Information and helpful advice for the partners and families of international workers in the Netherlands.
If you're moving or have recently moved to the Netherlands with your partner's work, it's crucially important that you feel just as happy and settled in your new country as they do. Moving to a new country, while exciting, is never without its challenges - and when the move is motivated by your partner's career rather than your own, there can be many factors to overcome. A survey found 7 out of 10 respondents gave up their career or business to move to the Netherlands and around half of them were looking for full-time work. Accompanying partners also represent a well-educated demographic, with 80% holding a university degree and more than 7% holding a PhD or postdoc qualification.
IN Amsterdam is more than familiar with the hurdles facing people in your position, and is there to offer support, advice and guidance at every step of the way.
If you don't want to put your own career on hold while your partner takes the next step on his or her ladder, you might find yourself seeking full or part-time employment in the Netherlands. Securing a job is a new country without your professional support network around you is no easy feat, but there are many things you can do to increase your chances and make yourself more attractive to a Dutch employer.
For those considering a career switch, IN Amsterdam has partnered with House of Skills to offer a programme of support and resources in English to help international newcomers with entering the Dutch job market.
Some partners who accompany their partner abroad for work choose not to work, but instead to take the opportunity to explore and experience a new culture and way of life. If this sounds like you, you may be looking for ways to meet people and integrate into your new community via clubs, volunteering opportunities and language classes. If you have children, you might also be looking for information on schooling and family support.
Whatever your priorities when accompanying your partner to the Netherlands, IN Amsterdam offers a wealth of information and guidance to ensure that you settle quickly into your new home and have the best possible experience of life in Holland, as well as running a useful partnership programme which connects internationals to commercial service providers in Amsterdam.
If you have any questions that aren't covered in the information provided here, then please email IN Amsterdam and someone will get back to you.