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 Lysbeth Leon from Peru has to say.
- Audencia exchange student on the Grande Ecole Master In Management programme in 2017
- Currently working as: Product Marketing Manager at Vicarvision in Amsterdam
- Native language: Peruvian/Spanish
- Other languages spoken: English
- Level of Dutch: beginner
- Been living in the Netherlands for 3½ years
Lysbeth's key message: “Lunchtime means sandwich time."
My biggest challenge
I think it was gaining the trust of my company, an AI software firm based in Amsterdam. I work in English as part of an international team of people from all over the world from different nationalities and backgrounds.
My advice & top tips
Believe in yourself and in your abilities and you’ll be successful. Be prepared to work hard! It’s no secret that to make time for your favourite pastimes (mine are DIY, home decor, gardening, and painting), you have to be very efficient and productive during your working hours.
Quirky & cultural
My most memorable experience of the Netherlands so far is sharing a flat with people from six different nationalities, each with a different background and culture. We became a family. If I had to describe the Netherlands in just a few words, I would say: cosmopolitan, open-minded, opportune, trustful, and, your opinion matters.
I’m definitely here to stay! I am very happy in the company I’m in today and I would like to continue growing there.