Say I wanted to move to the Netherlands...
September 25, 2013 9:43 PM Subscribe
I like the Netherlands and think I could happily live there. How might I achieve this with my specific, mostly academic skill set?
posted by zeri to work & money (9 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I've visited the Netherlands several times and have always liked it for many reasons. These include the friendly but plain-spoken style of interaction, the social-democratic political system, the fact that being secular and liberal is more or less a default, and the clear distinction between personal and professional life (e.g. weekends and holidays are sacrosanct, and generally most people's identity seems less tightly bound up with their career than it does in the US). For all these reasons (okay, and some fed-upness with America) I'm thinking I'd like to move there. I speak some Dutch (though this doesn't matter that much since everyone in NL speaks English), but I don't have an EU passport. My skills are mostly academic: I've never had a proper job, but have an MA in Classics and am currently finishing a Ph.D. in Linguistics. I'm on the academic job market and as part of my search have been looking for positions in the Netherlands through academictransfer.com, but nothing suitable has come up so far. I'm not wedded to the idea of being an academic, though, and am very open to looking for other kinds of jobs; for example, with my skills I could work for an academic publishing house like Brill (though from their website it doesn't look like they're hiring). In the past I've worked as a freelance Hebrew to English translator, but I doubt there's any demand for those in NL, and my Dutch isn't good enough to be a Dutch to English translator. I don't have any IT skills, unfortunately.
(Note: my grandmother was born in NL and used to have Dutch citizenship, but formally renounced it when she moved away. As far as I've been able to figure out from Dutch government websites, this doesn't give me grounds for requesting Dutch citizenship. Marriage to a Dutch national is not on the cards.)
Are there specific occupations which are in demand at the moment and which aren't miles away from my field of expertise? What other directions could I explore for working and living in NL?