An Introduction to Finding English Jobs in the Netherlands
Finding English jobs in the Netherlands is easier than you might think. Working next to your studies is a good way to earn money, gain experience and enrich your student career overall. College Life has a comprehensive guide on finding an English-speaking job in the Netherlands, from part-time to graduate to internships. On this page, you'll find an introduction to finding each type of job, ranging from internships to entry-level.
What type of job are you looking for?
A part-time job is not a full week of working hours; you are working a few hours a week, usually in shifts. This is usually lower than 30 hours per week. Many students opt to work a part-time job because of the flexibility it allows within their student schedules. Because part-time involves shifts, you can easily schedule your working hours between, after or before your classes or on the weekends. With many part-time jobs, you can even work from home or online. With working part-time, you need to be sure you can handle your college workload as well as working hours.
Our Job Board lots of vacant English jobs, ranging from internships to part-time and entry-level positions. The Board is easy and effective to use, and covers a range of employment areas, which is why it should be your first place to look for a job.
For more extensive information about working in the Netherlands (as a student or full-time), see our Working in the Netherlands Guide.
Where else can I find a part-time job?
Many universities and colleges have their own career boards, where you can find job opportunities. They might be similar to our Job Board, but are usually focused for specific subjects or faculties. The College Life Job Board covers almost all areas and ranges of part-time jobs.
Your campus is another place to find English jobs. Since most Dutch universities are extremely international, speaking Dutch is not a priority when it comes to working at campus cafes, bars, or shops. You can find such jobs through university career portals, emails, or even just by going up and asking first-hand.
You can also find jobs through networking events. Examples of such events might be society-run or even internship fairs organized by your university. Through meeting new people, you might learn about job openings. Moreover, LinkedIn is a good place to start searching for English jobs and marketing yourself. You have to be proactive with this method; you'll need to ask what's available and demonstrate you are actively looking for a job.
Holland is one of the best places for start-ups in Europe; that's also why a lot of start-ups are looking for international students to work for them. You may find part-time positions for start-ups like marketing assistant, social media assistant and more.
Local shops and restaurants
Restaurants, bars and cafés are good options for finding an English job. For instance, cafes and retail stores are willing to hire English-speaking employees in places like the city center. However, be prepared to possibly be asked to have some basic knowledge of Dutch; general phrases are always important to learn, regardless of whether you are working or not.
A lot of people need services like babysitting, or tutoring, for example. These are great ways to make money on a flexible schedule, and you can build your service into something bigger someday (perhaps).
Some of the most popular part-time jobs for students
- Server (waiter or waitress) at a restaurant or café
- Tutor or babysitter
- Retail salesperson or cashier
- Freelance writer or blogger
- Teaching Assistant
- Office assistant or receptionist
- Fitness instructor or fitness center employee
- Social media assistant
- Content editor
Some things to consider when searching for a part-time job
If you are looking for a part-time job, great. However, you need to make sure it doesn't take away time from your studies, which is probably the most important thing in your life currently. Therefore, you have to consider the location of the job, the hours, and the pay.
The relevance is not always the most important; you can have part-time jobs working in the industry you are looking to graduate into, or at a smaller establishment where you learn worth ethic. Both are great, since both add experience to your CV as well as make you some more money. You could also aim to search for a part-time job that will help you with your future career. That means, it might be in the field of your choice, working positions you might be interested in in the future, or for a company that you might want to work for later.
Most likely, after you have graduated, you will want to find a job. Specifically, a graduate or entry-level job. A graduate job is basically a job designed for recentent graduates with a few specifications. Generally, graduate jobs require the employee to have a degree to do this job, and you are usually placed in a graduate training scheme. This means that companies might have structured schemes that last around 1 or 2 years that are focused on training and development. In conclusion, a graduate or entry-level job is a great first-step on your career path.
The College Life Job Board
Our Job Board is specifically designed for international students and recent graduates. As an international student with a degree from a Dutch university, you'll most likely want to search for English jobs. You can filter your search to find graduate positions all over the Netherlands, starting with the most recent graduate jobs. This is the only comprehensive job searching tool for international students, so it should be your first point of contact in finding a graduate job.
Where else can I find graduate jobs?
Through your university
Many universities have schemes to help soon-to-graduate students with finding an entry-level job. Some faculties or courses may have their own job boards for graduating students.
