Are you an international or first or second generation graduate of the Hanze, or are you just about to complete your degree? Would you like to be a part of a panel discussion hosted by City Central at the Akerk?
We’re looking for (soon-to-be) alumni from the Hanze who can talk about what their experience has been with job hunting and professional networking in The Netherlands for two panel discussions in September – one in English, one in Dutch.
Contact us (via the email address at the bottom of this page) if you would like to take part!
These events will be about what Dutch employers and recruiters can do to improve access to the “invisible” networking opportunities in the Netherlands. It’s focused on the open secrets of informal ways to get a job in the Netherlands: many careers start in this country via via, finding out about opportunities from people’s personal, social networks, often created over a borrel (in Dutch), a cup of coffee, at separate alumni events for Dutch and international grads, and within the walls of student associations which were founded along historic religious lines.
The boundaries between social and professional, and formal and informal, are frequently blurred, and can leave international graduates and even Dutch citizens with a recent immigrant background feeling like there is some sort of code they have to decipher to crack into the Dutch professional world.
This event series is about revealing these invisible networks - not just to job seekers, but just as importantly to employers, pointing out the norms and historical understanding of Dutch society they themselves don’t see but may assume everyone just understands, which is not a given for graduates with recent immigrant backgrounds.
Participants and hosts for the event include representatives from Make it in the North, Noorderlink, the Faculty of Economics and Business, the Faculty of Arts, and Alumni at the University of Groningen, and City Central.