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 daily activities at Career Service Arts. But how do we help international Bachelor-, Master- and exchange students in particular?
What services does Career Service offer especially for international students?
All of our services are offered in English. Our whole website is in English, where international students can find everything they need regarding career advice and information on the Dutch labour market.
What is the most important tip for international students who want to work in the Netherlands?
Learn the Dutch language! It shows appreciation and interest for the Dutch language as well as the company. English works as a basic communication tool, but Dutch remains the official language in companies. We notice that most international students get told that everybody speaks English in the Netherlands, which is partly true. Though in companies it is extremely important to be able to speak Dutch. Even if it is just for small talk during lunch hours.
Special tips for non-EU students
Start orienting on jobs and Dutch laws and regulations at least half a year before graduating. International students are given 12 months to orient on jobs 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. Try to get in touch with people from your home country who already work in the Netherlands.
Why is this important?
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?
LinkedIn is an important and easy medium for this. You could also meet these people via your study association or your student advisor.
What websites and events are interesting for internationals to visit when looking for a job?
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.