You can also network through your university. For example, many colleges organise career fairs where you can easily forge new contacts and learn about job openings. Furthermore, a lot of courses will have graduate presentations, where employers and companies are invited to speak to graduates about job openings.
You need to be proactive when looking for graduate opportunities, because it might be competitive. Therefore, email people! There's nothing wrong with emailing companies or workplaces that you would like to work at. Simply sending an email to a company outlining your interest can sometimes pay off. Using LinkedIn is also a great way to network and search for job opportunities. Furthermore, you can re-visit your contacts from previous internships or part-time jobs.
Don't forget start-ups and SMEs
A lot of graduates consider the larger companies first, and that's good too. However, there are also a lot of openings at smaller companies. Consider start-ups as a valuable place to get your first graduate job. They are looking for international, innovative talent. Furthermore, Holland is one of the best places for start-ups to thrive in Europe. Additionally, SMEs and small companies make up a large percentage of the job market in Holland and Europe. You are therefore not limited to looking for jobs at larger companies. You can find all of these types of companies and accompanying graduate jobs through our Job Board.
These are some of the most in-demand graduate sectors:
- IT and Software
- Human Resources
- Marketing and Sales
Internships are short-term contracts for a fixed period of time, where students are able to gain experience in their chosen field. An internship is also sometimes called a work-placement. As an intern, you are focused on training rather than actually working as a normal employer would; this means you gain insight and an understanding into what this type of job entails. Internships are great to gain experience; you can learn about what you like and don't like and where you might want to work. Moreover, an internship can build up your CV and show future employers that you have had work experience.
Our Job Board has multiple English jobs openings, ranging from internships to part-time and entry-level positions. The Board is simple and effective to use, and covers a broad range of employment areas, which is why it should be your first place to look for a job. Moreover, this is the perfect place to find English jobs.
Where else can I find an internship?
Many universities and colleges have their own career portals, where you can find job opportunities. They might be similar to our Job Board but are usually focused for specific subject areas. The College Life Job Board covers almost all areas and ranges of graduate jobs.
Moreover, some courses at Dutch universities have mandatory internships in the second or third year of undergraduate degrees. Your university or course may have contacts and resources for you to find internships, if not just for the mandatory component.
Holland is Europe’s No. 1 environment for growing start-ups. Therefore, there are many globally-orientated and international start-ups looking specifically for students or recent graduates. Because of Hollands multicultural university environment, there will more than likely be English jobs at start-ups.
Other places to find English-speaking job opportunities are through networking events. These could include society-run networking events, course events, or university-run events. By forging new contacts, you are sure to come across different work opportunities. Furthermore, many universities host career and internship fairs on campus. Moreover, LinkedIn is another way to market yourself and search for employment opportunities near you. This method requires a proactive approach; you need to ask and demonstrate your availability.
What do you need to work in the Netherlands?
Part-time and Internship
If you want to find part-time English jobs or an internship, you need certain documents in order to be allowed to work. Here's a comparison for EU and non-EU students.
- You do not need a residence permit*
- You do not need a working permit*
- No restrictions apply; work as many hours as you want
- You need a BSN number
- You need health insurance
* Croatian nationals need this for their first year in Holland
- You need a residence permit
- You need a working permit*
- Restrictions apply: you can work up to 10 hours per week. There are no restrictions in June, July and August.
- You need a BSN number
- You need health insurance
*Japansese nationals need a residence permit but no working permit
As an EU-resident, you do not need a residence or working permit.
If you are non-EU, you can get the 'Orientation Year Residence Permit'. If you have graduated from a Dutch education institution with a Bachelor or Master’s degree, you can get this permit within 3 years of your graduation. This means you can live in Holland for another year to work without any permits or restrictions. Thereafter, you can receive another working permit if you want to stay longer. To read more about this permit, go to our page about student working permits.
Graduateland has a job board for all types of positions.
Iamexpat.nl provides listings for jobs for international expats working in the Netherlands. However, this is not a website specifically for students, meaning you might have to do thorough searching or might not get results for specifically student jobs.
Monsterjobs has a wide variety part-time, internship and entry-level positions. This is not an exclusive portal for international students, however, meaning not all jobs will be in English.
This was an introduction to finding English jobs in the Netherlands. You can also read, in much more detail, about working permits for students, types of employment contracts, and working insurances. Furthermore, find out more about student entrepreneurship and the self-employment permit if you are interested in working for yourself.