Career Service Arts

Career Service Arts brings students closer to the labour market right from the start of their degree programme. Giving presentations and workshops, helping you find an internship and informing you about the Dutch job market belong to Cécile Reulen's (left side in the picture) and Evelyne Vos-Fruit’s (right side in the picture) daily activities at Career Service Arts. But how do they help international Bachelor's, Master's and exchange students in particular?

Career Service Arts fotoCould you briefly introduce yourselves?
Cécile: I work as a Career Service Officer here at Career Service and I offer career advice to students.
Evelyne: I am the internship coordinator for Career Service Arts and I help Bachelor's students as well as Master's students with their internships.

What services do you offer for international students?
Cécile: First of all, all of our services are offered in English. We look for interesting internship vacancies online, both in the Netherlands and abroad, and communicate them via Facebook and our website. Our website is in English, where international students can find everything they need regarding career advice and information on the Dutch labour market.

What is your most important tip for international students who want to work in the Netherlands?
Both: Learn the Dutch language!
Evelyne: This really is my most valuable tip, as it shows appreciation and interest for the Dutch language as well as for the company where you are applying. English works as a basic communication tool, but Dutch remains the official language in organisations.
Cécile: I notice that most international students get told that everybody speaks English in the Netherlands, which is partly true, but in organisations it is extremely important to be able to speak Dutch. Even if it is just for small talk during lunch hours.
Evelyne: Something which is also very important and worth mentioning is that international students should come to us very early in the process of finding an internship, as it requires a bit more work, because of working permits.

Any special tips for non-EU students?
Cécile: I would advise non-EU students to start looking at jobs and Dutch laws and regulations at least half a year before graduating. International students are allowed twelve months look for job opportunities or to work as an intern in the Netherlands without needing a residence permit, something which most students do not know. This is called an Orientation Year. Secondly, I would advise students to get in touch with people from their home country who already work in the Netherlands.

Why is this important?
Cécile: These people will know best how to deal with the cultural differences and will be able to provide you with a valuable network. Besides that, it is always nice and soothing to be able to speak in your own language for a while.

How can international students get in touch with people from their home country who are already working in the Netherlands?
Cécile: LinkedIn is an important and easy medium for this. Students can also meet people via their study association or their student advisor.
Evelyne: And via Career Service Arts, of course.

To conclude, what websites and events are interesting for internationals to visit when looking for a job?
Cécile:The Undutchables website is interesting for students who are looking for a full-time job in the Netherlands as well as the websites of Adam’s Multilingual Recruitment and Together Abroad. I am Expat organizes various events for internationals, such as free Dutch lessons and network events. Radboud University in particular has a Global Lounge on campus, where internationals can meet up, which makes for a perfect networking opportunity.

Would you like to speak to Cécile for career advice or to Evelyne about internship opportunities? Appointments are easily made via their website.