Expat partners are Talented!

Since 15 years, I am sure about this sentence: Expat partners are Talented
Expat partners are talented.
And this sentence should be write on all expatriation contracts.
I’ve met so many expat spouses, in India, China, Malaysia, Mozambique, Vietnam…
and of course in Absolutely French, in Paris.
Me, I’ve no doubt.
But some of these incredible talents tend to forget it.
And companies don’t know it at all.
During all these years, I also realized that Talent marry Talent.
So as expats are talents, expat partners are too.

First career fair for expat spouses

Absolutely Talented took place for the second time:
Thursday 26th January 2023 in Paris, at Viaduc Café
It was a bet:
The first career fair dedicated only to expat spouses.

Because, expat partners develop precious soft skills during their expatriations, they are skillfull and they need to know it (most of them loose confidence).

It was also to show to companies that expatriate spouses are incredible talents, with 10 to 20 years experiences and that this status is a real plus for their team.


100 people came
180 job offers
« expatriate spouse » = « talent »
The feedback from the companies present this day was from all of them: incredible talents!

One company told us they have won 6 months in their recruitment process.

I believe the bet is won!

You are a recruiter?  Register for free here to get a stand, meet and recruit expat spouses.

You are an expat partner, register here and find your dream job.

What will happen?

First Part – 8.30 – 9.00: Welcome Breakfast Coffee – Tea
Second Part – 9.00 – 10.15: Round Table: Why are expat partners interest to recruiters

More about our round table speakers:

Gill Gordon
Chair of Permits Foundation an independent, non-profit which campaigns globally to make work permits accessible to the partners of international employees. Throughout her career she has been involved in career development, diversity and mobility and has spent over ten years on expatriate assignments in France, Germany, and the US.

Susanna Warner
VP of Global Mobility, Employee Engagement, and Continuous Learning at Schneider Electric. Having worked in Global Mobility at Lafarge Holcim, AXA and Schneider Electric, she will no doubt have plenty of wisdom to share with us!

Kerstin Martel
PhD Fellow at Copenhagen Business School conducting research focused on global mobilities, immigration, identity, and belonging. As an expert in global mobility and expatriation, former expat partner and expatriate herself, we look forward to hearing what she has to say!

Third Part – 10.15 – 12.00 : Workshops and Meetings with Recruiters

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And what about expat spouses?

They told me, that they were happy to find someone who speak for them.

They were pleased to be part of this new community.

Most of them used the word: « family ».

And I’m so glad that they’ve feeled this, because for me,

we are a family and we need each other to grow up.

I will continue to promote the talents that you are!

To do so, we are looking for volunteers to join the team,

and make things happen together.

I need you to continue promoting expat partners.

To join us and be invited to our next volunteers meeting, come speak to us the 26th January!


Thank you

Thank you all for your presence during Absolutely Talented:
– speakers
– expatriate spouses
– sponsors
– companies
This event was a success because of you!

A big thanks to my dream team who did an amazing job promoting this event everywhere.

Expat partners are Talented! ✅



Article written by Armelle Perben

Founder, Expatriate’s Spouse and Executive Director of Absolutely French


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Armelle defends the double career in expatriation,

for the happiness of the expatriate,

and the career of the expatriates’ partners,

because they are also talents !

Absolutely French is the first French language school dedicated solely to expatriate spouses and expatriates.

Our main mission is to promote dual careers for expatriate couples.

With our fun, friendly and innovative French courses, we guarantee a successful integration!

Want to learn with us? Register an expatriate spouse?

Contact us !

E-mail : contact@absolutely-french.eu

Tel : 01 83 73 98 49

Address : 15 rue du Colonel Moll, 75017, Paris