One of my ‘aha!’ moments came early in the book in a chapter devoted to finding your passion. Here Jo [Parfitt] writes, ‘Sometimes it can be hard to separate the things we love to do and do well, from the thing we like to do less, but still do well…Sadly, the subjects we do best in are not always the one we love the most.’ Here in two sentences was a state of the union on my career in project management.”

But Richardson also found herself “bristling” at the mention of Tupperware and Avon as options for accompanying spouses. She goes on, however, to raise an important issue: that we should not be blinkered by what we deem an “appropriate” career while abroad. After all the key to working successfully overseas lies in seeing – and seizing – opportunities in their many guises.

Have you had to revamp or completely transform your career overseas? How did you adapt to this new vision of yourself? And what have been the results? We’d love to know!

Find Richardson’s review here. Her memoir Americashire: A Field Guide to Marriage is winner of the 2013 IndieReader Discovery Award for Travel Writing.

Read more about A Career in Your Suitcase: A Practical Guide to Creating Meaningful Work… Anywhere (Summertime Publishing, 2013) here.


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