Hidden Gems supports dual-career spouses. A dual-career couple is a couple where both partners pursue a career and wish to have a paid employment. They may work in or outside academia. The Hidden Gems spouses are international talents, whose “hidden” expertise is available to local companies.
In today’s competitive world companies need to seek for talents from abroad to answer the increasing foreign operations and innovation shortage. Up to 80 percent of international talents relocate with their families. When relocating, spouses are often falling off the radar of organizational support, while they need the most career care. Despite their qualifications, spouses may have to stay home for years before finding employment.
Research tells us that the number one reason for international assignment failure is due to the unhappiness of a spouse. In order to attract and retain highly skilled talents we must tackle this issue.
The Hidden Gems project aims to facilitate the employment and full integration of the spouses into the Finnish society. Hidden Gems promotes the growth and internationalization by enabling local companies to tap into the “hidden” expertise of international spouses. We can no longer ignore the potential of the expatriates’ spouses.