29 February 2024
International education in the Netherlands: 'The newcomers as well as teachers are really hard workers'
- International student
- International talent
At the Expat Spouses Initiative (ESI), we often hear from the international community in the Brainport Eindhoven region about the challenges they face entering the Dutch labour market.
We understand that part of feeling at home in a new place is also about joining the local workforce, especially considering that many accompanying spouses or partners leave significant careers behind to facilitate the international relocation of their partner or spouse.
Sure, the Dutch labour market can be a difficult egg to crack, but there are opportunities here for everyone! And we at ESI are dedicated to ensuring the international community can access them.
Our top five tips to help internationals get professionally active in Brabant are:
Like many things in life, preparation is key. We know that planning an international move is time consuming and hard work, but starting your new professional journey on the right foot is important too. Therefore, we recommend that you begin researching what professional opportunities are available as soon as possible. An excellent way to do this is to review what kind of jobs are available in the surrounding area via LinkedIn and job platforms such as Indeed and Monster.
Beyond your job search, also consider learning about Dutch culture, labour practices, and lifestyle. This information will help you build a realistic picture of life in the Netherlands. Here, here and here are excellent resources to start learning about Dutch employment and life.
It’s great to know what type of employment or organization you want to work for and strive to achieve it but don’t fixate. This could blind you to other potential opportunities that could match your professional ambitions. Instead, take stock of your hard and soft skills and your unique selling points to expand your job search criteria to other positions or areas that might fulfil them.
Volunteering is a fantastic way to dip your toe in the Dutch labour market, develop new skills, reinforce old ones, and network. There are many organizations that are often looking for volunteers such as Eindhoven Doet, Access, and Samen voor Eindhoven (Together for Eindhoven). If you don't see a volunteering option that suits your experience and skills, just ask. As the saying goes, “fortune favours the bold.” So be bold and ask.
We invite you to join a community meetup to find out more about the Expat Spouses Initiative and the Talent100 program. You can also read success stories from various ESI community members.
With these five tips and the Expat Spouses Initiative, you are one step closer to restarting your career and reaching your professional potential in Brabant.