Spousecare Connect Newsletter Spring 2013

In this edition: Read what participants have to say about the Spouse Career Fair and the IBMP Mentoring Programme

In this edition we are proud to share with you some of the results from our daily work and from the 2 exciting projects that we have been working with this last year.
Below you can also meet Pushpita Sengupta and read about her way finding the right job opportunity in Denmark and you can read about the experiences from the first kick-off of the IBMP Mentoring Programme - a new programme designed especially for highly skilled spouses and partners that wish to pursue their career. Also find the latest news about the next Spouse Career Fair that will take place on 3 October at Hotel Mariott. We hope you will join us!

Wishing you all a nice spring!
Anette Pilmark
Anette Pilmark
Founder & Director of Spousecare


What's New

Apply to be an IBMP mentor 
Together with Habran & Jensen Consulting we have developed the “International Business Mentoring Programme, IBMP” where employees from Danish companies will get the opportunity to be trained as mentors from an international perspective. This programme is focused only on business relations. It is a professional programme matching qualified international mentees wishing to pursue a new career in Denmark with mentors who have a curiosity and wish to develop mentor skills and inter-relational know how. Additionally, it is a great opportunity for the mentors to get access to insight knowledge and expertise from similar businesses from the international arena.

"I joined the IBMP program as a mentor for an international mentee, as I find that a mentor/mentee relationship is an opportunity to learn, not just for the mentee, but for mutual benefit. For me it is not just about giving, but also receiving. For every mentee I learn more and more. The international aspect of this particular program also adds on my own personal competencies. I have lived abroad and faced some of the challenges it brings, being a foreigner, which is why it gives me great personal satisfaction to support another person pursuing her (his) career in Denmark."
IBMP Mentor: Charlotte Bryldt Theisen
Lead employer branding specialist, DONG Energy 

“The IBMP programme is fantastic. It is incredibly useful when moving to a new country to have guidance about the working culture.  It has been good to meet other mentees from different countries and share experiences.  Having a mentor is a great help for settling into Denmark and I am so glad to have been matched with Birgit Tommerup from Carlsberg who is my mentor.   Birgit is inspirational and has given me some terrific guidance.  She has also given me the confidence that I need to address challenges to find a meaningful role in Denmark .I am very glad that as a trailing spouse I have also been give the help and support from Spousecare.”
IBMP Mentee: Emma Gane, HR Professional from UK

First IBMP Class at kick-off in March 2013.

A Spousecare success story
“The individual support and career counselling from Spousecare helped me pursue my new career in Denmark” 
Pushpita Sengupta, Support Manager at Trustpilot
Pushpita arrived in Denmark during 2011 with her husband who had received a job offer in Copenhagen. Pushpita, holding an education within Business Administration and IT-support was hoping to pursue her own career but found the Danish job market difficult. Through her husband’s company she was offered individual spouse support and career counselling via Spousecare. For the career counselling, Pushpita engaged with Spousecare consultant Sys Vecht who introduced Pushpita to the company Trustpilot, a successful company with branches all over the world.
Pushpita started in a position as Technical Support Agent and she has recently been promoted as Support Manager in a permanent position. HR Business Partner, Sabina Notkin from Trustpilot says: “Via Spousecare we have been introduced to Pushpita, that we have now promoted as our Support Manager. In our company we really value competencies from abroad. Our culture is international with over 25 different nationalities in our Copenhagen office. This is very unique for a Danish company our size”.  Pushpita Sengupta ”…. Spousecare guided and coached me to pursue a career in Denmark. In one sentence I can say, Spousecare acted as a bridge between me and Trustpilot. And I really value that...”

From the left: HR Business Partner Sabina Notkin, Support Manager Pushpita Sengupta and Support Director, Tonni Buur.

Join the Spouse Career Fair on 3 October 2013
A unique opportunity to get in contact with the many highly skilled talents that are already in Denmark. 

“At the Spouse Career Fair in November, we met many qualified candidates, and I am happy to say that we have ended up hiring 2 of the candidates we met on the fair. We are looking forward to joining the fair again this year”.
Recruiter, Karlijn Lips from Mærsk Olie & Gas A/S
”We were positively surprised by the quality of the candidates at the Spouse Career Fair. There really were a lot of highly educated and skilled candidates among the visitors”.
Team Leader HR, Marianne Benfeldt, GN Store Nord

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Individual Spouse Programmes
If you and your company would like to learn more about our individual spousecare programmes or our cultural workshops and workshops about Danish working culture, professional networking and use of LinkedIn,
please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

Next IBMP programmes starts on:
18 April 2013 
12 September 2013
October 2013 (date to be decided)

The purpose of the IBMP Mentoring Programme is to retain international talent in Denmark and to train Danish mentors from an international perspective. This will be done by providing a platform where mentors from companies and organisations in Denmark have the opportunity to be matched with a mentee with an international background.

All participants will be invited to the mentor master classes and receive our guide for mentors and mentees including tools, especially targeted cross-cultural mentoring relationships.

The IBMP Mentoring Programme is sponsored by the European Social Funds and Vækstforum Hovedstaden and part of the Copenhagen Talent Bridge. 

Sign up at or send a mail to if you wish to request our IBMP brochure.

Talent Pool
Talent Pool is a fairly new initiative by Spousecare to showcase on our website some of our spouses who are currently seeking employment. All candidates are known by Spousecare and you are welcome to contact us to set up an informal meeting with a candidate you find would be a good match in your company. Find your next HR Professional, Quality Manager or Project Manager…! Click here to see more

Spouse Survey
As you all know we our focus in Spousecare is primarily on the accompanying spouses and partners, and in our last newsletter we wrote about a planned spouse survey. We have decided to make this survey together with DEA and we hope to be able to initiate this before summer. More info will follow when we get the first results.

Spouse Career Fair
The fair is held on 3 Oct 2013 at Hotel Mariott. The website will be open for registration of participants in August, but you can register your company by sending an email to already now.
The fair is sponsored by the European Social Funds and Vækstforum Hovedstaden and part of the Copenhagen Talent Bridge and is free of charge.

For more info, please visit our website
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