Dual Career in Academia / Interview with Hilde Janssens (IST)

VIE LESA has started its initiative “VIE Speak Up” to tackle the challenges of Dual Career(s) in Vienna. We invite expat partners and stakeholders in Austria and abroad to share their experience(s) and Expertise to create a Vibrant buzz for the spousal talent out there. Interested? Drop us a line to office@vie-lesa.org!

This time, we are excited to be talking to Hilde Janssens, Good Practice Officer. She is responsible for Diversity & Inclusion, Gender & Diversity and Family Services at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria, Link: https://ist.ac.at/).  Belgian by origin, Hilde has been living in Austria (country number 7 in her professional career) with her Swiss husband and their two kids (12 and 15 years old) since summer 2015.

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VIE Speak Up / Adriana’s story of becoming an Expat Freelancer in Austria (Part 2)

Last week Adriana Liendo shared her story about her decision to become an (expat) freelancer in Austria. This week she gives us an insight on how to proceed and the steps that need to be taken in order to be able to do so. 

VIE Speak Up / Adriana’s story of becoming an Expat Freelancer in Austria

Today, it is Adriana Liendo’s story of becoming an (Expat) Freelancer in Austria. In Adriana’s words.

Through VIE LESA’s initiative “VIE Speak Up” we aim to speak up for Dual Career(s) in Vienna. We invite expat partners and stakeholders in Austria and abroad to share their individual challenges, highs and lows, to be able to learn from each other and create a vibrant buzz for the spousal talent out there. Reach out to us, drop us a line to office@vie-lesa.org if you also want to contribute.

VIE LESA / Happy 365 / One year ago

After an intense phase of preparation, one year ago today (17/11/2017), VIE LESA‘s Giant Ferris Wheel has officially started turning and it has been an amazing ride so far!

We are very thankful for 12 months full of “Ups” but also some very valuable “Downs”. It is  those challenging moments which we sometimes learn the most from! We do not want to miss a single one!

We are very proud to….

Portable Career / Dual Career by Verena Heingärtner

Verena Heingärtner, initiator and co-founder of VIE LESA, recently had the pleasure to be invited to PWN Vienna’s Linkup & Learn on “Portable Careers”.

Together with other inspiring women on the panel – Martina Koja (Language Teacher), Nora Szücs (Researcher and Lecturer Vienna University of Business and Economics), Victoria Williams (Vice President and General Manager GlaxoSmithKline), Amel Derragui (Business & Marketing Coach, Speaker, Founder of Tandem Nomads Tandem Nomads) – she had a lively discussion on the broad topic of career and expatriation and the role of the so called “trailing spouse”.

This inspiring evening and the questions she was asked, made her recap why it is so important to speak up for Dual Careers in Vienna/Austria….

Female Presidents: Verena Heingärtner, VIE LESA with Claudia Cordie, PWN Vienna

The idea that started Tandem Nomads via Amel Derragui

VIE LESA loves Amel Derragui‘s story, which is truly inspiring! 

Amel is a business and marketing coach, speaker and founder of Tandem Nomads, a podcast show and platform designed to turn expat and military partners’ dual career challenges into great opportunities,

The Expat Wife and the Career Breakdown via Making here Home

…and then we moved and I was no longer a “career woman”. I had hoped to continue my job from Bangkok, but that didn’t work out. Forget “culture shock”. For me, the biggest shock was this: I didn’t have a job anymore. Work was always a big presence in my life – it was a part of who I was. And suddenly, it wasn’t. It was like losing a part of the jigsaw puzzle that made me.”

Click here to read the very touching post of Making here Home.