Audencia's Career Center and Alumni teams are delighted to to bring you “Go Netherlands!”, the guide to working in the Netherlands.Following the success of the guide to working in France for internationals, this new edition focuses on a country that is a destination of choice for Audencians. Members of its thriving community of students and alumni say they choose the Netherlands for its economic stability, work-hard-play-hard lifestyle, multiculturalism and for being a country where English is often the working language.
“Go Netherlands!” is a valuable resource for students considering a career in the Netherlands after their studies. Starting with HR professionals’ top tips and debunking the myths and realities of the workplace, Go Netherlands! also showcases the experiences of more than 20 alumni who have aced the challenge of finding a job and settling in the Netherlands.
This week, discover what Bharath Jayashimha from India has to say.
- Graduated from the MSc SCPM programme in 2019
- Just been promoted to Operational Analyst Leader at Philips Healthcare in Amsterdam
- Native language: Kannada
- Other languages spoken: English
- Level of Dutch: beginner
- Been living in the Netherlands: since 2019
Bharath's key message: “The Netherlands is a land of opportunity for your career growth."
My biggest challenge
The cost of living is high and although companies in the Netherlands offer competitive salaries, making ends meet can be a challenge. The recruitment process is extensive and to secure my current position, I went through a long series of interviews. Looking back, I know I prepared a good pitch and spoke with confidence during the interviews. I’m sure this approach made a difference to the successful outcome.
My advice & top tips
If you are looking for an international working environment, then the Netherlands is the place for you. There are many opportunities available from international companies. If there are no advertised positions that interest you, consider sending a speculative application to the companies you'd like to work for. Dutch employers appreciate a proactive approach.
Quirky & cultural
I’m sure I won’t be the only person to say this, but there is an excellent work-life balance.
In the Netherlands, there is a 30% tax advantage for highly skilled migrants moving to the Netherlands for a specific employment role. If an employee meets the necessary conditions, the employer can grant a tax-free allowance equivalent to 30% of the gross salary subject to Dutch payroll tax. Check out the iamsterdam.com website for more information!